Style Files: How to Mix Traditional and Modern Interior Design

Hands down, one of the best parts of designing custom wine cellars is creating pieces to suit our customers' interior design style. We’ve been on site for installations of custom wine rooms in custom homes in the mountains in Park City, Utah, designed wine bars from 100-year-old barn wood for an estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and most recently we designed this custom Credenza for a traditional home in Midlothian, VA.

 

When we’re working on a fully built-in wine room, we’re often matching existing cabinetry and finishes to complement the architecture of a home. With a stand-alone wine cellar like this Credenza, we can style it just like a furniture piece and the style doesn’t necessarily need to “match” the home, but it should complement the architecture, furniture and style. 

With this modern Credenza headed off to a traditional home, we wanted to share some tips on mixing the two interior styles. When pulled off correctly, blending traditional and modern pieces can create a unique and stunning look, and can allow you to work in those family heirlooms without recreating your grandmother’s tea room. 

 This freestanding Credenza wine cellar is headed off to our client’s home in Virginia.

This freestanding Credenza wine cellar is headed off to our client’s home in Virginia.

 

5 tips for the perfect Mix of modern And Traditional

1. Decide on a dominant style

You can pick either traditional or modern as your primary look, but avoid mixing the styles too evenly, which will create a room with an identity crisis — go for either traditional with modern accents, or modern with traditional accents.

If you want a traditional look, keep your focal furniture pieces in that style and add tables, art and lighting accents in a modern style. If you want a modern aesthetic, keep most of your pieces modern, but look for statement traditional pieces like a sofa, mirror, chandelier, art or ceramics to mix in. 

 Modern art and a simple, neutral palette lend a modern look to this traditional home.  Photo via One King's Lane ~ onekingslane.com

Modern art and a simple, neutral palette lend a modern look to this traditional home.
Photo via One King's Lane ~ onekingslane.com

 A more traditional rug choice softens up the sparse feel of this modern farmhouse.   Photo via Pinterest

A more traditional rug choice softens up the sparse feel of this modern farmhouse.
Photo via Pinterest


2. Understand which pieces are universal, and which are trickier to mix

There are always exceptions to the rule, but in general, both traditional and modern sofas and chairs look great with modern coffee, cocktail and side tables, like our Credenza and Brock models, while pairing a traditional coffee table with a modern sofa tends to be harder to pull off. 

 A modern side table, like our Credenza, looks great with both modern and traditionally styled furniture, like this tufted armchair. ~  Photo by Sommi Wine Cellars

A modern side table, like our Credenza, looks great with both modern and traditionally styled furniture, like this tufted armchair. ~ Photo by Sommi Wine Cellars


3. Make your textiles work for you

Traditional shapes like rolled-arm sofas and armchairs look both fresh and timeless when reupholstered in a bold pop of color. Using modern or contemporary colors on a traditional piece is a much easier win than using traditional patterns on a modern piece (imagine a toile print on a mid-century modern sofa — it just doesn’t work), but textiles like rugs and curtains are a great way to bring a traditional style into a modern room.


4. Use color to set the Tone

Your overall palette, and how you use color everywhere from your walls to your accents will have a huge impact on the feel of a room. If you have ornate molding, inset panels, or other traditional details, choosing a more sparse palette and keeping furniture and accessories within it will lend the room a more modern feel. 

If you’re starting with a modern space, try adding texture with a turned curtain rod or coat rack, and richer patterns like an Oriental rug or woven pillows in luxurious fabrics.  

 Grays and indigos with a few touches of warm wood tones create a moody, masculine feel in this industrial space.  Photo via Pinterest

Grays and indigos with a few touches of warm wood tones create a moody, masculine feel in this industrial space.
Photo via Pinterest

 Modern and traditional forms come together in this eclectic, jewel-toned living room.  Photo via Traditional Home ~ traditionalhome.com

Modern and traditional forms come together in this eclectic, jewel-toned living room.
Photo via Traditional Home ~ traditionalhome.com


5. Invest in foundational pieces

The best part of creating an eclectic mix of two or more styles is that you can add or remove art and accents over time to evolve the look without sacrificing focal pieces, like a designer sofa or a handmade wine cellar. 

And remember, there’s no formula for success — the most beautiful rooms, and the ones you’ll want to spend time in, are the ones that reflect your style and stories. 

 A beautifully crafted wine fridge, a favorite armchair and a classic rug are investments that can be restyled any number of ways with different side tables, lighting and accessories. ~  Photo by Sommi Wine Cellars

A beautifully crafted wine fridge, a favorite armchair and a classic rug are investments that can be restyled any number of ways with different side tables, lighting and accessories. ~ Photo by Sommi Wine Cellars

Twice as Nice: Sommi Wins "Best in Design" Again

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We're honored to have been part of Oregon Home's third annual Structure and Style awards. This year our Northwest Wine Room took home the award for best Entertaining Space. With those Pendleton accents and wood clad walls, we have to say this was one of our favorite projects to date, too. A huge thanks to our clients and partners, and to Oregon Home for selecting our work once again for this award. Cheers!

Get A Custom Sommi Wine Cellar, Fully Stocked

Sommi Wine Cellars
 

A once-in-a-lifetime collection 

This fall we're teaming up with Domaine Serene to offer a unique opportunity to purchase one of our custom, handcrafted VV Series wine cellars fully stocked with 35 curated cases of award-winning and rare Domaine Serene, Maison Evenstad, Château de la Crée and Les Tourelles de la Crée wines that will quickly become the centerpiece of your wine collection.

Your fully customized luxury wine cellar will be built with meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail — down to the hand-forged iron handles and hardware finishes.  Store and protect up to 448 bottles with an intuitive and easy-to-use universal racking system and top of the line cooling technology. 

