2012 Decorating Ideas: Vintage Eclectic
A blend of a tough economy and people re-arranging their priorities accordingly, a new style of home decor has risen. While people still want to love the look of their homes (and their home accessories,) we’ve all found that there are more important things in life than home accessories and decor. Thus, vintage eclectic home decor has grown in popularity and today, remains one of the more popular styles to emerge in recent years. Here’s the low down on vintage eclectic decor and how to bring the look into your own home.
Understanding Vintage Eclectic Home Decor
To fully understand this style, you must first look at each style separately before combining the two. Vintage eclectic blends two styles: vintage and eclectic.
To start, we’ll look at vintage home decor. Vintage decor is surprisingly easy to understand, but also surprisingly complex. In short, the style encompasses just about any vintage look from vintage farmhouse pieces to vintage mid century pieces and so forth. However, the one thing these variations all have in common: the term ‘vintage.’
Vintage is a term that is used by many professionals to define items that are less than 100 years old, but more than (shockingly) a year old. This is because the term, which has been used on everything from furniture and home accessories to fashion and wine, is used based on the individual item. For example, fashion can be considered “vintage” after just a few seasons (and thus, being barely a year old) whereas wine might be “vintage” from a few years ago and certain decor styles may also be “vintage” but may be more than 10 years of age.
On the other hand, eclectic is similar but vastly different from vintage. For example, eclectic itself encompasses a variety of styles, but all of these styles have one thing in common: they’re eclectic. For example, you could have mid-century modern blended with contemporary for an updated eclectic decor look; or you could have Victorian blended with art deco for an entirely different look; though both styles would still be classified as “eclectic” home decor.
When combined, these two terms are relatively loosely defined, as you’ve already seen. Vintage eclectic home decor can refer to a plethora of different styles. You could easily combine a two or more different styles that are modern, while also incorporating vintage pieces into the mix to achieve a “vintage eclectic” look. However, you can also combine a variety of entirely vintage pieces together (though all from varying decor styles) to create an entirely different look that is still classified as vintage eclectic.
Fortunately, no matter what style of decor your space currently features, you could easily blend your existing furniture and other pieces in with a few new home accessories to create a vintage eclectic look. Remember, the style is about incorporating vintage pieces as well as a variety of other pieces together for a unique look. Knowing what the style is to begin with is the majority of the battle. Once you know what you’re dealing with, all you’ve got to do is get started!
By Emily Chadwick
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