Period rooms often have their very own sense of style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a contemporary edge, too. While it may be tempting to opt for pieces that reflect the rooms era, giving them an up to date twist can bring about fabulous results. 

Adding one or two modern design tweaks to your favourite period room needn’t break the bank either. Often, all that’s needed is a simple addition to draw the eye and create a focal point in the room. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our top seven ways to bring your period room into the 21st century.

Go big

Choosing to hang an oversized, modern piece of art can make a dramatic impact in any period room. All types of art can work, but it’s important to keep the rest of the room in mind. While you obviously want your oversized artwork to make an impression, it’s vital that it doesn’t look out of place.

Be quirky

Hopscotch + Grace

Just because the rest of the room has period elegance doesn’t mean to say that you can’t add a touch of eccentricity to it. Try brightly coloured furniture against a neutral background to create warmth. Doing so will bring your room up to date without losing its period character.

Fresh light

Birdcage Walk

Nothing changes a room quite like lighting. Just because your room was built in a bygone era doesn’t mean that you have to stick to chandeliers! Try something more contemporary and give visitors to your home something to talk about.

Play with colour

Faiella Design

Experimenting with colour schemes can make a big difference to not only how a room looks, but also how it feels. Mix traditional colour schemes with modern furniture for a stunning look.

Funky flooring


Adding something different underfoot can be a fantastic way to set a room off. Think about shapes and colours that will accentuate your furniture and give the room character. Even something as simple as staining the bare wood floor with an unusual colour can transform the look and feel of a room.

Be bright, go white

GAP Interiors

Painting everything white allows a room to accommodate modern furnishings extremely well. Items that would have otherwise looked out of place in more colourful surroundings will blend in beautifully when you opt for the all-white look.

Make functional a feature 

Period Living

Bringing items that would have once been hidden away to the fore can give your period room a modern feel without losing the room’s original charm. Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to source things such as new radiators in the period style, so making the functional beautiful won’t cost you an arm and a leg.


There you have it, seven different ideas that will help you transform your period room and bring it into the 21st century. If you have any property related questions or queries, give our expert agents a call today.

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7 inspiring ways to tastefully modernise a period room