Vintage Trends in Interior Design

 In Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath Design

Like fashion, trends in interior design tend to resurge from decades past. While some vintage looks are welcome flash backs, others are just meant to stay in the past. Let’s take a look at some vintage trends of today. You can decide for yourself whether or not they should be celebrated or put to rest.

Wallpaper: Vintage Pattern Trends

Firstly, let’s talk wallpaper! In its upward popularity, wallpaper is a fun way to add some charm to a space. Designers are always looking for something fresh and interesting to put on simple walls. Sometimes that means looking to the past. Throughout the decades there have been countless pattern trends that have lent inspiration to “vintage” wallpapers you can find trending today.


Photo: Amy Bartlam, Design: Sandra Fox Interiors.


C.F.A. Voysey Apothecary’s Garden Wallpaper

Lighting: Mid-Century Flare

Lighting is a great way to bring some personality into a space. Even though it is one of the most important elements of interior design, lighting is often overlooked when doing a remodel. You will find mid-century and other vintage looks all over in the lighting industry today. I for one, think they are fantastic.


Design Within Reach – Arco Floor Lamp

YLIGHTING – Conic Chandelier by George Kovacs

YLIGHTING – PH 5 Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen from Louis Poulsen











Grandmillennial: Granny Chic

A newer design style, named Grandmillennial, will have you seeing all kinds of vintage trends pulled together. Younger generations are growing tired of the ultra-modern look, feeling that it is cold and unwelcoming. As a result, they are finding comfort in patterns, colors, and textures of more traditional styles they found in their grandmother’s homes growing up. Some are labeling this style “Granny Chic.”

In this design style you will see florals and other old-fashioned motif patterns met with vintage materials like wicker and rattan. This could be a tricky style to pull off well, as mixing too many bold patterns and textures can go wrong quickly and appear cluttered instead of comforting.



Photo: Dave Wheeler, Design: Lucy Montgomery


Love them or hate them, trends are fun to watch as they are always changing, coming, and going. It is what makes interior design interesting and beautiful. There are so many different options that offer styles for all of the wonderfully diverse people that make up our world!


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Angie Boettner
Interior Designer, Distinctive Design Studio

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