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3 Tips for Blending Traditional and Modern Décor Styles

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Eclectic-style homes have a lot a charm, effortlessly blending many different styles together into one, collaborative design. These types of transitional designs mix traditional and modern décor within one space with wonderful results. One design that’s gotten a lot of attention lately is the Rustic modern look.  There are many ways you can take elements of traditional and modern decor that appeal to you and mix styles to create your own, unique look.

These five tips will help you make the most of your new space. Whether you have a traditional home and a love of modern furnishings, or your home is already transitional in design and you want to continue the style.

  1. Evenly Mix the Looks

While occasionally putting one offbeat element into a room makes the rest of the décor come together, transitional design is not one of them. When blending two distinct styles together, make sure that each is equally represented within the room. Otherwise, your one distinct piece may look out of place.

For example, if you’re creating a rustic modern home and are using Amish living room furniture, you should keep all the lines and colors in the room very clean and modern to balance the look. This doesn’t mean that for each rustic piece you add you need a more modern one, just that on the whole, both styles are evenly represented so the scales don’t tip too far in any one direction.

  1. Use Color and Texture

Sometimes transitional designs are used to soften modern décor and make it feel more inviting and comfortable. Often, this is done through the use of color and texture in otherwise modern spaces.

For example, if a contemporary living room looks too bland, consider replacing some of the stainless steel fixtures with oil rubbed bronze. Add more texture to fabrics like throw pillows, and rugs to invite a tactile sense. Paint the walls a warmer, richer color than would otherwise be used in a contemporary setting. You could also add a custom canvas print to your walls.  The result is still a modern room, but one that you can now relax in and feel welcomed by.

  1. Add Character

Another way you can blend together different styles is to use materials in the room that have character – something that makes them stand out from either traditional or modern décor. One example would be to use something like reclaimed wood wall panels and add a wooden wall.

Reclaimed wood has a history and character all its own. While not modern or traditional, they do add a lot to a room. Adding with a reclaimed wood panels to your wall, then adding some modern furnishings will create a transitional design that has a lot of depth and interest.

Create Your Perfect Style

One of the best parts about blending a design is the fact that you can do it slowly over time. Add pieces one by one in equal measure until you strike the balance that works best for you. Use these tips to help you mix traditional and modern décor styles in your home, and create a living space as unique as you are.

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