Posted on September 30, 2012
Recently I went with a friend to a flea market, looking for inspiration from antique pieces. Vintage is definitely in, we have seen it on the catwalks in the form of lace, and last week's London Fashion week featured some lovely soft textures and embellishments. There were also lots of pastels with a 1950s feel, and Clements Ribeiro mixed checks with vintage-inspired pieces and clashed with cool accessories. This is vintage. We saw some beautiful vintage décor like this bowl which really is a current Liberty London's piece, and it could pass as the inspiration for this fabric, which we have used to make some vintage girls bedding recently.
We also came across some modern furniture that the trader was trying to pass as vintage. I said to him; 'it's modern, how can that be vintage?' He took offence when I continued- 'it's not vintage if it's modern'.
But I get his point. You can call modern décor vintage if you draw inspiration from nostalgic designs. Polka dots is always going to be trendy in children's interiors, but it is a staple in vintage furnishings. Checks are also rather retro, yet can be used in a modern bedroom setting, the same goes for pastels. Although some people use bright, primary colours for their baby's nursery, it would require quite a bit of creativity to stop it looking tacky. Pastels are the preferred choice for babies nurseries because while we agree that babies are stimulated by colour, we are not trying to keep them awake here. Always decide on style or colour as your starting point for your vintage look bedroom, and then build on that.
It's a good idea to have your 'retro colour' on the walls and add vintage accents like floral soft furnishings, this allows the room to evolve naturally as you find treasures to add to it. Nostalgic items like an old frame of your baby's grand or even great-grand parents add authenticity to your room, as do distressed furniture purposely aged to look vintage.
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