As readers of this blog will know, an enduring
trend in interior design is the incorporation of vintage furniture within
contemporary spaces. However, selecting the right pieces for the right room is
an art difficult to perfect. Vintage style can be beautiful, but knowing how to
incorporate these pieces with store-bought items is essential to avoid that
your place ends up looking like a thrift store.
Here are our top tips on what pieces to hunt down on
vintage shopping trips ,and how to add these to your contemporary living space
without a massive hit to your wallet.
Seek out the classics.
Look for classic pieces and shapes that have long
been loved and imitated
While you’re unlikely to find originals for a low
price,the Eames Lounge Chair or Le
Corbusier Sofa are great examples. Their ongoing appeal ensures you are buying
a tried and tested designwith lasting
style, adding vintage elegance to your home in a way that compliments vintage
modern décor with timeless simplicity.
Reinterpret the old
Don’t feel confined by a piece’s original purpose. It’s
easy to turn an antique sewing machine table into a desk or plant stand. With a
bit of work, an art deco vase can be transformed into a unique lamp, or an old
door repurposed into a coffee table.Use
a set of old lockers or a kitchen display cabinet to store your blankets or bed
linen, a drinks trolley to display shoes on. Your imagination is your only
Customise old pieces according to your taste
By picking up furniture that has a solid body but tatty
fabric or scratched paint job you will not only get a better price, but the
opportunity to add your own distinctive style to a classic shape. Updating vintage
chairs by adding a lick of paint or new upholstery can be easy and
cost-effective, allowing you to match any piece you find with the existing
colours and patterns in a room. Customising your finds to suit your style eases
the transition between vintage and modern pieces in your home.
From House and Garden (UK)
Make a statement.
Search for pieces that stand out. Vintage mirrors,
lounges and dining tables add great character to a room. By adding just a few
bold shapes or shades in contrasting styles to a minimally decorated room you
quickly create colour and depth.
Add small touches
Don’t confine your vintage hunt to furniture.
Accessories such as vases, lamps, record player or radios artworks and old
photos all bring a touch of history to modern surroundings. Dotting vintage
ephemera around the home adds an interesting juxtaposition, even if the record
player or radio not longer works!
Get to know your decades.
Recognising when a piece was made and knowing what eras
work well together is indispensable when sourcing and decorating.For example,
the vibrant colours of the 1930s are harmonious with today’s white,
minimalistic design. The current fervourfor mid-century pieces is testimony to the style’s longevity and
success. Well before its time, thefunctional design of the 1950s compliments the clean lines of modern
décor and while adding that timeless, classic feel to any current space. Once
you can identify the style you like it will be easy to bring new favourites
into your home.
From Apartment Therapy
Look beyond flea markets and second-hand stores
'When buying vintage, auctions can be a great resource,
and you may get a great price! When buying at auction, do your research. Ask
for condition reports, see the piece in person if possible (but not absolutely
necessary) , and do your internet research on past auction sales for similar
pieces so that you don't over bid.'
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