Vintage is having quite a moment! From fashionable outfits and hairstyles to home decor, old is officially the new new! So, how can you make this trend a part of your home decor?
First up, you need to focus on just one room, to begin with. Spread your efforts too thin and it could just look like each room in your house has something a bit old in it. Even worse, it could look like the item in question is ratty and needs replacing. In order to pull off a vintage look, there needs to be multiple items that pull the whole room together. Imagine it like a painted canvas. The canvas can’t look complete as long as there are some areas left unattended to and unpainted.
With this in mind, you need to decide which room you will focus on. The bedroom is a good one, but bear in mind that you and your partner, if you have one, will be the only ones who get to enjoy it. For all of that effort, it makes sense to put the hard work into a room where visitors, friends and family can see it too. So, your living room is the perfect space.
A great time to insert a vintage look is during any home improvements in your living room. This might be replacing broken blinds, or having your fireplace cleaned. At this time, you will have various things going on in the room anyway. While you are under a little bit of chaos, go all-in and do it all at once! The room may well be unusable during this period anyway, so you might as well make that more worthwhile.
So, how can you make a living room look vintage, and give it that vibe? First up, you need to think about your colors. Vintage living rooms are not bright orange or lime green! Instead, think more muted tones. Mint green is great if you want a color, as is duck egg blue. Otherwise, a white or cream tone will do the trick. You can paint, of course, but wallpaper is another solid option here. It allows you to use your walls to suggest the theme of the room. Or, mix and match; do three walls painted and one feature wall with wallpaper. As for your fixtures and fittings, do some research into other modern vintage homes. Mirrors with a shabby chic finish around the border look great. Meanwhile, an Antique Cage Style Fixture hanging from the ceiling gives the room a central focus.
Also think about what you will put on your surfaces and shelves. How about an antique style globe? You could also use old, leather suitcases, stacked up to make a storage unit. If you are wondering about a pattern for cushions and throws, floral always works. However, keep tones and colors muted in the flower pattern itself. Anything too bold and brash will undo all of your hard work. A beautiful bunch of fresh flowers or two makes an idyllic finishing touch!