Cozy and elegant, the vintage style for modern design celebrates the simplicity of the old, by making use of antique furniture to pretty trinkets bought at the beginning of the 20th century. This is perhaps the most common, old-fashioned style that has a romantic charm to it, bringing an atmosphere of antiquity and elegance. It’s all about delicate interiors with a pretty and old-fashioned appeal.
The term “vintage” refers to all things that are not younger than 30 and not older than 100, which means the retro style of the ‘70s can be considered vintage. Vintage originated first in the arts, such as music and fashion, and then in the field of interior design. The essence of this style is to bring the appeal of the original things of the past that reflects the fashion and interior design trends of that period.
Vintage interior design is tricky. It may seem easy to create by just adapting antiques and get elegant items, but it can also be easy to turn out looking like Grandma’s house. To achieve the vintage style for your home, here are some tips to remember:
1. Choose low-key colors and vintage patterns
To create a vintage aesthetic, your choice of colors is an important factor. For your walls, painted furniture, and textile choices, choose low-key colors like beige, gray, sand, cream and pastel shades like light pink, pale blue, faded green and pale lilac. Avoid using bright and bold colors, as these do not give off that vintage feel. When picking a wallpaper, you can choose from polka dots, florals, and vertical narrow stripes. Polka dots especially bring you back to the 1950s.
2. Bring in well-made antiques
You can’t call a home vintage if it doesn’t have even one antique piece. Regardless of what decade is your favorite, antique furniture are the backbone that helps cement the vintage style in your design. It brings back viewers back in time that modern creations can’t match.
However, it doesn’t mean that anything that is old will look great inside your home. When looking for antiques, it needs to be in a decent, working condition. If you don’t think the piece will stand up to daily wear and tear, or if it needs too many repairs, keep looking for another. Check out the weight – a good antique wooden furniture is made from real wood. It has sturdy joints and is not shaky. If the reason for shakiness is a loose nail, it can be replaced, but if it’s wood rot, then it’s best to keep looking.
Whether it’s really old or simply simulating the old style, antiques that must be found in a vintage home should be made of natural materials such as wood, leather, wrought iron, and upholstery fabrics. Forged elements, wood carvings, and brass or bronze fittings are also found in these types of furniture. Scratches, cracks, scrapes and any form of distress are fine, as long as it doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the furniture. Anything that has an attractive patina and imperfection is to be prized. These add a sense of history to your interior.
3. Mix antiques with the new
Fitting so many antiques in your home may make it look like a museum or ancestral home, so it’s best to mix the old with the new. For sure, you are going to use modern appliances and gadgets in your house, so keeping everything antique can look out of touch. Make your antiques serve as the focal point of a room, then surround it with some items that look a bit more modern. Let your accent chair, antique dining table or floral bed take the center stage.
For instance, you can place a modern-looking couch against a statement antique couch and decorate the walls with a vintage artwork or photographs. Display vintage planters in your open shelves. Place a vintage lamp on top of your new mahogany desk.
When mixing and matching the modern with the new, consistency is the key. Keep it consistent all throughout the entire room and for other rooms in your house.
4. Soften interiors with textile
A vintage interior is soft and romantic, so fabrics are vital to the style. Curtains in a vintage style home are often long and gracefully draped. It can be decorated with cords or clips. Curtains usually have a floral design or have a monophonic texture and color. Decorative lace fabrics look organic on the tables and bedside tables. The textile for upholstery must fit in the background, or in a brighter shade. If your wall is plain and shadeless, it’s appropriate to bring furniture with floral upholstery. Tyr to add more fabrics and layer it up, especially using beddings or throws.
5. Bring in vintage-inspired finds
Rescuing beautiful, quirky items from flea markets and giving them new life is important to the vintage style. As mixing and matching are highly recommended, adding vintage-inspired finds make your interior more original, thus giving it a unique character. Insert vintage stuff like antique glass jars, pictures or paintings of flowers or bowl of fruit, umbrella racks, and vintage, wooden toys. You can also display your collection of vintage technology, like an old transistor radio, vintage cameras, phonograph, typewriter and the like. That’s right, make your guests feel nostalgic – that’s what adapting the vintage style in this era is about.
6. Layer up with carpets
A vintage home is never complete without the old carpet. Old-fashioned carpet designs like Orientals, Moroccan and mosaic carpets add a vintage charm to a room. Carpets add a dash of pattern and color into the room as well.
7. Focus on details
Keeping an eye on details make a vintage style successful. The kitchen is the best place to bring a unique vintage style that is entirely yours. Decorate it with rug beaters, butter molds, vintage salt and pepper shakers, candy jars, milk bottles and more. Decorate with a vintage washboard – it’s an accessory you don’t want to miss. Keep raincoat holders, newspaper holders (perhaps you can put vintage magazines in it), and vintage vases on the mudroom or any common room. Frame your family photos and hang them on the wall. These bring memories into your vintage home.
8. Celebrate florals
The vintage style is romantic, so adding florals is the surefire way to get the vintage look. We know, we mentioned florals earlier, but we would just like to emphasize its importance. Layer up floral patterns, featuring big blooms to dainty buds and have them in a soft, pastel tone. The rose is the most vintagey flower, so make sure you adapt rose-prints on fabrics or on wallpaper on an accent wall, a rose painting, or a jug of fresh roses as a decoration.