Advice: How to Make Old Furniture Fit in a New Build?

Ideas on how to fit old furniture in a modern home interior design blog

A friend of mine is moving into her first home, a new build, but she’s really concerned that they don’t have enough money to refurbish. She’s also worried about the vintage furniture that she currently has. She says…

We’ve got our furniture from our current flat but we live in an old 18th century manor house so we have vintage chesterfields and a barn-style kitchen table etc. So the only concern we have is if they will look good in a sleek new build? Any advice?

So the question is, how can she blend the old with the new?

Ideas for a Chesterfield Sofa in a Modern Living Room

chesterfield sofa white lounge and cowhide rug interior design ideas

As they’re moving into a new build, it’s going to be all white and cream – at least at the beginning. Not only is that useful because they can put their own creative stamp on the interior style of the house but it also means that from day one the furniture will look great in their new home. Even though they have arustic chesterfield sofa, I can still envisage it working very well in a modern white living room. The blank walls will emphasise the beauty of the chesterfield, so I’ll encourage them to use it as a centrepiece in that room!

My friend told me that she also needs to squeeze a cowhide rug so the image above shows both at work perfectly. The rug will add that warmth to the white room and combine modernity with rusticity with ease. I personally love it already, and to think, they were worried about old furniture fitting into a new house!

Ideas for a Barn Style Dining Table in a Modern Kitchen / Dining Room

barn style rustic dining table in white kitchen

Right, so here’s how to fit a light barn style, rustic dining table into a modern kitchen. Make it fit. What I mean by that is when you put it into your kitchen, even if it’s a modern space you can add decorative touches that add a rustic appeal to match the table. Think about the textures around your kitchen, such as the table runner that you use and towels too. Then there’s hooks and wooden cooking utensils that you can decorate your space with too. Sometimes, all it takes is a small item to bring the old and the new together in one space.

rustic dark wood table in modern dining room

If it’s a dark barn style table it might even work in the couple’s favour. It’ll look very appealing with the contrasting dark wood against the white walls. I recommend creating a country style dining room in that case by adding tactile textures, such as throws and furry cushions. They should finish the space off with rustic additions and voila!

They have nothing to worry about, don’t you agree?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • April 21, 2015


    Thank you so much for posting this up for us!

    The images you’ve used have put me at ease – I guess the contrast between the white walls and chesterfield/cow hide will work well after all?

    I’ve just ordered a textured table runner from Zara Home and some light-weight curtains from Anthropology which will hopefully tie the whole thing together. Will send you pictures so you can post a follow up blog 🙂

    • June 10, 2015


      Charlotte, white and rustic style works perfectly indeed! Can’t wait to see all of it in situ 🙂 xx

  • April 22, 2015

    Melanie Kay Zelnick

    I love this post! Such great tips!
    Melanie @

    • June 10, 2015


      Thanks as always Mel xx