How to Mix Retro and Modern Furniture

Modern furniture is certainly beautiful and can add a special touch to any home, but a lot of people think that it has to be all or nothing. It's a common misconception that modern and retro pieces can't mix together, which is unfortunate because they happen to look great when they are arranged appropriately! So, if you're ready to take your home decor to the next level, then it's time to mix and match. You might be surprised at all the different ways you can make these two opposites work together perfectly.

1. Balance Everything

If you want to achieve the perfect look in your home with these different types of pieces, then balancing is key. Start by looking at your bigger pieces, then decide what will complement them the best. For instance, you might have a modern coffee table and some vintage vases that go on top of it. Or, you could have an antique fireplace that is accompanied by modern picture frames and other collectibles that you've had stored. Even a modern egg chair can look great if you put a vintage throw blanket over it! By evenly mixing the two things, you will create a nice balance that plays out throughout the entire room.
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2. Find Unique Pieces

Unique pieces are the gems that will make any room look a lot more special. Instead of just buying everything at once, take your time with the items that you decorate with. This will ensure that you get items from all over the world and even different time periods! You might be surprised at what unique things you can find if you just take some time to go to different antique stores or contemporary furniture showrooms. Don't be in a big hurry to put your room together; if you take your time you'll have a story to tell with each of the things that you picked up.
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3. Shop Smart

It's pretty difficult to find large retro furniture pieces that are still in good shape and can withstand abuse. For example, a modern egg chair and low-sitting sofa will both withstand a lot more people sitting in them than a vintage rocking chair that has delicate threading. By choosing modern pieces for things like your sofa or chairs, you can use them without worrying about ruining them. When it comes to using retro pieces, incorporate them into the smaller pieces that won't be used as often. This could be a console table you found at a flea market, a dresser that was passed down to you or even a unique coffee table that you were lucky to find at a second hand store.
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  • Don't be afraid to mix different colors and textures as well, as this can add warmth to the room.
  • Each time you travel to a new country, pick up something to decorate with. Or, commission your friends to pick up things for you, so you get the unique items without having to leave your house.
  • Dress up those large modern pieces of furniture with vintage pillows or throw blankets.
  • Put an old tapestry over your modern coffee table to bring in more texture.
Maya Savanovich

Posted by Maya Savanovich

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