Or, so the saying goes…
But, what if the old and new could live harmoniously, side by side? Here in Brisbane, Queensland we’re blessed with an incredible array of older homes. Think, iconic wrap-around verandas, high set bungalows, and multi-gabled roofs. All over our vibrant city, you will see fine examples of homes which have seamlessly embraced the old, while enjoying the best of modern comfort. So, how do they do it, and how can you do it too?
Reality television would have us believe that going in with a sledgehammer and a tin of paint is step one. However, it’s crucial to establish a clear strategy before knocking out walls! There are many considerations to take into account. For example, is the home heritage listed? Are there safety issues, like asbestos? And, what’s your budget? Will you remain faithful to the original style, or contemporise the project?
Opening your plan
Once you have a clear plan in place, it’s time to set about achieving it. The floor plan in an older home is often radically different to the open plan style we’re familiar with, and either can work, depending on your style, and your lifestyle. If in doubt as to whether to keep the old aesthetic or embrace a new style, ask a professional.
Once you have the dull stuff out of the way, it’s time to get excited about your project! There are many ways to combine the old and the new. Some small changes can include the use of modern décor to contrast against older designs. Consider using lighting to bring a fresh feel. Similarly, you might decide to contemporise the bathroom and add (or keep) a statement piece, like a clawfoot bath, or a timber vanity, to maintain the integrity of the original style.
Change in all the right places
If you are planning a more significant change, think about adding detail to the ceiling. You can change the feel of a home through exposing beams or piping or even adding colour. Another way to entirely change the aspect of your home is to add light through windows. The addition of casement windows can stay within the style of the house while adding warmth, and a simple yet quality finish.
However you decide to proceed, mixing modern and traditional design when renovating can leave you with a beautiful, unique home which combines the classic style of an older house with the modern convenience and simplicity of a new home.
New space, old favourites
We’ve all got them. Old favourites in the style department we can’t let go of, ideas that permeate our consciousness and leave such a positive lasting imprint we replicate them again and again. As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. And, these trends are classics for a reason. Some styles will never go out of fashion; include them in your space for a warm and reassuring feel. As a bonus, future buyers will appreciate the familiar aesthetic. Here’s our classic inspiration to get the wheels turning.
Create a comfortable home
Cosy plaid patterns add a homely feel to any space, creating warmth and contrast against any feminine styled space. These can be as simple as a cushion, or a throw, but if you’re loving plaid, you can go all out with a wallpapered feature wall.
For the practical amongst us, built-in shelving is not only aesthetically pleasing but saves space. Shelves offer utility without the bulk of added furniture. Additionally, built-in storage is recognised by real estate agents as a convincing selling point.
Is there anything more comforting than a fireplace? Even here in sunny Queensland, a fireplace adds a homeliness that can’t be beaten. A fireplace adds a rustic charm that goes beyond practical use. It can be the focal point of a bedroom, living space, or even a bathroom!
Speaking of bathrooms, it doesn’t get more classically styled than a soaking tub. There are thousands of options for a tub which will add a sense of luxury to your home. If you want to go all out, you can pair it with marble detailing for a luxe bathroom experience.
Stripes are an easy way to add a sense of classic style to your home. Perfect in the bedroom, or dining or living areas, striped upholstery is a favourite for a reason. Simple, straight lines, in a beige or navy blue, add timeless elegance to a room.
Bright, white kitchens are here to stay. Something about the clean lines and shiny surfaces screams classic elegance and adds a cozy feel. Just remember to install bright and beautiful light fixtures to balance and enhance the pure white surfaces.
How to make it happen
If you’re building, renovating or making small design changes, it’s fun to embrace the new. But don’t discount ideas because they’ve been around a while. Classic styles which have stood the test of time can combine with contemporary design. Talk to us about having someone out to your home for a personalised consultation.
The big reveal…
2017 has been a year of adventurous design trends. Driven by the popularity of shows like The Block, House Rules and Instagram (the oddly addictive home of #homeinspo), renovators and builders alike are taking more risks. Homeowners are ditching the boring beige paint and realising their independence. There’s a crazy, cool world of design out there! Practicality is always a factor. However, now more than ever, your home can can reflect who you are. Be bold!
Kitchens are the new black
Once the forefront of all things white and shiny, kitchens are taking a turn to the dark side. Elegant in their simplicity, noir kitchens can be as subtle as black cabinetry offset by white benchtops and sleek, stainless steel appliances. Or, take it right to the ebony limit with the inclusion of black sinks and tapware. While black kitchens lend themselves to modern styles, country charm can be added through natural timber accents. The popularity of the indoor plant is here to stay and makes the perfect accompaniment to an all-black kitchen.
Wrap your walls
All that’s old is new again with wallpaper making a(nother) return. A quick and easy way to add a little quirk to your home, wallpaper in 2017 is less your Grandma’s china, and more your local café’s artwork. Wallpaper can add to or change the texture of a room, with high-quality papers giving a stone, brick, or wood effect at a tiny portion of the price of the real deal.
It’s hip to be round
Soft, curvaceous lines, meet 1970’s colour schemes and décor, as straight lines and hard edges move to the back. Superbly comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing, round furniture, be it tables and lounges, or even entertainment units and coffee tables, have made a comeback in a big way. This design trend looks to be here for quite some time.
The softest touch
Highly durable, but beautifully soft and delightfully snug, suedes and velvet are the fabrics to include in your living areas and bedrooms. Creating warmth, and a wonderful grounding feel in a home, velvet and suede can give a vintage feel or a modern touch depending on their use. Try a charcoal grey for contemporary homes or a splash of your favourite colour.
There’s never been a better time to embrace the fun and daring of interior design. Incorporate your unique style into your home. Go on, be brave!