How to guide: Mix old with new

Guide to mixing old with new.
While there are no hard rules, there are a few guidelines. Determine if you want an antique room with modern accents or a modern room with antiques.
The two styles should complement each other.
Coastal kitchen with nauitcal lighting and a mixture of old and new furnishings

The perfect marriage of old and new will create a great collected design.
Coastal living room with white slipcover chairs and a mixture of old and new
The key to a smooth transition between old and new is to use a common thread. Color is an easy way to pull the thread through a room and can give your favorite antique furnishings a classic modern feel.
Coastal dining room with white wicker chairs and coral branch chandelier
One of the easiest places to make old and new styles play well is in your dining room. Since the table is the largest piece it can be placed with chairs that are bold and modern or vintage and classic.
Coastal living room with white slipcover sofa and modern furnishings
It is important to have an element in all of your pieces that unites the room. This could be a color, a type of shade of wood, or a visual theme, like the ocean.
Coastal breakfast room with a modern stainless table, modern chairs and antique furnishings
Experiment with opposites, a modern table in traditional surroundings or rustic desk with a sleek, modern chair.
Coastal living room with sea glass and driftwood
Combine similar elements, antique and contemporary furniture that echo each other and pair them together for a cohesive coastal design.

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