Most people in our country have long ago disposed of those Soviet-era items that a few decades ago were considered a sign of wealth and luxury, and were extracted with incredible labor. Today, the red carpet, the "wall" packed with many other items of Soviet furniture in the modern interior, at best, is considered a sign of lack of taste, and even cause ridicule. However, for the older generation these things often remain dear to the heart, and children and grandchildren are not so easy to persuade them to part with the relics.
What to do if you throw it all away, but the soul asks for novelty and modernity? Design by yourself - the best way out in this case, because some of the Soviet interior items of the times of grandmother's youth can be transformed beyond recognition. From today's publication on the site "House of Dreams" you will learn how to use furniture and other interior items of Soviet times correctly in a modern dwelling, how to use the original carpet or renovate the Soviet wall, a sofa, chests of drawers and all kinds of lockers.
Where to put a carpet
A carpet is no less valuable thing in earlier years than other furnishings. The symbol of wealth, he often hung on the wall, leaving the owners and guests the right to just admire them. Indeed, such a jewel should be protected, because it was worth for those times quite expensive. To tell the truth, and the quality of those carpets was high - they were usually made of pure wool;they pleased the eye with bright colors and served for many years.
If you still have this miracle of the Soviet industry, do not throw it away. There are several options for using a carpet with ornaments in a modern interior.
Think carefully about the design of one of the rooms, including oriental notes. It is not necessary to make the whole situation colorful - if you are not a fan of variegatedness, the main background can serve as discreet, calm tones. Translucent textiles, light draperies of pastel or bright colors, according to your taste, will bring the typical eastern mystery into the interior of the room. Curtains and bedspreads can be supplemented with fringe and decorate with brushes in the corners. Satin cushions with the same tassels will be here too.
Here it is appropriate to use the old carpet. He must necessarily have some functional purpose, and not just serve as an ornament, so clearly reminiscent of Soviet times. You can even cut it into fragments with the same or symmetrical pattern.
Putting the carpet on the floor, you can turn it into a podium for a bed, if it is a bit wider in size. It is important to make sure that his edge protrudes from under the bed at least from three sides. Decorating the corners of the carpet with the same brushes as on other interior items, you will create a single ensemble in the oriental style.
Cut out square fragments of a carpet with similar patterns can be swept by hand with thick threads or fringed, decorated with the same brushes - andyou will have ready-made coatings for stools. By the same principle, you can make covers for armchairs and small rugs, which are placed under your feet where you usually sit.
Wool carpets are valuable because natural nap is more hygienic than synthetic, and therefore they can be used in the children's room. Cutting out the right size of the canvas and processing the edges appropriately, you get the litter for toys, for example. Put them in different angles, so that the variegated carpet is harmoniously distributed around the room. If the design of the whole environment is in harmony with the color of your relic, its presence will not be too noticeable.
Fragment of the carpet can be covered with glass and get the original countertop. Be creative and find new non-standard solutions using other materials that you already have.
Wall from the "wall": fashionable remaking of the Soviet furniture wall
The easiest way to find a bulky construction that people call a "wall" is to leave it where it stands. Indeed, this furniture takes up so much space that there is usually no way to rearrange it anywhere. But to turn a "wall" into a wall is quite possible. See how you can update the Soviet wall. Where to start:
- First, pull out all its contents and all that can be thrown away - throw it away.
- Secondly, if the "wall" has a height not up to the ceiling, correct this shortcoming! Take pieces of plasterboard and continue your wall to the very top. In the process of repair it will be necessary to repair the gaps between the furniture and walls and cover the resulting part of the wall together with the corners in the usual way.
- Third, all the doors need to be removed in order to erase the differences between the sideboards, wardrobe and mezzanines. Doors will not be needed any more, because the facade should be modern and do not remind the old structure in any way.
Next, think about what you want to fill this place. The former Soviet "wall" can accommodate many things - to become a cloakroom, storage room or even a home library. In accordance with the functions that the new "wall" will perform, leave only the necessary shelves. Remove unnecessary ones and build new ones, move them to another location, if necessary. Put the boxes for shoes and laundry baskets, make the crossbeams to hang the outer clothing. For the library it will be necessary to increase the number of shelves, distributing them in even rows.
In the end, order new doors for your furniture from modern material, corresponding to the general style. Of course, it's frozen and it's better to entrust them to a specialist so that they are fitted with perfect accuracy.
Of course, there are fans of the door-coupe. They will work in case you are planning to build a dressing room. It is better to install them from the floor to the ceiling. Then you do not need to continue the wall with a drywall - the sliding doors will close all the gaps and openings.
You can also divide the former "wall" into separate objects and use those that you need for different purposes. For example, mezzanines can be turned into lockers for shoes and put them in the corridor or hallway. For a bedroom or a nursery a wardrobe is suitable, and the sideboards can easily be turned into a mini-library for the office. It goes without saying that in this case all furniture will require renovation with the help of painting or other methods, replacement of accessories;It is also possible here to change the facades to new ones, and let them be different in different rooms.
Crystal is a pity
Indeed, these transparent glasses and vases were the real property of many families, a symbol of luxury, and even assembled for many years. Of course, you can understand the older generation, who does not want to part with them.
Sets of wine glasses, glasses and salad bowls can be used for their intended purpose. Then their place is in the kitchen;just hide them in lockers and take them to family celebrations, delighting guests with original dishes served in sparkling vessels of the last century.
And here vases for flowers and decorative objects are perfect for a modern interior. Find in the house corners, where they will look natural.
If you have niches with lights, this is the perfect place for crystal vases. With artificial illumination, their faces shine in a new light.
On the shelves and pedestals vases will look harmonious with the original artificial bouquets. It can be not only flowers, but also modern compositions from different materials and objects. Transparent vases emphasize their beauty.
If you still have crystal decorations like an ashtray shoe or something else, just arrange them as a decorative element wherever you like - on a coffee table, on a shelf or chest of drawers.
The oldest furniture of Soviet interiors
This is, of course, a sofa, since it is usually the thing that was most used, and, most likely, it is not repairable, creaky. Only if you are sure that it is not too worn out, or is an antique value - then it should be restored. But the old chairs can still serve.
Restoration of upholstered furniture usually consists of replacing the broken springs with new ones, if necessary - even parts of foam rubber, and changing the upholstery and painting the wooden parts. If the seats have high and narrow legs, too reminiscent of the old times, it is worth replacing them with more modern ones - for example, on wheels.
Sideboards and chests of drawers
There is such furniture, which, despite its old age, has such nobility that it can not be thrown out by hand. Usually it is a grandmother's sideboard or a chest of drawers with threaded and curved legs, and also a low wardrobe. The solution is to save the furniture, transform it with a new design.
There is a lot of technology to upgrade old furniture. The simplest ones are painting, gluing, and also artificial aging of the tree, which results in objects in a vintage style. You can choose any of them according to your taste and change your furniture beyond recognition.
You can decorate the doors of cabinets and the facades of chests of drawers by ordering a self-adhesive film with beautiful ornaments. Mirrors on cabinets will be the original solution. There are other ways - if creativity is not alien to you, you will find them without difficulty.
And do not be afraid of experiments - perhaps you will be so carried away by this process that your hidden creative abilities will manifest. In any case, a completely unique modern interior with echoes of the Soviet times is guaranteed to you!