Vintage and modern are very contrasting looks. While the vintage style is all about warm tones, nostalgic elements like bright colours, shag rugs, lava lamps, and space age furniture, modernism is defined by sleek lines, minimalist décor, lots of natural light, and an emphasis on decluttering. So how can these two juxtaposed visuals be mixed in a single interior design? Let’s take a look:
1. Mixing warm tones and sleek surfaces
You can emulate the vintage modern aesthetics in your home interiors by mixing two of their main characteristics: warm tones and sleek surfaces. When you translate the coziness of warm textures and colours in the form of lush, sleek, and modern surfaces, you literally get the best of both worlds. As you can see in this image, the combination of austere wooden textured media walls looks great with the rest of the setting.
2. Learning to blend layouts
While the vintage style is all about clutter and bold colouring, the modern style emphasizes minimalism to a fault. So when it comes to crafting a layout for your modern vintage home interiors, you need to get past the challenge of bridging the distance between these two contrasting factors. The mezzanine floor in this image is a great example. It uses decoration pieces to add lushness to the simple, minimalist furniture.
3. Merging lighting and bold colours
The lighting in modern interior designs is quite distinct – it not only features unique fixtures, but also has a charismatic presence of its own. So, even when you use bold vintage colours in an interior design, going for modern lighting can help balance the overall look. This bedroom interior is a good example; it used track lights and back lighting to harmonize with the vintage palette.
4. Adding modernity to the structure
Not many people realize this, but the structure of a home is a very important part of its overall interior design. It can be used to tweak the overall ambiance of a space. If you look at this image, you’ll notice how the use of mezzanine floor and double-height space balances out the declutter of the vintage accessories and furnishings in the lower half of the layout.
5. Mixing modern and vintage textures
Colours and surfaces are one thing, but mixing textures can take a dual themed interior like modern vintage to a whole new level. You can see a great example of how to do so in this image. Th wooden laminates and reflective mirrors both act as counterparts of both vintage and modern styles respectively. This gives the overall bedroom a unique and dichotomous look.