One of the biggest home decor trends of 2022: Vintage accents
Created by: Federica Chacón
We are all familiar with the new rise of the mid-century modern home decor trend among a younger generation of adults looking for the best home designs. This was clearly a golden era for design and innovation in decorative items and furniture, which combined fashion and function in clever, astounding ways. These pieces also tend to bring tons of personality and style into a home without having to do that much more.
Trend forecasters are predicting that vintage pieces will be a huge trend this year, but also one that will stay for a while. These decorative items can help strengthen the storytelling experience inside your home, adding warm and sentimentality. These are normally also incredibly unique, so it will ensure that your home’s decoration is unlike any other and clearly expresses your personality and things you’re interested in.
“Whenever I can use vintage, I will. From a design standpoint, vintage is the protagonist of every room” says celebrated design expert Athena Calderone to Vogue. “But aside from their decorative propensity, these rare antiquities are stylishly sustainable”, she continues. This means that while these items might originally belong to a different era, they can definitely be part of the long term decoration of your beautiful home.
This is where “trend” meets “style”, meaning that what might have initially started as wanting to follow a trend or just incorporating something in your home that is trendy right now, the unique pieces you chose will nurture and build your personal style, which is timeless.
Another asset of choosing vintage over other decorative pieces from more mainstream stores is that the quality of the items and the materials they’re made with are usually superior. Part of the charm is that they’ll look a little worn, of course, but the fact that some of these pieces still stand with their original beauty is a test of their quality.
Michelle Smith, interior home designer, recommends going for colorful items rather than neutral colored ones. “Vases and candlesticks—those are no-brainers—look great lined up on an open shelf”, she tells Goop. When talking about vintage art, frames are normally the biggest wins (and steals) you can find: “For small-scale art, especially art that you want to hang in groupings, the frame sometimes is the art”. She also suggests finding atypical places to hang them such as the kitchen or close to a sofa side table, over a doorway, etc. so that these add color, personality and little quirkiness to your space.
All in all, vintage decor is something you should play around with until you find those pieces that suit your style and your project best. They call also be found in all sorts of places, from some random place on a trip, to a flea market to a seller on Etsy. The most important part of the process is to have fun and find things that speak to you.