Just because your home is new, that doesn't mean it can't have still some traditional class. As we know, fashion is cyclical, and interior design is no exception. Many retro styles have found themselves back in vogue and into our homes.
A home should be more than just a place where you sleep and eat; it should be an extension of who you are, with a design that speaks to your personality and taste. With that in mind, here's a rundown of some of the most popular vintage styles, what they have to say, and how you can achieve the look.
To help you harness the fabulous fads of yesteryear, here's a quick guide on how to choose the right vintage style for you, as well as how to adapt those styles to suit the modern age.
Born in the 1920s, the Art Deco movement represents the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age before The Great Depression brought it all crashing down. Luxurious and always impressive, for those seeking to add a little glamour and luxury to their lives, Art Deco is the perfect solution.
To incorporate Art Deco into your home, let the word 'decadence' be your guide. Use jewel tones in your colour scheme and luxe materials, like timbers, metals and marble, velvet or silk. Geometric designs should dominate, while furniture should be oversized and statement-making.
Victorian Era Design
Similarly to Art Deco, Victorian Era design is all about luxury and the display of wealth. However, where Art Deco is known for its flashy glamour, a Victorian design is far more refined, elegant and cosy, and is ideally suited to those with a romantic side. Ornate patterns are a must and can be incorporated into your home through wallpaper, rugs, pillows and window treatments.
As a counterpoint to the Industrial Revolution, Victorians developed a fixation with the natural world, and so used mostly florals, animals and birds in their pattern designs. Concerning lighting, a chandelier never goes amiss, while furniture should try to incorporate curving, organic shapes. If you want to go the extra mile, parquet flooring looks as exquisite as it is extravagant making it the perfect statement to capture the Victorian look truly.
Characterised by clean lines, geometric shapes, and atom-inspired design, mid-century modernism took the 50s and 60s by storm, with home decor that aimed to be as sleek as it was comfortable. Clean yet still colourful and funky, it's a perfect match for those who want their home to feel more relaxed, open and welcoming. Its ergonomic tapered leg furniture remains as stylish today as it was in its heyday, while its famous Sputnik-style light fixtures make for an eye-catching addition to any room.
Blending Old and New
As far as authenticity is concerned, it's more important to get the essence of a style than anything else. You don't need to fill your home with genuine Art Deco antiques to embody Art Deco chic and should feel free to pick and choose design elements as you see fit. However, if you're afraid of feeling like a fraud, there are plenty of amazing pieces out there, and a genuine article will certainly elevate any surrounding modern replications.
If you're committed to a style, then go all in, but often, small touches are just as effective. The key is a balance. A chandelier, floral rug, and gold frame is usually enough to evoke the romance of the Victorian age and can pair beautifully with a minimalistic, modern aesthetic.
Now you know where to start, get creative and turn your new home into the one you've been dreaming of!