Julia Nelson-Elgar, owner of Nelson Design UK advises on how to combine ‘old and new’, the interior trend that is so popular at the moment


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Combining modern trends with vintage or antique pieces of furniture is perhaps one of the hardest looks to achieve – it’s all about the balance.


It is a fine line between achieving perfectly period and full-blown kitsch. Whether you like the mid-century modern or the Victorian gentleman’s club look, it is important to develop a theme and commit to it through all elements of the room.


The first place to start is with your colour palette. It is important to choose a wall colour or wallpaper that reflects your chosen theme or period. The Little Greene Paint Company specialise in paint that has profound depth of colour. They have over 240 historical colours to choose from, all of which can be mixed in the NDUK showroom to take away. Wallpaper can also transform a room from a dowdy aunt to a true period drama diva. At NDUK we have over 80 wallpaper books from big brands and a wealth of historical and period knowledge to help you achieve your dream room.


Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 14.14.31Vintage market furniture finds can also help to complete the look. Upcycling furniture is an effective and personal way of making the look truly your own. NDUK is the local stockist for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint which is ideal for this. If trawling markets isn’t your style then Hatfield House, www.hatfield-house.co.uk, can help with sourcing that perfect vintage piece. You should also introduce an item that bridges the gap from retro to real time. Try adding a quirky touch to the room with a fabulous light from Bulldog Vintage, www.bulldogvintage.co.uk.


Strike out with eye-catching cushions from Jessica Zoob by Romo Black available through NDUK, or a fantastic oversized mirror or Bronze Stag Head from House in Town, www.houseintown.co.uk. If a room has a small but unexpected punch of colour this will help lift it into modern day. It is important to keep essential modern items like TVs very simple and games consoles in a simple cabinet with no cables on show!


We all have a need for the comfort of the past but we need to face the future with confidence. It’s all about balance. NDUK can help you balance the old with new. Book a two-hour inspirational visit before the end of December and receive 20% off (normally £180 now £150 all prices include VAT at the standard rate.).

To chat to Julia about how she can help you, visit the showroom at Nelson Design UK, 15 St Peters Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1XF, or call on 01473 857852. www.nelsondesignuk.com



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 Jessica Zoob cushions by Romo Black, £80, www.nelsondesignuk.com




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 Little Green Paint Company paint, www.nelsondesignuk.com

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Bronze Stag Head, £85, www.houseintown.co.uk