Out with the New and in with the Old

With summer approaching, people are looking to freshen up their house’s look and style in a new and unique way. But have you ever considered using vintage and antique pieces to do that? There is nothing more modern about a space than having a balanced aesthetic between the current and old.

So, how do you know what pieces work and what becomes too much? You don’t want your space to look like an antique shop nor out of style, so you want to have the furniture and accessories by three-fourths modern and one-fourth vintage. The best way to do that is have a majority of the heavy furniture and the bedding be modern and have vintage accessories. The Fulham Road, The Damai, The Chantilly and The Santorini all have the modernly traditional aesthetic that achieves that desired style. The Fulham Road and The Santorini have a more masculine aesthetic to them and this can be further enhanced with vintage pieces like a typewriter, cigar boxes, or military memorabilia. If you would rather soften the masculine style, include in the space a vintage chandelier, mother-of-pearl mirrors, or fashion sketches to frame on the walls. For a more overall feminine style, The Damai and The Chantilly follow that aesthetic. To enhance that style, add porcelain pieces, vintage fans, or a birdcage. However, if you want to add a masculine edge to these duvet covers, add accessories like an art-deco lamp, a record player (with plenty of vinyl records, of course), or a vintage globe.

The important part to vintage-modern style is balancing all the aspects of it—that includes the balancing of old and new as well as the gender-associated styles in the room. You don’t want too much of one or the other because it will diminish the affect of the overall style. So after picking the perfect duvet cover to start, go to your local markets, antique stores, and eBay to find those complimentary pieces for a unique space.