English Vintage – A Renaissance in Interior Design
While most of the world is becoming hard-pressed for a more modern and contemporary take on interior designing, there are still a few who prefer the time honored classic take on designing their space. While this take on interiors might not be standardized or encapsulated in a true classic fashion, there is always a certain vintage appeal to this transformation that creates a very kitschy atmosphere. The boldest interpretation of this abstract might be the English vintage genre of interior design. Its characteristics are not simple classifications of form and fixtures, but it does follow a fixed aesthetic that might just appeal to your senses. The touch of vintage is far from rustic but not infallibly kitschy either. The English vintage interior theme is classy but not swanky, bold but not standardized and sophisticated but not glitzy. Let us take a look at a few on point articulations of this concept.
Clutter the Walls
The charm of an English vintage themed interior definitely comes from a rather inherently cluttered premise. It is not visually fixating or aesthetically unpleasant, but it is definitely there – an unabridged part of the three dimensional space that you just cannot put your finger on. It can be done in the form of wall or furniture fixtures, or it can be done with the help of indigenous texture that automatically becomes a part of the room. The picture below is a perfect blend of both of these concepts, where the two facing longitudinal walls are cluttered but in completely different fashion. Where one is primed in exposed brick, the other one is laden in a plethora of photo frames – in this way, both wear the concept of clutter in a completely juxtaposed way, while showcasing the English vintage theme to the point.
Another inherent characteristic of the English vintage theme is embracing the old. This can be done in a number of ways, but the most obvious one is piling up retro style objects and putting them up for an artfully enigmatic display. These might include decorative pieces, vintage trunks, meticulously achieved aesthetics on new-age materials and more. All of these have to be strategically placed in a messy, clutter-y formation that looks deliberately out of context yet a congenital part of the design at the same time.
When the space is too large, and you have trouble imagining the kind of effect a vintage theme would take, just go for a vast spread. You can do that through color and texture – a bright color scheme along with a rich material palate combined with appropriate allocation of furniture and product design. All of this can come together to form a rather whimsical interior setting.
The English vintage scheme might not be a fully embracing counterpart of retro, but it is certainly a tiny percent passé. While most interior schemes have one definite aesthetic, the English vintage can mold itself according to stance and circumstance. As long as a few defining characteristics are the same, you can alter the color and contrast scheme and top it off with appropriate lighting and furniture fixtures. A bit of a popping color here and there might just end up enhancing the character of your space.