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  • Gina Everett

The top 4 tips for creating the Modern Heritage Style

This modern take on the classic heritage style sees traditional elements - characterized by floral wallpapers and fabrics, traditional wall panelling, and historic paint colours - paired seamlessly with more contemporary accents like modern artwork, contemporary forms and all the comforts you would expect from today's homes, to provide the perfect blend of old meets new.

The sustainability of this style, relying on upcycled, recycled, vintage and antique finds, gives rooms an inviting, easy-to-live-in and personal feel.

The style is ideal if you are looking to create a welcoming, comfortable home that doesn't impact too heavily on the planet. The aesthetic is relaxed and it suits both period and modern homes making it a flexible choice.

Here are our top four tips for creating the look:

1) Play With Pattern

Decorating with stripes is a simple way to create an impactful period feel. They never really go out of fashion.

Using varying patterns works well in this design style. Stripes or floral walls, patchwork bedspreads and patterns sofas and flooring are all good choices.

2) Be Bold With Wallpaper

Modern heritage style relies on wall finishes, with a historic appeal. Rich colours and patterns are key elements of the heritage style and there is a huge range of historic paint colours and wallpapers available from different suppliers.

3) Consider your colours

Many companies offer a full range of heritage colours. Little Greene Paints offers, for example, 7 ranges of paints from different periods. These include the Victorian Pallet, the Georgian Pallet or the 1950s paint collection. Dulux also offers a Heritage Paint range.

If you're in doubt when choosing to bring colour into a room or are unable to find a range that works for you, go for the green, the colour of nature. Fresh greens work especially well when used in conjunction with untreated woods, natural materials and washed linens.

4) Use Reclaimed, Antique or Upcycled Pieces

Reclaimed wood and vintage pieces are key to the modern heritage look. Wood and stoneware are two of the oldest and most sustainable materials. They work in harmony in these interiors. Reclaimed materials have a great sense of history and can add real personal touches.


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