From many years of experience of creating a vintage stryle in our home here are some key tips that really can make a difference to the overall look and feel of your home.
Lines and Symmetry
When putting different pieces of furniture together it is easy to get a mish-mash of styles and designs that just end up looking messy.
The trick is to pick items that have similar lines or at least one completely contrasting piece. So for instance, to make your room look complete, go for a straight, very modern lounge suit and then add in 2 vintage occasional chairs. What you are doing is creating symmetry and using similar and contrasting lines in a way that works.
Contrasting colors and designs work well together as long as you do this in a clever way. So what you do with modern and vintage is that aside from contrasting the colors or styles among similar pieces, you actually contrast them in the same pieces.
In other words, you could use a vintage cushion on a modern chair or the other way around. You can hang very modern picture frames together with vintage ones on the same wall. Combine a modern lamp base with a very vintage shade. Utilize modern chairs with bold prints or colors with an old vintage dining room table.
Refurbish Old Pieces
A clever way to combine vintage with modern is to refurbish old pieces in an interesting way. Obviously you don't want to ruin very valuable antiques, but to get a cheap knock-off or very worn vintage item will do perfectly.
You can paint a chest of drawers white or blue and even change the handles. You can reupholster chairs in a modern fabric. You can apply whitewash or crackling effects to cabinets, and much more.
Eclectic Vintage Style
Of course there are those really badly worn items that you think are un-salvageable. Well, think again! If you browse through a thrift store or market and find a broken vintage door, think about how you can reuse it, but as something else.
You could add modern legs to it to create the most unique coffee table! How about a broken dresser? Repaint and attach the drawers to the wall to use as a shelf unit. There are plenty of other great ideas you can come up with when out shopping at the markets and yard sales.
There are many other ways to combine and blend your favorite Victorian pieces with modern decor to create a fluid and exquisite room. The main thing to remember is that you need to create a balance in the room.
Don't use too much modern otherwise the little vintage in there will look out of place, and don't use too much vintage for the same reason, plus that fact that it will look dated and like you are trying to recreate your Great Grandmother's house!