If you have an older home, you’re in luck. It’s the perfect showcase for a vintage style that will bring out the best of your home’s beauty. Let your imagination take you back in time and follow these tips to get the look you want.
Pick an Era
First of all, define your era. Do you want the angles and deep colors of the fifties or the curved lines and bright tones of the sixties? Are you drawn to the feminine florals and pastels of cottage style, or the bright, jazzy blues of a retro beach house? Maybe the elegance of French farmhouse is more to your taste or American farmhouse with its dark colors and well-made furniture.
The choice will help you focus your decorating. Many vintage items are utterly charming, and it’s easy to get distracted by those that don’t fit your chosen style, so try to stay on track. Have another pair of eyes help to see if you’re picking for a décor match and will fit your theme.
Soften the Edges
The hallmark of a modern home is clean-edged surfaces. A vintage home should be comfortable and inviting. Think about fabrics that will soften the edges and evoke your chosen period. Fluffy white rugs will give your sixties home a fun touch, while handmade quilts add warmth to farmhouse decor. Slipcovers are a hallmark of country and seaside cottage styles, so look for them in white cotton, denim, or vintage fabrics.
Accessories are All
One or two well-placed accent pieces are all you need. Try a bright red coffeepot in your fifties-diner kitchen or a framed wildflower print for your cottage. Souvenir pillows are a great way to evoke another time and place.
Don’t forget the essential accessory. A front door in your chosen style will anchor the whole look of your home and make a powerful first impression. One of the top reasons to get new doors is because it is an investment that will repay you through the years with the chosen style.
Let Light In
In earlier times, wide-open windows were used to cool, ventilate, and let light in. You can get windows that mimic the look of different eras and get a truly authentic look to your home. Places like RWC Windows, Doors & More can help you select from different styles that look like they come from your chosen era.
Styling your vintage house doesn’t require a complete overhaul, just a few small touches. Get the basics in place and have fun hunting for your furniture and accessories. Scour flea markets, yard sales, and online stores. It’s a chance to let your creativity out to play. The result will be a house you’ll be proud to call home.