By Candis Meredith
There are few looks that are quite as pleasing, yet paradoxical, as a design scheme that artfully incorporates both traditional and modern elements. We love blending the two eras together to create a unique, polished, and yet almost whimsical ambiance in a home. Drawing influences from both the old world and the new, we adore achieving a rustic-modern look that matches inspiration from two realms to make a whole new theme. Here’s how:
Mix and Match
There are no hard and fast rules to designing with both an edgy and a traditional art scheme in mind, but if there were, mix and match would be one of them. When creating a layout in this style, try not to have any two similarly sized or located elements that match too well or are too paired up. Instead, try pairing a large-scale antique hand spun rug with a modern sofa that sports clean lines and minimal flourishes. Aim for complementing furniture pieces that are vintage in nature, such as a restored traveling trunk made into a coffee table, with accessories that are clearly of this current era. By mixing and matching in this way, you can work to achieve a look that does not seem contrived, but totally organic and natural.
Get Your Major Pieces in First
In order to set some sort of foundation for your design scheme, it helps to have your major players already in place before you bring in all of your smaller details and key accessories. When designing a living room or family room in this style, for instance, you might want to make your couch, coffee table, window treatments and entertainment center the focal points of the room. Have these in place, and know whether each is vintage or modern-inspired, before accessorizing so that you will ultimately wind up with a very balanced, pleasing look that does not swing too far in either the antique or the modern direction.
Find Something in Common
The constant caution, when working with elements of design from two different time periods, is that the look can get lost in the details and saturation of so many different inspirations, textures and styles going on at the same time. Avoid this basic design pitfall by choosing furniture and accessories that share a certain something, whether it is a color that they both incorporate or a structural commonality. By making thoughtful choices that bring modern and vintage items together, rather than focusing on their differences, you can master the rustic-chic vibe that you are going for. For instance, if going with antique draperies that will go next to a modern sideboard, ensure that they have similar or at least complementary color schemes so that neither one has to visually fight with the other.
If it is time to rehab your space into something a little funkier and up the profit potential of a home at the same time, the blended modern and rustic look can be the way to go. It’s a flexible design scheme that leaves plenty of room for interpretation, character and personalization and it works for a range of different budgets and space limitations.