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Apr 23, 2022
Vintage home décor with hanging ceiling lights - Beautiful Homes

Add some old-timey charm to your home interiors with these vintage design and décor tips

There is a resurgence of vintage and retro trends and styles all over, and we love it. Touches of the old times in your home décor and interior design can be a visual treat. But before we move on to the fun part, let's get our basics right, shall we?


What is Vintage Home Design?

When we say that something is vintage, it is an original piece made in a specific era. The distinction between vintage and antique is based on chronology. Any object that dates a hundred years or more is considered antique. The cut-off for vintage is that an object must be more than two decades old. So anything from the last 100 to 20 years ago is vintage.


Yes, you heard that right; the '90s are now officially vintage. Of course, these demarcations aren't as strict, and the lines can get blurry. With such a significant span come different eras, and with each period a distinct style and aesthetic.


Currently, the some of the most popular vintage styles are:

  • Art deco
  • Mid-century modern
  • New traditional
  • The '70s and '80s glam
  • Bohemian

You can either replicate one of these styles for your vintage interior designs. Or you can choose to go the retro route by using them as inspiration and adding a contemporary spin to it.


Read on to find out how you can create the perfect vintage house interior in your home.    

Vintage Home Décor Ideas


1. A Themed Room for Vintage House Interior

One way is to opt for a vintage design style and decorate the room inspired by it or with actual pieces from the era. Since each aesthetic has specific characteristics in terms of colour, shapes, furniture, lighting, texture, etc., opt for décor items that closely resemble or are reminiscent of these aspects.


Alternatively, you may choose to display your collectables in a room and add décor to match the aesthetic. For example, you can put up traditional movie posters in the media room and combine them with campy and glamorous furniture pieces from the 1980s to tie the look together. Focus on high contrast- black and white, saturated colours against neutrals, etc., and opt for plush and curved furniture. You can do something similar with a music record or fashion prints collection.


2. Start Small

You needn't go all out with vintage decorative items. Focusing on one space and then building from there will allow you the flexibility to edit as you go. A reading nook or a little study area might be a good place to start.

For a cosy reading nook, pair a pouffe with a tub or wingback chair with brocade, floral or leather upholstery. Place it by your bookshelves and opt for dark wood furniture and shelves to get the perfect look.

Vintage décor for bedroom interior design - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, KNS Architect

For a vintage-inspired study area, choose a wooden study table with curved legs or a repurposed apothecary table and get a matching chair. Base the décor around your interests. A globe and framed vintage maps are excellent options if you like travelling. If you're a literature buff, hardbound books and a typewriter may be what you're looking for.

Eclectic vintage items for home décor - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, KNS Architect

3. Eclectic Vintage Items for Home Décor

With the eclectic style, you can mix and match materials, finishes, and even different design styles to achieve unique interiors. It also takes the pressure off of you to design an exact look. Many families have souvenirs and trinkets from different eras. You might even have some heirloom furniture or textiles that you can repurpose as décor and accessories. Since thrifting has become more accessible, you can even look for genuine antiques to add to your collection.


4. Turn Suitcases and Crates Into Vintage Home Décor

Old leather suitcases make for charming vintage home décor items, especially in bohemian inspired rooms. You can use them as centre tables or side tables. Paint them to use as both a decorative piece and a secret storage space for your art supplies, notebooks, etc. Similarly, you can turn crates into a table or even a bench. Just add soft cushions or a mattress, and you're good to go.


5. Repurpose an Almirah for a Touch of Vintage Style Interior

Instead of using the beautiful ornate almirah in your bedroom for clothes, you can repurpose it and use it in other rooms. You can use it as a display or as a bookshelf if you take off the doors in the living room. You can use it as a pantry in the kitchen or change the doors to transparent ones and store your fancy crockery and porcelain items there. To give it a modern twist, you may choose to refinish it with paint. Opt for a distressed finish for a rustic look.

6. Door Designs Reminiscent of a Vintage Home

The door designs are integral to getting the vintage house design right. Panelled doors with intricate metal knobs and handles scream vintage. You may buy old doors for your home, but finding ones that'll fit the modern door frames is difficult. Instead, you may choose to add panelling to your existing doors. Wainscoting, shiplap, and trimmings are some popular options. For a dramatic and photo-op moment, paint the doors a bold colour.


7. Library- A Classic Vintage Home Design

If you're a bibliophile, invest in a home library you are sure to love and appreciate. You can turn your living room or study into one. Floor to ceiling bookshelves, with some trinkets and a cosy little reading nook just next to it, is all you need. Ensure that there is sufficient light for you to find various books and read comfortably.


8. Wainscotting for a Combination of Modern Vintage Interior Design

Wainscoting is a vintage house design staple. You can go the classic route with dark wooden panels that contrast with the lighter walls. Or you can get creative with it. A dual-tone scheme will help add depth to the room. Create a more dramatic contrast by applying patterned wallpaper on the top and painting the panelling. 

9. Lighting Options in Vintage Home Décor

Vintage lighting options make for spectacular statements and accents. Mid-century modern style is famous for experimental and futuristic lighting designs such as the globe pendant, the strobe lighting, arched floor lamp etc. For an '80s glam look, choose a chandelier lamp, colourful Costanza lamps and other statement lightings. You see patterned and fabric lampshades in the traditional modern style. In any case, remember that all vintage styles are characterised by warm and gentle lighting. Thus, to enhance the vintage vibe of the interiors, opt for distinct, multiple sources of lighting in each room.

Modern vintage interior design with chandeliers - Beautiful Homes
Aesthetic vintage room décor for the dining space - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, ADND

10. Vintage Interior Designs with a Contemporary Touch

While vintage and retro pieces can be gorgeous, they can look dated in a contemporary home. You can professionally get old wooden furniture refurbished for a modern vintage interior design. If you like the look of natural wood, you can sand it down and re-polish it for a fresh look. For a contemporary appearance, you can paint it to match the room's colour scheme. Or even use wallpaper to add some pattern or texture to a piece. If you prefer the rustic look, you can paint your existing furniture and then artificially destress it.

Quick and Easy Vintage Décor

  •  Instead of the traditional bar set-up, opt for a bar cart for a vintage living room element.
  • Use old porcelain dishes, vases, and figurines as vintage décor.
  • Create a gallery wall with black and white photographs, movie posters record covers, stamps, botanical drawings, postcards, etc.
  • Vintage mirrors with intricate frames make for great accessories.
  • Curved, metallic kitchen and bathroom fixtures and hardware are classic vintage additions.
  • Vintage-inspired or authentic vintage artwork can add dynamism to your home interiors.
  • Textiles are an easy way to get the aesthetics of a particular style right.
  •  Add a flair to your kitchen with retro appliances. Curved edges, bright colours and shiny chrome handles make for aesthetic vintage room décor.
  • Slowly replace all your  kitchen storage and holders with mason jars, ceramic pots and jars, tin boxes and glass bottles.
  • Whichever style you choose, ensure that you have the colour scheme that fits it. This will keep the décor cohesive.


How can Beautiful Homes Help you Create Vintage Style Interior Design?

At Beautiful Homes, we provide a large selection of products and services to cater to your interior design and décor needs. We've got it all, from furniture to wall treatments, lighting to wood solutions.


Our design professionals are well-versed in all styles. Whether you want authentic vintage interiors or something more vintage-inspired yet contemporary like cottage core or grand millennium styles, they've got you covered.


Visit our website to check various options offered and the projects executed by us so far. You may book a 3D consultation call to understand the project's process, design, and execution or walk into our stores across India to know more about our offerings. With our interior design services, you will get a personalised experience and custom solutions.

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