The vintage style has been the hottest trend for years, and it is just not slowing down. There something so charming yet a bit dark in all the brass, doilies and gears. It has been present in homes, public places, runways and galleries and has developed numerous sub-styles, so you can be sure that there is a vintage style that you will like. But what styles are there, and how can you incorporate them in your life? Here are a few ideas to get your gears running:
What pieces to look for:
Depending on what part of vintage style you are going for, you will want to look for different things: For a steampunk look, the staples are brass metals, gears and anything else that looks like clockwork. If you want a cuter, shabby-chic look, look for doilies, vintage prints, pastel colors and floral prints. Tea sets and everything that reminds you of an old-time milkshake cafe are also welcome.
If you are more a fan of the industrial style, then look for rough textures, straight edges and try to keep the details to a minimum. For a “universally vintage” look, you can look for bird cages, umbrellas, clocks, stained mirrors and brass decorations for furniture.
Where you can apply it:
A vintage style can be a part of any room in your home! And it doesn’t require any special renovation or a lot of work. Just adding the right details to your already existing furniture can make all the difference! Step one – remove as much plastic as you can! Try and replace your wooden or plastic magazine and umbrella holders with brass ones, plastic kitchen hangers with metal ones and add all the details you want.
An empty metal birdcage hanging in the corner of the room will add an instant vintage feeling, and the same goes for desks with curved edges, fountain pens instead of ball pens and a porcelain cup instead of a plastic one.
A good place to look is local yard sales, thrift shops or your old family’s house attic. People usually want to get rid of old or damaged stuff, but you can reuse it to make your home turn into a vintage dream. A grandfather clock, porcelain dishes, vintage coasters and similar are always available if you just look a bit harder. If you want to take it a step further, you can replace your computer keyboard with a typewriter-style one and try and put all of your electronics to a place that where there are not so visible.
We can’t always get rid of all the comforts of our home in the name of style. Keeping this in mind, many people have opted to use and showcase that, by clashing together vintage pieces with modern technology. A new flat screen TV can be concealed in a wooden box, to keep the vintage feeling, while providing you with all the comfort of the modern world.
Another way you can achieve this is by getting your hands on some vintage chandeliers or extruding wall fixtures and pair them with LED lights from Superlight. This creates a great mix of modern and old-time and evokes a unique atmosphere. You can also disguise your kitchen appliances or other household objects to look more vintage, while still keeping their modern functions – you don’t need a wood-burning oven to make your kitchen look authentic!
Now, equipped with a few ideas, hit the thrift shops and find something that will suit your home and your style, because we could all use a little bit of vintage in our lives.