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Publication Date: 2016-11-03


9 Rooms that Mix Traditional & Contemporary Styles

While it may seem that traditional and contemporary styles cannot work together within the same space, an expert designer knows how to mix these two successfully. When traditional architectural elements, like beautiful paneling, warm woods and classical detail, are combined with bold color palettes, contemporary furnishings and textured accents, the result can be fresh and exciting. Below are nine rooms that showcase this successful pairing of seemingly opposite styles.


Classic wainscoting get a glamorous update when paired with lucite and metal accents in this kitchen and dining area designed by Amy Kartheiser Design.

A colorful, modern side table is the perfect complement to the classical artwork and traditional Soane VI mantel from Chesney's in this space designed by Raji RM & Associates.

In this dining room designed by Kristin Paton, a classic color palette and layout get a contemporary twist with a fashionable light fixture, lacquered wall finish and alternating color pattern.

A deep wall color in this home office designed by Marks & Frantz is a welcome departure from the typical white or beige that often goes with classic crown molding.

Interior design firm Gauthier-Stacy’s use of sculptural furnishings and bright colors adds a playful touch to this foyer with traditional architectural details.

This dining room designed by Andrew Flesher has an eclectic look that mixes richly polished woods and classical accessories, like the column pedestal and statue in the background, with a tie-dye patterned rug and futuristic style dining chairs.

Traditional paneling has a fresh feel with a non-traditional paint color in this Sag Harbor home designed by Steven Gambrel.

Designer Philip Silver created a trendy look in the living room he designed for the 2015 San Francisco Decorator Showcase by mixing an ornately carved fireplace and herringbone patterned wood floors with glittery wall art, pops of pink and fashion-forward accents.

In the foyer of this apartment in Manhattan’s historic Apthorp apartment building, original architectural detailing was kept intact and adds a decorative element behind the sculptural suspension light fixture, bright fabric and abstract artwork used by design firm Elias Associates.


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