Large hanging fish kites catch the light in the living room. Architect Omer Arbel’s tips for how to introduce modern elements to an existing space ripe with character:
1 Use dramatic colour shifts to distinguish new objects, while respecting vintage surfaces and palettes.
2 Embrace the contrast between old and new. “It’s a tense conversation at times, but within that tension there’s a wonderful place to inhabit,” says Omer.
3 Use “reveals” to delineate materials. Allow for breathing space in the transition from new walls and fresh flooring options to existing walls and ceilings.
4 Apply discreet trim to define the lines between vintage and modern elements.