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How to mix traditional and modern decor

Blending traditional and modern decor styles can add depth and interest to your home. By combining classic pieces with contemporary accents, you can create a space that feels both timeless and up-to-date. In this blog post, we will explore tips and tricks for seamlessly mixing traditional and modern elements to create a beautiful and cohesive design. Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an existing space, we’ll show you how to strike the perfect balance between old and new. Get ready to add some unique flair to your home as we dive into the world of traditional and modern decor!

The basic colors and textures 

Basic as a basic closet – comfortable, beautiful and never goes out of style. We are talking, of course, about pastel colors. Beige, gray, cream, muted khaki, white and even cocoa. The main rule is no abrupt transitions. Shades pass smoothly from one to another – from wall to wall, from room to room. Pastels float and waltz, creating a perfect, unobtrusive and comfortable background for the future interior. 

As for materials and textures, there is no strict framework. Wood, metal, stone, glass. High-quality expensive materials such as precious woods and marble may well coexist with metal panels or plastic. Modern classics unobtrusively borrow a variety of techniques from modern finishing techniques. Unfinished brick wall or wallpaper, concrete or leather, almost anything is acceptable. But a sense of proportion is a must. Extravagant finishes may have a place, but very sporadically and minimally.


As for the furniture, there is a real game of contrasts. Two seemingly opposing tools – functionality and elegance – collide. In fact, these irreconcilable opponents perfectly complement each other and create a surprisingly comfortable, ergonomic and elegant symbiosis. 

First and foremost is the storage system. It can be a bright walk-in closet, with floor doors, a soft white carpet and metal shelves for shoes. Exactly like Kerry Bradshaw and her dream home. The storage system can be either built-in or prefabricated. The main distinguishing feature is the severity of forms, correct and clear lines. Cabinets should be “slender” and occupy the wall from floor to ceiling. Doors also stretch upwards as high as possible. 

It is very important to choose the right central elements of the furnishings. In the living room, for example, it is upholstered furniture, in the dining room – a table and chairs, in the bedroom – a bed. When choosing furniture it is necessary to find a balance between convenience, beauty and simplicity. Despite the fact that in the details of the furniture design there may be traditional classical elements, it should be, first of all, comfortable. Practical upholstery, comfortable chairs, easy chairs with support for the back and head. Remember that the philosophy of modern classics is pleasure. Pleasure not only to contemplate, but to live in the environment you create.

Windows and light 

The most important thing in window design is maximum openness. If you have the option to replace the frames, choose those with less overlap. Clear clear glass and white window sills. Minimal decor. Light, light-colored tulle is probably all there is to it. 

But modern classics is not as simple as it seems. And if natural light is unassuming, the choice of artificial light should be approached responsibly. In line with recent trends, lighting in the apartment should be multi-level. The top light – built-in fixtures and one bright accent in the form of a chic chandelier. The effect should be bold, but elegant. The middle level – a pair of symmetrical lamps with large lampshades on either side of the sofa, reading lamps, illuminated pictures and cabinets, traditional sconces and candles on the table. The bottom level is floor lamps. Do not forget about dimmers: they will allow you to change the mood of the room depending on the time of day or occasion.

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Prints and decor

Your main rule is geometry. If a vase, it should be square or round. If a print, then it should be on a rug, and exclusively proportional and simple. If a collection, then it must be monochrome and without design. If candles – then long and tall. 

When choosing textiles give preference to natural materials and natural colors. Floral prints leave the traditional classics with its infantile and frivolous character. Modern classics do not force you to pay attention to it, but you can’t help but do it. This is the magical appeal of the “contemporaneous” style. It reveals the natural beauty of things. Creates a unique atmosphere of a real home, in the broadest sense of the word. It is a mature classic, which has outgrown the youth, wrapped in monograms, gilding and stuffy draperies. It has grown older, wiser and has a simpler view of the world. She is absolutely universal and at the same time has an exceptional personality.