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Past Present Perfect: Mixing traditional, contemporary decor

Mixing traditional,contemporary decor

The freshest style in decor these days is … mixing styles.

Traditional and contemporary often work well together. Think abstract art with an overstuffed chaise, or an 18th century-style toile wallpaper with an ’80s-era lamp. The appeal is in the pleasing tension between the styles; sophisticated, artsy, yet livable.

The latest throwback trend comes, as usual, from pop culture. Binge-worthy TV series like “Outlander” and “Bridgerton” have inspired Pinterest boards filled with tartan pillows, William Morris patterns, stag antler lighting, copper soaking tubs, silver candlesticks and daybeds. Wave a feathered fan at “Regencycore.”

What “Mad Men” did for midcentury modern, these recent period series have done for early 19th century aesthetics, characterized by elements like tufted sofas, oversize mirrors, chandeliers, gilded accents, and colorful floral or Oriental prints.

Modern elements temper the fussiness of frills and furbelows while showcasing their features, and allow you to create personal spaces that aren’t stuck in a single style.


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