Uprising Your Interior Design with Vintage Inspiration
There is something distinctive about the style of the bygone era that has many homeowners incorporating vintage or vintage-inspired items into their home’s design these days. Whether it is the unique charm that these decor elements possess or the nostalgia of the past times that draws them in, something about this design style seems to capture the attention of many. The best part about it is that it doesn’t have to be expensive to infuse your space with vintage style – with a couple of vintage pieces and a little bit of interior design know-how, you can easily turn your contemporary apartment into a vintage-inspired haven. In this article, we are sharing five tips on how you can add vintage touches to your apartment and give it that classic, timeless feel. Have a look.
Use vintage furnishings to anchor the room
The perfect way to give your room a focal point (if it hasn’t already got one) would be to incorporate some vintage accent pieces. It’s one of the tricks many interior designers use when decorating with vintage furnishings – they make them the central element of the room, and then focus the room’s design around it, choosing supporting elements that perfectly blend with the old, yet charming vintage pieces. Whether you choose to go with a vintage upholstered armchair, a comfy vintage sofa, or an antique mirror depends on your preferences. It’s best to keep all the modern pieces in a neutral color palette and use vintage pieces to add a splash of color and draw the eye towards them.
Use a vintage color scheme
One of the easiest ways to give a subtle hint of vintage to your interiors would be to decorate using a vintage color scheme. Because vintage is a broad term, you’ll need to do some research in order to narrow down your color choices and select a scheme that will help you achieve the look you’re going for. While the beginning of the 20th century was characterized by neutral, subdued tones such as salmon, ivory, and soft green, while the color palette characteristic for the 1940s consisted primarily of saturated, warmer tones such as red, orange, and strong teal. Knowing the difference in color palettes of vintage eras will help you identify the perfect shades for your interiors and achieve a cohesive look.
Mix old and new, vintage and contemporary
Using only vintage items in your interiors will result in a dated look, which is why you should try to mix and match your contemporary furniture and vintage pieces instead of going all in. Garage sales, flea markets, and antique stores could be real goldmines when it comes to vintage furnishings, but you can also browse for vintage furnishings online, or even check your grandmother’s attic for some interesting finds. Pairing contemporary chairs with a rustic table will make your dining room look chic, while vintage-inspired appliances will blend in perfectly with modern cabinetry. A pedestal bathroom sink will add a vintage vibe to your contemporary bathroom, while a modern bench combined with the ornate console will give an old-time appeal to your hallway.
Swap out your flooring for something with a vintage feel to it
The rustic charm of hardwood is the perfect vintage addition, so be sure to eliminate those wall-to-wall carpets and reveal the natural beauty of wooden flooring. Stained floors will be easier to work with because you can use rugs to help define the specific vintage style you’re aiming for. Whether you decide to go with vintage and antique carpets or area rugs in your favorite colors, partially covering your hardwood flooring will also make your apartment look a lot cozier. As for the kitchen, you can go with black and white floor tiles to evoke the image of a retro 1950s diner if you’re into that.
Add vintage accessories to complete the look
The fastest and easiest way to inject a dose of vintage into your apartment would be to add vintage or vintage-inspired accessories. From antique chandeliers and glass doorknobs to retro wallpapers and vintage accent pillows – there are a lot of details you can add to spruce up your interiors and create a vintage vibe. You can also include vintage typewriters, record players, and gossip benches to perfectly capture the nostalgia for the past era. Hang your favorite record players on the walls for an instant vintage throwback and sprinkle a couple of vintage-inspired toys on your shelves to add a whimsical, retro touch to your vertical spaces as well.
There are a number of ways to enrich your interiors with old-world, vintage treasures and give it that timeless appeal. Whether you choose to refurnish your apartment, swap out the flooring, or simply add vintage touches by using vintage-inspired decor pieces is up to you. Whichever way you choose to go, you are sure to work some vintage charm into your interiors, re-energize your apartment and give it that je ne sais quoi appeal that will make it completely chic and unique.
WriterChloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.