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June 06, 2021
How do we make our homes unique with a décor that speaks to our personalities and experiences? Add vintage – it is that simple. Thank goodness we have moved through the decades long trend where everything had to be new from the local department store. Home after home looked exactly the same – even the artwork. Why have a modern copy of something old when you can get the real thing, in most cases, for less money. Antiques and vintage are back in a big way.
Why add vintage to contemporary interiors? Most importantly, it is a sustainable practice by bringing back into use an item that may have been long forgotten.
Decorating with vintage shows thought in your design rather than buying everything the same – same lines, same colour, same train of thought. These rooms can look calm and safe, but sometimes the unexpected can add interest and excitement to a space. For example, mid-century modern design is often straight and angled edges with few curves, in neutral wood tones. Yet, mid-century accessories are often quite wild with bold colours and deconstructed shapes – a direct contrast to the major pieces in the room. The two together bring a sense of balance.
Adding vintage pieces to modern rooms, or the opposite, stops the eye. Your brain scans the room taking in patterns and shapes, yet when it sees something that is not quite the same, the eyes stop to take it in, assess the differences and consider the message. The vintage piece adds that uniqueness to a room; it shows that you have carefully evaluated your home and made room for something timeless, something different.
How is it done so that it works? Of course, if it works for you, then it is fine. However, there are basic standards for interiors relating to scale, balance and harmony. Consider the scale of the room and the other pieces of furniture. Does the piece you want to add align with the scale? What about colour and wood tones? Adding a piece that has colour can make the room pop and draw your eye to that piece. Colour can make it the focal point, or the opposite, allow it to blend in. Your goal for the room will enable you to make the decision.
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