Vintage Decor: Aged Is Forever Gold
Vintage decor never goes out of style. That’s because there’s a timeless quality to old-fashioned items, furniture and designs, which is why every decade or so there’s a revival of 60’s or 70’s fashion. The same is true in the world of interior design.
Antique clocks, tables, chairs, appliances, luggage and more—if it’s old then it’s worth its weight in gold. What follows are some of the most sublime examples of vintage decor and items you’ll ever see, and how they can make your modern home feel refreshingly classic.
Stage & Studio
Lights. Camera. Awesome!
Our first example reminds us of the classic Hollywood studio look from the early-to-mid 1900s. The use of metal gray panels, hanging pendant lamps, and of course studio lights mounted on a tripod all contribute to this timeless aesthetic.
If you love old movies or modern period pieces, few items embody the spirit of 1950’s America than refrigerators. This green machine has that familiar narrow rather than wide proportion, and its lime green colour just pops exuberantly forth and catches the eye.
Functional? Perhaps not. Fun? Definitely!
This eclectic interior draws modern, organic and vintage elements together and synthesizes them into a daring patchwork.
However, the vintage components are quite evident: the old-fashioned camera, a wooden luggage case (used ingeniously as a table), and even the heap of crates. Then there’s the gorgeous pile of luggage containers on the floor, each having that worn-down, faded and overused look, which just adds to the timeless flavor.
What can we say? Classic is cool.
Minimal Approach. Maximum Effect.
The vintage look doesn’t demand an excess of items to work. Sometimes one piece of throwback furniture is the only thing you need.
Here we have a simple green cabinet. Like the previous example, it has that coveted time-worn look, complete with scratches and faded paint, but what really helps it to stand out is its placement in a modern setting. As the only vintage item in this room, our eyes are naturally drawn to it.
With vintage decor, sometimes less is better.
Don’t Stop The Music
Old-fashioned refrigerators are great, but perhaps no item symbolizes the cultural and technological past better than gramophones.
They look so exquisitely classy, so perfect in form, and so intricately detailed, that they remain forever fashionable. Sure, we have iPods and other digital audio players today, but how many of us would stop and admire them with the same curiosity and attention as a gramophone?
Put one of these in your home and you’ll have guests lining up just to catch a glimpse. It also helps to have those magnifying glasses (another vintage item) when excited visitors go in for a closer look.
You could argue that vintage furniture or technology isn’t really practical in an age of cellphones, computers and iPods, but you’d be missing the whole point.
Vintage objects aren’t supposed to be more functional than contemporary ones. Gramophones will never eclipse the sound quality of current media players, and old-fashioned refrigerators won’t keep your food as well preserved, but it’s hard to argue that they have a certain timeless quality, a genuine and undeniable charm that makes them a perfect addition to any home.