Mixing old with new and the 80/20 rule

As designers we often mention the importance of balance and proportion. It applies to style, colour, texture, and shape. Mixing contemporary pieces with antiques is an excellent way to achieve these goals because it’s adds interest, history and creates balance.

When mixing furniture we think the 80/20 rule is a good one to follow. Unless you’re a committed antiques collector the majority of your scheme will be contemporary. The remaining 20 percent of antiques could be large pieces of furniture but could also include smaller details such as mirrors or decorative accessories.

Creating your dream interior is really all about contrasts – old/new, big/small, rough/smooth so keep that in mind and don’t be shy when it comes to your colour palette. We love bold and bright across the board but sometimes just a little pop of contrasting colour amongst a tonal scheme is enough to bring it all together.

The most important thing to remember is that if you love something you can always find a place for it in your home, regardless of the rules. Creating a home should take a lifetime, this way, you’ll create a cohesive look that continually evolves.

We love the Rosewood Sideboard with the Weller Table Lamps.

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 We love the Mahogany Writing Desk with the Cleo Desk Lamp.

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We love the Rosewood What-not with the Langley Court Sofa

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