Finding a Balance Between Styles: The Art of Blending Old and New

Refurnishing your home is always a good idea. However, it’s also a huge investment and a bunch of work. It requires a lot of time, energy and creativity. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the budget for a complete interior makeover. Luckily, there are many things you can do to compromise this. If you take a good look around your house, you’ll find that you can use some of your old furniture and combine it with new pieces. Also, you can recycle some of the old stuff from your attic or things from a flea market. Combining the old and the new can have a great appeal. We’re here to chime in with a few tips and ideas.

Neutral foundation

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In order to successfully combine different styles and furniture of obviously different ages, you need a neutral environment. Since the main elements are already going to be mixed, you should keep the setting and the background neutral. So, if your walls need repainting or your floors need to be upgraded, it’s a great chance for you to prepare the ground for a new interior combo. You can either color it nude, beige or even pastel if you have a plan of what the room is going to look like. There is also a wide selection of wallpapers you can choose from or even put stickers on your wall, but we would suggest putting the latter off until you’ve done everything else.

Recycle

Don’t just cast your old furniture aside. Take a good look at each piece and try to imagine it in a slightly different light. Perhaps your old coffee table can be modernized. After it’s been treated with sandpaper and repainted, it will look entirely new. The same goes for all pieces of wooden furniture such as wardrobes, cupboards and even chairs. You can give them any look you like with a bit of effort. It’s much more creative and affordable than getting new furniture. Decoupage, patchwork or putting random photos on a table and adding a glass coating to it will change its look beyond recognition. 

Getting new stuff

Having finished the selection of your old furniture, you’ll know exactly what pieces are still missing and need to be bought. All that is left for you to decide is what kind of modern furniture you want. In order to make that decision, you need to have a clear vision of each room in your house and decide which design fits it best. A general rule is not to exaggerate. You can opt for a plain modern design such as the stylish King Living that goes nicely with any kind of old furniture, even extravagant pieces. On the other hand, if your old furniture is classic, you may want to choose something a bit unusual just to break the monotony. 

Create a connection 

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Once you’re done with all the main changes, you may notice a certain disbalance in the appearance of a room. This often happens when styles are being mixed. However, there’s no reason to worry as there are elements that will help you out. Use pillows, drapes and carpets to blend everything together. For instance, they can have a shared pattern or color. Once it’s done, you’ll see the harmony that’s been missing. 

All in all, a home renovation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. All you need is a careful plan and a proper estimation of your current situation. Try to use as much as you can of your old furniture and design and only add new pieces where it’s absolutely necessary. The rest can be blended in somehow and the results will be amazing. After you’re done with all the work, you won’t believe how amazing your home looks even without all the crazy investments. 

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