Ready to mix your furniture style up a bit? We’re taking an updated look at traditional design through a fresh, innovative lens with our latest showroom style, Modern Classics. This trend is for those youthful and sophisticated stylemakers who love the classics but are also looking to make a statement.
If you love the idea of striking a balance between a fashion-forward future and the elegance of the past, this one is just for you!
A palette of barely-there blush pink, ivory, ice blue and gold is a must, accented by upscale finishes such as polished burlwood, mirror, lacquer, marble and brushed brass. We love the contrast between the elegant, flowing curves of the furniture, and the angular, Deco-inspired occasionals and accessories. Fabric choices add a touch of modern to the traditional silhouettes, featuring crisp stripes, painterly florals and geometric patterns. Finally, the artwork is the boldest choice of all, staying far away from the classically-inspired floral and pastoral styles of traditional design, and veering into heavily abstracted landscapes, swirls, and even human forms. This adds the necessary punches of color that keep these delicate pastels on the cutting edge of design.
Pro-Tip! 3 Ways to Be Modern and Classic:
- Muted Pastels
A whisper of pink, icy blue, warm ivory, soft taupe, sandstone and pale gold set the tone for this look. The hues range from warm to cool, but all are delicate and muted, to keep the look feeling bright and fresh.
- Fashionable Fabrics
Luxurious choices that echo the look of high fashion are perfect for this style. Bold stripes, elegant small patterns, and even accents of modern florals weave together to create a sophisticated “wardrobe” for any space!
- Clean & Modern Accents
Classic elements like rolled arms, turned wood legs and tufting pay homage to the past, but clean & modern design helps to anchor this look firmly in the present. Angular contemporary accents like lamps, consoles and mirrors in lucite, lacquer and glass add just enough edge to keep this look feeling super stylish.
Our chic, modern Thatcher Chair is softened here in this office sitting area by Miya Interiors with a delicate floral wallcovering the perfect blush pillow. A hint of shimmer from glass & brass gives this traditional, feminine space the slight modern edge it needs to shine.
Thatcher Chair, Design: @miyainteriors Photo: @lindsay_salazar_photography
The chic Rothko Swivel Chair by Robin Bruce is a true style chameleon, with its ability to sway more toward a traditional or super contemporary aesthetic depending on design choices. Designer Emily McAden chose an ice blue cotton-linen blend with a subtle checked pattern for this sitting space, giving it a traditional look that is lightened and brightened by the fresh, coastal-feeling palette. High-end finishes like gold, glass and lucite add a touch of sparkle!
Rothko Chair, Design: @emilymcadeninteriors Photo: @andreakinnearphotography
Our Kirkwood Bed was born to be the centerpiece of any bedroom, and this space by Interiors by LH is no exception. The classic button tufting makes a strong visual statement, dialing up the drama on an otherwise pastel palette with a rich deep blue. The understated glamour of our Percy Cocktail Table and traditional lines of the nailhead-trimmed Lindsay Swivel Chair from Robin Bruce provide a perfect complement to this sweet, romantic space.
Kirkwood Bed, Percy Cocktail Table, Lindsay Swivel Chair, Design: @interiorsbylh Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
Pro-Tip! Perfect Palette:
A subtle palette of muted pastels, including blush, dusty rose, pale taupe and arctic blue, sets the tone for this sophisticated look. The overall look is bright and cheerful as a spring sunrise, without overwhelming a space with too much bold color. Bright metallics like gold really pop against this understated palette.