Five inspiring vintage bedroom ideas
A tastefully designed vintage bedroom is a marriage of repurposed furnishings, imperfect surfaces and architectural finds in new, authentic ways. Far from following the latest trends and technological wonders, a lot of vintage bedroom accessories and furnishings can be self-made. This look remains among the top five most popular in Australia, partly due to the rooted European sensibility, but also due to its versatility. Centuries of different styles are on your side, giving you a plethora of options to choose from. Perhaps the most interesting feature of a vintage bedroom is that it can be time-layered, as if you’ve assembled it over time, adding a piece after piece. Here are a few ideas on how to create a cohesive bedroom with a vintage vibe.
Set an authentic framework
Stick to your preferred decorating style period and the colour scheme when shopping for ideas and accessories. Look for authentic items that can be found in antique shops or thrift stores. Victorian pitchers, windup alarm clocks and glass-shade lamps can anchor your bedroom between the centuries, giving you a framework to build on. Wall decorations can vary from salvaged windows to decorative mirrors and crockery grouped in droves. Don’t forget to include a statement item such as a crystal-coated chandelier, fabric-covered dressing screen or even a full-size vintage mannequin. These antique accents will refresh the pleasant memories and bring out a lot of appreciative smiles.
Illuminate the flawed perfection
Since vintage décor is all about giving your space character, that’s just how your bedroom lighting should be. If it looks a bit roughed-up or worn out, it just adds to the authenticity. While you should definitely stay in the warm spectrum, avoid direct lighting, as it will easily wash away the feel of the simpler times. Giving a try to those LED filament bulbs won’t hurt you, though, as their output is just right for the purpose. Ask your trusted electrician in Blacktown for advice on light levels and maybe you even learn a trick or two.
Old World country
A simple, yet striking antique bronze-finish bed can become a foundation for a classic French farmhouse feel. Pair it with a fitted ticking sheet and matching cushions. The solid iron texture of the bed needs to be softened, and you can opt for soft pink pastels on the walls. In another scenario, match short floral-stripe curtains with the bedcover and cushions. Go a step further and paint the bed white for a more vibrant base. This way, the quilted bedcovers and a mix of vintage cushions won’t drown the eye, and you’ll still have enough neutrals for a quirky Down Under wall-art.
In the vintage style, when we say custom, we often think DIY. Even unassuming elements such as the headboard can become your canvas – especially if your bed lacks one. Fold a length of cardboard to make it double-thick. Sketch half the headboard shape from one edge to the centre, using the fold as the middle section. Cut it out and unfold the whole headboard shape that is now fully symmetrical. Using this as a template, cut a shape out of a length of the desired wallpaper print. Smooth the paper shape onto the wall behind the bed by coating the backside with spray adhesive.
Vintage glam boudoir
Apart from serving its obvious purpose, a vintage-inspired bedroom can turn your space into a restful day-retreat. An oriental-themed wallpaper acts as a backdrop for a stately wingback bed in plush teal blue velvet. The bedcovers need to be coordinated with different shades of blue, such as the matching teal blue chest of drawers. Still, one can argue whether the wingback or the plush earthen-hue upholstered bench storage at the foot of the bed is the true focal point.
Hopefully, one or two of these decorating tips will help you recreate an authentic vintage bedroom through statement accessories, traditional colours schemes and DIY elements that are important for achieving a personal touch.