If you have taken on the enormous task of re-doing and redesigning the look of your home, then you would definitely want to take a look at this small guide before making life-changing decisions. Well, they may not be ‘life-changing’ in particular, but nevertheless are of tremendous importance. Ideas on online catalogues, pictures in guidebooks, paint patterns and textures can all be a bit too overwhelming at times and can prove to be disastrous if not done in sync. Let’s not forget that most of the time we are on tight schedules and tight budgets! For instance, a quick paint job could cost you from £1500 to £3000 per house, which would then consequently disrupt your décor plans on account of limited budgets. If you like to play with colours, we have a décor option for you that will blow your mind away, and help you save on things such as excessive painting.
We propose that you change the look of your house to coordinate with the fashion and style of the 70’s. Here are a few tips that will help you transform your space into a colourful vintage 70s home.
Don’t Be Afraid to Play with Colours
The 70’s were all about bright colours and freedom of choice. Following that same pattern, you can change the way your home looks by investing pounds from your limited budget into buying colourfully patterned accessories. You need not throw your old furniture to the garbage can; you just have to find a new place for it. If your patio looks dry, there’s your ideal spot for vintage furniture: the garden. And if the pool chairs are old and beaten, replace them with your kitchen chairs or grandma’s sofa chairs.
Word of Advice…
Okay, so might wander what to do with the empty spaces in your house. Well, buy some new furniture that still gives off that vintage taste for the old days. The reason we advise people to do this and not keep the old furniture in the house is related to health and security reasons. Furniture deserves special attention to maintain its classy look, but once the signs of time get to it, there’s no turning back. The actual maintenance of vintage furniture is really pricey in order to keep it “live and running”. If you can’t afford the costs, then just go for substituted. They are safer and better for your health.
Okay, Back to Colours
Use bright coloured wall paper or paint on one side of the wall, and decorate it with selective art to give an artsy look to your living room. We are aware that a paint job would cost you money, so select one wall per room, and involve your whole family for the paint job. It could be a fun paint-Sunday for the whole family, and you would reduce your labour costs by more than 60%. Sounds doable, doesn’t it?
Use Multiple Patterns
Checks, stripes, stars, polka dots – you name it! The 70’s were all about boldness, and using bold patterns can revamp the look of your house. From table cloths to wall paper designs, try to use bold patterns to change the way your home looks. Instead of buying modern-looking furniture, go for vintage looking furniture. It’s okay to be the real deal if it is properly maintained and you can take care of maintenance, too. You can also browse on the web for vintage kitchen designs, vintage bathrooms and even other room designs, to get inspired or to buy them yourself.
A Word on Vintage Kitchens
We all love vintage kitchen designs. Maybe it is because it reminds us of the old days or about grandma’s house or even our childhood. And it’s not only the trends we are talking here; it is also that inner desire to return to the safe place of the past, where we had no worries and no problems. But moving back to the future: of course there are things you need to consider or reconsider before bringing the taste of the past into your house. Ask yourself:
a) Can I afford the design? Will it blend in nicely with my existing interior design patterns?
b) Is it safe to bring the real 40+ year old furniture pieces into my home? Will it be safe for my kids and family?
c) Can I maintain it properly and afford the maintenance costs on a monthly basis?
d) Do I afford spending money on the real deal or should I just go with a remake version of the vintage kitchen, with new material but same vintage patterns?
Once you got this under control, you can start searching for custom kitchens, for appliances and for dealers such as Wolf, Sub Zero or even Miele. While it’s almost impossible to create vintage appliances for your kitchen, you’ll at least get to choose the safest, high performance and most eco-friendly ones – which are pretty great for your family’s health and safety.
Put your imagination to work, because when it comes to vintage 70s, sky is the limit. Take the bold step, and make your home a bright and fun place to be in!
Anthony is the owner of TheKitchenWorks Inc. – a company that successfully entered the US market with products such as custom kitchens, bathroom and other rooms design and appliances. Stay in touch on Google+.