Let’s be honest, the vintage look has been in fashion since around five years ago, but in reality, it’s always been a thing for some of us. After all, new trends come and go, but there are some looks that are just timeless classics, and incorporating them into your home (especially if you’re living in an older house) is an absolute must. Sure, this doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate any new tech into your home and you have to use chamber pots; we’re only talking decor here, so panic not. We’ve noted down ten great ways to give your home that vintage vibe.
Lighting, lighting, lighting
If you’re looking to create a vintage look in your home, lighting is one of the most integral parts that there is. Of course, you can go for that exposed light bulb look that everybody is latching onto right now, but that real vintage vibe can only really be created with chandeliers; particularly those chandeliers with fabric lampshades, in beautiful velvet textures and complete with tassels. These vintage pieces work pretty well alone, too, so check out some Victorian lampshades if you really want to make your table lamps, and ceiling lights, look beautiful and unique. You can usually find these things in charity shops and antique markets.
Purchase some paintings
Every beautiful Victorian home would have been adorned with the paintings of the time, and there is something about a home that is full of art, particularly that of a bygone era. Again, this is something that you can discover in antique markets, charity shops, and even at auctions, and although you can just purchase prints, the truth is that there is nothing quite like the real thing. Bring some paintings that have seen the era that you’re interested in into your home, and it will really make you feel like you’ve got that vintage look bang on. Don’t worry if they’ve seen better days, as it will only add to the look that you’re going for.
Invest in a record player
Let’s be honest, is there any better sound than music when it’s coming out of a record player? Sometimes, we get a little bit tired of hearing the crystal clear sounds of a modern radio, and those relaxing and cosy Sundays can only be complemented by the sound of a record player. There are many options out there now, and you can get those that are connected to sound systems, but as far as we’re concerned, the older (and more vintage) the better. OK, maybe you don’t need to go for the oldest record player out there, but don’t be afraid to reject the brand new ones. This is all about that vintage look, you know?
Incorporate vintage-looking kitchen appliances
No matter how much you’re into a vintage feel in your home, the likelihood is that you stick to those modern appliances in your kitchen, but you just seek out those that look pretty vintage-y. There are plenty of options out there, from those vintage style kettles and toasters, to those amazing vintage fridges, so look into fridge disposal for that 2000s modern nightmare and get your hands on something that looks a little more, you know… you. The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home, and this is where you can make the biggest impact with your vintage style decor.
You can’t go wrong with tiles
Victorians loved tiles, and there is nothing more beautiful than a home that boasts the originals (whether these are tiles purchased from elsewhere or not, Victorian tiles are still cool). Whether you’re sporting those white wall tiles in your bathroom, or those vintage floor tiles in your entrance hallway, this is one major way to make your home look like the old-style haven that you want it to be. It doesn’t matter whether you go for black and white, or you’re a fan of the mosaic look, don’t hesitate to make some Victorian tiles the centrepiece of one of your rooms. There is nothing more vintage than that, right?
Get the vintage furniture right
Let’s be honest, vintage furniture is beautiful. In fact, only one look at a leather Chesterfield sofa is enough to convince anyone that vintage is best, and this can really serve to make your home look upmarket and tasteful. Again, these things don’t have to break the bank, and you can find them secondhand from a multitude of places. Velvet furniture never goes a miss, and a farmhouse dining room table – which can be painted to suit your decor – will always create that vintage look. In the bedroom, opt for a bronze bed, and a chaise lounge if you have the space, and you’ll really have some beautiful furniture to show off.
Be prepared to shop around
If you’re going to get the vintage home of your dreams, then you need to have a lot of patience, and you also need to have the time and commitment to shop around looking for the best pieces. Sometimes, you find the best things completely by accident, and creating your vintage home will be a bit of a trial and error process. Looking around charity shops when you’re on days out, and visiting antiques markets and auctions, should all be part of your vintage home journey. All of this searching will be worthwhile when you find your perfect items!
Reveal the fireplaces
In most Victorian homes (and homes that were built prior to this) there are fireplaces, and sometimes all you need to do is actually expose them from under all of that plaster. For some reason, fireplaces went out of fashion, and everybody wanted to cover them up, which is a real shame, but it doesn’t mark the end of your fireplace’s life! Whilst you may need to get some of the tiles replaced (although try to avoid this) and you’ll definitely need some help to ensure that they are working and safe, don’t hesitate to bring the fireplace back to life. It will look great, and make your home feel cosy, too.
Use vintage mirrors wisely
Vintage mirrors are a staple for any home looking to create this kind of look, and they can make your space seem a lot bigger, which is particularly useful if you don’t have huge windows. There are plenty of options out there when it comes to these mirrors, from those that look like church windows (which are particularly attractive for those creating vintage style homes) to their more common, rectangular counterparts. Mirrors with bronze frames always give off a vintage vibe, and it’s also good to look for these in antique shops if you really want to bag yourself an old piece.
Take the plunge on a freestanding bath
There’s nothing that cries vintage quite like a freestanding bath, and this is key if you really want to make an impression in the bathroom. Not only were these the cornerstone of (upper class) Victorian homes, but they still look great today, and it’s a brilliant way to have an attractive (and relaxing) centrepiece in your bathroom. Think wisely about where you could position this, and keep in mind that they generally look better when they’re in the middle of the room, close to a window. Ultimately, though, it’s whatever works well for your space.
So, if you want to give your home a vintage look, try out some of these tips, and see whether they could help you to create the vintage home of your dreams!