Vintage is modern. Although this sentence may sound like a paradox, it is actually true that today more and more people go back to the past times to look for inspiration for their work today. This process has been going on for some time in many branches of art and one of them is definitely interior design. While today’s most advanced homes are instructed to follow strict guidelines of minimalism and sterility, some designers resort to old-fashioned design and many people accept their advice on how to -the house looks fresh, bright, positive and vintage.
Colors live the space
The application of home decoration methods from the past should start with colors. In the old days (say a hundred years ago), colors were not so accessible. Only really rich people could afford to enrich their homes with colorful decoration solutions. That is why many people used colorful details. For example, in the vintage kitchen, you will put cheerful curtains, colored light green or lemon yellow. By doing so, the whole room will give the impression of vividness. Also, in the living room, you can apply vivid colors on vases, ashtrays or any similar objects from the shade.
Show the cracks
If you want your wardrobe or cupboard to look vintage, you need to allow some cracks to be visible. Probably the most affordable option is to buy an old piece of furniture online and bring it back to life yourself, but only to a certain extent. You need to sandpaper and give it a new coat of stain or paint, but you also have to leave some cracks visible, so he can see that the object is vintage. Apart from the wardrobe, another item that can be made to look fashionably vintage is the kitchen door. When it comes to the door, you can also look for an older door with two windows at the top. Those windows can be nicely decorated with some fancy vintage lace curtains.
Display the dishes
In the old days, there was a cupboard that usually dominated the kitchen or living room. That cabinet actually had two cabinets. The lower cabinet had a wooden door and did not display anything. The upper cabinet, however, usually had a glass front. All the dishes that an average house had (which at that time was not much) were exhibited in that upper cabinet. If you really want to go vintage, you definitely need to get yourself a cabinet like that. Also, you need to have some vintage cutlery and crockery, too. The pottery itself should also have some old-fashioned patterns, to match the cabinet. What you can do is to buy some old plates and glasses, but in a neutral color. In this way you can think of some models that can look vintage. There are also some ideas online for such a graphic solution.
Neat vintage floor
The floor needs to be neat and clean, even if you want to make your house look vintage. When it comes to the floors, they need to be maintained for your personal hygiene, of course, but you also need to know that people kept the floors clean in those vintage times, especially in the cities. Back then wooden flooring was almost the only option available. Poorer citizens would go for simple wooden planks, while those rich people could afford wooden strip flooring. Perhaps the best option for a modern house like a vintage one is to put parquet on the floor and cover it with some traditional rugs. Many different materials and models can be chosen, so fire up your Internet browser and see what is being offered out there in the virtual space.
Sophie Andersen is an interior designer from Australia. She is interested in architecture and home decoration. She loves to write and share her home decor tips and tricks.