A lot of modern design focuses on sustainability and efficiency of the space, while often style takes the back seat. The key is merging the two, and if possible, reintroducing some of the old-style must-haves to make the space extra special and comfortable to live in. It is all about careful planning and creating the right balance of all the design elements so that you don’t lose on sustainability but at the same time create a space that looks and feels great. So, here are some tips on how to create a property that has a modern design, but still brings back some reminiscences of the days gone by.
The exterior – ideas and options
When it comes to the exteriors there are different things you can consider in order to get the balance of the traditional and contemporary. First of all, you can opt to use modern materials that are far more eco-friendly and sustainable, but to style them in a more traditional way. That way you will get an exterior that is a bit more traditional and vintage looking, while obtaining the necessary energy-efficiency and sustainability that are a must in modern-day homes. You do want to minimize the carbon footprint of your home to utilize everything at your disposal to limit the energy consumption. This is all possible with the right use of materials, and the carefully planned construction process.
The interior – do it right
Now there are a lot more choices when it comes to the design of the interior. A lot of new houses that are for sale tend to be perfectly designed with just this type of combo, modern with a nod to the vintage. In addition, a lot of companies tend to hire professional property stylists who know exactly how to stage homes to attract buyers and give them a pear of the potential that property has. And by introducing that bit of a vintage feel you can actually get guests to remember the old days, their childhood and that feeling of safety and happiness. We tend to overlook the importance of feelings when it comes to design, the focus is usually on the visual appearance and not on what emotions a particular design can invoke.
The devil is in the details
Now we get to the exact application of vintage in modern home design. There are two ways of going around it, bigger surfaces or small details. One of the options is using old patterns on the walls and flooring. Whether it is vintage wallpaper or actual paint patterns that were popular at the start of the 20th century. You can choose that as a backdrop for modern furniture and get the ideal balance. Another option is the reverse, so choosing nude colours that present the perfect canvas for more powerful and eye-catching furniture pieces. So, a vintage sofa, in bright colours, for example from the 60s can really serve as a fantastic focal point in your living room, with both the design and the colour being unique and simply tying the space together.
These are just some of the options of combining the modern design of both interior and exterior with, what can be regarded as a nod to the old times. Something to remind us of the way we were, but at the same time to provide us with a sustainable, energy-efficient home of the modern age. It is a fine balance one needs to strike, but it is one that can really transform your property into a true home, especially if done correctly.