More Vintage Bedroom thoughts…

Blyth brass bed from Original bedstead.

Blyth brass bed from Original bedstead.

We are all fans of vintage home décor. Vintage, retro and old-style shabby chic is all the rage right now and it’s a look, as we know, that translates particularly well within the bedroom with an appealing mix of comfort and good old world nostalgia. The style is so enormously versatile because it encompasses any number of styling options from the time period of choice. So whether you are after a dose of romance from the Victorian era or something with a rather more recent mid-century flavour, there is a look and distinct décor persona to suit all tastes. From the furniture you choose, to the fabrics, colours, textures and accents; all will make a welcoming vintage statement for a timeless room design that you can tweak with the seasons and truly personalise…

Unless you already possess a treasured collection of treasured valuables that you wish to incorporate within your room scheme, your first ports of call may well be your local antique arcade or auction room. Maybe you already have a few vintage or antique pieces which you wish to complement with some new additions, in which case you might have a pretty good idea of what you are looking for. However, keeping an open mind is a good strategy and often the loveliest finds are those that we were not expecting. Don’t discount garage sales, car boot sales or flea markets either as worthwhile hunting grounds, particularly for more recent retro style items. Often diligent hunting can yield surprising and bargain results. Think outside the box and consider repurposing various pieces to fit your needs. For example, a small kitchen table could become a bedroom desk or vanity table, and mix and match display units might make great nightstands. Just keep a unifying theme in mind and make sure that all your items have a common link in terms of time period and underlying style. If you are redecorating in a hurry and don’t have the time or inclination to hunt down old items, seek out reproduction pieces that evoke the look and feel of your chosen period. Ornate chandeliers and beautiful armoires are easily available and will strike the right tone, whilst for a glamorous centrepiece, fall in love with a Victorian inspired iron bed with antique brass detailing. Metal bedsteads and solid brass beds from this era will never date or fall from fashion and are sure to make the definitive room statement. Where space and budgets allow, you might even wish to splash out on a wooden or metal four poster bed for the ultimate romantic style statement.

When it comes to fabrics and linens to breathe life into the room and that enticing traditional bed, it can prove a difficult task to hunt down originals that are still unworn and usable. And anyway, it’s invariably nicer to incorporate lookalike fabrics that are fresh and clean, so purchase new linen that has that distinctive vintage look and feel. If you are a whizz with the sewing machine the possibilities for stunning vintage linen designs are endless, and you might even like to create your own bed quilt for cosy shabby chic cottage décor, or sew pieces of vintage lace to the edge of sheets and pillowcases for a Victoriana flavour. For an eclectic look feel free to mix and match with fabrics and linens that don’t match yet share a pattern or colour in common. Vintage scarves and handkerchiefs that are still in good condition can be called upon to embellish lampshades or curtains, with perhaps an original piece of lace deployed as a charming curtain tie-back.

Hunting down vintage accessories gives opportunity for great fun, and small finds such as knobs, hooks and handles can give instant accent interest. Attach knobs or hooks to the wall from which to hang bathrobes or handbags, and collect a variety of antique porcelain or brass drawer pulls or knobs and use them to transform the personality of a dresser or bedside table. A trip around the average antique centre is sure to unearth pretty collections or vases, cups and plates that can be displayed throughout the room and used to display everything from fresh flowers to jewelry. If you have old family photographs, you may like to frame and hang these as individual larger accent features or in a little collection on a bedside wall. And finally, and just as importantly, don’t overlookthose precious inherited heirlooms that tie in with your unique theme, to personalise the room moodfor a true sense of timeless vintage appeal…

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