If you like the vintage look, you have to be a bit creative when it comes to home decor.
Sometimes the vintage style is in vogue. At times like those, it is easy to find items for your home. Other times, interest fades and fewer retailers sell what you need.
It is a bit like that right now. The biggest trend is modern, crisp homes with lots of shiny surfaces, which is very much the style of my house after our renovation. This however is a finish that is far removed from the vintage look, so right now if that’s what you’re going for, you have to be prepared to shop around a bit more.
Do not worry though; with a bit of patience, you can still find what you need.
Get the bedding right
The other day, whilst I was looking at my plain white sheets, I was browsing bedding sets. I came across some really nice floral designs that were quite retro.
As the bed is a focal point of the room, giving it a vintage look is particularly important. It really does set the tone when it comes to the look and feel of the decor.
Luckily for me, there were plenty of nice white and cream sets that always look nice in a vintage style bedroom.
A cast iron bed
Cast iron beds are great for the vintage look. If you are on a limited budget at a push you can go with an ordinary frame and a cast iron headboard. Later, when you have the cash you can buy the full bed.
If you don’t like cast iron, do not worry because a four poster style bed can work too. Oddly, they look even better if you remove the canopy. The posts need to be nicely shaped for this style of bed to work in a vintage room.
No vintage bedroom is complete with a wooden chest or ottoman. I’ve been looking for one for ages, so if like me you can’t find a new one, buy a second-hand one.
The great thing about wood is that it is relatively easy to make it fit in with your current colour scheme. You can easily strip it down and re-stain it or if you prefer distress it. Just be sure to choose a shape and style that fits in with the rest of the room.
Vintage side tables or night stands can be especially tricky to find in the shops. One solution is to make your own bedroom side tables. Interestingly, you don’t necessarily need to be good at woodwork to be able to do this.
One great idea I have found is making one using a fold out luggage stand and screwing a closed vintage suitcase to the stand.
If you don’t think you can make your own or find what you want new, buying something second hand and refinishing it can work. Failing that you could always pay a local carpenter to make something suitable for you.
Vintage bedroom wall hanging ideas
Check out Pinterest for some ideas. You can find some wonderful ideas here.
If you are good at crafts you will be able to make most of them yourself. Or, you could simply buy them online. A lot of small-scale entrepreneurs sell handmade wall hangings and other items like doilies that you need to add those finishing touches.
What other ideas do you have for vintage bedroom decor?
This post was brought to you in collaboration with JD Williams. The opinions expressed are my own.