How do you add contemporary interiors to a period home?

PUBLISHED: 11:47 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 29 May 2018

Juxtaposing old and new styles: Field House, Brancaster, for sale with Bedfords. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

Juxtaposing old and new styles: Field House, Brancaster, for sale with Bedfords. Pic: www.bedfords.co.uk

It is a common myth that if you have a traditional property, you cannot have a contemporary style interior, but this is definitely not the case, advises Louise Ives-Wilkinson, interior designer.

Louise Ives-Wilkinson, interior designerLouise Ives-Wilkinson, interior designer

My favourite modern interiors are those within a period property, especially grand Edwardian rooms. Original architectural details enhance and add character, elevating the space to a whole new level so here is how to make the best of both:

Rework - Use traditional features in a contemporary way. Why not gold leaf the interior of a disused period fireplace or try using multiple pieces of modern abstract art hung in a traditional formation.

Juxtapose – Embrace mixing the old and the new in smaller vignettes. Choose select pieces with bold design, such as a mid century arm chair positioned in front of an ornate Edwardian fireplace and mix with contemporary accessories, its all about not being afraid to try.

Freshen – Get rid of any dated wall colours and patterned carpets. Fresh white paint will provide a perfect ‘art gallery’ style backdrop for contemporary furniture pieces. Contrasting dark walls in something like Farrow and Ball ‘Downpipe’ while leaving period details white can create a big impact. Or if you are not so brave, painting the ceiling colour from picture rail upwards can create a more cosy feeling in space with high ceilings.

Highlight – Period features are beautiful and if you are lucky enough to have them in your home, please don’t remove or hide them, they should be allowed to sing. If you are going ultra modern why not highlight intricate coving or ceiling roses with a contrasting finish or colour, to draw even more attention to the rooms well deserved feature.

Simplify – Keep the walls and soft furnishings free from fussy patterns and florals, go for solid colours or neutrals and choose simple, stylish furniture with clean lines. Too much clutter and intricate detailing will make the interior feel dated.

I hope this has been helpful, if you need any advice on how to incorporate your modern furnishings with your traditional home we are always here to offer free advice so please do give us a call on 01603 425333 or email me at louise@iwinteriors.co.uk or see www.iwinteriors.co.uk

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