Old Meets New

Can you mix modern and traditional?

Old Meets New

Mixing classic and contemporary can be a little chaotic, but if it’s done correctly, the two styles can live in perfect harmony. Opposites do attract, after all.

We can call the overall effect of marrying the two styles, ‘transitional’, and the kitchen is the perfect room to implement this style.

Some might feel that modern style is too sleek and impersonal, whilst traditional trends can feel dated to others. Within both there are clearly some opposing elements but also some very complementary opportunities.

Shaker style is a timeless kitchen design, with a rich history. Essentially, this includes cabinet doors with panels set back, and minimal adornment. Magnet’s Shaker Cream owes its effortless style to the 18th Century Shaker community, but the unit’s soft, sleek curves give the room a modern update.

Using a matte finish throughout the kitchen is a fairly modern trend, combine the matte grey finish of Leighton Grey with the traditional shaker style for a kitchen that is both unique and up to date. Infusing the textures, finishes and common characteristics of the two styles will give you the best of both worlds to combine classic and contemporary.

Another modern look is crisp, white units. The clean, industrial colour can give a sleek feel. The lustrous finish of Magnet’s Leighton Gloss White mixes well with the classic Shaker simplicity of the units and is contrasted with a stunning Corian sage worktop.

It can be surprisingly easy to twin classic and contemporary styles in your home, so if you’re unsure which look you prefer, or if you’re looking for a timeless kitchen that will always be in style, consider a transitional design.