If you are looking to decorate or re-decorate your child’s room and you like the idea of a rustic look, then a vintage style design might work well for you. But if you don’t have the budget to go out and purchase all new pieces, you can try creating a vintage look using pieces you already own. You might need to invest in a few smaller pieces, but you can create a vintage inspired look without having to break the bank.
A few characteristics of vintage style pieces include:
– Furniture that has defined cuts (modern pieces have more straight lines, where vintage pieces have more of a shape/curve to them)
– Wooden/rustic finish- this can be furniture or accessories
– No crazy or contemporary prints or patterns (think about designs that grandma would like)
You can take a wood furniture set (dresser, crib, desk, etc.) with curved or defined edges to use as the basis for your design. If the furniture has a rustic feel to it (looks aged or antique), that is even better. You can take modern pieces of furniture and sand them down to get a more rustic feel, too. Even if the set is a modern version, you can create the vintage feeling with the additional pieces that you add to the room. For example, a small investment in pieces like a lamp, a mirror or artwork can create an entirely different look to the room. For a girls room, Saks on Fifth sells a Crackled Rose Table Lamp that would be a great choice to put on the dresser of your girl’s room. John Lewis also sells rustic style mirrors that would add an element of vintage style. Some other ideas are to use rustic wooden letters to spell your child’s name on the wall, or hang some “faded” looking artwork. You can also look for a vintage style floor rug to lay down.
The key in creating a modern version of a vintage room is to use pieces that don’t have modern elements. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have pieces that are vintage, you can visit an antique store to get an idea of what to look for. Don’t use pieces that are made from metal, or other modern textures. Stick to wood and porcelain type finishes. Think again about your grandmother’s house, and just try to create an updated version of that (without the grandma “smells.”)
Creating a modern version of a vintage room can be a fun project that won’t cost you much. And however your child’s room turns out, you are sure to make grandma proud!