In the June issue of SA Home Owner we bring you two pages of vintage-modern themed décor products to create a home that is both classic with a contemporary edge.
Vintage-modern is all about highlighting the beauty of classic heirlooms within a 21st century context. Here are a few extra vintage-modern finds that we couldn’t fit into the pages of the magazine but didn’t want you to miss out on. If you haven’t yet purchased a copy of the June issue, get one today – you don’t want to miss out on this feature!
Cape Town-based designer Cara Saven of Cara Saven Wall Design shares her top tips for combining vintage and contemporary décor in one space:
Stay authentic – use pieces you love rather than ones you think will look good. When you put what you love together, the look is more authentic and has a much greater chance of success.
Don’t be scared – designers have learnt over the years to be daring and brave and that has often come from breaking free from one type of style and rather mixing up one or two different ones.
Be careful with colour – mixing modern and vintage is fabulous; just be careful not to go too wild with your colour palette to avoid the trap of your space looking like a fruit salad. Often, keeping to a tight(ish) colour palette will create the boundaries you need to avoid this.
Use pieces that have meaning – make sure your vintage pieces have some meaning to you. Were they a find on a vintage market or did they belong to your great-grandmother? Having a story to tell around a piece of furniture is the cherry on top of its aesthetic properties.
Start slow – wallpaper and a couch for instance are a great starting point to setting the tone for your space. You need a starting point to help inform the rest of the components. And it’s never a bad idea to start slowly, building piece upon piece. But remember: always leave room to add.