When New Meets Old in Interior Design

Contrary to the adage, opposites don’t always attract, but it may apply to interior design. Strike the perfect balance between old and new.

Rules in modern design teach us an important lesson about life: not everything has to match.

Contrary to the adage, opposites don’t always attract, but it may apply to interior design. It seems like it’s taken right out of a page of any traditionalist’s horror book: mixing elements together to create a unique blend of styles. What happened to the safe, good ol’ matching?

If you ask modern designers, many will tell you to forget the picture-perfect matchy-matchy look. Decorating a room with different colours, patterns and styles is fashionable.

Old meets new. Antique meets modern. Rustic meets contemporary.

Admittedly, this modern design philosophy is in danger of being chaotic without tasteful execution. Here are some tips to help you strike that perfectly imperfect balance:

Apply the 80/20 Rule

The ratio rule is the best place to start. Choose a main character and a supporting character. In this case, characters represent the styles you want. If you’re after a comfortable-modern-traditional decor, stretch the elements of modern, and the add delicate speckles of traditional here and there.   

Go with designs of clean lines, geometric patterns and muted colours for your furniture, as they take up most of the room. Then ease into an old school look with an internal wooden door. This adds a touch of rustic sensibility into a backdrop of modern minimalism.

The rustic elements (wooden door) add warmth to what would otherwise be a modern, cold decor (i.e. glass coffee tables, grey-coloured arm chairs).

Mix and Match and Evenly

The easiest way to draw too much attention to one particular element is to group too many things of that element together. Instead, distribute items of the same style evenly throughout the room.

For example, if you have a rug that has more colours than anything else in the space, add touches of that colour in other areas of the room. Tie it all together and let it blend easily into the space.

If you have something that sticks out like a sore thumb, an element that has nothing in common with anything else, make it the focal point. Rather than compete with other elements, let it stand alone and become the star of the show. A perfect example would be a red-coloured light fixture in a sea of whites and greys.   

At Triline, we strive to help homeowners make the most of their space. One of the ways to achieve that is to bring high quality into our products, from our internal sliding doors to external door frames.

Let us be a part of your next interior design project. Get in touch with us today to know more about our custom doors.