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3 tips for mixing modern and old-school style

Here are a few tips for decorating your home.

Here are a few tips for decorating your home.

If you are thinking about redecorating your home, it can often be an overwhelming task to decide on what look you want to bring to each and every room. Traditionally, home designers would encourage people to keep their home looking the same throughout – modern homes with contemporary furniture, while older homes could get away with antique furnishings and other pieces from the past. This is no longer the case, as many are now advocating the mix and match method of design by creating a look that combines the old with the current.

Here are a few tips for this design trend, from designer and author Betty Lou Phillips:

  • Antiques are key: No matter what year your home was built, a big antique piece will look great! Whether you want a fluffy couch in the living room or cabinetry in the dining room, older furniture will make your home a place to be proud of.
  • Go easy on your wallet: Older furniture pieces and heirlooms tend to be on the more expensive side, so they should be purchased sparingly. By contrasting them with some more contemporary pieces – which are comparatively less expensive – you will have a look that is both interesting and affordable.
  • Start with art: One of the best ways to bridge the gap between classic and modern is through art. For example, if you live in a home that is on the older side, having a few present-day pieces will really pop, while oil paintings will stand out and give a newer home a more regal feel.

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