Crafting a balance between ‘modern and rustic’ home decors is quite a popular option for those living in older properties. It’s a direct attempt for those living in older properties to try and preserve the character of the original home they find themselves in, while also regenerating the property to handle the modern styles of the digital age. For example, you can have the most authentic countryside cottage decors in a property, with antique furniture listed to the early 1800’s. However, you’re likely going to include digital photo frames, a flat screen television, and will likely want a modern smart fridge or home office. It’s natural to desire the latest possessions, but sometimes they can clash with the decors of a preserved older property.
But why should you choose one over the other? There is absolutely a method of balancing modern with rustic, and to have the two styles complement one another rather than clash. You are free to decorate your home as you wish with your personal taste of course. However, these following tips might just help you bridge that gap more effectively, bringing you a beautiful home that truly makes jaws drop upon entry.
Minimalism is a design trend that prefers singular or two-tone colors, a lack of possessions or clutter, and a careful placement of the angles featured in a room. While you may not go for full minimalism, sometimes stripping back the amount of belongings you have in a home can make the home seem fresher and more up to date. It can also naturally open up the space. However, there is a side benefit here. The less clutter you implement in a place, the more the natural beauty of it can shine. You might notice the wood panel beams more. This lack of overemphasis on the rustic will allow for modern features to seem natural, and part of the entire space to begin with.
Bright, Clear Colors
Minimalism is just the start. The use of bright, clear colors such as off-white or light cream can open up a property, and usually allow for a less oppressive darkness which the architectural trends of old homes seem to fall into, with exposed brick and woodwork. Implementing your own paint job here could potentially help the room feel twice the size, and can stay as something to enjoy.
Modern Features, Older Fixtures
You should get into the mindset of keeping ‘modern features’ while also retaining ‘older fixtures.’ For example, you might keep the preserved window arches, and even allow for a natural upkeep of the woodwork of brickwork surrounding it. Or you could install Edwardian cast iron radiators that look suitable for the space but still ensure your space is warm and cosy without feeling as drafty as an Edwardian house. Whether you have fixtures in place or you want to install more fixtures to accompany the style, you have to ensure you stick to the aesthetic.This is history, and it might not do to replace it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t install modern and budget vertical blinds to help the window take on a modern freshness. The same might be with cubbyholes now functioning as custom-fit stands for a television, or for old floor tiles to be replaced with a newer model in a similar size and style.
With these tips, you are sure to balance rustic and modern decorative and home fixture styles perfectly, and can get to enjoying your property sooner.
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