It may seem counterintuitive, but combining antique or vintage furnishings with newer pieces is a great way to create an up-to-date and uniquely individual space. Nine gifted designers show us just how right a room can feel when traditional rubs shoulders with contemporary.
Modernist Meets Traditionalist
While the owners of this turn-of-the-century house are modernists, the decorator managed to honor their sensibilities while still respecting the history of the house. The traditional armoire was the first piece selected and acts as a great anchor for the light colors and modern graphic shapes throughout the family room.
Past Meets Present
Custom silk wallpaper and a custom-designed Ultrasuede headboard create a soft, inviting palette. The gold leaf details on the antique bench play nicely against the pattern in the Madeleine Weinrib rug.
Urban Meets Urbane
The aged wooden table provides a just-right counterpoint to the sleek Lucite chairs. The ionic column fragment adds a gracious salute to the enduring relevance of classicism.
Glamour Meets Whimsy
A distressed wood coffee table offers a gracious, muted counterpoint to the vibrant violet sofa and sophisticated zebra-print chair. The result is at once vibrant and tranquil.
Country Meets City
The rustic and old-world style finishes and fixtures are in perfect harmony with the mid-century modern chair and contemporary spotted wallpaper.
Timeless Meets Transitional
The contemporary side table next to one chair is as at home as the traditional table placed next to the fireplace. The warm, neutral palette of the walls, floor, and ceiling unifies the space, while allowing the many varied pieces within this elegant living room to stand out.
Black Meets White
The mix of a rustic wooden table and sturdy, Louis XVI-style seating ably achieves the designer's goal to create a dining room equally suited for sit-down dinners both formal and kid-friendly.
Contemporary Meets Classic
A pair of mid-century chairs and a decidedly modern set of coffee tables work together seamlessly in this architecturally rich, classically inspired, double-height living room.
Old World Meets New
In this living room, the original architectural details provide plenty of interest. The combination of neutral and modern finishes were chosen to respect and emphasize the brick walls and iron columns indigenous to this former spice warehouse.