Decorating? No idea what style you like? It can be tough; most people can’t fit their preferences into one style category. The good news is: you don’t have to sort yourself into a style box! You can have that mostly-traditional room with the awesome modern light fixture that caught your eye. Today we’re examining rooms and homes that are simultaneously traditional and modern.
It’s not contradictory, it’s not mismatched, and it’s not “transitional” – we’re looking at spaces that successfully combine pieces of both traditional style and modern style. While transitional style incorporates elements of these two design styles – for example, a modern piece of furniture with a traditional pattern – the spaces we’re featuring today have a distinct mix of modern and traditional pieces, all of which can be defined as one style or the other.
Generally, design experts and decorators recommend sticking to one style when decorating a home or room to avoid a disjointed feel. And generally, they’re right; a super-modern foyer leading into a heavily traditional living room can be odd. But when you consistently represent both styles, it works.
These rooms will prove it!
Shake up a staid traditional entry with an unexpectedly modern chair or art:
Spice up a classic room with modern art, fixtures, and/or furnishings:
Or bring some old-world warmth and charm to a bordering-on-sterile urban room:
Go more subtle with mixed textiles, prints, and patterns from each style type:
For the bold and daring: try an in-your-face mix of old and new: