The aesthetic charm of period homes is undeniable. And as a country with a rich history of settlement, industrialism and architecture, Britain is blessed with a plethora of beautiful old homes and spaces. Yet with their old world appeal comes the unavoidable question of how to choose the perfect furniture. Many decorators often choose to shun a contemporary look in favour of something more authentic and traditional. This can work however often the space will end up feeling a little too dated. So what’s the solution? Embracing the opportunity to blend the old and the new! Whether you own a compact inner city terrace flat or a majestic country estate, fitting it out with clean and simple modern furniture will create an on-trend look that brings together the best of both worlds.
The master bedroom is often the grandest room in a period home and when furnished correctly, can be transformed into an incredible space. Rather than create a stuffy and pompous feel, why not consider furnishing your bedroom with clean and contemporary pieces that inject a dose of modernism into an older space? Choosing avant-garde light fittings, modern bed linen, up-to-the-minute art and furniture with sleek, clean lines will pave the way for a seamless blend of old and new. For the ultimate in contemporary cool a matching bedroom suite will create a flawless look. Those who are stuck for space should also consider commissioning a custom built wardrobe that maximises every inch of a compact room!
Period bathroom furniture may be pretty but it’s not usually very practical or space savvy. Give your bathroom a modern day makeover with contemporary furniture and accessories that bring it right up into the 21st century. Think sleek shelving, simple cabinets and an ultra-modern suite.
A kitchen can be one of the hardest rooms to furnish. Period homes in particular often feature unconventional corners, bay windows and alcoves which can make the shelving design process somewhat tricky. The best way to get around this dilemma is to commission custom built shelves which are practical, stylish and perfectly fit. A dining set with clean modern lines makes a great centrepiece and will perfectly complement any contemporary crockery, glassware and cutlery that catch your eye!
The living room
High ceilings are one of the defining features of period homes and create a wonderfully lofty and luxurious feel. Yet sometimes the sheer size of the space can make everyday furniture seem dwarfed and out of proportion. A great solution is to choose bespoke pieces that have been tailor made to fit the dimensions of your space. From coffee tables and bookshelves to dining sets and media units, bespoke furniture is a terrific way to ensure that the room feels unique and well balanced.
Have we convinced you that blending the old and the new is one of this year’s hottest trends? Why not take a look at your current interior décor and think about how you can incorporate the look into your home?