I recently stumbled upon a fantastic article by Jennifer Boles from Architectural Digest ADPRO, December 2019 titled “Why Are We Yearning for Traditional Decor Again? … Chintz, skirted furniture, and antiques are back—and it’s more than just a passing trend”.
Jennifer begins the article by saying, “If you were alive during the 1980s, get ready to experience déjà vu, because interior design is currently mining the decade. But instead of rehashing the period’s flashier moments… interior designers are revisiting its softer, more traditional side. Those hallmarks of classic decorating, such as chintz, skirted tables, needlepoint pillows, and glazed, solid-colored cotton fabrics—all of which last experienced widespread popularity back in the day—are appearing once again in interiors. This time around, however, they feel different. Some might even say modern…”
The article continues… “Although today’s revival of the traditional style—labeled everything from grandmillennialism to matchimalism; we’ll call it neo-traditionalism—may look outwardly different, its essence is more or less the same as that of previous iterations. Comfort, beauty, and timelessness, all at the heart of the style, seem to be what people are craving today.”
“But why are we yearning for pretty at this moment in time? Could it simply be a collective sense of nostalgia brought on by these turbulent times? Perhaps. But given that millennials, many of whom weren’t alive when traditional decorating was in its heyday, are part of this groundswell, there are other, more plausible explanations for this trend….” Click over to ADPRO to learn more and please comment with your thoughts below!
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