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4 Types of Modern Vintage Art

With a huge rise in trends of vintage art, you may be seeing all kinds of old art prints on influencers’ walls. If you’re looking to add a cool vintage touch to your space, but keep a more modern feeling and colour platte, here are some recommendations:

Botanical Artworks

Botanical prints have been a popular choice of artwork for centuries. If you’re looking for a more traditional choice, choose a vintage botanical drawing or painting, but add a modern thin black frame to keep a more updated look. These pieces are great in sets or gallery walls.

Famous Art Prints and Posters

Whether you like colourful Matisse prints, or Van Gogh posters, these are a great way to bring a classic look to your walls. You can find either full painting posters, or posters of old exhibitions. These pieces are perfect with a simple wood frame in a larger size. They’re also a great addition to a vintage style gallery wall.

Landscapes

For these wall art pieces, I would go for either a large single piece or a small neutral piece for a gallery wall. If you’re looking for a more modern and minimalist style, use an abstract landscape such as a Dan Hobday piece. For landscapes, I recommend sticking to a more simple neutral colour palette, making them perfect for living rooms either over the couch or mantel.

Classical Inspired Prints

These are a great modern take on classical artwork. With modern colour palettes and interesting imagery, these fun and more playful pieces are a perfect way to add a vintage feeling. You can find interesting prints with classical paintings and sculptures that have been altered or edited to bring them into the 21st century such as Desirée Feldmann's work. I would recommend a medium sized print in a white or black wood frame to keep it simple since these prints tend to be detailed and colourful.

4 Tips For Choosing Art

Colour

When choosing a colour palette, try to either have the art match the colour palette of the space, or use a totally opposite colour scheme to make it pop. When choosing colour, consider if you would like your art print to draw the eye or blend in harmoniously. Trending colour palettes are neutrals, greys and pastels, but feel free to experiment and have fun with colour!

Size

People tend to choose art that is too small for a wall. If you’re just hanging one or two pieces say over a couch, make sure they’re large enough to fill the space, 24”x36” and up. For a gallery wall or a smaller space, I recommend using 8”x10” to around 20”x28”, with maybe one larger piece at 24"x36". Remember when you’re hanging a large piece of framed artwork on a plaster wall to either hang from a wall stud or use wall plugs so the weight can be supported properly.

Frame

Similar to colour, consider if you would like the frame to blend into the artwork, or be a bold accent. I usually choose simple wood frames for my pieces, but vintage frames with scrollwork are making a big comeback with the rise of interior design styles like dark academia. For a clean minimalist look, go for a simple black wood frame, and for a more boho or Scandinavian look, use a maple or grey frame.

Style

Artwork is very subjective, everyone likes different styles. I can however recommend if your room is modern to use styles like abstracts or line art to compliment your room. If your space is traditional, you may prefer landscapes or photography. Take some time to browse Pinterest with relevant keywords to find art styles you may enjoy, such as searching “modern bedroom” or “Scandinavian living room”.

Vintage or Dark Academia Art

Happy March reader, are you starting to get the spring cleaning or decorating bug yet? I know I have been, which brings me to one thing, Pintrest. Somehow, like many others I fell into a rabbit hole of vintage aesthetic photos and found something called Dark Academia. Now, I’m not going to talk about the fashion or ideals of this aesthetic, just the interior design style.
Vintage or dark academia rooms tend to be darker walls, with lots of wood, books and classical statues. Basically how I image an old Englishman named George Walker’s study to look. Even with the overwhelming rise in the minimalist style, many still prefer more traditional styles of artwork. This particular aesthetic tends to have art that reflects either a vintage style, darker colour palette, or classical statues. The furniture is wood, leather or old fabrics, with lots of big comfy armchairs to read your book in by a fireplace. Interestingly, this aesthetic seems to be bigger with teens and millennial, mostly becoming popular through social media. Why not move away from the all white abstracts and check out a darker and more warm toned style?