Vintage meets modern

Those of you who follow me on social media know that I’m on holiday right now. For me, there is nothing more soothing and comforting than being at the seaside. Although each year it seems like coming back to the same old place, it’s always fresh, always surprising, always captivating. Ironically, I feel the same about sofa designs – a couch which is vintage looks very well in modern interiors and vice versa.

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Chaddock Brooks vintage three-seat sofa

Maybe because I am at the sea right now, I’m so much into the colours of nature, and especially into the colours of water. I’ve prepared three palettes for you inspired by the photos I took, which can help you choose the centre-piece for your living room. I believe that the shades of blue, green, grey, and soft pastels are going to be the next big thing this fall, which you can see, for example, on Designers Guild’s Instagram.

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Designers Guild colour trends Autumn 2018

Sofas, vintage in style, become contemporary masterpieces when they are reupholstered and given modern feel with cut velvet fabrics or thick linens – both in deep and soft colours.

On the other hand, modern projects often recycle vintage ideas, and the sofas we see in new collections resource former masters’ designs. They work very well in eclectic interiors, especially on a pale background.

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Palermo – a new model of a sofa by Designers Guild

One of my design soul-mates, Olka Barczak, owns a wonderful ink-blue velvet sofa – technically modern, yet vintage in style. You can trace the metamorphosis of the interior on her beautiful Instagram:

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Screenshot from collage_blog_pl’s Instagram

Here are the palettes and also the selection of sofas which could fit both modern and vintage interiors.

Palette #1

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Palette #2

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Palette #3

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Those palettes can be your guidelines in choosing coordinates, accessories or matching paints.

Here are some vintage-style sofas which match the trends I’ve presented above:

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Conrad by

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Majal sofa by Duralee

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Maurice Villency sofa

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Frode by MOMA studio

I hope you’re convinced that modern design is very often just the imaginative reuse of the ideas which worked very well in the past, and that inspiration can be found everywhere.

Which of the palettes did you like the most? Which colour would you use for your sofa? Let me know in the comments below or on my social media. And please, share this article with the ones you think may like it.

With loads of love,


//this post has been created in collaboration with Nakturnal//


4 thoughts on “Vintage meets modern

    1. Interiormad Post author

      I’m so glad you like them, John. Which colour would you choose for the upholstery? Best, Barbara

  1. Bella

    I love the idea of incorporating vintage pieces into a modern room! I’m in the process of redecorating my living room and a vintage couch or accent chair would be amazing to add! It really gives a room a new life!

    1. Interiormad Post author

      Absolutely, Bella! I have two vintage chairs which are waiting for re-upholstering and their special place in my living room downstairs. A new fabric to a vintage chairs gives it a fantastic look. Which of the palettes would you choose for your living room? Best, Barbara P.S. If you need any help or inspiration with your living room, please contact me 🙂


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