Vintage elements in the interior

Vintage is one of the favorite styles for connoisseurs of the aesthetics of the past. This word comes from English. vintage - translated into Russian "seasoned, sophisticated, aged-beautiful." No wonder it is associated with feelings of nostalgia and memories.

Vintage is one of the styles, which is given charm, for the most part, by decorative elements - candlesticks, chandeliers, candelabra, paintings, antique furniture and so on. The vintage atmosphere is inspired by a lot of things, bulky decorations - that is why the emphasis is not on the overall composition, as is the case with modernist design solutions, but on individual details that together give an idea of the nature of the style. So what elements should be added to your interior to give it a vintage style look?

First of all, two requirements are imposed on each of the details introduced into the interior design: the ability to evoke a state of slight sadness, memories of a bygone era, as well as consistency in the style of one era. The second point should be clarified: the fact is that the vintage style is "epoch-related", that is, the interior design had to be designed in the style of one chosen era. Even the national taste preferences of the same time cannot be mixed with each other: for example, it is not recommended to introduce elements of the American culture of the same time into the interior of the “France of the 60s of the XX century” style - this will only create a significant aesthetic dissonance and will simply look unacceptable.

Here it is necessary to make one more lyrical digression regarding the age of things introduced into the interior - according to this indicator, vintage can be distinguished from antiques: all decor items created after the 50-60s of the last century are considered vintage, while antiques consider all things from depths of the past up to the 19th century. This significant difference brings vintage to a fundamentally new level, compared with antique design; the times of the second half of the 20th century are filled with great stylistic trends and trends, and, consequently, contemporaries have more ideas and opportunities to implement their ideas. Now let's move on to the elements.

The first thing that stands out strikingly in a vintage interior is textiles. There is especially a lot of it here: these are textile finishes on furniture, and carpets, and tablecloths, and curtains, and much more. It is important to observe the aesthetic correlation with the style - choose not absolutely any textile, but lean towards the usual vintage tones (beige, gold, green, bronze, brown), consider fabrics with patterns specific to modernity. Furniture must be selected in the same style - all chairs, sofas, couches must be designed in the same color scheme, have a similar ornament.

Curtains are most often hung out in two "layers" - the first of them is formed by light, airy, translucent curtains that easily let light through and create only a slightly noticeable, "smoky" darkening of the room; the second is opaque, made of thick fabric, usually dark (brown or black) colors, which are used most often at night to hide from prying eyes at night and from the rays of the sun in the morning. During the day, the second "layer" of curtains is tied to the edges of the window so that sunlight can pass through unhindered.


Vintage interior appreciates art - paintings in antique frames, sculptures. It is not necessary to get by with one large composition - instead of one picture, you can hang several “old” photos in frames decorated with stucco, making up an abstract composition from them. This will help not only to recreate the atmosphere of the past, but also tastefully beat the free space on the wall.

A good help to create the effect of antiquity in your home can be a large vintage piece of furniture - a bed with an old headboard, an "ancient" chest, a vintage nightstand. These elements should stand out textured from the background of the room - be a little darker or have noticeable scuffs, minor damage and a shabby appearance. Such a selection from the general canvas draws the guest's attention to itself and dictates the general tone of the attitude towards the room - if the element is in the tone of antiquity, then the overall composition will be perceived in a similar shade.

Another passion of the past is mirrors. Hanging them all over the apartment and on every corner, however, is not worth it - a large full-length mirror with a vintage frame or a composition of vintage mirrors in iron frames in the corner of the room is enough. Small mirrors for such a composition can be chosen with a creative approach - it will only get better if the mirrors have different sizes and shapes.

In vintage style, it is very easy to find something that will grab the viewer's attention. Every person has a love for memories, a life in the past. And in modern realities, when sometimes there is not even a free second left for dreams, this is especially true. That is why vintage can give people something that they cannot get in any way - a calm reminder of the past and a peaceful, measured life within the walls of their home. If that's the vintage style proposal, maybe it's worth a try?

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