2021 has seen the expression ‘out with the old and in with the new’ become less and less popular. Interior design is embracing the vintage vibe, with sleek and clean minimalism being shunned in favor of heavy wooden chests, aging armchairs, and four-poster beds. This trend has been a godsend for a work where sustainability is essential and fast furniture must become a thing of the past. Follow our tips below to nail the style in your own home.
1. Timing Is Everything
Clocks are synonymous with the antique trend and they’re currently few and far between. They’ve been one of the most popular items being snapped up at auction over the past year. If you can’t get your hands on an antique clock, invest in a good-quality one that will last for years to come. If you’re looking to keep in with the trend, there are some beautiful distressed white wall clocks out there that complement many different décor styles.
2. Triumphant Tables
A beautiful heavy table is central to any space. Look for a dark wooden table made from Mahogany or Amboyna. If you have the cash to splash, search for a Calamander (also known as Coromandel) table. This wood has been extinct for several hundred years so you can guarantee it will be a fantastic investment. Details such as dovetailing add value to an antique so keep an eye out for tables with it. It’s a stunning display of craftsmanship that will make your furniture stand out from the crowd! If wood isn’t your thing, marble tables are also bang on the vintage trend. If you’re budget conscious, try adding marble contact paper to a table surface to get the look for less.
3. Fierce Fireplace
Fireplaces were a staple in the past for heating, lighting, and cooking. If you want to create a vintage feel in your home, adding a fireplace is a sure-fire way to incorporate the style into your space. It has the added bonus of being greatly functional and will keep you warm and cozy during the winter months. Opt for large, solid mantelpieces which you can adore with antique vases. There really is nothing better than curling up in front of a roaring, crackling fire!
4. Panel Perfection
Paneling has been one of the biggest trends to emerge out of lockdown with plenty of people adding DIY woodwork to their walls. The best thing is, it’s super easy to do! Just make sure you’re measuring out your spaces evenly on the walls and use a spirit level to make sure the paneling runs straight. Try adding to the lower half of your rooms then paint in dark colors such as forest green or navy, for a real art deco feel. If you want to add a contemporary twist, paint the upper half of your room in a slightly clashing color such as teal or pale mustard.