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vintage2How to Mix Vintage and Modern

by Monica Arellano

In with the new and out with the old?

Ohhh Vintage… It’s also so appealingly intriguing when the vintage and modern worlds collide. There is something about a piece that has history so we definitely would not go for out with the old (at least not every time).

We understand it can be a little overwhelming to go into the eclectic realm, so worry not. Combining the right amount of vintage accent or accents with modern decor can really make your room sing. As we often say, balance is the key and we will give you some little tips to help you conquer both worlds.

Most important thing to remember after balance, in this case is contrast.

Let’s start with the contrast of eras: Try to identify the bigger pieces and pair them with the opposite style. For example, a traditional dining table with modern chairs or a modern bed headboard with vintage night stands. If you feel a little lost between the two worlds, you can always rely on the classic mid-century look to act as a bridge between the two when creating the overall look.

Contrasting colors: you can also take a vintage accent chair or couch and re-upholster it with bold colors and funky looking patterns to give it an instant character. If you don’t want to go through the troubles of upholstering because your piece just looks perfect, you can just decorate with some modern throw pillows to achieve the desired contrast.

If you are the minimal kind of person, we have news for you. Yes, vintage does work as well. It will be your focal accent and will look fantastic. If you have an all-white room, a vintage accent chair (brightly upholstered) or a large vintage chandelier will make heads turn.

Here are some inspirational room ideas and some of our vintage finds to get your mind going about mixing the new with the old. You might want to think visiting grandma’s for some free vintage shopping!


Via Appartment Therapy

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Via houzz

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Via Pinterest

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Via Home Design Find

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Here some are cool finds for sale!

1930s Paul Frankl Console

This console was inspired by skyscrapers and even though it was designed more than 65 years ago, it still fabulously chic and modern.


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Mah Jong Composition Coture

Designed in the 1970s by Hans Hopfer and produced today by Roche Bobois as their most recognised and iconic design. This modular couch has different upholstery options.


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Large Pendant Lamp in the Shape of a Golden Molecule by Cosack, Germany, 1970s


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