Sotheby's Home shares the best combinations of antique and modern design to implement in your home.
The juxtaposition of something old with something new is a simple way to add character and texture to an interior. It’s not something that immediately comes to mind when choosing furnishings, but interior designers use this trick to skillfully pair items from different eras and create layers of interest.
Here are four formulas that will help you achieve a mix of old and new in your own home.
Why It Works: The clean modern lines of the table act as a counterbalance to the ornate design of the grand Neoclassical chandelier.
Why It Works: Because of the bed’s neutral wood tones and minimalist design, the antique rug can explode with color and intricate pattern without clashing with the bed.
Why It Works: While it may not be immediately apparent, these two pieces have something in common. The subtle brass knobs on the credenza mimic the gold tones in the mirror, and this shared metallic element ties the pieces together.
Why It Works: The modern, black desk chair pulls out the black inlay detail on the Biedermeier desk and allows the antique craftsmanship of the piece to shine.