The history of traditional and antiquated design is a collection of centuries of character, color, and textures. It may be quite the challenge as to where to start considering that the current generation is pretty into modern and minimalistic interior architecture. With the variety of styles the vintage interior upholds, there are plenty of characteristics to look out for in which Country Style, French, and Traditional are most popular. Vintage interior is the exact opposite of minimalism. Investing in striking colors, use of plenty of wood, bold patterns, and maximized curves is what to expect in a vintage interior. It highlights the homey features of every space. With that in mind, we have scooped 12 ways on how to make the bedroom look vintage.
- Pick the Types of Wood to Use
Wood is one of the dominant materials found in a vintage interior. It highlights the details of the core of the wood. The warm vibes it provides make you feel more at home. The example above is a perfect inspo as to where to start. The chair, mirror frame, side table, and even the frame on the wall are dominated by different types of wood and polishes. It gives away the rustic and antiquated design perfect for a homey vintage bedroom. If you will be using the same type of wood for everything, make sure to pick the perfect type of polish to finish the wood with.
- Focus on the Features
If you are just moving into an existing house and the design is already made, focus on the given features of your bedroom. The inspo above has an existing fireplace with a rustic wood frame. It draws more attention than the bed. Focusing on the main feature, the fireplace, gives the bedroom a unique character for vintage design. These days, we already have an air conditioning unit with a warmer mode. But, nothing beats the warmth a fireplace brings. It is not just about the warmth it brings but as well as the homey vibes surrounding the bedroom. It would be best to have it placed next to the bed to sleep peacefully and warm.
- Hang Wall Decor
More than the fact of wanting to spice up the floors, dressing up the walls will do a better design. Whether it be sketches, oil paintings, or even just photos in black in white, it would be best to hang it on the wall in the same wooden frame. Work with different arrangements whether it be asymmetrical or symmetrical on the wall. Play with how it can be viewed by everyone who enters the room. Apart from the frame, try different sizes too. Always remember that everything hung on the wall will add character to the design of the bedroom. Choose the pieces that you think would seem fit to the antiquated style.
- Invest in a Four-Poster Bed
Common in vintage bedrooms is four-poster beds. They come in four posts where they can hang the curtains to add more privacy and alleviate the sunlight coming in during the morning. This particular bed design induces dominance in the entire bedroom. It can be easily customized to however you want the curtains to be hung or tied. Four-poster beds are the fundamental design of every vintage bedroom. It is one of the must-haves to give away the antiquated look you are rooting for. Layer the bed with sheets contrasting the color of the bed frame. Pairing it with lighter-colored sheets would do the trick to highlight its borders.
- Illuminate with Fancy Lighting Fixture
More than the bed, furniture, and textiles, one of the primary things to look out for is the lighting fixtures. Play with different lighting colors to illuminate the room. Ensure that the light is well-spread throughout the space. Work with one main lighting piece and supplementary lighting sources. As you can see in the example above, they have a classic vintage chandelier hanging as the main lighting source. Its shape, curvature, and detail accentuated the antiquated look of a bedroom. It is important to pay attention to the elements that you think would not matter when in fact, it is one of the highlights of the bedroom space.
- Play with Different Colors
Not because it is vintage does not necessarily mean you will only focus on the warm colors similar to the Autumn palette. In fact, you can play with a variety of colors that you think would seem fit to the holistic visual imagery of a vintage bedroom. There is no rule as to what color to use or what patterns to pick. Always remember that the bedroom reflects the character of the user. If you feel jolly and enthusiastic, play with striking and happy colors. If you work well with neutrality and balance, muted color palette would work perfectly on walls, furniture, and even textiles. Making the bedroom space feel more like home to you and choosing the right colors is step one.
- Customize the Layout
The layout of the bedroom would depend on the activities conducted inside. If you are the type of person who just wants to have a serene space to rest and relax, this bedroom layout would work for you. There is a personal space where you can do bedtime routines, read, or watch movies. Design the bedroom into a space where you can do whatever you want to do and in your own personal zone. As you can see in the example above, the bed takes over the entire space. It is the highlight of the bedroom looking all cozy and set up ready to provide comfort in times where you just want to rest and lounge after a long and tiring day.
- Unite the Building Materials
Allow the materials used for the furniture united. In this case, they opted for an old oak wood varnished to perfection to make it look dark and sleek. All furniture cut from the same wood creates a warm and inviting vibe. The unity allows the bedroom to look more coordinated with one another. Even though there is a variety of colors of the same shade, it highlighted the zones of the bedroom. For example, the bedroom inspo from above gives us a kickstart of where to look. The bed draws attention more than the other zones. The bold, uniform and geometrical patterns of the sheets created an antiquated character perfect for a vintage bedroom.
- Choose Classic Finishes and Features
Common in modern designs is glass, steel, and wood. On the contrary, vintage is dominated by stone, wood, concrete, and glass. All these materials indicate a unique character and exhibit a rustic look for a bedroom. When combined, they come up with a homey and warm environment often found in farmhouse interiors. As you can see from the example above, the inspo is filled with a variety of materials that you did not expect could work hand-in-hand. From the bed, fireplace, armchair, bench, and side table, none of them is something you would expect in a vintage bedroom. Yet all of them blended as if the bedroom design is flawless.
- Work with Playful Patterns
Another fundamental character of the vintage bedroom is bold and striking patterns. It may not be the case for all vintage bedroom designs but it works alongside farmhouse style. The warm and homey interior is spiced up by patterns on the textiles. We love the quilt-like design of the blanket in the example above. It is composed of a variety of colors and checkered varieties that come out to be upcycled textiles. If you are the type of person who is fond of the maximized design, it would be a perfect outcome of how a homey and cozy interior of a bedroom would look. There would be times would make you question how these textiles may seem out of style. When in fact, they are the highlight of the design.
- Keep the Elements at a Minimum
If you want the modern type of vibe for an antiquated bedroom, keep the color and elements at a minimum. Sometimes, it can get overwhelming when you come to think of the vintage interior. Keeping things at a minimum does not indicate minimalism. It means that the bedroom should look clutter-free and expose the elements that would highlight the important details of the bedroom. We love the vintage bedroom inspo above in white and grey. It made the bedroom look clean and neat. It would be a dream bedroom of yours considering the light and airy atmosphere it upholds. Every day is not always a perfect day. You need to allow the bedroom to boost your motivation to get up every morning.
- Keep the Vibe Warm and Homey
Maintaining the warm and homey vibe for a bedroom is not as easy as it looks. That varies from one person to another depending on where they feel most at home too. Always remember that the design of the bedroom should reflect the character of the user. Regardless of the color scheme and the pieces of furniture you pick, the vintage design elements are just guidelines that help you come up with an antiquated vibe. Find the center of the bedroom and work your way out to distribute the character throughout. In the example above, the vintage character is well-distributed on both sides of the room. There is a sense of balance and neutrality.