Who doesn’t have old pieces of furniture or interior accents that have a sentimental attachment? Have you wondered if you can mix the old with the new? Can modern style and vintage décor co-exist aesthetically?

Well, if you’re of the matchy-matchy mindset, then you’ll have difficulty blending these distinctive styles. However, interior decorating experts agree that good design is about balance. And the vibrant colors and clean lines associated with modern style provide just the right balance for the warm colors and ornate antique décor of vintage furnishings.

For example, a contemporary dining set is nicely accented with the details of a vintage chandelier. Pair a traditional sofa with the graphic appeal of new pillows.

The key to blending modern style and vintage décor is to stand back and look for balance, rather than randomly combine pieces from different eras. Look for contrast in style and materials—like the carved curves of vintage wood furnishings with glass or lacquer accent pieces. Set contemporary glassware and photo frames on your grandmother’s cherished buffet. Place a wing chair against a vibrantly colored wall—or reupholster the chair in a modern fabric. Hang an ornate mirror over a modern console table. Mount your flat screen television over an antique dresser.

Just as a stark white or black frame allows the color of a piece of artwork to stand out, the contrast in modern and vintage interior decorating styles complement one another.

Vintage has become so chic that it can easily be integrated into almost any décor. From antique stores and estate sales to flea markets and thrift shops, you can uncover aged treasures that will lend character to your space. Allow those pieces to stand out by balancing them with the distinctively different color and lines of your modern décor.

With differences, you will find balance and harmony in your home.