Mixing Traditional and Modern Styles

by Chris


In my bedroom I have traditional mission style furniture, although the sleigh bed does twist outward at the top and bottom instead of being straight up & down.

Anyway, the walls are a soft green, bedding is soft white with a vine-like leaf pattern (reminds me of some Morris wallpaper). Traditional stained glass lamps and soft white linen-like panels frame the window. I found solid green modern rugs (very budget friendly) that blended with the wall color and I thought I could mix the two styles together. Recently I uncovered in my home a rug in a William Morris style that I forgot I owned. I threw it at the bottom of my bed to see if it all made sense together. I can't tell if these styles work together or not. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. The square pattern on the modern rugs looks more pronounced in the photos than in real life. Also, they are solid, not two toned.


Hi Chris,

Thank you for your question. Mixing decorating styles in the same room is not so easy. Your decorative items, though different in styles, should have some elements (colors, shapes, patterns, textures) that work well together and tie the entire interior. Your William Morris style rug is very beautiful, but you feel right: it doesn’t match your bedroom decor, not in color (too dark), nor in its size (too short and slightly too wide for this place). Right now, it looks like a strange patch here.

I would instead look for the runner, modern or traditional, that would go well with your green rugs, which work well with the walls and furniture. You may get it in the similar color or in coordinated one, such as pale yellow, beige, cream, etc. These light colors would lighten up the room and would bring an additional interest to your bedroom interior. Also, a runner would tie the whole area together and would visually make the room look more spacey.

Here are some runners you may consider:

As for your William Morris style rug, I would definitely look for the place in the home, where its beauty will appear in the best way.

Hope it helps you,

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