Designers’ Tricks to Mixing Modern and Retro Styles in Your Space

Designers’ Tricks to Mixing Modern and Retro Styles in Your Space

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Feb 27, 2017
Why you should care

Old school charm and clean modernity may be from different times, but they’re a match made in design heaven.

You may have read countless design columns on picking a theme for the home and sticking to it. But here’s the secret: the most beautiful homes are usually a mix of different styles.

Vintage eras boast ornamental and textured designs while retro themes are famous for their graphic looks and bright colours. Then what better way to balance these off than with clean, modern pieces?

The task might seem daunting, but these interior design tricks are proof that it’s not:

Modern Base; Retro Accents

As modern designs have clean lines and more minimalistic designs, they make a good foundation for the rest of the home. Pick most of your pieces to match the modern look of the home, then select retro or vintage accents to add character.

This modern family home boasts clean furniture lines with Scandinavian influence. The room utilises retro accents like the armchair and standout pendant lights to mix the 2 styles.

Complementary Colours

The easiest way to tie a room together is to tell a colour story. So whether you’re marrying rustic with glamour or old school with modern minimalism, just make sure to pick a colour story and stick to it.

Modern retro living room

SOURCE: homepolish.com

Modern retro home

SOURCE: homepolish.com

Using gold, grey, and white, this home ties together modern elements (sofa and geometric table) with retro pieces (pouf seating straight from the 70s, art deco wall light, and pendant lights), and even crosses into older eras with the vintage mirror frame.

The 80/20 Rule

While a home that’s split right down the middle in style might look confused, a mostly modern space with a few elements from the past and vice versa keeps the look of the space in sync.

modern living room

SOURCE: nousdecor.com

This living room features modern furniture, architecture, and decor offset by the art deco storage units beside the fireplace and an almost medieval chandelier.

If you’re not sure where to start, begin with an irresistible focal piece like the chandelier, then decide if its style is the 80 or 20. Design the rest of the room around that piece.

Matching Materials

Another easy trick to unifying the look of mix-styles spaces is to use similar materials on elements from different eras.

Rattan living area

SOURCE: plastolux.com

This living space cleverly uses round rattan seats from the past with a modern-influenced coffee table and chair also made from rattan.

Update Old Items

A great way to cross eras in your interior design is to update an old furniture piece to give it an element with the opposing style. This not only gives you unique pieces, but it might also save you some Ringgits as you can revamp hand-me-down furniture from your grandma!

green dining chair

SOURCE: Domino.com

Picture these gorgeous green, velvet chairs with plain black fabric – modern and predictable right? Re-upholstering these chairs with green velvet fabric gives the room a unique retro personality.

Cover image from homestolove.com.au.

Why you should care

Old school charm and clean modernity may be from different times, but they’re a match made in design heaven.

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