Bringing Modern Pieces into Your Home

bringing modern pieces into your home

Adding a touch of modern to your home

Our philosophy at Ballard Designs is to infuse every room with an eclectic mix of furniture pieces and styles to create a look that’s uniquely yours. That’s why we’re always bringing together antique-inspired pieces with funky accessories, patterns galore, and more and more modern pieces too. Every home should have a little touch of modern; here are our favorite ways to incorporate it:

Brighten Up with Lighting

Our heart will always be with those classic European-inspired pieces that will always look great in your home — the Louis Chairs, the bergeres, the wingbacks — but we also love the freshness of bringing in a light fixture like our new Metropolitan 8-Light Chandelier. It’s that new piece that creates a focal point, starts a conversation, and gives your favorite classic piece new life.

Bring clean lined silhouettes into your space, like a Parsons Poster Bed

Clean Lined Silhouettes

Incorporating modern pieces into your home doesn’t have to mean choosing super funky pieces — instead we love taking classic shapes, like a poster bed, and cleaning them up with straighter lines. Our new Mill Upholstered Parsons Bed has the sleek lines you’d expect from the Parsons style, but it’s a fresh take on a timeworn classic like the poster bed.

Mix straight lined pieces with rustic and classics

Simpler Slipcovers

You know we love a slipcover. Anytime, anywhere they’re chic and most importantly functional! But recently we’ve been loving a more pared back slipcover style, like the slipcover on our new Westside Chair. It has a looser fit and unadorned seams — letting the gorgeous drape of a linen and the silhouette of the chair really shine!

Graceful curves of the Wynton tulip table from Ballard Designs

Abstract Art & Accessories

Dip your toe into modern pieces with art and accessories, like our acrylic risers or Infinity Sculpture. These small accents can make a big difference when mixed with traditional pieces. It’s that little touch of modern than can feel fresh and unexpected — what every room needs!

Browse more modern touches online, or find inspiration on our Pinterest Boards.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    September 11, 2021

    Will Ballard ever bring back their tulip dining table? I loved how it was a real wood top and metal Base! The one in the dining pic above is what I want!

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      Abbey Nolte

      September 21, 2021

      Thank you for your feedback. I will pass this along to our product team!