Despite the fact that every year more and more new technologies and design ideas appear, some trends that emerged many years ago are still in demand. Some of them have not undergone any changes, and some have been used in new ways. Novate.ru talks about the most popular of them.
Technique 1: Glass Tiles
For the first time this material began to be used in decoration in the 70s of the last century. However, before reaching the apartments, he "got acquainted" with baths, swimming pools and other public spaces, but he rarely met in home bathrooms.
Today, glass tiles are an integral part of the interior: they are used to decorate shower cabins, zoning individual spaces, erect decorative partitions, etc. For example, using a glass wall, you can separate the kitchen from the living room, the study from the bedroom, the bathroom from the toilet. The main advantages of such a solution are moisture resistance, sound insulation, strength. At the same time, a plus and a minus is the transparency of the glass blocks. On the one hand, the sun's rays pass through them without any problems, as a result of which the area separated by the partition does not remain without natural light. But on the other hand, there can be no question of any privacy, because through the glass you can clearly see what the person is doing in the "next room".
Technique 2: Stucco
Plaster stucco molding was in trend not only in the era of Soviet Stalin, but also many centuries ago. She was an indicator of luxury, wealth, status, but, frankly, she looked too pretentious. Today, such pompous things are not popular, since everyone gravitates towards lightness and simplicity, therefore, modern stucco molding looks a little different: it has become more laconic, but retained its solemn appearance.
In stores, you can find stucco molding not only from gypsum, but also from polyurethane foam - a more budgetary and lightweight material. However, it should be borne in mind that it does not harmoniously fit into all interiors. For example, hi-tech, minimalism, Provence with stucco molding "are not friends", but in neoclassicism, art deco or historical interior, it is very appropriate. You can also play with contrast and leave it on the ceiling in a loft-style apartment. In this case, wide cornices and moldings will look great.
Technique 3: Stone decoration
In the 90s and 2000s, wealthy people who wanted to emphasize their status made the so-called European-style renovation in the apartment. It was at that time that stone came into fashion: artificial and natural. Usually, expensive material was used as an addition to wallpaper or paint, since it was very expensive to cover all the walls with it. Today, this technique is not very relevant, so it was replaced by marble panels and brick walls. Brick is a budget and versatile option that is very easy to incorporate into any décor. The material can be used to clad an apron in the kitchen or create an accent wall in the living room.
As for marble panels, it is much more difficult to fit them into the design concept, since they do not look harmoniously in all apartments. The best option is to use them in modern classic and minimalistic spaces.
Technique 4: Storing in a Chest
Chests have been present in Russian interiors for many years. Previously, they were used as a kind of wardrobe, and also kept dowry and home textiles inside. Considering how our ancestors treated this accessory, we suggest not to ignore it and find a worthy use in your apartment. For example, the chest can be placed at the foot of the bed and the linens can be folded inside. And if you make the cover of the accessory soft, then you will immediately get an additional seat. Also, the chest will perfectly fit into the interior of the living room. In this room, he will be able to act as a coffee table, inside which blankets, decorative pillows and other things can be stored.
Technique 5: Wall Panels
Remember the Soviet panels with three-dimensional patterns, popular in the past, which still "adorn" some of the Khrushchevs? So, they have long lost their relevance. In the 2000s, this material was most often used to mask uneven walls in bathrooms, so that you could save time, effort and money on repairs. However, the panels had a lot of disadvantages. Firstly, they often broke during operation, secondly, mold formed under them, and thirdly, PVC panels looked cheap and not very aesthetically pleasing.
Modern panels look much more beautiful, in addition, they are more durable and reliable, since they are made mainly from MDF. The most popular are options that imitate natural textures, in particular, stone and wood. You can also find models from textiles. Thanks to such a variety and stylish appearance, wall panels are now used not only in bathrooms, but also in the interiors of bedrooms and living rooms.
Technique 6: Geometric Print
In the 60s and 70s of the last century, everyone was delighted with geometry. It could be found literally everywhere - in furniture upholstery, in finishing materials, in home textiles. The most popular designs were peas, rhombuses, cages, triangles. In combination with a contrasting palette, this print looked very bright and dynamic.
This trend has not lost its relevance after many years, as evidenced by the wide variety of modern geometric patterns. In stores, you can find both retro-style interior items and laconic options that are closer in spirit to scandi or minimalism.
Technique 7: Herringbone Parquet
In most cases, the parquet was oak, varnished. If you still have one in your apartment, you shouldn't change it to a modern floor covering. It will be much more profitable to put the parquet in order, especially since it is not so difficult to do it. If there is no visible damage, simply peel off the old varnish and the top, darkened layer of the wood. During its life, oak parquet is able to withstand not one, but as many as four or five loops, so you don't have to worry about the result. At the end, just cover with a new coat of varnish and you're all proud. If you think that in its original form the parquet does not fit into the interior, try painting it.
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