It’s true what they say – that everything comes back in style. It seems like every other day, you hear about reboots of old TV shows and movies. Or the resurrection of classic cars like the Ford Bronco and the upcoming Volkswagen Bus, with new modern features. The same trend is happening with interior design. People are looking to the past for inspiration and bringing elements of nostalgia into more contemporary spaces, with “newstalgia” design.
Newstalgia is one of the biggest interior design trends of the year. Not to be confused with “cottage core,” which is described as grandma chic, newstalgia is defined by an eclectic blend of old and new, filled with character and colour. On one hand, the design aesthetic feels nostalgic and approachable, while on the other hand, it includes the conveniences of today – the comfort of the past plus the convenience of the present.
Newstalgia design is an excellent option for those who don’t want their homes confined to just one style but rather are drawn to a collection of styles from different eras that complement one another.
Here are just a few ways you can incorporate elements of newstalgia design into your home.
Capture the newstalgia look by including antique furniture with modern or contemporary pieces to create a unique and balanced look. A local thrift store or antique shop are great places to find old furniture in good condition. You can take it a step further by refinishing vintage pieces with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware to update their classic design.
Make a statement in the living room by adding a velvet sofa in a dramatic jewel tone like Emerald Green. The bold and lush fabric brings an element of timeless luxury into a space. If you prefer a throwback look, a tufted velvet sofa may be a fun option to incorporate into a newstalgia aesthetic. Complete the look with a revamped, vintage coffee table or end tables and a stylish contemporary floor lamp or chandelier.
A chic way to channel newstalgia style in the kitchen is to add retro-inspired appliances like those from the Northstar line from Elmira Stove Works. The 1950s-inspired kitchen appliances include ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, and more. A Northstar refrigerator in Robin’s Egg Blue, Mint Green or Candy Red would be the perfect conversation piece in a kitchen. The distinctive look will add character and give the space a feel that harkens to the past, while the technology and high performance features will provide the functionality today’s homeowners expect. Not to mention adding a cheerful pop of colour!
If retro isn’t your thing, perhaps you will enjoy the look of something even more seasoned like Elmira’s Antique line of appliances. You can capture newstalgia design in the kitchen with an 1850s-style range for a fresh take on traditional Victorian style. Choose a non-traditional colour such as Liberty Blue or Cayenne Pepper Red to beautifully mesh the elements of old and new.
Mixing furniture from different periods works well in the bedroom too. You can get the newstalgia look by adding an old dresser, side table or vintage mirrors and artwork to give the space a one-of-a-kind feel. Again, use your creativity to update the pieces and make them your own. This will allow you to put a personalized spin on a traditional design.
Or, if you prefer not to get your hands dirty, consider purchasing replicas of classic furniture such as an Eames chair and ottoman for lounging in style. Tie everything together with modern touches to achieve the perfect newstalgia aesthetic.
No matter how much time passes, we always find a way to look back upon days of old with fondness. By bringing items – or design elements – from a bygone era into a new time, we can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Newstalgia design is an excellent way to combine looks from different eras to create a cohesive look that cherishes the past and present.