Add eclectic style to your home with budget friendly vintage finds
Vintage items can be a unique way to hero your home’s history and bring timeless, individual character to a space, whether it’s through statement furniture, authentic antique accessories or a subtle nod to a period’s colour palettes.
With antique homewares a must-have for many design enthusiasts, here’s how best to track down and style your vintage steals:
Shop to your style
If you’re browsing dedicated vintage stores, head to ones located in areas where houses have similar architecture or period features to your own – even if it means heading way out of town. Chances are, the stock will align more closely with the look you’re trying to emulate.
Look beyond well-loved
While vintage pieces should have good bones, they’re unlikely to be in mint condition. But be mindful that minor aesthetic defects, like surface scratches or fabric stains, can often be remedied fairly easily. Just remember to look into how much it’s likely to set you back to get them fixed up professionally before you commit to the purchase. That way, you can decide whether it’s an additional cost you’re prepared to pay.
Use a restoration expert
When it comes to restoring vintage pieces, the devil really is in the detail. There are nuances in everything from paint colours to stitching styles to wood stains, so if you are engaging a professional, make sure they specialise in antique restoration. The last thing you want is to invest in a great vintage piece for it to be let down by its modern day updates.
Use your creative license
Classic design and quality construction make vintage furniture and accessories the perfect vehicles for some creative experimentation. Upholstering, painting and all out repurposing are all ways to breathe new life into your find. Just don’t forget to take note of the point above if you don’t have the know-how to do it yourself.
Strike the balance right
While it’s possible to bag some bargain vintage pieces, others can fetch a much higher asking price, so it can be unrealistic to expect to deck an entire room out with vintage wares. It can often look overdone from styling perspective, too.
Instead, choose pieces that will complement and contrast with modern styles. For example, traditional tables work well with many contemporary chair designs, while a bold, standout armchair will create real impact when paired with sleek, minimalist lounge furniture and a neutral colour palette.