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Sep 28 2012

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Vintage fun

Have we lost our fascination with bright and shiny things? Perhaps.

According to a pair of meetings I had this week, our interest in distressing, aged finishes and time-worn looks is still going strong. It came up in a trends presentation given by Andy Wells, VP of design at MasterBrand Cabinets, and just today, Jeff Dross, director of education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, also noted distressed metal as an inspiration for the company’s Missoula hammered antique pewter table and floor lamps.

Similarly, wood-look ceramic tiles have expanded to include reclaimed and weathered wood designs. Case in point, Spanish tile manufacturer Apavisa’s latest is Vintage, a collection of distressed-wood-look tiles in beige, white and gray,

as well as cheerier hues, such as blue, red and green.

A sign of optimism? Maybe. While the trend may have resulted from a need post-economic crash for authenticity, the familiar and what’s tried and true, there’s no reason why you can’t have a little fun at the same time.

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  1.  Julie |

    Great pictures! I think vintage is good when it’s mixed with modern furniture and design. Too vintage is just… not right, unless it’s a room specifically designed to look old.