5 Traditional Interior Design Elements Making a Comeback in a Modern Way
It’s no secret that the world is gravitating toward sustainability. When it comes to interior design, the same holds true. More and more people are consciously seeking ways to reduce waste while still creating spaces that hold true to their personalities and style. This has led to a comeback of classic design trends, but with a modern twist. Let’s look at some of the top design elements making a comeback in residential interior design.
1. Antique and Vintage Furniture
Yard sales and antiquing were a big thing back in the 90s. There was no Kijiji, or Facebook Marketplace allowing people to find treasures from the comfort of their homes. If they wanted something, they simply had to go out and look for it. For many, it was never about finding one specific item, but more centered around the idea that you never knew just what you might find.
As antique and refurbished furniture have become more popular in an effort to move toward sustainable interior design, we’re seeing a resurgence of these activities, though perhaps in a more modern way. Not everyone held on to their parent’s or grandparent’s “old” furniture, but more people are wishing they had! Online antiquing, anyone?
Interior designers are pairing traditional pieces with contemporary elements, such as a beautiful antique chandelier with a modern, sleek-lined dining set. Or classic, bold patterned chairs with clean, modern wall colours. You may even find that an antique desk or table paired with a modern chair gives you just the balance you’re looking for.
Minimalism has been a popular trend for some time now, but maximalism, popular with the Victorians who made a habit of collecting and displaying many exquisite objects around their homes, is making a comeback. Maximalism is a form of self-expression, creating spaces that are filled with fun patterns, bright colours, and odd-shaped furniture that fit the homeowner’s unique personality. Quite the opposite of the less is more trend, a traditional maximalist would say that more is always more. So how is maximalism making a comeback in a modern way?
Modern day maximalism tends to focus creative expression into one aspect of a room, whether that be a feature wall with bright wallpaper, or bold patterned furniture. The key is to keep the remaining elements of the design clean and sleek. A floral-patterned sofa, for instance, could act as a feature in a room with clean walls and less flashy armchairs.
3. Natural Materials
Natural materials have always been a staple used by all interior design services. Humans have an innate desire to commune with nature, so it only makes sense that adding natural elements to our living space would be a popular trend, especially at a time when activities like hiking, nature walks, and forest bathing are at an all time high.
Also known as biophilic design – incorporating concepts from nature into man-made environments – wood, clay, stone, wicker, rattan, and wool can bring warmth and interest to any room, and adding plants to an indoor space not only helps to purify the air, but studies have shown them to have a calming effect, boosting the well-being of those around them. Wood accents are especially popular, with paneling used to create feature walls, or wood baffles adding interest to a ceiling while creating a modern, clean look. Natural stone is no longer confined to the countertops. Whether river rock or polished marble, stone used for coffee tables, backsplashes, or decorative vases are sure to make a statement.
4. Dark Wood Finishes
After years of clean, white, minimalist design, homeowners are craving more comfort and warmth in their spaces, and the use of rich, elegant, dark wood tones is doing the trick.
Use these dark wood finishes for accent pieces, such as bookshelves or your dining table. Don’t be afraid to give them a prominent spot in your home. The key to keeping this style modern? Pair these dark, moody wood finishes with sleek, white tones. The contrast between the two will give you a warm, but elegant vibe you’re sure to love.
5. Asymmetrical Layouts
No longer are people buying matching furniture sets, but instead are making the most of their vintage finds by combining them with modern pieces for a mismatched, asymmetrical interior design.
There are some guidelines to follow when creating an asymmetrical look with a modern flair. Though your décor pieces may be unique and mis-matched, repeating a chosen colour as a theme throughout the space will do wonders to tie it all together. As an example, you may choose to use two different vintage nightstands on either side of your bed but refurbish them with the same paint colour or stain to create a more curated look. Or, choose one colour from the floral chair you love, and extend it throughout the room with throw pillows and blankets, bringing all your unique pieces into harmony.
A common theme among these new trends is the celebration of individualism. As you may have heard it said regarding social media content, it’s ok if your home looks like you live there. Traditional trends are making a way for personality to shine through while still maintaining a modern feel.
If you need a hand with your interior space, don’t hesitate to contact us. With our expert team of Vancouver based interior designers, we can help bring your favourite traditional trends to life in a modern way.