Will Shorrocks
24.5.2024

Retro Mashup: The Art of Blending Decades in 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of home design, this year is poised to embrace a departure from perfectly curated showroom looks and minimalist aesthetics. According to Gideon Mendelson, founder of Mendelson Group, the trend for 2024 will revolve around the art of mixing—blending different eras and aesthetics to create a space that feels cultivated over time.

Interior by Mendelson Group

Vintage decor has steadily gained popularity over the past year, and according to Peter Spalding, co-founder of Daniel House, the trend is expected to continue in 2024. The appeal lies in the ability to incorporate vintage pieces into modern or traditional homes, cultivating an eclectic aesthetic that resonates with individuality. The trend towards mixing decades aligns with a sustainable ethos, utilising existing furniture instead of producing more. Peter Spalding emphasises the environmental benefits of re-purposing old furniture and encourages finding local tradespeople to re-imagine and breathe new life into pieces.

When blending decades, Jennifer Verruto, founder of Blythe Interiors, advises against grouping one style together to avoid a dated look. Instead, she suggests integrating existing pieces, mixing old and new for a curated appearance. Experimenting with the arrangement of items, varying styles, and textures contributes to a harmonious and authentic space.

Interior by Blythe Interiors

One advantage of this trend is the flexibility it offers in selecting pieces that won’t all go out of style simultaneously. Peter Spalding suggests making simple swaps as style preferences evolve, avoiding the need to start over. This approach results in a richer, layered look over time. Mixing found, refurbished items with new, modern pieces is a favourite method for creating a charming and curated-looking home, says Jennifer Verruto. This blending of old and new elements contributes to a unique and timeless aesthetic, providing a sustainable alternative to excessive consumption.

For a deeper understanding of how different decades inform each other, Spalding recommends studying the history of design influences. Recognising that style spans thousands of years allows homeowners to appreciate the interplay of various influences, fostering a more informed approach to blending aesthetics.

As we approach 2024, the allure of retro, vintage, and contemporary elements coming together in harmonious discord defines the essence of home design. With the art of blending decades, homeowners are encouraged to celebrate diversity, authenticity, and sustainability, crafting spaces that tell a rich and timeless story.

Will Shorrocks
24.5.2024