Taking inspiration from vintage interior styles and using vintage home items has become extremely popular in recent years. There are many approaches that you could take and different eras to take inspiration from. In this blog, we’ll give you an introduction to how you can use vintage style in your home.
Our first and most important tip for choosing vintage items is to choose what you actually like and not what is on trend or most valuable. Vintage items are a great way to inject personality into your space so choosing items that reflect your preferences is important! This also means you are more likely to like the item for longer.
Mix Different Eras
There are a lot of vintage eras to choose from and all of them have elements of incredible interior design. Taking inspiration from just one era could look plain and eventually feel dated. The most interesting way to incorporate vintage items into your home is to mix styles from different eras. For example, use Art Deco-style wallpaper, a Bauhaus-inspired sofa and Victorian-style accessories. This variation of styles and contrasting shapes will create multiple layers of visual interest and make your home feel more fun!
You could also combine vintage elements with more modern styles. Modern furniture is usually a lot more minimalistic and simple so can create a nice blank canvas for some more interesting vintage accessories.
Embrace Vintage Textiles & Patterns
Vintage textiles and patterns are a fun way to inject colour and softness into your interior. For a smaller impact choose accessories such as patterned cushions, blankets or lampshades or for a bold effect go for bigger decor items such as a rug, wall hangings, curtains or even a patterned sofa. Floral patterns are the most common patterns that create a typical vintage look, sometimes mixed with other natural elements such as birds and trees. Art Deco-inspired patterns also tend to be quite popular for a luxurious interior, with geometric shapes and gold accents.
If you’re going for a more exotic look, there are many vintage textiles from around the world to choose from, from Indian Kantha quilts and Japanese Shibori to embroidered Suzani panels.
Upcycle & Thrift Vintage Pieces
The 2020 lockdown triggered a surge in DIY projects and home improvements. Since then it has become increasingly popular to upcycle vintage furniture and there are plenty of tutorials online. Whether it’s repainting an old coffee table, re-upholstering a sofa or repairing an antique ceramic, these unique items will add personality to your home. Not only does this create a unique item, but they will be considerably cheaper than buying new furniture and are also better for the environment as there is less wastage. They could also provide a fun project for a family or couple!
If upcycling isn’t for you, you can still find second-hand home items from antique or charity shops that would still provide that unique vintage effect.
Install Appropriate Storage
With all of these new vintage items in your home, you’ll want to make sure you have appropriate storage so it doesn’t get cluttered. You might have a small or awkward space where you would like to fit some storage, in which case fitted storage is the best way to make use of your space. With our custom furniture, you can choose the perfect door and handle styles to either match or contrast your vintage items. Our Rockingham Collection incorporates a range of different door styles inspired by different eras of interior design, from arched doors inspired by Roman Architecture to modern styles with elements of Minimalism.
We hope you enjoyed this blog and feel inspired to use some vintage styles in your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are looking for some fitted storage or any custom furniture to help with your vintage theme!