Where Design Eras Collide: Modern, Vintage or Both?

December 16, 2016

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Vintage seems to be the new black in the interior design world, and retro-inspired elements are taking chic living areas by a storm these days. Still, a vintage home makeover should be handled with special care to avoid extreme stylistic contrasts and excess visual detail. To stay on the safe side of the timeless décor formula, turn to exquisite blends of classic and modern elements and spice up home aesthetics with a few playful boho, Nordic, or eclectic traveler touches. Here are a few simple tips to help you come up with an evergreen yet up-to-date décor masterpiece.

Build from Mid-Century Barebones

Mid-century statement furnishings such as leather-dressed sectionals and wooden dining tables will provide an elegant backdrop for your design experiments, and they’ll also infuse your space with a precious dose of character. For peak aesthetic effect, pick two or three statement pieces per room and place them at some distance from each other to lay down the cornerstones for a modern vintage décor. For instance, you can place a mid-century sofa against a vacant wall to define the focal point in the living room and create a timeless entertainment area worthy of silent whistles. For bonus comfort, top the seating with a handful of cushions with two-tone or monochromatic covers, and place an indoor plant or tall modernist floor lamp to the side of the sofa. For final touches, hang a motivational poster on the wall, and place a wooden coffee table with a couple of accent details in front of the lounging area.

Home Office at the Heart of a Jungle

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Vintage doesn’t have to be all bygone design and little green touches: in fact, why not combine an antique desk and armchair with dark-hue leather upholstery with contemporary shelving and indoor plants? For a sophisticated old-meets-new home office look, dress the floors in a vintage rug: the antique-looking carpet will establish the stylistic base of your at-home workplace which you’ll be able to top with a suave retro chair and wall-mounted desk and shelves. But don’t stop there if you want to achieve top-notch workspace aesthetics – feel free to line the shelves with houseplants and artwork that fit your design bill. There’s no better way to spend your long work hours than in the lap of mid-century luxury and Mother Nature, wouldn’t you agree?

The Timeless Fireplace, Revamped

If you’re one of the few homeowners blessed with your very own fireplace, don’t let it fade into the background: revamp it instead and turn it into the central point in your living area. While the classic brick design is a go-to for everlasting fireplace appeal, a fresh tile number showcasing a modernist geometric or botanical print and trending color combinations such as white and blue, light brown, or wine red will amp visual value and comfort of your living area. You can place the LCD TV screen above the fireplace to accentuate the focal area even more. For a suave aesthetic touch, you can plop a minimalist firewood rack next to the fireplace: now, that’s what you call snug and chic!

A Vintage-Meets-Bohemia Boudoir

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Bedrooms are not just a scene where passion meets romance: if decorated with due care, your boudoir can become a melting pot of different design styles. To create a bedroom that exudes an aura of evergreen elegance paired with contemporary freshness, top the floor with a single-tone carpet that matches the paint of modern-design internal doors to instantly establish the dominant color scheme in the room. If you want to spice up the boudoir look with some airy touches, you can replace the standard bunk with a platform or palette bed which you’ll dress in light-hued linen with an unassuming floral or geometric print. For a dose of Nordic comfort, you can leave the floorboards exposed and do away with the common minimalist cold with the help of a faux hide, shaggy area rug, and verdant bedroom tenants. As for accent details, try artwork, colorful cushions, and ethnic-inspired throws and bed covers, but don’t go overboard with detail as it can visually shrink your room and ruin its aesthetic value.

 

In a modern home, time-honored designs and innovative décor elements stand side by side in all their glory. Vintage may not exactly be the new modern, but it certainly has the potential to turn your home into a stylish, snug nest if incorporated into the home backdrop with care, attention, and awareness of optimal color, texture, and pattern combinations. Something old, something new, something revamped, something cool – your home can quickly become an expression and an extension of your eclectic personality.

 

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