Whatever your personal taste in interior décor there will be a period which will have much appeal. You may wish to decorate and furnish you home entirely in the period style or merely feature a few items reminiscent of the time. Perhaps you have just fallen in love with a particular object or have a sentimental attachment to certain pieces. Whatever your interior style is there is always room for a touch of vintage quality!
The Period House
If you do live in a period home then vintage décor is not a prerequisite but if the property benefits from distinctive features of the time then it can be the best way forward. That doesn’t mean that you must slavishly study the period concerned or that there isn’t room for more modern pieces in your scheme. You don’t have to break the bank either as antique shops are not your only hunting ground. Try auctions, charity shops, boot sales and reclamation yards and it is amazing what you can find to suit your pocket as well as your home.
Vintage or Retro?
The word vintage implies old but how old does something have to be before it is a vintage piece? There may be periods in your own lifetime which have inspired you and you may not feel you are particularly vintage yourself! Perhaps a better word for some styles would be retro. A nod to the recent past can add great interest to a room and perhaps suit your chosen colour scheme. For instance I particularly hated 1970′s interior décor and could never see myself wanting to visit that territory again – until my recent search for curtains. For whatever reason the bold geometric patterns and penchant for gold and orange turned out to be just what my living room needed. The addition of the curtains lifted the room without turning it into a homage to 1975.
There are many features of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s which sit very well alongside more modern furnishings. The colours and style of the American 50′s diner are fabulous in kitchens and retro juke boxes look amazing in many rooms. 60′s concept furniture looks modern even today and I have recently resurrected that 70′s special the pouffe basically because they are very useful.
New For Old
If you are looking for a touch of vintage style that doesn’t have to mean than you confine yourself to antique and second hand finds. New items in vintage and retro styles can work equally well. There is currently a taste for the shabby chic look, a style which is hard to define but basically incorporates deliberately distressed, usually white or pastel furnishings combined with pretty prints and florals. This is a vintage style which nonetheless feels modern and very now and can be achieved by renovating old furniture or buying new pieces which are deliberately Shabby Chic.
When you think about it no period of time is completely divorced from another. New styles pick up on features from the past and we are all influenced by the times we have experienced ourselves. There is nothing wrong with adding a nod to previous eras even in the most modern home and many retro styles sit comfortably side by side. If you are not sure if something will work just experiment with what you can find. When you place your pieces in the rooms you should know straight away if they work and there are abound to be a few errors before you find the pieces that are just right.
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Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner with an interest in interior design. She divides her time between writing, running her shop and revamping her home.