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Five Top Tips On Mixing Old And New Interior Design In Your Holiday Let

When considering the look and style of your holiday cottage you’ll want to consider a lot of factors, but one particular design is having a major resurgence. Yep, you’ve guessed it, mixing old and new interior design. This major design trend can set your holiday cottage apart and give it a completely new lease on life. 

Aside from starting with the basics as our guide on how to furnish a holiday let shows, there are other things you need to consider and a great place to start would be finding those large furniture pieces first. Once you’ve found them the rest will be a little bit easier. To help you, we’ve put together five top tips for mixing old and new interior design for your holiday let so you can get it right the first time. 

Mixing Old and New Interior Design

Mixing old and new interior design throughout your holiday let might seem like a complicated art but we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be. In fact, mixing the old and new can really give your property a new lease on life. Here are some top tips to bare in mind:

1. Make the contrast definite

If you’re going to be mixing old and new interior design in your holiday home you’re going to want to make it look intentional and to do this you need to make the contrast definite. An example of this could be a distressed farmhouse table that’s paired with modern dining chairs that are comfortable and hardwearing.

Often finding something that will match your piece of furniture is a lot more challenging than going for the opposite. And while it may sound contradictory, mixing two completely opposite styles often works well. 

2. Make unique pieces the focal point

Our second tip for mixing old and new interior design is to make the most unique pieces a focal point for any room. That vintage or antique piece you love so much is often difficult to integrate because of its material, features, style, etc. Which is a prime reason why you shouldn’t resign it to the corner of a room. 

The piece was made to stand out so embrace it and make it the focal point, a place it can’t be hidden and is bound to be seen. Depending on the item you’ll want to make sure it’s a good-quality piece, check for anything that might need fixing, but remember the knocks and scratches are part of the item’s beauty and they give it an untold story. That’s why it deserves to be placed in a prime location.

3. Modernise certain elements

So you’ve got an antique piece of furniture that you love and want to incorporate into the design of your holiday let but something just isn’t quite right? Fear not, we’re here to tell you that you can upcycle and modernise it a little. This can be anything from changing the handles and hardware to giving it a light wash or coat of paint. 

If it’s chairs you’ve got your eye on, then changing the upholstery or painting the trim can help to lift the piece and blend it more effectively with the rest of the room. You can either do this yourself if you’re up for a challenge or take it to a professional, the choice is yours to make.

4. Have a common element throughout

One of the most important tips on our list is to make sure that you have a common element throughout the room that will tie everything together. This common element could be a colour, a certain material, a texture, or even the finish of the hardware and detailing. 

The common element also helps to balance out the old and new interior design and helps to make it all look intentional. After all, a property that photographs well both inside and out will attract guests and keep those bookings coming in. 

5. Pairing and layering are important

Last but not least on our top tips for mixing old and new interior design in your holiday let is pairing and layering. If you choose smaller vintage pieces such as a sideboard or dresser you’ll want to pair it with a mirror or a piece of modern artwork. This contrast helps integrate the piece of furniture. But another key factor to remember is to make sure that any wall decor is hung at the right height. 

Just like pairing, layering works in the same way. Play around with soft furnishings and accessories to find the style that fits best. Different cushion styles such as graphic prints against a traditional fabric on a chair are proven to work well. Layering a patterned vintage rug on top of a modern rug can also work, you just need to mix and match styles and items until you find what works best.

Can’t decide where to start? Need a hand planning and styling your holiday let? Give us a call on 01993 222200 or email us at stay@shortletspace.co.uk. Our team of experts are more than happy to help.

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