Classical and modern are two design styles that are usually on completely different ends of the spectrum. It can be challenging to bridge the gap between these two aesthetics to present something that captures and highlights the beauty of both their essence. While modern is simple and minimalist, classical is all about the frou-frou. So how can you combine both in a cohesive, wholesome interior design? Let’s find out below:
1. Furniture and overall execution
One way you can seamlessly combine both the modern and classical aesthetic is by balancing out the furniture and the overall execution. If most of your design has been executed in clean, straight lines that exude a modern edge, then you can use the furniture and accessories to bring in the classical. A drop chandelier, an L-shaped sectional and a shag rug with a backdrop of wainscoting would be the best way to go about it.
2. Tweak your in-built furnishings
In-built furniture is one of the best ways to create a foreground of classical furnishings to the modern backdrop. The kitchen island in this image is a great example of this technique. The careful wall-beading style carving coupled with the black tufted dining table benches balance out the simplicity and starkness of the plain white modern backdrop.
3. Feature objects
While the modern aesthetic is pretty simple and straightforward, you need to ramp up the classical styling to have a truly effective impact. The pilaster style mantle that acts as the media wall is a great example of such designs. It emphasizes the grand nature and elegance of the classical style without compromising the plain, straightforwardness of the modern style.
4. Subway tiles and classical cabinets
You can feature an equal parts modern and classical style aesthetic in your kitchens by using this technique. The cabinets and drawers must be the perfect representation of neo-classic, so their design matters a lot. You can use antique style knobs and handles with a combination of beading to achieve the classical styling. You can introduce a modern edge by using subway tiles as a backsplash with some trendy under-cabinet lighting.
5. Colors and materials
Both the classical and modern aesthetics are best represented with the help of a monochromatic color scheme. You can use the white aspects to highlight the classical design elements while the black parts can be used to emphasize the modern aspects of the design.