How to Mix Tradition and Modern Furniture

fci-London-modern-furnitureThere’s one unwritten rule in the world of interior designing; you design your space to reflect your own ideas and feelings, rather than to adhere to any set norms or preferences. On that note, mixing traditional and modern furniture is one way of expressing your feelings, and creating a dynamic décor that’s accommodative. But on the other hand, you have to ensure that you balance the two styles well, otherwise you’ll end up with a chaotic look. You need to know what you really want to achieve, and where to start. Having said this, let’s now look at some of the tips that can help guide you when matching traditional and modern furniture;

  1. 80/20 rule; the 80/20 rule helps strike a proper balance when mixing between the two styles. Since a 50/50 ratio of both styles would appear chaotic and undecided, we use one style at a ratio of 20%. This means that the dominant style is what’s visible to an observer; but a keen observer won’t miss the 20% that’s sprinkled here and there to give the décor a unique feel.  This rule applies not just when arranging your furniture pieces, but all accessories and items in the space.
  2. Another important tip is to group the furniture pieces from both styles based on their color, texture, or size. This means taking both traditional and modern furniture, and then arranging them in the space based on their colors, or general texture. This works extremely well in large rooms lie the living room or dining room.
  3. Keep it simple; nothing makes a room look cheap and messy than trying to use too many different objects of different designs. The room ends up looking like a yard for junk. The secret lies in this simple rule; don’t arrange multiple items simply because they fall under traditional or modern category. Instead, each item should be its own style and you then decide where to insert the other style to complement each other. Examples or best modern TV units for homes.
  4. Lastly, you can also incorporate a traditional feel to your modern furniture without investing in additional furniture. How? This is done by updating the modern furniture; think of using leather or tough upholstery on modern chairs. This can especially work well in outdoor gardens where the furniture needs to be protected from the weather variations. Such upholstery also gives the entire set up a very relaxing and natural feel.