How to create a vintage living room

It is a fact that in today’s modern world, things such as fashion, furniture and interior design items tend to be fast and throwaway. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for the consumer, who might buy cheap, but almost indefinitely has to pay twice.

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Perhaps for this reason, there has been a revival of all things vintage in recent years. An article in Houzz suggests that the long lasting nature of vintage furniture could be one reason why people are choosing to embrace the past when it comes to interior design.

The term vintage now generally refers to anything ‘pre 1990s’, so this leaves a lot of scope for trends and style. But whether you’re hoping to create a shabby chic or traditional Victorian vibe in your vintage living room, here are some ways to nail it.

Flooring

For practical reasons, most of the flooring in vintage style homes was generally hardwood. These days, hardwood or engineered wood flooring can be picked up in a range of styles and accessorised with rugs to create whichever vintage style you are going for. Gently worn, oriental style rugs tend to offer a vibe synonymous with the Victorian era. A large rug will also help to warm up cold flooring, so it’s as functional as it is stylish.

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Lighting

The devil is in the detail when it comes to interior design and those little finishing touches will complete your room.  Why not spruce up the ceiling with a ceiling rose for example.  They are easy to install and bring character and charm to any room of the house.  For a range of ceiling roses why not visit online stores like Creative Cables

 

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Windows

Replacing your windows can be expensive and unnecessary, but the way you accessorise them with curtains or blinds will play a big part in the theme of your room. Thick, dark heavy curtains will give a moody Victorian vibe, while chintzy floral curtains with tie backs give a country house feel.

Furniture

Vintage furniture can be picked up inexpensively in charity shops, car boot sales or from vintage wholesalers and can often be upcycled to meet your look. Don’t worry about mismatched furniture – this is a classic vintage look. Despite being made to last, vintage furniture will, by its very nature, be old, so ensure you look out for any troublesome flaws such as woodworm, mismatched joints or cracks that can’t be fixed.

 

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