Decorating 101: Mix Classic & Modern

Want to give your apartment a makeover? Don't match colors and textures — mix and match! A room that's excessively matched has the sterile feel of a hotel. This is your home, after all, so put your stamp on it by mixing colors, patterns and furniture styles. It's easy to do, and it works with any budget — but it takes planning. Here are a few ideas.

Vintage Photo Frames:  Mixing old and new frames creates depth and versatility in your wall display. Try varying the look within a color palette — like silver and black — or stick to a certain style of photo, like black and white. Gorgeous frames are surprisingly cheap; just check out your local thrift store or drug store.

Repurpose Family Furniture: Does Grandma want that chair from the 1960s? If not, display it! Remember, what's old is new again. Chances are your friends will be bowled over by classic pieces.

Mixing Modern and Classic: Work with what you have. Keep big items like your couch to simple, soothing, neutral colors, and then infuse personality with smaller items. Bring in stylish pillows, lamps, and attractive art work. Don't purchase all your furniture in one spot — acquire over time, and keep your eyes open when you visit thrift, antique, and second-hand stores.