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November 28, 2007, 11:44 am
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When your grandmother got a tiger-oak side table for her wedding, and
your mother got Fiestaware to put on her kidney shaped coffee table,
they were both contemporary. But contemporary home dcor now means
glass, minimalism, and plenty of storage for electronics. You cannot
spurn your family heirlooms; you must simply find a way to integrate
great-grandmothers Victoriana into a 21st century home. Small
ThingsSome small antiques blend into contemporary home dcor
perfectly. Glass vases, silver, and textiles designed with clean
lines and classic style are easy to use. The fabrics in many old
quilts, for example, tend to be more neutral from a time before very
vibrant dyes were invented. Geometric patterns are the easiest to
sew perfect for contemporary home dcor. Primitive pieces are also
wonderful accents in a contemporary home. An oversized, well-used
dough trough is a perfect centerpiece on any large dining table. Fill
it with something like sand or pebbles for a more modern look.
Arrange bamboo in grandmothers old milk churn; the contrast makes both
look better. You must rely on contrast to make the more overwrought
pieces look their best. Aunt Mildred might want you to display the
antique pink epergne she gave you, but where can such a big piece of
ruffled, dainty pink glass fit in contemporary home dcor? Hang it as
a chandelier. Or, make a modern monochromatic ensemble. Let one
shelf of the bookcase be the pink department, and put all the pink
there. Single-color groupings fit well in the contemporary home.
FurnitureAntique furniture is quite easy to put into contemporary home
dcor. Many contemporary styles are inspired by the past in any case.
First, upholstered pieces like couches and chairs are the easiest to
bring up to date. Replace seventies avocado or fifties floral with
your own modern colors. Even pieces with elaborate carving can be
toned down when matched with the right upholstery. Consider breaking
up sets, too. If a country table and six Windsor chairs look too
country for your contemporary home dcor, just use the dining table and
pair it with new upholstered chairs that fit the rest of your style.
Place the chairs in the other rooms of the house as side chairs. That
way, you use the old pieces, but dilute their old-fashioned look.
Even moms kidney-shaped table has a place: remove the legs and hang
it on the wall. It is automatic abstract art. Easy Home Decor
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