Blending Traditional and Modern Designs
Location: Springfield, MO
What they specialize in: Kitchen and bathroom design, construction project management and whole home renovations and stylings
Focusing on function and beauty, Light and Linen Designs assists clients in creating cozy and stylish spaces. In a recent project, Lauren Webster—owner and lead designer at Light and Linen—fully renovated and styled a 3,500-square-foot home. “While my client’s tastes lean more modern, I had to find ways to honor the architecture of the home while bringing in more modern elements,” she says. This involved incorporating modern light fixtures, pairing traditional artwork with modern frames, blending traditional wood accents with a modern flair and more.
Through her projects, Webster has collected valuable tips for those interested in a redesign. Here are her top four:
• Honor the architecture of your home when styling your space. Many of Webster’s clients want to modernize their traditional-style homes, so finding ways to seamlessly blend two styles is essential.
• Connect your spaces. Use recurring accents, such as rugs, patterns, light fixtures or paint colors for consistency throughout your space.
• Blend the old with the new. For instance, a client of Webster’s had a cherished piece of artwork from their late grandmother they wanted to integrate into their home design. Webster introduced a new frame, resulting in a transformed piece of art that not only complements the client’s style but also holds sentimental value.
• Live with empty walls or tables for a while. Selecting the location of artwork and accents is as important as selecting the pieces themselves. Once you live in a space, you start to notice the places that need a piece of artwork, tree, floral or another accent. Filling a space then becomes more intentional and, in the end, produces a better result.