Vintage furniture is a piece of furniture between 30 and 100 years old. At 100 years old or older the piece is classified as an antique. Vintage furniture is mostly used interchangeably with Mid-Century or Retro furniture – representing the design styles ranging from Art Deco through the Mid-Century period into the 1990’s. Vintage is a broad application and can mean furniture from any period. Mid-Century Modern describes mid-20th century modern design from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Retro is a much less specific term. It strictly refers to something that has since become popular again.
Mid-Century Modern’s popularity has increased dramatically over the past years and has become the biggest trend in the design world. You can spot it’s signature clean lines and minimal details from a mile away. Most furniture manufacturers use the label “Mid-Century inspired”. Mid-Century is very versatile and can easily be mixed and matched. It’s great for those who are looking to add authentic vintage styling in their home without having to go full force. It also allows more freedom and with less restrictions.
If you are drawn toward vintage styles – go for it. Mix a little Mid-Century with your traditional or be the first on your block to design a Mid-Century meets Farmhouse look. Balance is key and confidence is a must.
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