I have always loved vintage style decor. When I think of the word ‘Vintage’ I imagine soft colours, romantic floral designs, embroidery, lace, and distressed furniture and frames. I recently moved house and so had the perfect opportunity to decorate the rooms exactly how I wanted. We’re currently working on the living room but our bedroom and Lizzy’s room are completed and I’m so pleased with the results. Next time I’ll share a room tour of Lizzy’s bedroom, but today I wanted to write a post about how to create a vintage style bedroom.
I think if you have quite plain furniture and a neutral or light colour scheme you can easily and affordably create a lovey vintage theme, with only five key items. The more of some of these items you have, the more impact they will have.
Framed vintage prints – these don’t necessarily have to be of flowers, but I love anything floral and picked these up from a car boot sale in the summer for £10 for the three! It’s too cold for car boot sales now but you’ll find lots of vintage prints in antique/vintage shops near you (don’t forget to haggle!) or take a look on Ebay. It was my husband’s idea to hang the frames with the two at the sides lower down and I have to admit they look great like this! My beautiful satin shimmer wallpaper is from Graham and Brown (here).
Ivory Embroidered duvet set – I’ve never had such a plain duvet set as this one, but I knew I wanted a white or ivory set with pretty vintage-inspired details on it, and this one (c/o) is perfect. It’s from Wayfair.co.uk (here) – I just adore the gorgeous embroidery and lace detail. For a vintage look you could alternatively have a soft floral (you can’t go wrong with florals!) or patchwork duvet set if you prefer not to have a plain one.
Pretty floral cushion – This one (c/o) adds a pretty finishing touch to my bed. You can find it here and it’s also from Wayfair.co.uk. I chose the mint green option to match my curtains and wallpaper but there are some other stunning colours to choose from. Isn’t the pom pom trim so cute? You could add extra cushions for a cosier effect.
Chandelier – Chandeliers are such a classic and they look so elegant and stylish. Choose one that has gold or distressed details with glass droplets for a vintage effect. I’m so happy to finally own my very first chandelier, I’ve wanted one for years! Mine (c/o) is very affordable and again it’s from Wayfair.co.uk (here). It looks so lovely with my cream furniture and I love the distressed gold-brushed effect.
Gold framed mirror – These add a beautiful vintage look to any room. The large mirror pictured used to hang in my living room but it looks fantastic above my chest of drawers. I’ve had it for years and purchased it from a second hand shop for £40. The long full-length mirror on the left was from a car boot sale which I got for the insane price of £3.50! For more of an impact display your photos in vintage style gold frames, mine was 80p, again from a car boot sale!
So these are the five key items that I feel would help to transform your bedroom into a vintage-inspired theme. Of course you can add accessories here and there for a more cohesive look over time, such as old trinket dishes (like my one which I shared on Instagram here), shabby chic storage boxes, and glass vases.
I don’t buy everything second hand, but if you want to find real vintage items, here are some tips below:
Tips: Visit antique/vintage shops, charity and second hand shops, you never know what hidden treasures you may find! In the summer, car boot sales are a gold mine when it comes to picking up bargain true vintage finds – there are always people having a good clear-out. Don’t be afraid to haggle, even if the price seems reasonable! However if you prefer to shop online then eBay is your best friend!
I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading! XO
This post was written in collaboration with Wayfair.co.uk but all thoughts are my own.