Living Room Interior Design Ideas: Old Embraces New
One of the biggest interior design trends this year is to have a combination of old and new sitting comfortably next to one another. This can be interpreted for example with an old period home having contemporary furnishings or a modern home having antique furnishings and furniture, with the flexibility of having both.
When old meets new you’ll need to pay attention to detail to get the look just right. This interior design style takes as much careful thought and planning as any other – it isn’t acceptable just to throw old and new into a room and hope for the best!- all you’ll end up with is a jumbled mess which has no identity.
If you have a large living room which is period in style then your choice of curtains, furniture and furnishings have to marry with each other. Large windows call for full length lounge curtains, the graciousness should compliment the room along with the colour. The room may be large however, dark coloured curtains or drapes can make it feel enclosed and gloomy. Meet old with new by selecting lightweight sheer white, ivory or cream curtains which will soften the look of the window and ooze chic elegance into the room.
The furniture should also balance with the size and grandeur of the room – there’s little point in having a large room if you have a small two seater sofa and a couple of chairs. If you favour the intimacy of two seater sofas have two or three so that they balance with the room.
The same principles apply to lighting; swap traditional chandeliers for modern versions of cascading light shades and include a large mirror – this time not to make the room appear larger but to help bounce light around the room.
In reverse you can have a modern home and furnish it with older styled furniture and soft furnishings. A modern living room can include a more traditional chandelier and full length curtains in a traditional Damask or Jacquard pattern to create a stunning window dressing which can be swept open from the centre and held in place with tassel tie-backs.
Cross the boundaries and the centuries to transform your home and living room into the elegant and beautiful place to enjoy, after all you and your family should feel comfortable within your own home. Be careful with modern properties not to go too over the top otherwise the old will look out of place when placed next to its new neighbours.