Adding a touch of flair and glamour to your home doesn’t have to be expensive or take up a lot of your time. In fact, it’s usually small vintage pieces that bring a room to life and show that it has a story to tell. It takes a bit of time, but when you get some practice, spotting a great vintage item becomes a routine for most homeowners. These pieces are often found in local sales or in repair shops and can be bought at a bargain price.
If the room only has one vintage piece, you should make it obvious and use it as a focal point for the rest of the room. Naturally, this is only an option if a piece is large enough to attract attention and to take such a prominent place in your room. For the most part, it can only be done with a sofa or a large coffee table in the middle of the room, but it can also be something smaller such as a wall mirror or large artwork. It’s important to make the transition to modern furniture gradual starting from this focal point onwards.
Mixing old and contemporary
Another way to go is to directly mix old and new furniture design. This contrast will draw closer attention to the furniture on which it’s used, so make sure that it makes sense both thematically and in terms of aesthetic. It doesn’t always look good when the only touch of modern design is in the technology and gadgets added to the room. Instead, try to mix furniture that has lush and over the top design with some smaller and slick décor pieces that add a touch of modernity.
The key to decorating with great antique rugs is to place them in the right room or everything will look like it’s a bit too much. These work rather well when combined with an otherwise modern and minimalistic design. Many dread trying this, but a vintage rug would look great in a modern kitchen/dining room. The same could be said for the bathroom but then you have to take into account the heating and the moist and how well the rug can take it. The easiest way to go is to place one in the family room, but that’s only a good idea if the rest of the furniture is modern in its aesthetic.
Adding vintage artwork could be a great way to make your home a bit quirky and to add to the sense of authenticity when it comes to décor. It’s important to stick with minor or unknown works of art because anything more famous than that will draw too much attention to itself. It’s also a good idea to consider how a piece will be lit. The lighting fixture accenting the piece doesn’t have to be vintage or authentic. Instead, use all the benefits of modern lighting.
Jars and bottles
Plants and greenery are also simple and imaginative ways to decorate a room. To add a bit more interest and panache to these features, consider putting them in vintage jars and bottles. Such bottles could easily be found in local sales or online and they are quite cheap.
At the same time, these storage containers present an attractive decorative piece on their own and they are easy to clean and replace.
Creating a vintage aesthetic in your home doesn’t mean it has to look old fashioned or boring. It can be accomplished by mixing and matching them with modern pieces and adding them to your home gradually.