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Combining the old with the new is something that really makes your house your home. Every room should reflect a bit of what makes you tick whether that’s in a bold color scheme or a particular love of a certain pattern or shape. However modern and magazine worthy a design is, if you can’t see your personality in it, it has failed.
A well designed home will stand the test of time and a happy marriage between the old and the new will allow your house to evolve with you with just a few small changes each year.
It’s All About Shape
The most important thing about any piece of furniture is the shape, closely followed by size and material. Anything in wood can be sanded and repainted. Anything with a cushion or textile can be reupholstered. The shape is there forever so this is the most important thing to consider when you buy anything for your house.
Some periods in interior design come with their own shapes. Midcentury style designs tend to be quite angular, with bold shaping; more traditional furniture tends to be more squared though designers like Paula Deen like to add a touch of whimsy to bring these designs up to date. Whatever you choose, think about how these shapes will fit with the rest of your furniture. Sometimes standing out is a good things, sometimes it’s more of a sore thumb.
Be Bold With Your Scheme
There is no accounting for taste and for very good reason! If we all liked the same things all the time, it would be a bit boring and there wouldn’t be any room for new ideas. The basic upshot of this is that if you like it, regardless of whether it is fashionable or not, you should go for it. Be bold, pick something you like that no one else has and see what happens.
Color for 2017 has been a riot of dramatic shades and with the popularity of gray coming to a close, it’s no wonder that the even bolder ‘Black Flame’ is tipped to be the color of 2018’s interiors. Whatever you go for, make sure that the colors you choose are complementary to your furniture choices. There’s no reason that an Edwardian style chaise longue can’t sit in front of a raspberry pink wall, but if it’s a pale wood, it’s going to clash.
Pick the Things You Love
You might have a house of beautiful things but if you don’t love them, there’s not much point in having them. The best way to create an eclectic look that combines the old with the new is to simply buy everything that you like regardless of the period it hails from.
You might not even know where a particular thing is going to go but, if you like it enough, it will probably go somewhere and fit with all the other things you love. This is the best way to build an interior that really speaks to you and over the years you will pick things up here and there and sell other things on too.
It is this that makes interior design so much fun.