Black and Brass - Get the Look

Black and Brass - Get the Look

I'm really loving  black and brass these days. Why? I've been watching a lot of movies from the 70's and early 80's and marvelling at how fashions, or particular eras of fashion, at which I once turned up my nose, are now bountiful sources of inspiration. 

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Mixed Style - country meets industrial

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

This Victorian terrace home in London is touted as industrial style, but I would argue that it's clearly got a mixed style vibe going on. You can see wonderful elements of country and industrial working together to create a comfortable and unique space. A simple color palette helps unite the spaces, and by sticking simply to two styles and mixing from there, it never look jumbled or like it's trying too hard.

In the kitchen we see a lot of traditional elements such as the cabinets, mixing with more industrial features such as the hanging lights.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some tips to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

White subway tiles like this can adapt to a variety of styles. With a clean white grout, they are at home in a modern kitchen, but here they are paired with a darker grout, to support the more industrial feel. The use of old stoneware bottles and metal bowls brings in a lovely country element.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

In the bathroom, the plain wood cabinet could feel entirely industrial, but pickling it in a light color adds balance to the country feel, as do the taps and medicine cabinet.

Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.
Mixed style - country and industrial together in a beautiful home. We'll give you some to follow when mixing any styles in your home, from kitchen, to bathroom and bedroom.

Natural linens and more stoneware contrast against the barrel table and modern lamp. Achieving a mixed look can feel daunting, but follow the lead from this wonderful home - keep your color palette simple and choose just two styles to mix and you'll be on the right track in no time. See the full home tour here.

If you're thinking about making a change in your home, contact us for a free decorating consultation. We do these virtually or in person, and there's o obligation. We even send you a written report with our ideas for your space! 

Old with New

Mixing old with new can give you a gorgeous result in your home, but it can also be a bit of a daunting task to take on. Not to worry - we've got some great examples of mixing antique and modern together in rooms around the home.

Living Rooms

Using key features such as light fixtures or large pieces of furniture, you can easily show off your mix of old and new. The spareness of some of the modern pieces contrasts beautifully with the more intricate look of the antiques.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Kitchens

Typically when mixing old and new, we see old buildings and rooms with newer furniture and fixtures. In the first kitchen below, we see a beautiful modern kitchen given some real interest with an antique cabinet.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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The next two examples show modern fixtures in an older home.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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An older table with modern chairs is a quick and fun way to mix things up.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Dining Rooms

In some cases, simply adding one or two modern items into an older space can do the trick. Below you see a modern light fixture and chairs doing the job.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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In this room, the modern chairs add a contrast not only through their form, but stunning color as well.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Here the contrast is also in color and form, with black Ghost chairsand a modern pendant lamp contrasting beaituflly with the old white table.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Bathrooms

First up we have a real stunner. The high walls and antique chandelier are juxtaposed with a sleek modern tub and some modern recessed lighting.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom contrasts a sleek, modern shower (heaven!) with a gorgeous claw foot soaker tub. The dark color of the walls allows the striking light fixture to really sing. A stunning room.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom is all sleek, white and modern with a splash of beautiful contrast in the antique cupboard. A great use of color, texture and style.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

Tile Trends

Tiles aren't just for floors these days, though there's nothing wrong with that idea. The current trend for bold tiles, in color and pattern means there are plenty of options for you to choose from that look nothing like the neutral, quiet tiles that sit under rugs and go unnoticed. Using a bold tile or tile pattern offers a focal point or area of interest, while also giving you a durable and functional surface. Tiles are a great option for your kitchen backsplash, and you are limited only by your creativity.

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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The classic black and white tiled bathroom floor always creates a wonderful backdrop on which many colors or styles can be played out.

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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But tile is also a great way to direct the color scheme of your space, either through a main color...

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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....or by adding highlights with splashes of color.

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Small spaces are a great place to play with bolder colors or patterns that you may be uncomfortable putting on a larger area. Think of powder rooms or bar kitchens...

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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...or, entryways.

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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But if you love color, you can always commit to it. A stunning floor like this is given all the attention by keeping the rest of the space white and muted.

Bold colors and patterns in your tiles offer an instant splash of style on the floor, wall, entry, backsplashes or even a tabletop!

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Hump Day: A Bath With a View.

It's a rainy Wednesday in my neck of the woods, so here is a simple image to inspire us all. Wonderfully designed bath with lounger and sauna, and that million dollar view. brazil-bath

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It's the sort of bath that you can just sink in to for hours, and then, emboldened by a sense of privacy and the wonder of nature, you stand bolt up right and shout "Here I am world, in my barest form! Take me or leave me!"

Invigorating...until the neighbours drop by to discuss a troubling site-line they have from their living room. And then you're on the hunt for a new home. Welcome to Hump Day.