Vintage Style is a mixture of current trends mixed in with elements of the past. Vintage style could be a Bohemian look with a new velvet sofa mixed with antique mahogany side tables. Or, vintage style could be Farmhouse Chic with a new dinette set mixed with antique milk glass. It could also be a beautiful chinoiserie chest with a display of blue and white ginger jars. The beauty of Vintage Style is that can span the ages from Primitive Farmhouse to Hollywood Glamour to Mid Century Mod. It is the seamless mixture of the old and the new in such a way that the eye is not immediately drawn to one element. Each element has a place and works in harmony with the other elements in the room. Sounds easy, right? Well it can be.
Here are my seven tips to help you incorporate a Vintage Style into any room:
Don’t be afraid to mix styles and periods. Mix new HomeGoods finds with antique treasures. Use a variety of color and texture. Incorporate an antique in a unexpected way. For example, upholster a Victorian settee in outdoor fabric and use it on a sun porch. Use an antique wine crate as a shelf to display your smalls. Work to intentionally display found items in an creative way.
Let your creativity shine. Use elements in an unexpected way. Wallpaper a wall with maps or use a creative painting technique on a feature wall. Don’t feel like you must hang every piece of art. Choose to prop them on a mantel or on top of a desk instead.
Use Unexpected Pops of Color
In a world of brown, don’t be afraid to use a pop of color. Have fun painting a chest a bright color maybe a lacquered orange or a kelly green. Bring in vibrant colors with pillows or art if you are afraid to commit with a more expensive piece of furniture.
Display Collections Proudly
A great and inexpensive way to add Vintage Style to your room is to display a collection. Colored bottles can be inexpensive ($2-$10) and add a wonderful vintage vibe. A collection of blue and white ginger jars and vases can also add decorative interest to your room. Decide what you like and begin to build a collection. Mix new and old. Scour flea market and thrift store to add the perfect addition to your budding collection. A collected room is filled with charm and will give your guest wonderful conversation starters.
Show your Animal Side
The leopard print is just as popular today as it was in the 1940s Hollywood Regency era. Animal heads and animal skulls have been gracing walls for hundreds o years. Don’t be afraid to get a little wild with animal prints and accents.
Fall in Love with Texture
Texture can transform a room. It can be on the walls in the form of grass cloth wallpaper or a brick accent wall. On the floor in a Moroccan rug. Velvet is a wonderful, posh texture for a couch or for accents. Spice up a leather sofa with textured pillows. Have fun with it.
Layer for a Curated Look
Our eyes are drawn to multidimensional displays: pillows and throws on sofas, layered items on bookshelves. Learn to add layers gracefully without adding clutter.