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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Before and After: The Dining Room

It's another before and after for you - today's edition is the dining room of a home we've been working on recently.  It's the same home we feature in the Living Room Before and After last week. An older home that had some patchy work done before being sold to our clients, the dining room was a drab putty tone and the light fixture was a bit dated. There was little to make this room stand out as the entertaining space our clients wanted. BEFORE:

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

AFTER:

The dining room was painted the same calm grey as the living room, and a subdued but still dramatic wall paper was added to one wall. The clients wanted a to make this room a feature while still looking clean and smart and it was decided that a chandelier would take it past that point. A simple, modern light fixture on a dimmer switch was chosen to contrast the pattern and color of the wall paper, while still offering sufficient light for dining and socializing.Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The table is a vintage find, which is often a great way to mix up the look in a dining room and stay on budget. The moulded chairs provide a contrast, both against the wood of the table and floor, and the color of the wallpaper. They also tie in nicely with the white light fixture.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The dining room is a fairly small space, and a hutch or large bar would have eaten up the room and made it feel a bit crowded. A small, portable bar fits nicely in the corner, and can be wheeled out to the living room for a bit of smart cocktail entertaining.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

You don't need a lot of stemware on show in your dining room if you don't have a large hutch or case for it. Pick a few of your favourite things to display, along with a few bottles of the things you love best. Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

The dining table  has a leaf, and extra chairs are simply placed in two corners of the room, ready for use either in here, as as extra seating in the living room when entertaining. Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

 Clients often shy away from the idea of darker walls, as they have been taught that they make small spaces feel smaller, and rob the space of light, but that's so often really not the case.  Our clients were wary of the dark wall, but trusted us to make a decision that was aligned with their vision for the room. Making the far wall darker not only gives you a focal point, but it can make the wall appear further away, tricking the eye into seeing more space. This room also has a large patio door, and a wide opening in to the living room, which has a huge window. Having both of these sources of natural light meant that I would have been confident to paint this entire space dark and know that the natural light would keep it from being claustrophobic. In the end, the wallpaper provided just the right touch of drama to the room, while never overwhelming it.

Before and After: a drab dining room becomes a chic but relaxed space for dinner parties and everyday dining. Wallpaper accents one wall, while a vintage table and new moulded chairs offer an eclectic feel.

A final bonus is the view of this beautiful wall from the living room or kitchen, which simply makes you want to enter the space and take a look. CP LR 8