Blend Cool and Warm
Too much wood (bookcases, floor, and chair) in a library can get a little one-note. The striking silhouette and cool texture of this metal-and-glass table provide just the right contrast to make the space infinitely more interesting.
Try a Singular Sensation
Picking one strong piece, like a molded Eero Saarinen dining table with a pedestal design, is an aesthetic win for this room, one that also provides a solution for the tight corner dining space: More room under the tabletop makes it easier to fit additional chairs around the table.
Mix Hard and Soft Lines
If you have classic architecture and a room full of harder-edged pieces, a few softer notes like this rounded coffee table and pair of molded low seats can strike a perfect balance. The largely white palette keeps the room from becoming too jarring to the eye.
Find a Consistent Finish
An antique Federal-style desk and molded modern chairs look made for each other when they’re all finished in a rich, warm walnut color. The remaining elements in this vaulted attic room are white so that the pieces stand out.
Hang Some Art
A more modern painting or print is the fastest way to blend in a bit of contrast to a traditional space. This Miró print (we also love a colorful Matisse) has a color palette similar to that of the rest of the room, but its overall effect is more surprising than a traditional watercolor or oil would be.
Modern doesn’t always mean sleek and cold. The bedroom is filled with varying textures in contemporary silhouettes. The cotton striped rug, woven hanging chair, wood screen, streamlined bed, and metal nightstand strike the perfect balance of shiny and matte finishes. The blonde wood, blue, white and green tones make it a soothing escape.