June 18, 2013
The best way for homeowners to create the impression they've collected their furnishings over time is to mix modern and vintage furniture. Much like the hickory hardwood flooring of Anderson's Hickory Forge collection, mixed decor conveys a rich balance of old and new design.
According to MyHomeIdeas.com, older vintage looks and contemporary styling may strike home decorators as "strange bedfellows," but they actually aren't. Mixing old and new furniture pieces gives a unique look to room design that reflects the special character of the home decorator.
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, cotton canvas cloth as well as airy fabrics and contemporary sisal rugs in a light color scheme.
Another era that can be easily integrated into a current-day home design is the lively and colorful mid-century style. It's a vintage style that lends itself to the hues of the 1950s and 1960s in flooring, plastics and fabric patterns that were popular in that era. Introducing bold patterns in decorative pillows and other soft furnishings is one way to exhibit the '60s vibe.
The easiest and most economical way to infuse a modern home with a particular vintage era is to do so with accessories. Light fixtures, fabrics and rugs that express a period's style can be offset by main furniture pieces of contemporary design.
Or, home decorators can have a vintage motif when entertaining. For instance, dining decor for guests can include the cozy textures of cottage-style design in table linens and vintage dinnerware. A few pillows, decorative throws and candles in soft garden or seashore hues may complete the look.
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, as Toronto interior designer Jane Hall told AgentGenius.com.
"I love the concept of homeowners using vintage furniture for a number of reasons - it's green design, and it's built to last," she told the real estate website.
To guard against unnecessary damage to their aged pieces, Hall recommends that homeowners plan well when they situate antique and vintage furnishings in their rooms. Homeowners shouldn't place their pieces in direct sunlight unless they are protected by window treatments that filter light.