Whether it’s a sleek mid-century chair or a fabulous Hollywood Regency light fixture, we swoon when we see a great vintage piece. Which is why we’re often surprised when we hear friends hesitate before buying vintage, just because they’re not sure how to make “old” and “new” work together. We say: It’s easy. Here are just a few ways to strike the right balance when decorating with vintage and modern pieces:

Balance Vintage Pieces With Clean-Lined Accessories

Found a quirky side chair? Let that make the statement in a room and keep everything else a little more on the minimalist side. For instance, the simple mirror and clean white vases on the sideboard in this room by Amber Interiors are the perfect accessories for balancing eclectic décor.


Stick To A Neutral Color Palette

For a no-fail way to combine old and new, choose neutral pieces — they’ll always match. In the home of artist and designer Erin Barrett (as seen in The Glitter Guide), the brown-black-grey-cream-and-white color palette unifies an eclectic collection of interesting pieces.


Harmonize Vintage And New Pieces Through Upholstery


In designer Wesley Moon’s Manhattan apartment, an Eames chair was reupholstered in a bold wool that picks up the colors of the custom Holland & Sherry sofa. The lesson? A similar color family makes it easy to mix and match patterns (and eras!).


Juxtapose Sleek Danish Pieces With A Bold Rug

Danish pieces from the mid-century never will go out of style. However, they can often look a little too spare in a design. Veneer Designs solved this dilemma by pairing a vintage dining set with a colorfully patterned rug, which brings a little more warmth to the space.

Go Bold With Accessories


A standout pendant adds character to the dining room, part of a feature from Domino on artists (and sisters!) Laura Naples and Kristen Giorgi of NG Collective. Here, the classic style of the vintage table and chairs offsets the bold fixture while still bringing their own sense of fun to the interior (note the spotted upholstered seats).

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