The best ways to add a modern twist to a traditional home

Despite what you may think, you do not need to spend a fortune in order to give your traditional home a modern twist. In this article we will explain how you can cleverly fuse traditional and modern home furnishings and accessories to create beautifully styled rooms.

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Printed furniture will instantly update the look of a traditional styled room.

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Add interest with printed furniture

Bold printed furniture is currently very popular and can be seen in all of the latest homeware magazines. Printed furniture is the perfect choice for adding a unique touch to traditional homes. Choosing a sofa or arm chair in a printed design will help to add interest to a traditional sitting room, whilst also acting as a key focal point. Floral and vintage inspired patterns in vibrant colours are currently very fashionable.

Stylish glass furniture

Adding a piece of glass furniture to a room, will instantly give it a contemporary look. Why not add a modern twist to your traditional living room by positioning your furniture around a stylish glass coffee table? They come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for adding a focal point to your sitting area. Alternatively, you may want to update a traditional dining room, by purchasing a glass top dining table. If you decide to invest in glass furniture, it is important to remember that it will require regular cleaning in order to keep it in tip-top condition.

Break up white spaces with colour

Update the look of a traditional white or cream sitting room by using colour block furniture. This will help to break up the space and draw attention to key details. When selecting colour block furniture, be sure to choose a single colour like purple, blue, red or yellow. Alternatively you could accent your traditional décor with crisp black furniture or home accessories.

Give your traditional fireplace a lick of paint

Transform your traditional fireplace into the focal point of your living room, whilst also giving it a modern twist, by simply giving it a lick of paint. Choose a bold colour that will stand out against your painted or wallpapered walls. Once you have painted your fireplace, choose cushions or ornaments in the same colour to accent the décor.

Select a single piece of contemporary furniture

If you have the money, why not invest in a single piece of contemporary furniture to update the overall look of your room? Purchasing a contemporary styled bed frame is a great way to give your traditional bedroom a modern twist. Think about what the key piece of furniture is in each of your rooms and replace it with a modern version. We particularly love this collection of contemporary furniture from Birlea.

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Modern light fittings can instantly update the look of a room.

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Change the light fittings

Something as simple as changing your light fittings can go a long way in adding a contemporary twist to traditional décor. Replace traditional Victorian style chandeliers with modern or even handmade light fittings. Pendant lighting is currently very popular, along with fixtures that make use of multiple bulbs like bubble chandeliers.

Making changes on a budget

If you do not want to spend too much on changes to your home’s décor, then why not consider purchasing a few new home accessories? Things like patterned scatter cushions, lampshades and contemporary ornaments are fantastic for updating your décor. Making use of affordable accessories is a great way to add a modern twist to your traditional home, as you can update them frequently to keep up with the current homeware trends.


There are many ways you can update the look of your traditional home without spending a fortune. By simply purchasing new upholstery for your traditional furniture, or swapping your old light fittings new contemporary styles, you can instantly update the décor. Fusing modern and traditional home furnishing and accessories will give you the best of both worlds and ensure that your home always looks ultimately stylish.

Erin Emanuel