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Old meets new

Posted on July 1st 2013

Blending traditional style with modern finishes can be a little daunting. The good news is that there are some key design guidelines that can help you seamlessly combine the old with the new.

Key traditional features are at the heart of any period home. Think high ceilings, timber floors, hallway corbels and detailed skirting boards. By retaining these types of central design elements you allow yourself the freedom to explore more contemporary finishes in other areas.

Lighting is a great way to embrace modern-day styling without losing the authenticity of your traditional design. By bringing in contemporary style pendants or track lighting, as pictured, you allow the home to ease effortlessly into today.

Window treatments were historically ultra-decorative and rather heavy. Today, the trend is driven towards more streamline solutions such as roller blinds and shutters. These options can be melded easily into your classic home design without undermining the integrity of the period features.

Décor has always been the most simple and cost effective way to embrace colour and on-trend patterns within the home. Pieces such a cushions, linens, vases and floral arrangements are easy to update as your style evolves and fashions change. It’s much easier to change a rug than it is to change your carpets.

The good news is that there are no hard and fast rules about what you can and can’t do with the interior design of your home. The key is to choose elements that reflect your own personal taste and lifestyle so that the home becomes a representation of you and your family.

Happy designing!

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