To create a truly timeless home, it’s important to consider the trends that have stood the test of time. Vintage décor is sophisticated, elegant, and nostalgic, making it the perfect choice for an effortlessly chic interior. From vintage-inspired wall art, to an antique grandfather clock, there is a wide range of retro elements that can transform your space.
Here are some of the simplest ways to give your living room a vintage touch:
Originally popularized in the French Riviera in the 1920s, nautical style has had several cultural resurgences throughout the 20th century. Nautical style was made mainstream by Coco Chanel in the 1930s, and remained a popular trend until the 1960s. From combining blue and white stripes to adding sailor-inspired details, nautical interiors became equally as popular as nautical clothing.
Incorporate unfinished wood and navy blue accents throughout your home to capture this vintage look. Focus on light shades as the base of your color palette so that you have the freedom to add hints of bright red and sea blue. Add accessories like vintage boat oars, seagrass, and decorative anchors to complete the look. Your living room should feel easy and breezy with an oceanic twist. You can never go wrong with wall art depicting seaside scenes.
Rustic + Boho = Magic
Rustic farmhouse style echoes the ambience of rural vintage town, whereas boho décor combines culture and eclecticism. It may seem like an unorthodox combination, but these two styles have a lot more in common than you would think. First, the bright, airy, openness of a rustic/boho interior focuses on maximizing natural light and an effortless atmosphere. Next, the intentionally unfinished details of both styles make for a truly vintage living space.
You want your living room to look loved and lived in, which is exactly what rustic/boho décor will accomplish. Pair lace curtains with light-colored wood for a soft, rustic look. A wood-style botanical print exemplifies the best of both worlds.
Dark, Daring Whimsy
Take a hint from classic Gothicism and moody color palettes with a dark and whimsical look. The Victorian era was known for incorporating romantic, whimsical elements with a dark edge. Look for ornate mirrors and velvet fabrics. Also, don’t forget the power of a bold bouquet of gothic roses.
If you’re a vintage wine lover, the delicious burgundy shade of a rich cabernet is the perfect inspiration for a whimsical vintage interior. Center your living room around vineyard wall art and don’t be afraid to commit to colors like black, plum, and gold. If you’re lucky to get a lot of natural light in your vintage living room, try repainting the walls in a daring, dark shade. Choose a tufted sofa for your final touch.
Quant Countryside Romance
Slightly more feminine than the aforementioned rustic style, countryside décor is synonymous with shabby-chic. This soft, romantic style is characteristically vintage with a pastel color palette. Inspired by the subtle colors and delicate textures of the French countryside, quaint coziness is the primary goal.
Choose a country-inspired coffee table and top it with vintage books and pastel peonies. Find accessories like vintage clocks or reclaimed wood picture frames to hang on your walls. You can also browse our shabby-chic wall art collection for the perfect focal point for your vintage living room. The beauty of a shabby-chic, countryside interior is that little imperfections only make your space more on-trend!
Advice from a Pro
Caitlyn Davidian, owner of Studio C Interiors, believes that our Earthy NYC Map framed print wall art would be a great addition to a Living Room setting, especially paired with a camel leather sofa and some plum velvet accent pillows.
Davidian shares, “Both of these colors can be picked up within the art piece and bring a refined rustic element to a space. The geometric layout of the map with it's blocked colors also bring a fun yet sophisticated feeling to the room. Add a black decorative modern floor lamp, an indoor potted plant and a neutral knitted throw to complete your Living Room look with this NYC Map wall art!”
Making the Old New Again
There are countless variations of vintage style, and it’s up to you to choose your favorite! From European elegance to mid-century mod details, your living room has a plethora of vintage possibilities. Use reclaimed wood, antique gold, and thrifted furniture to achieve a timeless time-capsule interior.
Although we may enjoy the amenities of a modern world, we can still incorporate the beauty of the past. There’s something positively captivating about vintage style, and it’s time your living room reflected your appreciation for a bygone era. Nothing is more indisputably inviting than a vintage living space.