Often considered to be two different aesthetics, modern and vintage design are often pitted against another in a bid to find the decor that reigns supreme. In actual fact, it is quite possible to implement subtle aspects of both into the home without compromising the overall aesthetic that is the original intention. In order to understand how, it’s important to look at some of the differences between modern and vintage furniture. After all, the furniture in a home can have a big impact on it’s decor. Read on to find out more…
Colour and Tone
With a focus on enduring and mature appeal, the colours used in vintage furniture are often muted and subtle. There’s a focus on shades of brown and/or green as well as darker tones like black and grey, however those with a keen eye may notice that colour is often overlaid in vintage furniture as this emphasises the time periods. After all, vintage often denotes items that are 30-100 years old. On the other hand, modern furniture will adopt bold, block colours like black and white and complement them with neutral shades in order to create a sleek finish. This means that modern furniture is quite simple in nature and lacks the enduring appeal of vintage in favour of minimalism.
Pattern and Design
The decision to use bold colours in modern furniture directly works in the favour of its design as modern items are typically adorned with clean lines and lack intricate design details like carvings and skirting. The legs of modern furniture will often be clean and sophisticated with a focus on crisp and sharper shapes. On the contrary, vintage furniture has a lot more character as the patterns are busier and the designs a lot more detailed. For example, the legs of vintage furniture may be curved and bevelled for an era-appropriate finish and the fabrics will often display bold patterns and prints. With this in mind, some aspects of modern fashion do work with patterns too as geometric designs offer excitement for the viewer, however the focus is again on symmetry and the execution of clean, sophisticated lines.
Vintage furniture is often synonymous with a rustic appeal and therefore a lot of the items tend to be made out of wood and felt. On the other hand, modern furniture is seen as a form of art and expression; designers choose from contemporary materials like metal and glass in order to create bold shapes. Here at William Wood Mirrors, our furniture range is characterised by the mirrored surfaces that help brighten up a room in an instant. Is this vintage or modern design? Check out the range and decide for yourself!