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5 Ways to Modernize Your Traditional Décor

A Living Room with White Walls, A CushionedCouch Made of Wrought Iron, A Mesh Chair, and A Glass Table Topped by A Glass Vase

Ever done a before and after of your furniture and wonder when it became so weathered? Over time, the interior of our house suffers what everything in the world is destined for: obsolescence. Therefore, it is important to realize the need for an upgrade before it’s too late.

Here are some tweaks you could make to your interior design to avoid a complete renovation.

1.    Do a Fusion

Fusion might be a slippery slope with more ways to go wrong than right. Here’s how to do the latter.

Mix up every fixture. Pair your old dressing table with a modern seat or the new paintjob with ornate frames. Give your bed another varnish and replace the nightstands with something in the same color.

Whatever you do, drive the fusion home on everything, from the floors to the walls.

2.    Remove Items

The modern home design is minimalistic and spacious. Therefore, you can just take out the items that aren’t doing anything for your décor. You can do this with unnecessary items like pillows, wall hangings, extra light fixtures, and chairs.

If you have a carpet, remove it altogether. You wouldn’t believe how much lighter your space will look bare or with modern rugs.

3.    Update Existing Furniture

There’s no guarantee a new furniture set would last as long as your existing one. Also, it’s not like replacing it comes cheap, so until you can be absolutely sure it won’t set you back, make the best of what you have.

Reupholster it in a modern pattern or color and give it much-needed polish. Make sure it goes with your color scheme, and toss in matching throw pillows for good measure.

4.    Go with A Coordinated Theme

Speaking of color schemes, it might be worth noting that coordinating colors can take the focus off modern-traditional combinations.

Pair your old couch with sequined pillows in the same colors, or get an ottoman. You can also match a shelving unit with newer drapes or an old chandelier with a modern lamp. The point is to pair heavier objects with lighter ones in the same color, design, or pattern.

5.    Repurpose Old Fixtures

Just because a fixture is old for one purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be reused for something else.

Many people repurpose their wrought iron gates as headboards for beds. You can also use it as a wall hanging above the bed or have it cut into smaller sections to serve as mini gates for your bookshelf.

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