We're always struck by interiors that marry traditional, historical, architectural elements with modern, eclectic furnishings, as seen here in a home designed by Blair Harris
. This unexpected combination of interior styles, time periods, forms, and textures makes these homes visually captivating and perpetually intriguing. We've rounded up some of our absolute favorite examples of this look from inspiring homes in Brooklyn, Manhattan, London, and Australia. Not lucky enough to live in a four-story brownstone with soaring ceilings? Below we're sharing the key components to getting this sophisticated, eclectic look so you can at least snag the style if you can't have the real estate.
Lounge chairs, dining chairs, and side chairs with contemporary lines always look striking in more traditional environments. The sculptural lines of these pieces wonderfully contrast with the ornate detailing of historical architecture resulting in beautiful visual tension.
With graciously-scaled ceilings and intricate crown molding details, modern, eclectic townhouses provide the perfect opportunity for incorporating statement lighting. A traditional crystal chandelier will feel original to the home and contrast with modern furnishings, while a modern fixture with contemporary lines looks striking against those lust-worthy moldings.
A perfect way to add subtle pattern, color, and personality to a space, bold rugs are often seen covering the wood floors of these interiors. Whether highly textured, richly saturated, or featuring a less-than-expected motif, rugs in these spaces are always on the larger end of the scale.
Oversized -- even ceiling-grazing -- mirrors are a trademark of a traditional townhome. Often placed between the narrow space between windows or above a marble mantle, a large-scale mirror is a must if looking to replicate this style. Traditional lines help these pieces feel natural in the home, and contrast beautifully with contemporary artwork.
Many of these rooms feature gorgeous floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases overflowing with literary volumes and personal mementos and accessories. If your home doesn't feature incorporated shelving, get a similar look by placing an oversized bookcase along a living or bedroom wall.
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Photographs: 1. 14. Blair Harris photographed by Jessica Glynn 2. Ali Cayne photographed by Brittany Ambridge for Domino 3. 9. Photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue 4. Photographed by Emily Gilbert 5. 13. Roman and Williams (designer and source) 6. Blair Harris photographed by Nick Johnson 7. Photographed by Andrea Chu for Milk 8. Photographed by Dustin Aksland for Dwell 10. Hilary Robertson photographed by Trevor Tondro for The New York Times 11. Michelle James photographed by Nicole Franzen for Remodelista 12. Lucien Reese Roberts photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor 15-16. Virginia Tupker Interiors photographed by Francois Halard for Vogue 17. Photographed by Martin Cederblad for sköna hem