I admit, this Marie Kondo organizing phase that seems to be taking over the world has me intrigued. It’s not because I’m tempted to pare down and get rid of things; quite the opposite. All I can think about is: “Where is all the great stuff everyone is getting rid of?”
They say vintage and charity shops are going to be jam-packed this spring, and I can hardly wait to discover new vintage treasures. I expect among the treasures I’ll uncover will be examples of another recent home decor trend — Granny Style or Granny Chic.
The look is a mix of influences from many decades. A quick scan through any grandmother’s china cabinet might uncover fine linens from the ’50s, inherited china from the ’40s, and German glass liquor bottles from the ’60s. These items would have been considered fussy and old-fashioned 20 years ago, but now add an eclectic and curated look to modern condos.
Any of these easy additions exemplify the most popular spot for introducing Granny Style to your home: the dining room. But have no fear that you can’t enjoy this trend if Marie Kondo isn’t helping your granny declutter, or if the shelves at the local thrift shop have been picked over. Retailers have caught on to the trend (a testament to its popularity) and offer great new items that mimic true beauties from the past.
Blending vintage Into modern decor
Want to add Gran’s precious treasures to your space? Here’s how to highlight the best of yesteryear while retaining your home’s modern edge.
Coordinate with colour: Keep everything within one colour palette to unite your collections. Need to reupholster a dining chair seat? Choose a fabric colour and pattern inspired by coloured glassware or an inherited rug.
All or nothing pattern: The rule of thumb when bringing in vintage pattern is to go big or go home. Want to hang Granny’s fabulous floral drapes in your dining room? Layer coordinating patterns of wallpaper, art and tablecloths. Yes, it’s extreme, but it’s also extremely fun — and without a big decorating investment.
Use the 70/30 style rule. Love vintage? Blend 70 per cent vintage style with 30 per cent non-vintage decor. Like it just a little? Add about 30 per cent vintage to a room. That way you don’t overpower the space, but there’s enough vintage to look intentional — one or two odd pieces can look like an afterthought, not a meaningful, on-purpose design decision.
Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feedback? You can contact Karl on Facebook or Instagram at Karl Lohnes Designer.
Karl has worked as a home decor expert and product designer for 25 years. He appears Thursdays during the 8 a.m. hour on Global News Morning Montreal.