More and more I have people coming to me for our antique iron beds and telling me that the setting they going in to is modern or eclectic or Mid-Century etc…………..everything but Victorian or the era the bed was made in.
Many of our beds are what we refer to as “transitional ” style. In other words their style can’t be pigeon holed into one specific period of design…………Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, or Craftsman. But instead they can have elements of one specific design period, yet specific elements of another. It tells us the bed may have been made within a window of time when one popular style was about to be replaced by another.
Today people are less and less concerned with a particular antique style, only going with similar furnishings from the same period of time. Mixing, not matching, periods……seems to becoming more and more hip. Consider the fact that you probably like some things from one period more than another……..yet there are furnishings that appeal to you that aren’t anywhere close to what you generally like. People are now breaking the mould that restricted using items that didn’t fall within the design scheme that was predominantly being used, By doing so , we’re able to buy what we like and not be concerned with how may possibly look along side another piece.
One of the things that can help two entirely different stye periods work along side each other is the “finish” and color palate. A subdued modern or mid-century setting would be better served if the antique iron bed was refinished in a classic metal finish. A Shabby Chic room would be better suited to a white chipped finish. Old Victorian settings with dark wood furniture could easily have an iron bed painted in a dark rich color like deep blue or even red.
You’ll serve yourself well, if you shed the restriction of only using similar items from the same time period.
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