July 02, 2013
Vintage has come to mean different things to different people. One person may enjoy the lived-in, quaint look of a country cottage and another may outfit a a city loft with early 1900's industrial fixtures. Both would have a vintage style, much like the classic hardwood flooring in Anderson's Sugar House collection.
"Vintage" is one of the most versatile and eclectic styles in home decor. Choosing a vintage home design is based largely on personalizing the look that best suits one's taste.
One type of vintage style known as industrial chic juxtaposes rustic tables with metal lighting fixtures and rolling carts. Vintage architectural elements that convey the look of an old factory can also be incorporated with cement floors and brick walls that characterize urban loft living. But these days, such decor fits as well in a suburban home as it does within a city townhouse.
Country Living Magazine reports that one century-old mill worker's cottage in Atlanta featured a high school locker for storage and swivel stools reminiscent of an ice cream counter at an old pharmacy.
Homeowners who enjoy rummaging through flea markets and antique stores are sure to find some of these elements if they want to create an interesting combination of vintage and modern room design.
Vintage with a softer look
Shabby chic is as different from the industrial motif as can be. It often focuses on botanical or seashore themes with subdued colors and patterns that include stripes and soft florals. Combined with wicker patio furniture, it's a look that's well-suited to both interiors and outdoor living spaces.
Reminiscent of a beachside cottage, HGTV states that decorating in shabby chic style is affordable and easy to achieve. Painted white accent pieces, baskets and all-weather natural fiber rugs all contribute to the look.
Among the features that add to this atmosphere of comfort, homeowners should consider having seating with slip-covered deep cushions. They are a particularly good fit with shabby chic when done in creamy white, light gray, dusty peach, and soft green. Such hues are a good match to throw rugs, sheer curtains, and vintage accessories.
As a natural backdrop, an array of potted plants works as well with the hues and textures of a garden themed vintage room as it does with one done in seashore colors of blue, yellow, and sand. Seashells and other beach elements are natural choices for accessories.