February 08, 2013
Good design has always tended to mix contrasting and complementing concepts. A little black with white. A little traditional alongside the contemporary. After all, without harmony between opposing design schools, how could shabby chic even exist? The same rules of home design apply to high-tech and low-tech features around the home. Sometimes the best complement for a vibrantly technological and modern kitchen are a few old-fashioned lighting fixtures to lend an antiquated air. Consider these three contrasting high- and low-tech ideas and how they'd work in your own home.
1. Hardwood floors Hardwood flooring is about as old as the practice of house-building. No spring chicken in the area of design, sure, but hardwood flooring remains the popular choice for houses, apartments, condos and homes across the world for at least two reasons. It's durable and it looks great. In fact, those two work even better together, because it means your floors will look great for a very long time! Consider some of the collections available in Anderson Hardwood Floors' Virginia Vintage line. Colonial Manor's solid hickory boards are at the pinnacle of Anderson's craftsmanship. While reminiscent of hardwood flooring from classic 18th century homes, these boards are easy to care for and ready to match today's lifestyle.
Before there was television, the fireplace was the gathering space in most homes. While we tend to put our TVs front and center in our living area, maintaining the cozy atmosphere of "hearth and home" with a fireplace is still just as important as ever. Architecturally, most fireplaces are suited to be a space's focal point, so celebrate this rather than distracting the eye with a giant TV.
3. High-definition TV
Of course, that's not to say that any modern home is complete without a television - and in this day in age, bigger is definitely better. Even if you're not a sports fan and you'd rather read a book than watch reality TV, there's no denying the charm of high-def visuals when you're indulging in a classic film or watching the year's latest blockbuster. To avoid stealing the thunder of your fireplace though, consider "hiding" your big screen in cabinets, or using an architecturally advantageous corner that won't take away from the fireplace's grandeur. After all, the flickering flames of a fire make great accompaniment to an evening movie!
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