Vintage is cool. It is not clear to me whether it is because the future frightens us or because of the absolutely human tendency to romanticize past eras. In fact, it is not possible not to notice how lately our society has been experiencing an introspective and nostalgic moment towards everything that is 70’s and 80’s with a strong reference to vintage style.
The discreet charm of the vintage style
Maybe it’s the fear of the climatic situation or maybe just a cyclical thing. Nevertheless, in recent years we have been invaded by a wave of audio visual revival of an era that perhaps recalls, for the young people among us, a more innocent and spontaneous era. Netflix has ridden the wave with series like “Stranger Things”, “I am not OK with this” and many others, where the aesthetic references are absolutely vintage.
Fashion itself followed the trend of vintage style. You just have to walk through the streets of any European or American city to ask yourself if you accidentally took a time machine and went back to the times of Footloose or Back to the future.
It is also true that this happens in every generation. When at the turn of a new decade the trends of the previous one go out of style and everything just left behind seems suddenly dated. It is at this stage that stylists and interior designs go to dig into the recent past to find sources of inspiration and find visual elements that can be revisited. However, it should be said, from a visual point of view, that the decade between the 70s and 80s was truly exceptional. In particular from the point of view of interior decoration. We have seen the abandonment of the conservative rigidity, distinguished in the furnishings until then, to embark on daring experiments of color and shape.
It is perhaps for this reason that lately we are witnessing the great return of vintage style with numerous design elements of that era. Revised and renewed, thanks to the technological development that took place, particularly in the field of wallpaper. Able to show them in a new and fresh way and with characteristics of cleanability and resistance unthinkable in the past.
The visual design of the 70s
Although we tend to group historical phases and vintage-style trends into decades, in reality this is a period of time that is generally too long to be seen as a homogeneous whole. This is especially true for a historical phase like the one we are talking about. Indeed, there has been a break between the first hippy-style idealism of the era and the more complex and turbulent phase of the following years.
The early seventies are in fact still significantly influenced by the decade that preceded them. Characterized by psychedelic colors and alternative motifs with bright nuances. The carefree optimism of the Power Flower years was still clearly visible in the interior design. Definitely more targeted to impress than its actual practicality.
Towards the end of the decade, however, we are witnessing a decrease in these shades. With the transition to colors that become more similar to today’s standards, while the patterns and prints become slightly more sober.
How to create a vintage environment
The secret to obtaining a vintage-style look in our home is to choose a wallpaper with 70s motifs for at least one wall of the room in question. In fact, wall furnishings have a very strong visual impact and we will not have to change the design of our home to ride this trend. In fact, it will be enough to combine it with a couple of appropriate decorative elements and maybe with a piece or two of modern furniture.
Nowadays, it is preferred to highlight a single wall more often with a design wallpaper rather than wallpapering all four. In this case, taking into account the background colors of the chosen wallpaper and the motifs, you can choose matching shades recalling the 70s.
Vintage wallpapers are characterized by the use of very strong colors, for this reason they define, by their very nature, the color code of the environment. Therefore choosing furniture and accessories with material characteristics that complement them is the best choice we can make.