History repeats itself ever so often. We’ve seen this occur with historical events, trends, and especially in the fields of fashion, style, and design. The previous eras just hold some rich concentration of culture and art prevalent in its time. As a result, current trends tend to turn to the past for inspiration. This occurrence brought about the style category we all know now as “vintage.”
Here in Project Greenify, we celebrate this vintage style trend. Not only does it serve unique aesthetics, but it is also a very sustainable style movement. As vintage borrows artistic influence from the previous eras of design, it encourages, to some degree, the practice of thrifting.
While thrifting is very common when it comes to shopping for apparel, it is not as commonly practiced when it comes to the purchase of home decor and furniture.
This week’s blog is a walk-through guide on how to give your home interior a vintage style. With this choice of interior, you are sure to save some bucks all the while giving your home a classy facelift. Who wouldn’t want a good ‘hitting two birds with one stone’ situation, right?
What Is a Vintage Interior?
Vintage interior is a genius integration of old-fashioned classiness combined with romantic design accents and a minimal but transformational modern touch. While this definition may seem fancy at first read, it best encompasses what the “vintage” style brings to the table.
Breaking this down into its fundamental features, we have elegance and class, a romantic accent, and lastly, the modern touch.
- Elegance and Class – Imagine furniture and décor that looks like it has been handed down by your grandparents from generations before them. This best depicts the class and elegance that is unique to vintage furniture. This is of course not to the degree of run-down or unusable but instead, is aged enough to create the imperfect charm of vintage ware. Vintage pieces look organic, mostly because of their antique-looking wooden finish and fabric in pale pastel colors.
- Romantic accent – Vintage aesthetics work closely with floral accents. May it be in furniture fabric, wallpaper design, molding, or furniture carving, floral designs are a vintage staple. The romantic appeal of vintage owes greatly to these floral patterns; however, it does not do all the work alone. Aside from said floral touches, the fancy choice of furniture contributes romance to the assemblage. Unlike most sleek modern designs, vintage gravitates towards big furniture pieces that contain curvy and exaggerated ornaments and designs. Traditional décor like candles, tin containers and other metalwork take it even a step further.
- Modern touch – The vintage interior style gets its charm from its antique qualities. While this is true and obvious, it must also integrate a degree of modernity to make it appealing to the current times. These modern touches must be subtle enough not to overpower its organic features, but must at the same time, effectively bridge old aesthetics with the new.
How Do I Make My House Look Vintage?
Take it one room at a time and start with your favorite room. Recreating your whole house at one go will only prove unproductive. Your favorite space in the house is your most memorized area. You know what it needs and what it lacks. So, start there, and once you love how vintage your favorite space turns out, it’s likely to motivate you to do the same to the rest of your house.
Here are some tips on how to make your space look vintage:
- Select appropriate furniture
- Create a frame table or frame wall display
- Choose pastel color palettes
Where Can I Find Vintage Décor?
The best places to find vintage pieces are in dedicated vintage stores, thrift stores, and lastly in your very own home!
Dedicated vintage stores curate a variety of selected pieces that fit the store’s “theme.” Vintage-themed stores are quite common. Usually, these stores price their items higher, however along with the price is the shopping convenience. Since the items are already pre-selected, you will surely find most of what you need in one place.
Thrift stores are vintage hotspots as well. While the items may not be as high quality as those in vintage-themed stores, rare finds will surely score you good deals. You may even discover cheap, pre-loved furniture that just needs a little upholstering. Just make sure you’re up for the tedious digging, searching, and walking!
If thrift stores or dedicated vintage stores are not very accessible to you, then try looking around your house. You may find discover that some furniture that you already have, indicate some vintage potential. Maybe a little paintwork and little tinkering here and there will bring you a virtually no expense vintage piece!
What Is the Difference Between Used/Resale and Thrift Furniture Stores?
The most obvious differences would be item quality and profit recipients.
Used or resale stores sell items that went through a pre-selection process. Therefore, their items have better quality but higher price tags as a result. Profit from the sale of said products is divided between the original item owner and the store. Basically, these stores work as sellers that help item manufacturers in the sale of their products.
Unlike resale stores, thrift stores’ item stocks usually come from donations and their profit goes to a certain charity or foundation. Since their items do not go through a selection process, shoppers have to dig around to find items that they need. Some shoppers prefer this shopping experience though since the long search makes the purchase mean more, in some way.
Does vintage sound like a good interior idea to you?
Be stylish and sustainable at the same time! Challenge your creativity and try vintage styling for your own space. Best of luck!
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