Making Traditional Furniture Fit in a Modern Home

Making Traditional Furniture Fit in a Modern Home

Moving into a new home presents many challenges. Just the move on its own is one of the most stressful things people go through in their life, and that’s without all the complications which come with it!

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One thing it’s important to think about when moving into a new home is how your existing furniture is going to work in this new environment. Not only getting used to a new layout but understanding that your furniture will look different in a new space is important. As more modern houses are built the number of traditional homes available reduces and this may be a concern for you if you have a lot of traditional furniture. There are, however, several ways you can incorporate traditional furniture into a modern home. By doing this, not only can you create a style that you love, but it can save you money replacing furniture for no reason.

Think About Your Colours

One of the most important areas to consider when trying to incorporate any furniture into a room is the colour balance. When mixing modern and traditional styles, this becomes even more important. If you have a traditional sofa, it may have a patterned finish which could clash with other bright colours in your room. Similarly, something like a Chesterfield sofa which is a real statement piece of furniture can dominate a room. Keeping a minimalist colour style for the rest of the room will help avoid any clashes of colour.

Trying to match the colour of your traditional furniture to the modern pieces you may have can also help the furniture fit together. If you have a traditional chair that you love, finding a sofa in a similar colour is an excellent way of stopping the chair sticking out and feeling out of place. This can also work with the accessories you choose for the room.

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Use them as accent pieces

The nice thing about traditional furniture is that when used as accent furniture dotted around the room, it often goes unnoticed as something out of place. Traditional side tables or chests of draws work brilliantly as accent pieces and can really help give modern homes some character without dominating the room or standing out too much. It can also be a nice surprise when looking around a room, and suddenly your eye catches a glimpse of the side table in the corner. This also helps to keep your home from looking too perfect and unlived-in.

Let them have their own space

While incorporating traditional furniture into busy rooms can be tricky, setting aside their own space is often the better way to go. This can be easier said than done, depending on the amount of space your home has available. One of the best examples of giving traditional furniture room to itself if often found in dining rooms. In a modern home, you can place simple art elements on the walls and then allow a traditional dining table and chair to fill the rest of the room. Traditional tables are always fashionable and sought after so if you own one you and can dedicate a room to that table, it can look fantastic.

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Overall, adding traditional furniture to a modern home can be a great way of expressing your personal style and matching furniture that you love. While some people may tell you that you should keep modern and traditional furniture apart, this is your home, and you make the rules. It is possible to integrate modern and traditional, and often the results look fantastic.

How to Bring a Modern Touch to Your Home Design

How to Bring a Modern Touch to Your Home Design

Interior design trends change all the time. Every few years, some new style is in vogue. To accommodate buyers’ tastes, developers start incorporating new trends into the houses they build. Flippers renovate houses to become more modern and on-trend. Whether it’s installing kitchen islands, matte black appliances, or integrating smart technology into a home, there’s always something new to be added.

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You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to follow every trend that pops up. It’ll also be a huge hit to your wallet if you’re always taking on new projects to upgrade your house. The best thing for homeowners to do is to identify which trends seem to last longer and which upgrades give the best return on investment. There are upgrades you can make to your home that make it more modern and stylish that you can enjoy now and increase the value of your place for a future sale. Here are a few ways you can bring a modern touch to your home design.

Simplicity as a Style

If you’ve ever walked into a modern home or seen one in a magazine, there’s a key reason why it looks so smooth and clean. There aren’t clothes lying around everywhere. The floor isn’t scattered with toys and they don’t have four different sets of plates in the kitchen.

Modern design is all about minimalism and simplicity. It doesn’t mean you go without; it just means you have less but better things. When you stop buying everything you come across, you have more money to buy designer furniture, quality sheets, and nicer clothes. Modern living is a state of mind that projects into your home. Think about what you can get rid of. Clear things out you don’t use. It will be cathartic, and you’ll have more space to play with.

Contrasting Colors

One of the latest modern interior design trends is starkly contrasting colors in the same room. People love black on white, dark blue on white and other high contrast colors. The significant difference in colors draws the eyes to the shape of furniture and other finishes around the house. It also makes splashes of color pop more, so the bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter, or the colorful art on the wall gives the house more. You can have fewer pieces around your house with the same impact.

Fashionable Finishes

Upgrading your home finishes is always a good bet when you’re making your house more modern. Stainless steel has been in style for decades and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. While you’re in the kitchen, think about giving your counters and cabinets an upgrade. Sleek lines with discreet handles are the trend and will bring more attention to the colors and style of the kitchen when things are more uniform.

One thing you can consider is replacing your kitchen countertops. New countertops have a great return on your investment and look fantastic. Two of the most popular countertop stones, according to Marble.com are quartz and granite. Quartz has become much more popular in recent years because it’s produced in factories. That means you can do more with it like make rich dark colors that contrast well against white or cream walls. Quartz is durable, easy to clean and maintain, and can be custom made for most shapes and sizes in a kitchen.

Granite, on the other hand, has been the go-to kitchen countertop material for years. It’s a lovely natural stone that comes in many shapes, tones, and patterns. It’s stain and heat-resistant but is a natural stone, so it will need regular sealant applied to keep water and grime from getting inside the surface. Whichever material you choose, new countertops are one of the best ways to make a house more modern and you can find more information at Slab Market.

Integrate Nature

After you’ve whittled down your home interior to the bare essentials for simplistic, modern design, it’s time to integrate some natural touches. Wood is a major part of modern interior design. Homes in Europe and Japan where modern design is so heavily emphasized, love wooden floors, railings, and other natural finishes. Natural materials are soothing. They bring a calming mood to the home. If you have some room in your budget, think about enlarging bedroom and sitting area windows to give better views of a yard or some trees to bring the outside in.

Another great idea that’s affordable as well is to buy some plants and place them strategically around the house. Don’t overcrowd a room with plants, but a plant in a corner that adds a bit of greenery to your living room or bedroom tie the modern design together nicely. The best thing about plants is that you can move them around every once in a while to give a room a change and a new look.