Vintage home decor

As practical as it is pretty, vintage home decor is a versatile style that can work in any room. Put a classic twist on a modern house or add a retro edge to a country theme with vintage touches.

Vintage decor opens up so many new options in the home too. You don’t need to completely renovate a room to indulge a love of retro design: small additions, such as ornate mirrors, patterned soft furnishings and pretty accessories will completely change the look of even the plainest room.

Take this simple approach to vintage home decor and update your rooms with some homeware from days gone by. Achieving the desired look can be as simple as grouping together vintage wall mirrors to create a feature in your hallway, or adding a printed screen to a bedroom or bathroom for a glamorous and romantic take on the trend.

Pretty floral bedding will instantly makeover your bedroom and a plain shelf can be turned into a vintage dressing table with a few colourful accessories. Hang vintage-print tea towels and oven gloves in the kitchen to soften the look of stark fittings or arrange embroidered cushions on a window seat to make a homely display.

If you are redecorating a room and want to go big with vintage home decor, choose cream shabby-chic furniture to give your home a country-cottage feel with a chic, on-trend quality. Fill an elegant dresser with vintage finds to complete your look and display your new creation proudly in the hall, kitchen or dining room. Think outside of the box and add floral wallpaper to a bathroom, but stick to tones of duck egg blue and white for the ultimate vintage style. Use shabby-chic decorating ideas for inspiration when designing and planning your scheme.

Classic country bedroom with bird-print wallpaper (above)
There’s no better way to capture a style theme than with wallpaper, whether on just one feature wall or all over. With so many colours and patterns – from retro tiles prints for a kitchen to ditsy, floral prints in the bedroom – you can change the personality of your space in a flash. This 1950s-inspired budgie pattern is ideal for a modern-retro look. Bird prints are also ideal on blinds and curtains, as they enhance the connection with the outdoors, and a single upholstered chair in a lively bird print is a great way to add a point of interest.

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