Sometimes it feels like the emphasis in modern life is on perfection. You only have to look at the line-free foreheads of Desperate Housewives and the Hollywood A-list as proof.
Youth is aligned with beauty. And yet, there is something truly divine about the expression of the passage of time on both individuals and objects. Beauty is truth, truth beauty, said Keats. And I happen to agree. I give you Samuel Beckett or Patrick White (more homegrown) or Margaret Olley (homegrown lady) as examples!
This realisation has been embraced by the design world. From exposed brick to polished concrete, there’s a wealth of décor and furniture items featuring distressed finishes. These pieces instil your interiors with antique style and old world vintage charm. The action of the elements is evocative of history, and it gives your space definitive character.
There’s a warmth that exudes from well-worn, much-loved things. Think rustic, vintage, old world… Even contemporary urban-industrial interiors exploit this style. Whether it’s aged leather-bound books, photo frames or a hurricane lamp, a vintage mirror or a mounted wall clock, adding aged nuances to your home is easy.
The juxtaposition of old and new creates visual interest within your space. Whether your bent is old Parisian glamour or shabby chic, oriental-inspired or modern minimalism, opting for some pieces with weathered patinas gives your interior design charisma.
Décor items with aged finishes introduce a raw element to your scheme. They create depth through their textured surfaces. Opt for ceramic urns, birdbaths, or lanterns and add personality to your verandas, gardens, mantle-pieces or window sills.
Combining these pieces with luxe accents also works well. A cosy throw beside an urban-industrial light fitting is dramatic and pleasing to the eye. They both work to temper each other. Similarly luxurious metallic accents paired with upcycled timber furniture pieces make a striking ensemble.
Exploring patina within your interior design celebrates the natural beauty of materials as well as supporting the recycling of materials. It’s eco-friendly and uber-chic. You can’t argue with that!
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