Vintage homes embrace the past to create spaces that are full of character and history. They weave in flea market finds, antiques and collectibles and lots of rustic, distressed furniture items. They’re inviting and homey, whilst brimming with up-cycled treasures and homeware and furniture that tells a story.
– Wood, in its natural state, reclaimed or salvaged, is key
– Vintage fabrics are typically muted floral designs
– Adorn walls with old maps and prints
– Fill your house with flea market bric-a-brac
HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE
Wood is key in vintage home decor. Opt for wooden pieces in their natural state, such as reclaimed or salvaged finds. Worn leather adds a great vintage feel so consider leather armchairs and sofas. Button back or stud detailing will also add an old-fashioned edge.
You have scope to play around here. While vintage fabrics often feature intricate floral designs in muted tones, bold colours and vibrant floral bed linen also work really well in a vintage home decor scheme. For curtains, stick to the more muted tones and floral designs. Ethnic and oriental rugs with a worn or faded appearance can add a brilliant rustic vintage edge.
An easy way to create a vintage feel is with vintage style metal hangings, old books and postcards and lots of car boot sale finds. Show-off accessories such as trinket boxes, fill jam jars and old metal jugs with flowers and hang vintage print tea towels in the kitchen. Deck an old dresser with mis-match vintage crockery. Rustic lanterns and birdcages will add a rustic edge in all rooms.
This depends largely on the type of vintage look you’re going for. Retro desk lamps work in most vintage home decor schemes and vintage pendant lights can look fantastic in kitchens strung over an island or dining table. Lanterns work well dotted around the house and chandeliers give a classical, elegant edge. Again, flea markets are great places to pick-up worn vintage lights and fixtures.
Wooden floors are a classic vintage home decor look. Likewise, flagstone flooring looks brilliant. Avoid thick, neutral-coloured carpets as these will evoke a more classical, refined feel which works against a vintage edge.
Adorn walls with old maps, tea-stained prints and wooden frames. Ornate, frameless mirrors look brilliant strung in groups down hallways and as a feature wall. A vintage floral wallpaper works well in a bathroom. Keep paint colours to duck-egg blues and neutrals that will show-off your beautiful raw wooden finds.