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.