One of the fastest routes to a boring room is sticking to a single style or period. The most liveable and inspiring rooms combine old and new pieces in a variety of styles to give them an effortless sense of having been assembled over time.
Coming up with an interior design compromise that satisfies both styles is tricky, here are some simple rules to follow…
An easy way to mix old and new is to consider a room’s architecture. If you live in a 1930s house, you can incorporate some period pieces, and then add contemporary lighting, rugs, or accessories to bring the room into the 21st century.
If you live in a brand new high-rise apartment, choose a Persian rug, an antique mirror, or a vintage chandelier to create a sense of history and warmth
If, like many people, you live in a small space, mixing vintage and contemporary pieces will give your home personality and dimension. Stick to a neutral colour schemes and your flea market finds will blend right in with your IKEA staples, creating texture and subtle contrasts.