This week we’re mixing things up a bit (because we’re cool like that) and we’re bringing you another awesome installment of “Design Your Style,” the glorious segment where we showcase a specific style and show you lots of cool ways to incorporate it into your home.
Flea Market anyone? You know you are drawn to modern furniture and interiors, and yet you really don’t like a space that feels cold and sterile. This first room by Apartment Therapy is anything but sterile.
And who could blame you? And that’s why Vintage Modern is so appealing to you. You get to mix the old with the new, like in this hip living:
Though the backdrop of the room, the walls and windows, are many times white or monochromatic, the furniture and accessories have the color, shape and texture to bring the warmth into the space. This room has all three and it really stands out against the neutral wall color.
The great thing about Vintage Modern is ease of mixing different styles in the one space. With this room in Australia, you have the modern coffee table and flooring mixed with the retro look of the larger furniture. And it works great!
What’s great is that even if you don’t have time for swap meets and garage sales, so many of the pieces from the mid-century were so great that they have been remade and mimicked year after year. In this sitting area, the chairs are a throwback to the 1950s era but with modern fabric.
The other great thing about Vintage Modern is how low maintenance it can be—fabrics such as cotton, microfiber or ultra-suede and leather all look great and function even better. This gray-toned room is full of soft and smooth textures—all low maintenance.
You can have a fun leather sofa mixed with mismatched retro chairs and the new and old work and appear as though they were destined for each other.
When it comes to color, walls are seen as backdrops for the room. This light wall showcases the animal theme. I would definitely not jump up and down on that couch.
Because the style harkens back to the early twentieth century, the innovative developed during that time are very popular: acrylic, plastic and fiberglass, chrome and steel, and molded plywood. This room from Decorology showcases seating in all types of materials.
Neutral tones of gray, white, beige and brown are very common and black is a common accent color. This room from Skonahem uses the darker shades in wall color and furnishings but because the ceiling and wainscoting is a bright white, the room still looks light and open.
Pops of color on the art, furniture and accessories can vary dramatically based on the person, however very common colors are teal blues, army greens, and yellow, as well as deep oranges and bright reds. This room, also from Skonahem, uses orange and red as accent colors.
So whether you are having a cocktail party with friends, or kids are in the picture, the room and the furnishings can handle it. And with all these awesome vintage findings, who wouldn’t want to have a cocktail party here?
Concrete floors, countertops, and furniture are also very popular and lacquered finishes are very common. You’ll often see lacquered woods in flooring and furniture.
So now that we’ve given you some ideas…go make it happen in your house!