6 Vintage and Modern Elements that Coexist Nicely


Gone is the day when you had to choose a specific theme for a room you were decorating and stick with it. Today's style is all about personalization. So, if all this time you have felt like you have been forced to choose between modern and vintage, you don't have to anymore. There are many elements from two eras that coexist beautifully in a space together.

  • Bio Fuel Wall Fireplaces - These are some of the most contemporary pieces of décor you can put in a space yet they look fantastic next to charming aged elements. Bio fuel wall fireplaces burn an eco-friendly fuel source that does not create smoke, smell, or fumes, so it's safe to use in virtually any room in your house.
  • Chandelier vs Pendant - Lighting can be used to balance a space. If your room is mostly modern, but you want more vintage elements, opt for a wrought iron chandelier. If you need a modern piece to offset all the cottage charm, then shop for a contemporary pendant, or cluster several small pendants together.
  • Water Fountains - Here is another balancing piece of art that can go both ways. You can buy a black spider marble wall fountain that offers an extremely contemporary look or you can choose one that looks a little dated. Copper and slate together play it safe, striking a balance in the middle.
  • Mirrors - A mirror is the best friend of any interior decorator because of its versatility. However, if you are going to use mirror in a room like this, make sure it represents on era of the other. A plain mirror will do nothing for the space. Frame it with old window shutters to date it or add modern elements to make a plain mirror more current.
  • Mismatched Furniture - Mixing furniture from different eras can really create a unique space. A raw wood 19th century carpenter's workbench can be used as a console table, an old weathered rocking chair complements a large bean bag chair, and aged wrought iron tables can be made modern with a glass top.
  • Other - Wicker baskets can be used a variety of ways, including being painted and mounted as art. Architectural elements, such as pine ceiling rafters, columns, and antique molding can add finishing details to a space. You can even take old scroll molding and fasten it to floating shelves or shelving units. Be sure to also welcome a variety of fabrics. Velvet and linen or wool and silk are a few examples of contrasting textiles.

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