Balance and proportion are of great importance in home decoration. This balance applies to color, shape, texture and style. Mixing modern items with antiques is a great way to achieve these decorating goals; because this approach keeps the room fresh, adds contrast and depth, and ultimately creates balance. Creating a mix of any time period or design style in your space requires a good eye. So, if you want to mix modern items with antiques, take your time and wait until you find items that will add the right form and function to your home. While there are rules of scale, balance and proportion in decorating, never compromise on using the items you love to follow the rules. The most important thing is that your home looks good to you first! Remember, there is always a place for antiques!