Full of character, made to last and often beautifully aged, vintage pieces can be the missing element that take your home from drab to fab
How utterly satisfying to find a beautifully designed vintage chair or even an antique for a special spot in your home. And then the fun can begin… Tracking down an eye-catching fabric to re-cover it or searching out a few well-chosen cushions can transform your find into a statement piece.Here, the position of the chairs gives a lovely symmetry and frames the fireplace. Bringing this warm, battered leather into the scheme prevents a white space from feeling cold. And note how battered we’re talking! You can get away with rips and stains when your room is simple and the chairs are such good quality.
A home without art can feel incomplete. Many vintage artworks are inexpensive, and blending them with more recent pieces can look wonderful and create a real talking point.Try a bold gallery wall like this, with 20th century vintage art mixed up with some bright, fun contemporary designs. To create an eclectic collection, try sourcing old paintings from car-boot sales, charity shops or flea markets, or framing artwork by your children or friends, and mixing these in with more contemporary prints.
There’s a lot to be said for vintage and preloved furniture in terms of quality – something often lacking in today’s disposable world. By choosing a piece of furniture or a decorative item with some provenance, you’re giving new life to something that’s been lovingly crafted, sometimes by hand.
If you’re unsure of how to go about incorporating vintage pieces into your home, start with subtle changes by looking at accessories. It’s an easy and affordable way to change the whole atmosphere. For instance, add some midcentury vases, a French antique mirror or a pair of Art Deco lamps.In this bathroom, the beauty lies in the details – the touch of pale green, the vintage wooden drawers and the beautiful row of old mirrors, adhered to the wall directly rather than being hung up, as was originally intended.
Too much shiny and new is not always the best option when you’re striving for a comfortable and restful nest. Instead, contrast is key – a few carefully chosen vintage pieces are the secret to a space with heart and soul.This kitchen uses a midcentury light to centre the room and flashes of wood to create a cosy atmosphere. Stacking mismatched glasses and vintage bottles on a drinks trolley also adds some retro charm.
We’re all aware of the wider issues in terms of the environment and the impact we’re having on it. There’s so much in the world already that’s been painstakingly designed and built by craftspeople.Take this vintage bureau as an example. It was purchased at a London flea market and its distressed and timeworn quality gives a character to the space that’s complemented by other vintage items. It shows you don’t need a lot – just a few pieces.
Furnishing a home can be an expensive exercise. That said, try to avoid the mass-produced, off-the-shelf ‘quick fix’. Take a breath, as there are some great vintage bargains to be had if you make thoughtful choices. This can then often free up extra cash for a couple of standout vintage pieces that will really make your space sing.An authentic Anglepoise floor lamp in a traditional study would be a showstopper. Or, as in this living room, a large French vintage overmantel mirror could look stunning; in a simple modern living room, it would make a fabulous centrepiece.
Opting for a matchy-matchy vibe may end up feeling cold and contrived. Choosing some vintage designs and blending them with your newer pieces will set your home apart from the rest. The UK can be dull and grey, so adding flashes of colour, such as this blue painting and colourful glassware, is a great way to incorporate light and the playful side of your personality into your living space.
Our homes should reflect who we are. Being discerning and choosing timeworn pieces with which you connect will turn your house into a home. If you don’t already have those treasured pieces in your collection, look out for objects and furniture that remind you of your childhood or someone important to you.Choose vintage pieces you love and there will always be a place for them within your living space. Here, the combination of gold, turquoise and dark grey links special pieces that clearly reflect the personality of this homeowner.
Live in a new home? You don’t have to have new furniture and accessories. Create drama by adding contrasting vintage and antique furniture to a super-sleek modern home and the effect can be gorgeous. This is certainly the case with this eye-catching patterned flooring, gold drinks trolley and decorative screen.Get the look by picking up an inexpensive, modern rug to contrast with a vintage drinks trolley showcasing a selection of your favourite shiny objects.We have lots of stand out and Vintage pieces in our store in Sallynoggin and online