The Art of Vintage Kitsch in a Modern Genre
Most people associate the kitsch style with heavy clutter and dull tones along with a lot of messy retro trinkets. They’re not far off in that respect, but kitsch is so much more than that. It may be a vintage aesthetic, but it has such an elementary charm along with a rather unique color and material palate. When you apply the kitschy aesthetic in a modern style interior, there are a lot of aspects that you have to be wary about. Most of these are related to observing the sanctity of the space constraints and deciding on a respectable color palate. Kitsch may be an acquired taste but if done the right way, it can become a tasteful and elegant style to incorporate into your homes. A kitsch style is unique because it implies the use of both dull and vibrant color tones – most of the time used in unison to create a contradictory aura. Let us have a look at a few kitsch interiors done right.
Pink and Blue
This interior has a rather vintage vibe despite being of a modern genre. The main reason for that is the careful integration of the color scheme around the design elements. The contradiction of dull and exuberant colors creates a juxtaposition of visual balance that can take away from the balance of the space. But the bright pink of the bed sheet grounds the entire design while creating a fine proportion for the visual balance of this setting.
This design emulates some of the more old fashioned characteristics of vintage kitsch but also combines them seamlessly with the modern genre. There is a definite visual clutter in the ambiance of this interior. It comes in the form of the floor to ceiling bookshelf, the vertical lining on the wall and the careful positioning of the photo frames around the room. All the visual clutter may be peripheral, but it definitely enhances the character and integrity of this style in a modern setting.
When it comes to deciding the color palate, it is important to make distinctions between the right contrasting schemes. For this design, the elegance comes from the careful amalgamation of the decidedly dull color schemes. The colors themselves differ in visual balance and consistency – the weight of the brown scheme balances out the semi-vibrancy of the blue in this scheme. The simplicity of the ambiance lends character and helps this kitschy interior assimilate into the modern genre.
A yellow and black interior design is very hard to accomplish – especially in the vintage kitsch come modern genre – but this design has accomplished that remarkably well. The visual balance is proportionate and the visual clutter is disarming but not overbearing in the least.