How to Best Balance Traditional and Contemporary Styles in Your Home
Mixed. Eclectic. Transitional. These words describe the beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary styles in harmony. You can achieve this for your home to create something truly unique – yet balanced.
With the help of A. Rudin luxury furniture, it’s time to learn the best tips for achieving this blend of styles. It’s important to think about many elements: Furniture, flooring, decor, colors, textures, and more. But before becoming overwhelmed with the possibilities, check out our short guide for starting this transitional journey. For more luxury furniture and layout options, reach out to A. Rudin today.
1. Know Your Contemporary
If you are intent on incorporating contemporary pieces among your traditional home, then make sure you are truly going with the contemporary style. One of the most beautiful things about contemporary is that it was born out of traditional; therefore, it’s easy to find contemporary pieces that can complement and grow from your already-existing traditional decorations.
Contemporary floors, ceiling textures, light fixtures, and more can give you a good hint on how to achieve that styling blend. Sectional sofas, for example, have been around for centuries. As have textured or patterned ceilings.
2. Think About Form And Function
Your color schemes are your own, but keep in mind what traditional styles are rooted in. A good rule of thumb that our pros often suggest (and FINE Magazine can back us up on this) is to go traditional for color and design, but go contemporary for function.
Simply put, you want to have the sleekest tech, and most vintage looking architecture. Putting ultra modern devices in your traditional cabin-style home with your antique wooden furniture can actually make quite a good statement. Of course, you still want to take your colors into consideration. Bronze and silver-colored appliances look a lot better against a traditional landscape than stainless steel, for example.
3. Feel The Love
This blended style is, in the words of HGTV, a “marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture”. That means the blend isn’t done haphazardly; a lot of critical eyes look into it. By understanding your own style and what you personally want to achieve in your home, you will be a lot more in tune with how to create a happy mix of old and new. We can provide you with an endless list of what contemporary and traditional pieces look great together, but ultimately, it is your choice.
For the most part, we’d like to recommend traditional walls, architecture, and styles. But when it comes to furniture, some decor items, and anything that has utility, go as contemporary as you can. It turns out that small and large go together quite well!
4. Know Your Opposites
Speaking of large and small, we hope you are starting to see a pattern: That opposites can go well together. Curves in luxury furniture and bold, straight lines on walls make a pretty decent pair. Dark interior decorating with light-colored furniture and foliage can really look nice.
Expected and unexpected are also two opposites we like to play with. When a guest or neighbor visits your home, you want to lead them on a journey. Just when they think they are starting to understand your style or pattern, you hit them with a pleasant surprise. A huge room with hardly any decoration. Or a highly modern abstract piece of art inside your victorian home. Something that is unique – but not over the top – can show that you have truly grasped the art of the transitional style.
Luxury Furniture for Any Style
Looking to make a transitional home yourself? Do you love both traditional and contemporary pieces, and you want to know how to best combine them? Or, perhaps you have a completely different style in mind? A. Rudin can assist you with any project, no matter how large or small. To get started now, contact them online or call at (310) 659-2388.