In the ever-changing world of interior design, trends come and go, but they always come back with a new twist. Contemporary designers draw inspiration from past eras, and old trends are constantly being reinvented. Having this in mind, it’s no wonder that retro appeal dominates homes all over the world. Mixing vintage and modern is a successful combination that will bring a new glow to your home while relying on classic pieces. Here are some ideas on how to turn your home into a vintage paradise.
Do a bit of research
Before you start decorating, take a trip back in time and explore the style of past eras. Each era has something unique to offer when it comes to furniture, design, and colors. The mid-century style that encompasses the period from 1940s to 1960s is high on demand, but the retro furniture of the 1970s and 1980s isn’t far behind. When deciding on the interior style, you may also want to take into account the architecture of your home and look into exterior and interior styles that complement each other. Discover which era most appeals to you to get the first idea, then start working around it.
Color and textile mixing in the bedroom
Your bedroom is the perfect place to experiment with colors inspired by old times. The 1970s were all about bright colors, like green, turquoise, blue, and purple, and given that Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year, you won’t go wrong with incorporating this shade into your bedroom. Contrasts of texture and color are also popular and create a glorious, vintage effect. Luxurious, upholstered headboards are an absolute hit this year, especially when matched with gentle shades. Think a velvet or velour headboard combined with white bed linen, for example. The tips and tricks of color matching in interior design are also taught online, so you can check out some courses where you can learn more about color schemes and how to successfully create one for your home.
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Retro lighting and cozy rugs in the living room
Lighting contributes to the perception of the entire room, and it’s another tool you can use to emphasize the vintage style in your home. Mad Men lovers will be delighted to opt for those pendant fixtures that were a part of every home in the 1960s. Alternatively, if you’re more into that ‘70s show, grace your home with artistic floor lamps in metallic shades. Another typical feature of the 1970s is a shaggy rug, both cozy and stylish, especially with bold colors and prints.
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Black-and-white photos displayed on your living room walls reflect the simple yet effective style of your home. Asymmetry adds up to the relaxed atmosphere, so consider hanging your photos at different levels along with vinyl records for a full vintage feel.
Diners are back
The charming style of 1950s diners can easily be recreated in your kitchen with the help of some delightful additions, like vintage appliances made of stainless steel and retro furniture. The secret is in the stark contrast of colors, metallic finishes, and the easy-going vibe of a typical diner of the 1950s era. Combine all these elements to make your kitchen a focal point of the house where everyone gathers for a good meal and a good time.
Vintage wood in the bathroom
A wooden floor in the bathroom brings out a wonderful rustic feel, but it poses a problem when it comes in contact with water. However, there’s a simple solution to this problem. Porcelain tiles that look just like wood are ideal for bathrooms, as you can get the traditional look without having to worry about problems that might be caused by water.
Interior design trends for this year are all about retro looks. This style is practical, long-lasting, and it doesn’t require spending large sums of money as you can easily add a modern twist to your classic furniture pieces. Choose the past era of your preference and start working on your trendy vintage home.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”