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How to mix vintage & modern furniture & decor perfectly- Decorating Ideas & Inspiration

Updated: Oct 9, 2023


Mixing vintage and modern decor is a great way to add character and personality to your home. It can be challenging, but with the right approach, you can achieve a perfect balance and blend between old and new. These tips will help you mix vintage and modern decor without questioning your intentions! Mixing vintage and modern decor can create a unique and stylish look in your home. It's all about achieving balance and harmony between the two styles. Here are some tips to help you mix vintage and modern decor perfectly.

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Step 1: Color Palette

Begin by selecting a neutral color palette for your walls, floors, and larger pieces of furniture. Neutrals provide a clean and versatile backdrop for both vintage and modern elements. Then, choose a color scheme: Start by choosing a color scheme that works well with both vintage and modern decor. After your decide on your neutrals like white, black, beige and gray, then you can add a pop of color to make your space more vibrant. I personally love to use Canva's FREE color palette creator (which I teach you in this "Beginner's Guide to Interior Design eBook.") and Sherwin Williams Color ID Quiz!



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Step 2: Mix Materials & Textures

Mix Materials: Incorporate a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, glass, and textiles, to add depth and texture to the space. One example is to pair a sleek modern glass coffee table with vintage leather armchairs or you can pair a sleek modern sofa with a vintage rug or add a rustic wooden coffee table to a contemporary living room. Try to have at least 3 pieces that represents both modern and vintage items to spread around the room for cohesiveness. I also recommend making sure any wood tones coordinate (do they read warm or cool) and you do not have too many metal colors (try to stick to 2-3!) Mixing textures is an excellent way to blend vintage and modern decor.


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Step 3: Identify a Dominant Style:

Decide whether you want the vintage or modern style to dominate the space. This will help you establish a clear direction for your decor. For example, you can have a modern room with vintage accents or vice versa. Its all about balancing the old and new: It's essential to balance vintage and modern decor to avoid making your space look cluttered or outdated. One way to do this is by using vintage pieces as accents and focal points while keeping your modern furniture and accessories simple and streamlined. When it comes to arranging your furniture, try to create a sense of balance and symmetry. Place your larger pieces, such as sofas and armchairs, in the center of the room and surround them with smaller pieces like side tables and lamps. This will help to create a cohesive and inviting space that blends both modern and antique styles.

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Step 4: Choose a Focal Point


Choose a Focal Point: Select one or two standout vintage or modern pieces to serve as focal points in the room. These can be a vintage statement piece like an antique chandelier or a modern sculptural chair. Another example is to hang a vintage painting on a modern wall or place a modern sculpture on a vintage side table. When you create a focal point, the rest of the room can play off of the style, colors, textures and shape of those items. When thinking of mixing small decor, make sure to use odd number groupings. This keeps the eye moving around the items, whereas two you don't know what to look at. Don't forget to pay attention to the shapes and lines of your furniture and decor. If you have a lot of clean lines in modern pieces, consider adding some curves or ornate details with vintage items, and vice versa. This helps create visual interest.


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Step 5: Experiment and Personalize

Don't be afraid to experiment: The key to mixing vintage and modern decor is to have fun and experiment. Try different combinations of furniture, accessories, and colors until you find the perfect balance that suits your style. I personally LOVE to mix in family heirlooms and antiques that tell a story. You home should feel like YOU-not Target 😂 but seriously I love Target obviously but mixing that in with items you love make your home personal, unique and tells a story.


Finally, blending vintage antiques and modern decor or furniture is an excellent way to create an extremely personalized, space that works for you and your family. By following these tips, you can achieve a perfect balance between old and new and create a space that's both functional and beautiful BUT... remember that achieving the perfect mix of vintage and modern decor may take time, and it's okay to evolve and adjust your decor as you go along. The key is to create a space that feels comfortable and visually appealing to you.


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