Marrying Modern Interior Design to an Historic Exterior

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If you own a home in Philadelphia, it may be part of a historic district or on the register of historic places. Historic districts in the city include Girard Estates in South Philadelphia, Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares, Old City, and the Tudor Revival homes on Midvale Avenue in East Falls. While you can’t do much to change the historic exterior of these homes, you can change the inside. Many historic homes in Philly feature modern interior design. The trick is to blend the historic and the modern in a way that is comfortable and seems natural.

Keep a Few Historic Elements Inside

Modern interior design doesn’t mean that you need to rip out all the traditional details of a home. For example, if you live in a Victorian brownstone, try to retain at least one or two historic features on the interior. You might hang onto the molding around the doors or keep the original tile on the floor or walls of the living area.

Choose one historic feature that appeals to you and find a way to make it work with modern decor. Dark wood molding can provide an eye-catching contrast to sleek, light-colored modern furniture, such as a glass or Lucite coffee table or a white leather couch. You can choose to keep the molding but paint it a color that meshes better with a modern interior.

Bring in Traditional Touches

You can also go for an eclectic modern interior design by bringing in old looking pieces and deliberately mixing and matching modern and traditional. Invest in antique furniture, such as a velvet couch, and use it in a room with decidedly modern touches, such as a glass table and leather ottoman. Hang paintings with vintage or antique style frames above a sleek, modern fireplace.

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