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Modern Vintage StylesIf you enjoy blending different decorating styles together in creative and artistic ways, the modern vintage style could be exactly what you've been looking for. There are almost an endless number of ways to combine modern and vintage decorating pieces to create a look that is truly unique.
Of course, one of the best things about modern vintage is that you can make almost any of your existing pieces work nicely with new pieces that you may buy. As a result, this can also be an extremely economical way to redecorate your home. If you'd like to add a modern vintage look to one or more rooms in your home, here are some decorating tips that can help.
Reuse and RecycleIf you've been tempted to throw out some of your older furniture piece or decorating accents, it's worth taking a second look at them. Many times these older pieces can work perfectly in a modern vintage room. In fact, if you don't have any older items of your own that you can use, try browsing your local second hand store or flea market. In fact, even garage sales can be a great place to look for interesting second hand pieces. When selecting used pieces, look for those that are sturdy and well built.
After all, you can always spruce up the finish with a coat of fresh paint, but it's likely to be much more difficult to repair a weak or broken frame.
Mix and MatchDon't be afraid to mix and match your items. For example, your modern chair could look perfect when accessorized with a vintage throw pillow. Or, try pairing a modern lamp base with an antique shade. You might be surprised how well the old and the new will work together.
It can often be helpful to think in terms of function before ruling out a piece that you don't think will match. If the pieces can be combined in a functional way, chances are the overall effect will be pleasing as well.
Modern Vintage Color SchemesWhen choosing colors for a modern vintage room, it can be helpful to tie the overall look together with one or more neutral shades. By doing so, you can often soften and blend the various styles together more easily.
However, since this style is a combination of vintage and modern elements, you could also opt for the darker and more traditional shades often associated with vintage decorating style, or the lighter shades that work so well with modern looks. In the end, don't be afraid to mix and match a few colors.
Include Your "Collections"The modern vintage decorating style provides plenty of opportunities to utilize collections, mementos and pieces of memorabilia. Although it's important not to let the overall look get too cluttered, these interesting little accent pieces will definitely add to the overall charm of the look. If you've been storing one or more of your collections in the closet or in a drawer, dust them off and put them on display.