Something You Must Explore: The Kitschy Side Of Vintage Traditional Style

The ‘kitsch’ is a part of the vintage traditional style that never fully gets explored. Once in a while, someone gets enchanted by its cluttery, 80s inspired vibe, but it has never fully caught on despite its individuality and attractiveness. However, it’s an extremely alluring interior design style and definitely has an iconic history that dates back to the retro phase of the 80s Americana and all that happened during that decade. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the kitschy side of traditional today.


1. Chintz

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Chintz are cotton made, flower printed upholstery that used to be the height of trendy chic back in the day. Anyone who didn’t have a chintz couch or armchair was considered fashion backward. But with the passage of time, this aesthetic got lost amidst hundreds of others that came after. However, if you’re inspired enough by the distinct individuality of the kitsch style, then you should definitely invest on the chintz.


2. Patterned and boundaries

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The kitsch style has its own various sub-genres like the English vintage, the American vintage and many more. One thing all of these have in common is a heavy emphasis on patterns. Patterns of various styles and aesthetics have become such an inherent part of the kitsch aesthetic, that any interior design emulating this style can look incomplete without them. It can even be incorporated as the boundary of another large object as in the mirror in this image.



3. Colors and Embroidery

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Soft colors and embroidery of the floral variety are absolutely linchpin if you want to bring in a kitschy vibe in your interior designs. You can definitely use both at the same time. A bed cover or a duvet in pastel that features a nice floral print is the best way to go about it.



4. Laura Ashley Prints

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Laura Ashly used to be a big brand name back in the 80s. Anyone who wanted anything floral for their interior designs just had to make a trip to this company’s outlet. Even today, if you’ve decided to go kitsch, then a nice flower patterned, Laura Ashley inspired addition to the interior design is definitely the way to go.



5. Tulip Chairs

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Nothing says vintage like a nice furniture relic from the most iconic decade itself. The Tulip Chair is, was, and will forever be Eero Saarinen’s most iconic work to date, and using it in a potential vintage kitsch interior design style is definitely a good choice.

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