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Mixing Old and New

Interior how-tos

Interior decorators are always talking about the importance of balance and proportion. It applies to color, shape, texture and style. When it comes to home decorating, mixing modern items with antiques is a great idea because it keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth and ultimately creates balance.
    Filling a room with antiques simply because they’re antiques is never a good idea; likewise with modern decor. Pieces can get lost when paired solely with like items. Instead, try mixing things up to call attention to individual items.
    Here are a few ideas for mixing old and new:
    Put a modern, streamlined bench under an ornate console or desk.
    An ornate Louis XIV gilt mirror looks great in an ultra-modern room.
    A modern Lucite or glass dining table is stunning when paired with an ornate crystal chandelier and antique silver mirror.
    A piece of modern art in a room filled with antiques creates a pop.
    Place modern chairs around a beautiful round French or English wood pedestal table.
    A fireplace mantel in a modern room can really become a focal point with a single ornate antique piece on it.
    To create a look that appears to have evolved over time, wait until you find just the right items that will add the proper form and function to your home.
    Your home needs to look good to you, and if you truly love a piece, then there’s a place in your home for it.

Cindy Bateman Antiques and Decoration
Severna Park: 540-222-4969; cindybateman.com