Nowadays, minimalist design styles are popular: hi-tech, urban and loft. In this regard, an urgent question arises: is it possible to fit old household items into a room decorated in a minimalist style? Practice shows that this is a real task, while the goal can be achieved in several ways. Consider the possible options on the example of a conventional chest of drawers.
TRADITIONAL FURNITURE AND MINIMAL STYLES
For the first time, a chest of drawers was noticed by life historians in France in the middle of the 17th century. Commode means “comfortable” in French. This item got its name due to the ease of access to the things stored in it, because its height was significantly less than the height of a person, so if necessary, there was no need to reach up to get a shirt or stockings.
The chest of drawers of the seventeenth century did not differ much from the modern one, it performed the same functions and also consisted of a body and spacious drawers. In those days, almost any furniture was decorated with rich decor: carving, embossing, inlays, and the like. Modern minimalist styles, which include loft, hi-tech and urban, reject any decor. Furniture items are painted in non-natural colors, their surface is deliberately deprived of natural texture, instead it acquires an unnatural sheen. As a result, wooden furniture becomes almost indistinguishable from metal or plastic. Such furniture is extremely functional and has an extremely simple form.
Eclectic design involves a combination of items from different styles and eras. Thanks to this, a distinct contrast between modern and rare elements appears in the room, such opposition becomes a way to find harmony. It is important not to overdo it with eclecticism, two or three emphatically archaic items will fit perfectly into a modern interior, but a large number of them will violate the minimalist design concept.
MODERNIZATION OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Another way to combine old furniture with modern design is modernizing restoration. Thanks to the replacement of fittings and finishes, painting in achromatic and bright colors, old household items will radically change and become almost indistinguishable from modern ones.