The Heritage Home Design Trend | Guest Post by Interior Stylist, Julea Joseph
In Julea's own words...
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
It’s best to call it a NEW trend, especially for the younger generation home dwellers who abhor all décor of their parent’s abode. We’ve seen home trending whiffs of a collective Grandmother direction worded as “Granny Chic” “Granny Millennium” and last summer’s “Coastal Grandmother” (brought on perhaps by watching too many newly discovered Nancy Meyers’ movies during the pandemic?). In any case the buzz worthy 2023 home interior design and styling trend has been coined “The Heritage Home.”
THE HERITAGE HOME
My interpretation of this home styling trend means that old is finally and refreshingly OK, passed down is cool, and mixing old and new creates individuality. Mix + match is the trend, pairing your functional clean lined current furnishings with passed down and vintage. This combination results in a home that doesn’t look like this month’s home décor aisle at your favorite big box retail store - but one that’s style looks like has been curated and patiently collected for years.
Items that may have been tucked away for years can be showcased, garage sale finds layered and celebrated in a new, fresh way and favorite pieces refreshed with a new coat of paint or fabric. The trend stems in pairing them with your present-day pieces to create a space that looks curated and developed and totally uniquely your own.
Paint company Krylon chose their 2023 Color of the Year ( #COTY) Spanish Moss by this trend saying “The heritage trend style is increasingly growing in popularity - the comfort and reassurance found in the past. The color is seen in upcycle, recycled, vintage and antique furnishings and it inspires D-I-Yers to create inviting spaces full of comforting personal choices - ..offering a dose of nostalgia and familiarity at the same time.”
Reinvent an old tea/cocktail cart into something new and fresh for your home by giving it a makeover. The piece can be that infused celebration of “old + new.”
I like the phrase “full of comforting personal choices”. If we’ve learned one thing about the past three years it’s that home IS truly our shelter from the storm. It’s no wonder that our past down treasures and quirky vintage finds now find a special place in our home, and the need to refresh what we already have is our new home design mantra for 2023.
The trend celebrates and embraces a home’s architecture and esthetics too - meaning not erasing the heritage of a home’s build era, but instead following its guidance to include the history and flavor of the home’s ambiance. Flippers, are you listening?
PINTEREST CALLS IT "HIPSTORIC"
Pinterest brands the trend “Hipstoric” and according to their data - “in 2023, people will find new ways to honor old stuff in their homes. Got a hand-me-down handy? These searches are helping people combine vintage—often inherited—pieces with their modern styles. Thanks to the Boomers and Gen X driving these trends, antiques have never looked so chic.”
High trending searches on Pinterest:
Eclectic interior design vintage +850%
Mixing modern and antique furniture +530%
Antique windows repurposed +50%
Maximalist decor vintage +350%
Mix + Match style with layers of personality. Furniture, pattern, eras, magically melded to create a one-of-kind space. From floral wallpapers, lush velvets, to repurposed vintage finds revitalized with peel and stick paper.
THE ENGLISH HOME
Across the pond, and always a jump ahead, this trend has been in full embraced in 2020 -
“As the latest spring home décor collections preview at London Design Week (LDW) 2020, it’s clear that heritage design principles continue to influence the work of today’s leading interior designers.
Whilst new design ideas offer innovative inspiration to those updating their homes, they also incorporate style from the past – bringing colour palettes and patterns back from the archives. Interior experts are guided by time‐honoured techniques and architectural features, too, celebrating the importance of skill and craftsmanship in home décor.” - The English Home
HOME ENTERTAINING + CELEBRATIONS
82% of consumers surveyed said they plan on entertaining at home as much or more than 2022 (International Housewares Association)
Scroll through any online home furniture/lifestyle retailer and you’ll find the Tabletop/Entertaining tab is chocked full of product and explained inspiration. Home entertaining and daily traditional home rituals seem to be très chic, from afternoon tea in lovely antique cups, to sit down dinner parties with friends. Perhaps there is still hope for us Boomers to pass down generational China sets and silver serving ware!
As an Interior Stylist I straddle two worlds - I consult home dwellers how to fully embrace, personalize and celebrate their home, and home sellers who want to prepare their space for a new family by removing that personalized stamp. The 2023 Heritage Trend can be fully embraced by both dwellers and sellers.
Mix + Match - Erase the idea that you need a matching “suite” of furnishings. Create a room that incorporates many styles and eras.
Repurpose and Reinvent - Have a passed down or well loved piece? Don’t be fearful of reinventing it with a coat of paint or new fabric.
Consider traditional updates to a home. Celebrate the bones of your home. Instead of erasing the past, embrace it. From lighting architectural elements, to color palette - consider following a guide to the past to update.
Maximalist or Minimalist, all are welcome with this trend and can work to both’s advantage
Curate collections and passed down heritage - whether in a bookcase vignette or as your daily dinnerware, personalized and individual are key ingredients.
Infuse old and new - Daily function always trumps fussy, the goal is a space that looks like it has been layered over the years.
In conclusion - Shop your home and unearth passed down and forgotten treasures. Repurpose and reinvent them if you want to put your fingerprint on them. Consider adding some traditional and old design styles into your home whether with color, fabric, wallpaper or architectural elements. Create a home that celebrates its heritage, your own heritage and create a space that is individually yours.
Can’t figure out how to pull your it all together? My business model is based on using what you have 1st before buying new. I’m happy to help you create a curated home whether in person or on-line. Call or text me at 708-543-8597.
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