By 'tough time', I don't mean to say that I dislike it, I just find it can take a bit more effort to do well. The victorian age was filled with eclectic interiors, which were often the whims of the owners, whatever they felt worked. It's a high wire act.
That being said, this can be done In a similar fashion, where things of a completely different nature can be placed with one another, but they have to have some relation, be it color, material or heft. For instance, I think it would be easier to pair a set of brass articulated lamps in with this room rather than a Tolomeo lamp mounted on the wall. In fact the suggestion of the prouve lamp works for that exact reason, in my opinion.
I find both contemporary and american mid century modern to have a very hard time getting along with anything that would be craftsman, victorian and the revival styles. I would rather see them mixed with very selectively chosen peices from the Bauhaus or in the Art Deco style. People of the victorian era flip flopped between loving and hating the results of the machine age and that's why I feel that something like a victorian or craftsman interior would look at home with a few lamps from the Bauhaus in brass or chairs in dark brown leather that are worn in. There is some context, rather than choosing completely at random.
I feel mid century danish to work in that mix for the same reasons, architects and designers of that style never left their obsession with the individual craftsman out of their work. Their material choices were often dark woods and leathers which works. Also, it's just my opinion, but I think that many of them felt their work would be more often put to use in older interior.
Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 5/15/13 at 7:51am