When we consider time-honored decorating advice, we realize that while there are certain gems of wisdom that can be appropriate no matter what, from time to time we may wish to break convention and apply our own tasteful approach. For example, there are many interior designers who believe that keeping your home within one design philosophy is often the best idea to keep the space cohesive. It’s not hard to understand why they recommend this, it’s also even harder to suggest they are wrong.
However, for some people, it’s suggestions like this that might not be as applicable. To use another example, consider someone purchasing an old rural farmhouse or cottage, wanting to keep the character whole while also designing the home in a manner that permits modern conveniences and the comfort of minimalist, modern design ideals. Would it be possible to parse these two things, and if so, how on earth could you expect to get that just right, or as right as you may hope?
Thankfully, for this issue, in particular, we have some excellent advice. It can be found below:
Purchase Tasteful Items
When finding items that have been pre-selected and chosen by an effective home furnishings company, implementing modern decor is much more tasteful than it might have been with a generic trip to your local furnishing store. Purchasing tasteful items that complement your space and yet do not clash with the character of the building is your first priority, but do not be afraid to let this grow naturally rather than thinking you need everything at once.
Additionally, ensure that both styles are working together in the style that you have in mind. For example, you might purchase some candle holders that have somewhat of a modern edge to them, but they may clash with the color of your large farmhouse table. Painting this table an eggshell white can not only help it feel a little brighter and liven up the place, but may help your modern implements seem a little more in keeping, or at best completely seamless with the design of your room.
Allow The Character Of Your Building To Shine
It’s all about moderation when considering how to make use of your rustic and modern implements. For example, if you have a beautiful farmhouse fireplace that has since been stuffed and covered, installing a new log burner and opening up the chimney arch could help you make use of this space. Installing an electric fireplace for convenience sake would be sacrilege as far as this is concerned.
This example illustrates that a modern aesthetic should not override the rustic nature of your home, but complement it. That being said, do not be afraid to improve on what works. To use a further example, it might be that you wish to purchase a modern dishwasher to keep your kitchen area more convenient when you have to clean up post-Sunday-dinner.
However, a huge dishwasher can sometimes defeat the purpose of an older, rugged home. For this, you might decide to use a kitchen cabinet with wood paneling as a lining to keep it within the design scope of your kitchen. It’s little techniques such as this that can help you achieve the design you want, while still keeping modern luxury. Remember, the scope between modern and rustic is not always aesthetic, but function.
Function As Aesthetic
Additionally, sometimes switching something from a functional part of your home can also serve as an aesthetic decoration. For example, it might be that with the reinstallation of your fireplace, your fire bellows can be hung near the brickwork around said unit. Additionally, perhaps a modern fixture to hold the wooden logs you had chopped outside can help keep the space minimal and clean.
What might have seemed like two design styles at terminal odds with one another can actually complement one another if you stick to similar design ideals – keeping parallel textures and colors in the room, ensuring the space is not cluttered and using a points scoring system to consider the ‘weight’ a certain item has. For example, a coffee table, a television stand or mount and a spinning wheel might all serve as function and decoration, and could also serve as the focal point for each design aesthetic. In this way, you can keep things balanced as best you can.
With these tips, you’re sure to have little trouble meeting these excellent design styles.