If you know how to use them right, you will find a lot of beauty in old, chipped wood, or a bit of tattered cloth, or rusty metal. These kinds of items give a vintage look to the spaces youâ€™ll be decorating.
Decorating a bit with a vintage style, needs balanceÂ between what you already have and what vintageÂ items you want to add. Or maybe you need the opposite,Â where your home has quite a few antique items andÂ needs some modern touches. With just a few key items,Â you can change the entire look and feel of a room.
Vintage accessories could include just about anything that is, well, old. The contrast between the old and new is what makes a statement and brings everything together. An old tray with a new vase on it, antique jars in the kitchen or bathroom, a few vintage shelves on a wall, old hardcover books, are all types of items you can incorporate.Â
First you need to consider the main theme and which direction you want to go:
â€˘ Contemporary dĂ©cor with antique accessories.
â€˘ Antique dĂ©cor with contemporary accessories.
â€˘ Paired, grouped, or singular items.
â€˘ The main theme you want to work with, such as shabby chic or maybe a simplicity theme.Â
Some ways to incorporate vintage into contemporary, or contemporary into vintage:
â€˘ An ornate, decorative French style mirror looks wonderful in an ultra-modern room.
â€˘ Try a classic, wooden dining table with modern dining chairs.
â€˘ A rustic dining table paired and modern aluminum chairs creates great contrast.
â€˘ Modern lighting fixtures shine nicely on antique style furniture.Â
â€˘ Many houses still have 18th Century French style salons. If your couch or chairs have that look, liven it up with modern upholstery.Â