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Mixing old and new furniture?

katherinelindsay's picture
katherinelindsay

I am graduating/starting a new job very soon, and will have a new apartment and clean slate to begin decorating! I would consider my style clean, calm, and collected, and I tend to stay away from ultra-modern/minimalistic decor (I have way too much stuff for that!). I'm a big fan of Ikea's "Hemnes" line, and love dark wood.Here's my conundrum that I'd like some help on:I've inherited a couple of gorgeous antiques from my family. Two in particular are a lovely, tiger oak, claw-footed library table (that takes about 4 people to move...) and a farmhouse-style oak china cabinet/desk/drawer combo. Both are likely from the mid-1800s. I also have access to a barn full of old chairs, tables, etc. My question is, what are some unique ways I can combine and showcase these functional antiques with today's big box/ikea furniture without looking like a) a student dorm with some family hand-me-downs and b) like my grandmother's house?Thanks!

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dytecture

When using accessories on your new furniture, try to match the color or pattern of your older antiques in order to bring some continuity to the space. 

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spersaud

Ooh what an interesting question! I love mixing old with the new. Personally, I'd make an effort to ensure things like antiques have a mix of new and old items atop, and likewise with the newer furniture. ... I think this would be a great question for Cameron, though! Why don't you try contacting him via email at askadesigner @ hhmedia . com (more info: http://houseandhome.com/design/design-decorating/ask-designer)

Maybe this gallery of vintage chic interiors will help? http://houseandhome.com/design/photo-gallery-vintage-chic.

I feel like Michael Penney did a great job at mixing old finds with new finds in his new home, too, though there are more thrift-store finds than antiques: http://houseandhome.com/design/photo-gallery-michael-penneys-new-house

What does everyone else think?

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