If you only learn one thing from me through this blog let it be this: The secret to great interior design is balancing. Thats the honest truth. To achieve a really well put together home, you need to balance colors (light with dark, bright with soft), pattens, scale, accessories, and obviously furniture pieces. One of the most important balancing acts, in my professional opinion, is balancing old and new elements.
The combo of old items with new items in a home creates the perfect atmosphere. You need older things to bring character and history to your home. But you also need newer items to add freshness and keep things looking current. These elements work together to create a home that looks well thought out and collected over time. One thing I absolutely hate is when you walk into someone's home and it looks straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog (no offense to PB, I love their stuff... when paired with other, more unique items).
Don't hear me wrong on this. "Old" elements does not necessarily mean things need to be rustic. Maybe you like the rustic look and maybe you don't. What I am talking about is finding UNIQUE items that add character and interest to your spaces. Look for things that have history or something that feels one-of-a-kind, and many times those items are still in great shape and are not rustic at all.
I am also not just talking about furniture either. Of course you need to balance old and new with your furniture, but accessories and lighting play just as much a role in this as furniture does. Maybe you have a room full of newer furniture.... ok, well add some really old accessories to the bookcases, and lay out an antique rug on the floor then. Or maybe just split things down the middle and have old/new items throughout. See where I am going with this?
Or maybe you love antiques have a lot of older items in your home and need to add some newer things. Well You can freshen up an old chair by getting it reupholstered in a more current fabric. Or add a fresh coat of paint to you walls... thats always an easy update. Swap out some accessories here and there to make things feel a little more balanced.
Balance really is the key. Some homes will have more new things, and some will have more old items. The idea is to figure out your particular style, think about what items you gravitate toward, and then decide how to incorporate a balance of new and old within your style. This works for ANY style. Even if you have super modern tastes, you can find older, unique pieces to fit into your design and I PROMISE it will make a huge difference.
Sources: All pictures can be found on my Pinterest boards