Old Meets New – How to Mix & Match Your Décor

As Realtors®, we are often asked by our clients about home décor, especially when they are preparing to sell their home and want their home looking its best. One topic that comes up often is whether they need to follow a specific décor theme for each room. The answer is no! You can mix old and new, chic with shabby, or enjoy other interior designs that don’t necessarily stick to a rigid approach. The key is to stay true to your personal taste, and don’t worry about the latest fads and trends.

Start with a plan

The first thing you need to do is decide on the main concept or design theme. Is it that you prefer mostly modern, clean lines but don’t want it feeling stark or plain? Maybe you love antiques but are worried that too many will look stuffy, worn and old. For some, there’s a particular colour scheme you have in mind, or as many of us have experienced, we inherited a family heirloom piece that we just don’t know what on earth to do with! As long as you have a central theme in mind and a colour you love, use that as your basis and build on that.

Tips for best design wins

There are a few key tips to keep in mind so that your room looks its best and not simply ‘thrown together’:

• Pay attention to colours – you don’t want it a chaotic, overpowering jumble of colours throughout the room; instead, think of colours that gently highlight and contrast one another.

• Make sure your ‘old’ items aren’t too worn, broken, stained or in general poor condition. Just because it may be an antique, it doesn’t mean it can’t use some refinishing or care.

• Think about shapes and textures. You can (and should) mix various types of textures and shapes throughout the room. Vintage loveseat paired with round faux fur cushions and a square glass table? Yes please!

• Know the difference between eclectic and junky. It’s true…some people just adore their thrift store or antique shop finds, and before they know it, their home is filled with all sorts of mis-matched pieces that just don’t work…anywhere. When in doubt, leave it out.

• Use art to create contrast. If you’ve got a charming, vintage look to your room, put up some modern art to give it a crisp look. Alternatively, if you’ve got clean, chic vibes in the room, add a chunky-framed piece of antique art or wood feature piece such as a barn door, carving or vase.

• If you’re planning on selling your home, you’ll need to keep the décor pieces to a minimum. Potential buyers want to see spacious, clean lines. They need to imagine their own styles and furnishings in the room, so if it feels at all cluttered or overwhelming to them, they may not feel that ‘ready to buy’ feeling.

When decorating your home, there aren’t that many hard and fast rules to follow. What you do want to accomplish is that your home feels perfect for you, and that your treasured items are featured properly. If you’re interested in buying or selling your home, then be sure to speak with the experienced Realtors® at Clairwood Real Estate. We know houses, and we know this area of Collingwood, Meaford, The Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach and Grey County. Connect with us today at 705-445-7085 so we can get started on getting you that dream home.


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