October 11, 2013
Vintage and contemporary room design may strike home decorators as "strange bedfellows," but they actually aren't. Mixing old and new furniture pieces gives the impression that furnishings have been collected over a long time. As one example, the oak flooring of Anderson's Bryson Plank collection is a traditional style but goes as well with glass and chrome as it does with antiques and upholstered pieces.
"I love the concept of homeowners using vintage furniture for a number of reasons - it's green design, and it's built to last," Toronto interior designer Jane Hall told AgentGenius.com. "Reupholstered in contemporary fabrics or painted wood pieces - you can have pieces that are totally unique and are eco-friendly."
To guard against unnecessary damage to their aged pieces, Hall recommended that homeowners plan well when they situate antique and vintage furnishings in their rooms. Valuable pieces shouldn't be placed in direct sunlight unless they are protected by window treatments that filter light.
Variety of styles
Use the word "vintage" and visions of elegant china teacups and floral prints may come to mind, but in today's design parlance, vintage means much more.
Shabby chic is a good choice for a vintage style, because one of its features is a distressed look that may be enhanced over time. It goes well with pastel shades and rustic canvas cloth as well as airy fabrics and contemporary sisal rugs in a light color scheme.
Another vintage look that can be easily integrated into a modern home is the lively and colorful mid-century style. It's a vintage look that brings back the hues of the 1950's and 1960's in flooring, plastics and fabric patterns. Introducing bold patterns in decorative pillows and other soft furnishings is one way to exhibit the style that was popular in that era.
Accent on accessorizing
Whether the period chosen is 1880's or 1960's, an easy way to infuse a modern home with a particular vintage era is to do it with accessories. MyHomeIdeas.com recommended "transcending" time periods. Light fixtures, fabrics and rugs that express a certain period's style, for instance, can be offset by main furniture pieces of contemporary design.
Home decorators can have a vintage motif when entertaining that includes the cozy texture of table linens with vintage dinnerware. A few pillows, decorative throws and candles in soft garden or seashore hues may complete the look.