 
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Sommi VV1 Series, Fully Stocked
$60,000*

Dimensions: 75w x 32d x 95h (inches, before customization)
Racking system: 448 bottles (standard size)
Wines: 35 cases of rare and award-winning wines
Technical specifications: view details
Fully customizable: view details

* Wine, shipping & customization included in price. Wine supplies are limited. 

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Your Custom Wine Cellar will come Fully stocked with These Amazing Wines:

 
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2014 Monogram Pinot Noir 
12 bottles

A robust and structured Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, carefully hand-selected from the finest barrels and made in extremely small volumes.

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2015 Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir 
12 bottles

A sophisticated blend of mineral, acid and tart fruits, this luscious and silky Pinot Noir is drinking well today and will age beautifully over the next 10 years. 

 
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2015 Mark Bradford Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A beautiful, structured Pinot with notes of ripe blackberry, black cherry and chocolate.

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2015 Récolte Grand Cru Chardonnay
12 bottles

Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and butterscotch come together in this intense, layered Chardonnay. Appreciate it now or cellar it for added complexity. 

 
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2015 Aspect Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A serious wine for the serious collector, this extremely rare blend was created to showcase the complimentary styles of the Evenstad Estate’s East, South and West exposures. 

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2015 Maison Evenstad Beaune Premier Cru Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A beautifully rich Premier Cru Burgundian Pinot Noir with notes of plum and spice. 

 
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2015 Côte Sud Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

An impeccably balanced Pinot with ripe, polished tannins, bold red fruit, barrel toast and spices.

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2015 Fleur des Lis Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A dense opening with hints of smoke, char, espresso, cacao, and a dash of sea salt segues into red currant and black cherry. 

 
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2015 Winery Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

Domaine Serene’s highest-elevation Pinot Noir vineyard is slow to ripen, allowing for full flavor development and highly complex fruit with excellent aging potential.

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2015 Two Barns Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A lush wine that mixes barrel spice notes with dark fruit. A long, textured finish worth lingering over now through 2025.

 
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2016 Coeur Blanc Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A unique wine with a brilliant pale yellow hue and a focused palete with an essence of fresh ginger and Meyer lemon.

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2015 Jerusalem Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

Most Domaine Serene single-vineyard wines are grown right on the Dundee Hills estate; this one reflects a different home, in the Eola Hills AVA.

 
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2015 Abbey Oaks Vineyard Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A densely layered wine with red and black fruit, plum, cherry, tobacco and black tea notes.

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2015 Maison Evenstad Santenay Premier Cru Beaurepaire Chardonnay
12 bottles

This wine shows excellent weight and freshness, with lovely notes of exotic fruits and apricot on the palate. The nose is very expressive, with notes of citrus and exotic fruits, fern, hazelnut and butter.

 
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2015 Maison Evenstad Santenay Premier Cru Beaureguard  Chardonnay
12 bottles

The Beauregard vineyard is one of those hidden gems that reveal Santenay’s potential for magical white wines that offer a perfect equilibrium of body, elegance and mineral-rich complexity.

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2015 Grand Cheval
24 bottles

The best characteristics of two very different varietals, Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley, and Pinot Noir grapes from the Dundee Hills.

 
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2015 Côte Sud Vineyard Chardonnay
12 bottles

Inviting aromas of bright citrus, vanilla and crème brûlée with luscious minerality and salinity through the finish.

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2015 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir
24 bottles

Domaine Serene's defining standard by which all of their Pinot Noirs are measured. The best barrels are hand selected each year for this flagship wine.

 
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2016 Clos de Lune Vineyard Chardonnay
12 bottles

The 2016 vintage from this high-elevation vineyard shows excellent aging potential with crème brûlée, Meyer lemon zest and hints of marzipan.

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2015 Château de la Crée Meursault Chardonnay
12 bottles

There may be no other region in the Côte de Beaune as synonymous with world-class Chardonnay as Meursault. Stunning and charming on the nose, with soft minerality present on the palate and a long, persistent finish.

 
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2015 Château de la Crée Santenay Premier Cru Gravières Chardonnay
12 bottles

Electric on the approach with intense citrus aromas of lemon zest and white flowers. On the palate, the wine displays a vibrant acidity, yet feels rich and round with a gentle note of honey on the finish. 

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2015 Château de la Crée Santenay Monopole Clos de la Confrèrie Pinot Noir
12 bottles

A dynamic and dense Pinot Noir with silky, structured tannins, a melange of red and black fruits in the mouth, and a fresh clean finish. Cellar for at least five to eight years.

 
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2016 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay
24 bottles

This is Oregon chardonnay at its finest. Bursting with gorgeous aromas of fresh cut pineapple, guava and melon.  

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2015 Château de la Crée Santenay Charmes Chardonnay
12 bottles

Fresh flavors of green apple and citrus are the hallmarks of this elegant, handsomely opulent white Burgundy. On the palate, the wine’s beautiful fruit profile is complemented by a subtle mineral acidity.

 
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2015 Yamhill Cuvée Pinot Noir
36 bottles

Dark ruby in color, the Yamhill Cuvée is extremely expressive showcasing heavenly aromas of cocoa, pomegranate, clove and star anise. Polished and plush, its seamlessly integrated and inviting tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.

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2016 Les Tourelles de la Crée Montagny Premier Cru Chardonnay
36 bottles

Clean, pure expressions of Burgundian terroir, ideal for everyday drinking, this fresh and youthful Chardonnay reveals aromas of honeysuckle, white peach and hazelnuts.

 
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Rosé v. X
24 bottles

A delicate Rosé artfully blended to achieve a graceful balance of freshness and depth of flavor along with an array of exotic fruit characters.

 

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