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How to Best Balance Traditional and Contemporary Styles in Your Home

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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.

Why?

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.

How Interior Design Affects Your Mood

Your home should be a space where you can relax at the end of a long day, get creative with a meal, and bring friends and family together.  It’s important that this space yield to these goals by attributing the right layout, design, and color to achieve a certain feeling.  Nobody wants a home to feel chaotic or uncomfortable to guests or even to themselves— which is why it’s essential to think carefully about how interior design affects your mood. 

For more on luxury furniture selections that fit any room of your home, visit A. Rudin today.

The Basics

When setting out to design a space, start off by asking yourself some basic questions about the area.  This may include,

  • “How does this room make me feel?”
  • “How do I want this room to feel?”
  • “What can I add or remove from the room to achieve this feeling?”

Asking yourself these three basic questions will set you off on the right foot and guide you along the way.  If you ever get lost from endless options, you can always return to your answers to these questions to get back on track. 

Next, it’s important to think about the main features that will attribute to these feelings.  Mainly, this will be texture, color, and flow of the room.  Once you’ve decided the feeling you’d like to achieve in a space, you can get down to the details.  For example, when choosing a rug for a room, you may want to ask yourself, “Which rug would make me feel (insert desired emotion here)?”

Positive Emotions

A positive emotion should be the end-goal in designing any space, but the type of positive emotion may be slightly different for each room.  Here are some examples:

Awake/Happy

Perhaps you’d like your kitchen to be a place where you feel alert and happy.  This feeling calls for plenty of natural light, plants, and bright colors like yellow, orange, and sky blue.  You can incorporate these details anywhere from the cabinet colors to the texture of your kitchen towels.  Add a few hanging house plants to liven up the space and remove any curtains from the room that are unnecessary.   Textures that may prove fitting for this space will be a little rougher and tougher than others to be suitable for cooking, yet subtle in its softness.

Comfortable

Most of us want to feel comforted in our bedroom or living room.  This feeling calls for warm colors and soft textures.  Some color ideas are rich beiges and browns, golden yellow, soft grey, burnt orange, and light blue.  Soft textures may include throw pillows, fleece blankets, a shag rug, and antique wooden furniture.

Elegant

A space that is classy or elegant will often evoke a sense of pride.  Creating a dining space with this in mind, for example, is easily achievable through rich colors and tasteful accessories.  A beautiful wooden dining table, navy blue walls, gold trim, and a luxurious antique rug are a few examples to highlight the feeling of elegance.  This feeling can also be achieved with a minimalist, modern approach.

Color

The color of psychology is real!  This is why it’s extremely important to think about color when trying to achieve a certain mood in a room. 

In general, neutral colors or earth tones can help us feel very grounded and peaceful.  It’s essential to mix neutral colors with other, bolder colors so that a feeling of dullness doesn’t occur.  White is known to make a space feel more open and clean, however too much white can lean toward feeling sterile so mix in some others.  Warm colors, like red, orange, and yellow, can really energize a room and create a sense of happiness or passion.  Colder colors such as blue tend to be great for calming the mind and providing a sense of confidence. 

Feng Shui

The flow of a room is also really important when thinking about mood.  A room that is too cluttered can make one feel anxious, stressed, or claustrophobic.  Conversely, a room that is very open with very little furniture can make one feel depressed or alone.  There must be balance in everything.  The room should adhere to a natural flow and provide a sense of calm, rather than chaos.  Click here for more information on how to apply feng shui to a room.

Applying these basic principles to not only the design of a space but also the minor details of furniture and accessories will help you achieve the mood you desire.  A. Rudin has a large selection of furniture to choose from to help you on your way to designing the perfect space.  Visit them online today to find out more about what they have to offer.

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Your Go-to Dinner Party Checklist

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Are you getting ready to host a gorgeous dinner party at your home, but aren’t sure where to start? Don’t stress! With this checklist from the A. Rudin team, you’ll impress each guest with your decorations, menu, and entertainment. Simply follow along with our go-to dinner party checklist to ensure that your incredible evening goes off without a hitch! For more help on hosting, styling, and luxury furniture, call the A. Rudin offices today, or check out A. Rudin online now.

Set the Mood

Whether your dinner party is set to include a few select friends, or you are planning a larger get-together, your decorations and furnishings say a lot about who you are as a person, and it can be overwhelming to get right. Your first step should be to choose a room where eating and drinking will mostly occur. If you have a dedicated dining room, this can be an easy choice, especially if you have enough seating for every guest. If there is no specific room in your home that can easily be identified for your dinner party, think about the flow of your home’s layout and try to pick the largest room that everyone will be drawn to gather in. When your room has been chosen, it’s important to examine your furniture, seating, and decorations. Seating should fit all invited guests and should be comfortable enough that dinner is not difficult to eat, and guests don’t feel like they are cut off from other party members. Any decorations should embrace a warm, inviting mood, as you want all guests to feel a sense of peace and welcoming when they arrive. Try using unscented candles throughout the room to give your space a beautiful glow without clashing with your dinner preparations.

Pay Attention to Your Table

After your furnishings, decor and overall ambiance have been established, it’s time to look at your dinner table settings. For a successful dinner party, you’ll want to be sure to incorporate a cohesive theme between your dining accessories and decorations. Your table decorations can either follow a theme, or match the overall decor of your home, or be completely its own design! The possibilities are endless, so try finding some examples of table decorations that you like online, and have an expert help you with the rest if you get stuck! For an exceptional eye for detail to help you plan your next dinner party decor, call the team at A. Rudin or visit them online today!

What’s for Dinner?

After your decoration and ambiance have been set, the most important part of your dinner party is dinner of course! Depending on what kind of dinner party you have, the food can range from a three-course meal to a potluck gathering. Plan to at least have drinks and an entree prepared for your guest and add courses depending on the type of party you’re throwing. If you plan to gather for a long time, you may want to consider adding appetizers or a dessert, (or both!), to your menu for the night. Your guests will appreciate your hospitality, and it will give you a chance to impress with your cooking skills! No matter what kind of dinner party you’re throwing, always try to incorporate a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere so that your guests feel happy and relaxed throughout the evening. Check each of these items off your checklist to ensure that your party is memorable and fun for every guest! If you still need help planning or decorating the perfect event, let the team at A. Rudin help when you call or visit online today!