Mixing Antiques with Modern Style – Decorating Your Townhouse in Saskatoon

Mixing modern style in your townhouse with traditional decor can be something a designer does to find a certain classic meets modern aesthetic, but it can also be something one needs to do because of necessity. Maybe you’re a retired person on a budget with some beautiful antiques, or maybe you’re a young person that has had some older pieces you need to take advantage of that have been handed down to you. Either way, if you’ve purchased a townhouse in Saskatoon recently and need to incorporate your older furniture into a great modern design, fear not — in style, there are no rules. However, there are great tips from designers themselves on creating equilibrium in your townhouse with styles from different eras, and here are three of them:

  • Unbalancing Act

Interior design of your townhouse is about creating balance and harmony, but that doesn’t mean you have to have an exactly 50/50 ratio for both design styles. Representing both old and new equally will simply result in an interior that looks confused and poorly designed. Depending on what you’re working with, pick one as the dominant style and incorporate the second style with smaller furniture pieces or decorative accessories.


  • K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Silly

You can change the feeling of a room from chic to cheap really quickly with clutter, so go light on accessories. If you want an antique table lamp to pop on your sleek modern end table, don’t clutter up the surface with other items like vases or photo frames. The design guideline is normally to display accessories in groups of three, but it’s not always the best decision in a transitional space. Especially if you are grouping too many opposing design styles together; it can leave your living room looking like a yard sale. Count each design style as its own item in a grouping, then find a decorative accessory that ties together elements from each.  So, you’d count the antique lamp as one item, the end table as two, and you could add a more modern vase, perhaps with some elements that echo the colours or design of the lamp to create some harmony and consistency.


  • Unexpected Colour & Bold Upholstery

The simplest way to incorporate a vintage piece into a modern décor is by updating it. However, you don’t simply refurbish the antique furniture to its original condition. You can use that new paint or upholstery to give it a more contemporary feel, like using bright, unconventional colours and cool, patterned fabrics. If you’re matching items for harmony, you can also put a traditional spin on sleek modern pieces by painting or stenciling them with more formal designs.


Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to making your townhouse in Saskatoon the envy of the neighbourhood.

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