Guest Post: Classic and Contemporary Interiors

Update your living room with a mix of classic and contemporary styles and you’ll no doubt achieve a seriously stylish yet traditional-looking lounge. Combine these two much-loved looks into your interior decor and you’ll effortlessly create an up-to-date abode that flaunts understated elegance. So, how can you effectively balance these two decorating styles?

First of all, you need to choose a type of look you wish to exhibit in your lounge: harmony or contrast. For a harmonised look, opt for pieces that are more alike or flaunt the same sort of style. If you’re after excitement and unconventionality, contrast is the way forward.

British sofa manufacturer Couch (who have now merged with SofaSofa) offers a selection of oh-so-comfy sofas that have been beautifully crafted by hand, with quality in mind.

Take a look at their range of furniture that expertly explores both classic and contemporary designs…

Say Hello to Harmony

Teal sofa from couch classic contemporary modern furniture

If you’re a lover of the classic Chesterfield then you’ll fall head over heels for this modern take on the deep-buttoned beauty. The Bronte sofa (discontinued by similar here) takes the Chesterfield to a new and interesting level. Like the ever popular Chesterfield, the Bronte flaunts a quintessentially British appearance what with its distinguishing detail. However, this updated version is not made of leather, but the finest of fabrics. Opt for this sofa in cotton velvet or brushed linen cotton. That’s right; you can choose from two gorgeous fabrics that offer up-to-the-minute designs without compromising on comfort. Available in soft neutral hues, as well as vibrant shades; the Bronte perfectly marries both classic and contemporary styles.

Come Here Contrast

Jessica modern Sofa floral pattern white blue brick wallpaper interiors

Opt for a rustic-looking leather armchair and pair it with a fabric number. As Gianni Versace once said, life today is full of contrast, so embrace it, and welcome both a Wallis armchair and a Jessica sofa (discontinued but similar here) into your living room. It’ll be the best design-based decision you’ve ever made. Why? The Wallis offers a versatile style, which means it’ll pretty much go with everything.

Wallis Armchair from couch furniture store

Manufactured from semi-aniline waxed leather, this antique-looking armchair expertly brandishes a classic style, and paired with the dream-looking Jessica which features a floral printed fabric, you’ll find a match made in heaven. These two different pieces of furniture expertly balance both contemporary and classic design. The contrast in colour and material is certain to create that sought-after wow factor in your living room.

Top Interior Tips

Now you’ve made your mind up on whether you want harmony or contrast in your living room, go ahead and start mixing it up. However, it’s important to remember these three key tips:

  • Let one style piece of furniture dominate, and use the other pieces as accents
  • Tie different styles together with the same colour, texture or shape
  • Create different atmospheres by either generating harmony or contrast when you mix different styles

Choose from a fantastic range of classic and contemporary styles and your home will be complete with two favourable looks.

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.


  • September 7, 2014


    Love these interior ideas!
    They all look very original and unique in their own way 🙂
    That chesterfield sofa is to die for!

    xx Anka

    • September 16, 2014


      Thanks! I totally agree about the sofa 🙂

  • September 7, 2014


    very cool article!! i love classic contemporary interiors 🙂

    • September 16, 2014


      It’s cool right, glad you like it x

  • September 8, 2014


    Ah, I have sofa envy…I would love any of these, especially the Bronte 🙂 I look forward to owning my own house one day so I can really decorate it exactly the way I want it…including picking a gorgeous sofa like this! Danielle x

    frontière girl

    • September 16, 2014


      I know, I can’t wait to have my own place to decorate it!