The Arrival of Classic Revival
Interior design trends continue to echo many of the changes in the world throughout the past couple years. Shifts in the way we work and play, along with the new tastes of upcoming generations have made classic design more popular and appealing than ever.
The designers at FastFrame have been exploring the why’s and how’s behind this new classic revival—leaving us excited to share simple ways you can invite classic elements into your own home
The 3 Why’s:
1. More Living Room Time
Many continue to gather in the homes of friends and family versus going out to bars and restaurants. Current design trends mirror that reality as we move away from the simplicity of minimalism to the comfort and coziness of classic design. Functionality for entertaining coupled with the warmth classic design fosters are the drivers of transitioning living areas to classic design.
2. A New Generation
Gen Z folks tend to celebrate hand-me-downs from family. They also love searching flea markets and antique stores to find classic furniture that is comfy, substantial, and environmentally friendly. Classic design isn’t exclusive to one particular style or era, but is just a harmonious mix that celebrates beautiful design. It’s therefore become the perfect fit for newer generations who don’t want to add to the landfills with pieces that just have to be replaced down the road.
3. Home Office Necessity
As many employees begin returning to the office, other workers have made working from home their new normal. Many are shifting to fully remote or hybrid remote work days in their current positions or they’re seeking out new opportunities that better fit their lives. All of this time working from home demands home workspaces with more robust, substantial pieces of furniture. All features of classic design.
The 3 How’s:
1. Find Things You Love
Curate accessories, focusing on objects you find captivating. Seek out pieces with unique quirk and character. Fill walls by utilizing custom framing for vintage family photos and beloved antique store finds. Custom framing also allows you to create your own shadow boxes with cherished objects (like antique medals or a special textile) that will add depth and interest to your wall display.
2. Curate Quirk and Character
Start shopping like a Gen Z-er by browsing antique stores and consignment shops to discover unique pieces with history. Build your own collection of mismatched furniture pieces that keep the eye moving throughout the room. Some easy action items to create this look include the removal of overly minimal, modern furniture and the addition of pieces with more ornamentation. No piece should be simple in silhouette. Avoid anything made of lacquer, veneer, or laminate and opt for more natural material. Don’t to add forget custom framed art to complete the look.
3. Create a Zoom-Envy in the Office
Add an array of antique pieces—start with a big, wooden desk. Then add in some ornate extras such as overstuffed leather chairs and large-scale desk lamps. Classic design favors balance and this is key as you curate a mix of extraordinary finds, so have fun and be adventurous. Personalize your space with custom framed photos of family, pets and motivational quotes.
The classic scheme is enhanced by custom framing. Custom framing allows you to pick the exact size, mat color, and frame style that complements your artwork and elevates your decor. So if you’re ready to dip your toe into the classic design trend, start with custom framing! Browse all the unique, handcrafted options at your local FastFrame store. Talk to our designers about your color scheme and preferred style and create unique pieces that will bring your walls to life.
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Not sure if classic design is right for you? Want to keep looking for other alternatives to minimal design? Check out our Maximalism Design Trend blog post for other design tips to make your home more you!