'Hipstoric' style, or the art of giving a retro look to your interior

  • Design
  • Sunday, 01 Jan 2023

The word 'hipstoric' comes from a combination of the adjectives 'hip' and 'historic' and emphasises eclectic ambiances where patterns, materials and colours are mixed. Photo: AFP

Around the time of a new year, many of us are tempted to change up our interiors. Why not give it a "hipstoric" touch?

This new trend in decoration honours vintage objects and second-hand items in general. After dominating for decades, it seems that minimalism is on the decline. Now the eccentricity and soulful style of more extravagant elements is gaining ground.

According to Pinterest, the trend prioritises antique furniture, rich materials (velvet, leather, etc) and the accumulation of valuable trinkets. The image-sharing social network has seen a recent uptick in interest in eclectic and vintage interior design (+850%), as well as maximalist decor (+350%).

The word 'hipstoric' comes from a combination of the adjectives "hip" and "historic". It conjures up an emphasis on eclectic ambiances where patterns, materials and colours are mixed – everything that is warm, welcoming and comfortable.

But contrary to what one might think, the idea of maximalist style does not necessarily mean breaking the piggy bank to furnish one's home.

Second-hand is the key to creating a hip, unique and environmentally friendly decor. Antique dealers' Instagram accounts, online stores, or even traditional yard sales... There's no shortage of options for digging up vintage items that will give your home a hipstoric feel.

Focus on vintage furniture like dressers or sideboards, as well as rugs with patterns and rich colours.Are you afraid that your interior will look old-fashioned? No need to panic.

Simply combine the retro pieces you've found with more modern decorative elements. Don't hesitate to give them a new lease on life: for instance, old shutters can easily be transformed into a headboard.

Hipstoric interiors work well when they are inviting, comfortable and slightly chaotic. Old and new meet in the same space to evoke warmth and nostalgia. It's the art of "more is more", with a quaint twist. – AFP Relaxnews

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