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Where old meets new, something spectacular usually takes place. The same can be said of the meeting between traditional materials and thoroughly modern design concepts. Think of the glorious juxtaposition of an up-to-date gas range slotted into an otherwise authentically period kitchen or glass tiles acting as the backdrop for a roll top bath.

For those who are keen to experiment and blur the lines between past and present decades, here’s how:

Bold as brass

Metal accessories and furnishings don’t all have to be cold and austere, and the brass-coloured ceiling light from Davey Lighting (John Lewis) would fit in perfectly with the brown or red hues that homeowners will find in many period homes. The gauze-style metal Paulo Mendes da Rocha (the Conran Shop) is also a great addition to any room, that won’t detract from any original features on show. The brass-coloured desk lamp from Plant & Moss also harks back to an earlier era, while still giving a nod to the future.

Forest chic

Although wooden furniture has always been an interiors staple, wood furnishings have definitely gone cutting edge, while still staying true to the raw material. The wooden table from East London Furniture manages to show off the wood grain while still maintaining clean lines. While the wall clock from Dyke & Dean and the tripod-legged stool from Konstantin Grcic, from Aram is Scandinavian chic to a tee. Another great way to incorporate wood into your home is by installing wood front doors.

Cool ceramics

Dozens of China ornaments on every surface is definitely not the best way to approach ceramics. Instead, try adding the occasional ceramic accessory into a room, such as the Tunisian Boule vase from Holly’s House or the period-style Blue Tile lamp from Lee Broom. Ceramic crockery never fails to look charming, including the Nikko Goldline Blossom Goldline plates.

The Sash Window Workshop can help with the repair and refurbishment of your wooden exterior doors and timber sash windows and can manufacture timber windows and doors to match any design, modern or traditional.

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