Keep It Consistent
New to contemporary silhouettes? Ease into the look by sticking to a soft, consistent finish, like that of these blond wood chairs and dining table. It softens the lines of the modern pieces and creates a quiet, neutral vibe.
Blend Warm and Cool
Too much of one thing (like stark, cool finishes) can make a room come off as cold. Warm up a piece with sleek finishes, such as a steel-framed chair, with warm woods and soft upholstered seating.
Create a Contrast
One strong piece, like a glass-and-steel table, takes this library from staid to sophisticated. The traditional chair is the perfect foil to its sleek mate. To warm up the surface, add color and texture in the form of art books and an dramatic vase of flowers. This would work just as well with a traditional carved table and a streamlined chair.
Mix Hard and Soft
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.