Integrating classic elements into your existing interior design can be an exciting and fun way to update spaces that just need a little something extra. Classic details are always impressive because they are generally eye-catching and inspire conversation. In fact, buying vintage or classic décor can be fun simply because many old pieces often come with a story if you take the time to ask the seller about them. The following guide will teach you how to incorporate classic design into your home at any price range.
Signature Furniture Pieces
If you’re on a budget, running to the nearest vintage furniture store in the hopes of making your classic home dreams a reality is not the most realistic approach. Though it is absolutely possible to find vintage furniture for a low price by checking out garage sales or secondhand stores, doing so generally requires devoting a lot of time and frequent visits to ensure resellers don’t get to your items first.
Rather than attempting the daunting and often expensive task of finding a house full of classic furniture, instead choose statement pieces that will catch the eye and start conversations. Forbes contributor Becky Harris recently said “Even the sleekest and most minimalist spaces can use the patina of an antique or the familiarity of a classic.” This basically means you can create truly dynamic looks with just one or two stand out pieces.
One easy way to incorporate classic style to a space, even if it is overwhelmingly contemporary, is to update your hardware. Hardware describes everything from light switch cover plates to cabinet knobs and there are endless options for replacement hardware that will compliment your love of classic style. Choose new hardware that is clearly indicative of the era you wish to represent. It should stand out in comparison to the old hardware, and should be bold in color and design.
Classic art in dynamic frames can bring a touch of yesteryear’s style to even the most ultra-modern pad. If you already own a lot of good quality furniture that is more contemporary than classic, using the rest of your space to express a love of classic design is the perfect way to add drama and intrigue to your interior design. This can include the art you choose to display, but also covers items like rugs, lamps, and table settings. Going with smaller classic details can not only bring a subtle touch of whimsy to your space, but also save you money in the long run.
Prints and Pelts
A dynamic print on wallpaper, a piece of furniture, or throw rugs can add drama and depth to your space. Wallpaper in particular is an excellent way to incorporate stylish prints reminiscent of a certain era into a space that otherwise may not seem to be based on classic designs. Many stores that sell classic furniture may also have a section for vintage wallpaper, which is an excellent buy if you can find it because it is unlikely anyone you know will be able to find the exact pattern elsewhere. The Huffington Post’s style guide recently said wallpaper was the number one vintage design element making a glorious return this year.
Animal prints have remained a popular design element through the decades because they have the ability to draw the eye like nothing else. Though many people may be hesitant to purchase actual animal pelts to decorate with, they are easy to find at swap meets, resale stores, and auction houses. If the real deal is not for you, there are many excellent faux furs and pelts available these days that look genuine enough that your guests will have to take a second look.
Bonus Tip: Classic design up until the late 1970’s relied heavily on the use of symmetry. Two large statement lamps, or hanging art of the same size on either side of the room allows the eye to bounce around your space and fully grasp the scope of your design genius!
Classic design elements can vastly improve the look and feel of your favorite spaces. You can make small changes that might take a few glances to recognize, or big bold statements with vintage furniture or wallpaper. Whatever classic elements you choose, go with what makes you happy and makes you excited to show off your home. If all goes well, your guests will be clamoring for design advice.