Vintage With An Industrial Twist

The vintage style is characterized by a timeworn, dated charm that seeps into a modern lifestyle. This style can be used in interior design by careful accessorizing, furniture, colors and even lighting.

The industrial style on the other hand is very modern. It emphasizes the use of an understated color palate, raw finishes and sleek furnishings.

So what happens when you combine both of these styles into one? Let’s find out!



1. Color clashes

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Since the vintage and industrial styles have very different color palates, there are bound to be a few clashes. The vintage style is very dated, and uses vivid colors like red, orange and blues. The industrial style uses understated colors such as brown, grey, tans, etc. So when these two styles are combined in a single interior design, you get a space that is very unique and distinct. The two color schemes are surprisingly complementary to each other.




2. Material Clashes

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The vintage style uses materials that are a little dated in aesthetic. This includes retro tiles or even mosaics. The industrial style makes use of materials that have a raw, uneven finish like concrete cladding, exposed brick walls and paint. So creating the perfect material harmony between these two styles can be challenging. No matter what you do, there will always be contrast; you’ll just have to find one that suits your tastes.




3. Clashing aesthetics

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There is nothing remotely sleek about the vintage style. It is, however, very glamorous. In retrospect, the industrial style is very elegant and sophisticated; think – clear glass walls, chic finishes and accent lights. The perfect blend of these two aesthetics is always going to be clashing in style and outlook.




4. Backdrop and foreground

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A great way to create a vintage-industrial aesthetic in your homes is by using the concept of background and foreground. One of these styles could be set as a background to the other. Since the industrial style is more understated, it will act as the perfect backdrop. You can dress your walls in industrial style finishes and use vintage style furniture as your foreground. It has the possibility to look absolutely stunning of done right.



5. Architecture against interior design

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Another great way to merge these two styles in the same interior design is by using architecture for one, and interior design for another. For example, you can incorporate the industrial style through architecture. It can be in the form of unique door-window formations or more. On the other hand, you can use the interior design elements like accessories, artwork, etc. to incorporate the vintage style.

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