Interior Design, architecture, and fashion have been complementing each other for centuries. As new fads come into the industries, designers continue to modify them and create a “new” style. Interior design has gone through many changes, some styles still being staples in today’s marketplace. As themes develop, they create subcategories or can even blend with other trending styles to create something entirely new.
However, with so many styles available, it can be confusing to tell similar styles apart from one another. Themes like Country and Rustic or Modern and Contemporary become commonly interchangeable words. However, these are completely different design styles with their own unique flairs and looks. Retro and Vintage are frequently used to describe a theme and are thought to be interchangeable. Although, these two designs have a very notable difference. Knowing what style you are trying to accomplish can help guide you when designing your space. Here is everything you need to know about these two styles and their unique differences:
Vintage Design is highly influenced by its décor and has a very open color palette. It is reflective of the past and can incorporate many antiques to help strengthen the look. Think of your vintage design as telling a story. You should have elements which represent different eras and past trends. Try to have antiques or incorporate older décor into your home to accomplish this look. Additionally, you will find that Vintage is generally affiliated with the 1920s and its style reflects so.
Retro, which is short for retrospective, is a style that expresses the 1980s and 1990s. Your space will not feel outdated, but rather feel like a blast for the past. It will incorporate fun, past trendy concepts. Retro can have modern influence mixed into the equation without feeling unbalanced. Retro décor does not need to be outdated but can be brand new purchases reflecting past designs. Generally speaking, retro is newer than vintage and vintage is newer than antique.
Both these reflective styles are fun to incorporate in our homes. Whether you are looking to create a vintage dining room or a retro home theatre, these styles can always feel interesting. For more insight on design themes, make sure to subscribe at From the Floors up.