Home owners tend to struggle with interior design, due to the many options available. Interior design is broadly classified into two main categories, modern and vintage. These days there aren’t a whole lot of people who go for vintage interior design. Those who opt for it, do so because they love it. Vintage interior design is a reminder of a bygone time and aesthetic. If you want to relive it in the present time, then here are 6 things you should incorporate into your living room design.
Old houses usually have a fireplace in the living room. If your house doesn’t have a fireplace, then you should think about constructing one. Owning a fireplace isn’t just a matter of convenience. It’s also a matter of aesthetic. A fireplace adds a certain level of sophistication to your house that a radiator doesn’t. It also helps children believe the myth about Santa Claus. If you don’t have a fireplace, then how is Santa Claus supposed to deliver your presents on Christmas Eve? Besides, cozying up near the fireplace with your family is an important aspect of Christmas.
Just like a fireplace, a chandelier too improves the aesthetic beauty of your living room. Back in the day if you could afford a chandelier, then you most definitely had one. Nowadays, people prefer modern light fixtures instead. However, the chandelier hasn’t lost its charm. Even today it’s an integral part of vintage interior designs. If you want to add a bit of class and elegance to your living room, then hanging a chandelier from the ceiling is a good idea. You don’t necessarily have to buy something grand. A small chandelier will do just fine.
I remember my grandfather’s clock. I remember him winding it at exactly 12 noon every day. How about you? A grandfather clock will make a great addition to your vintage theme. After all, you’ve got to keep time somehow. The people who think that winding a clock is a nuisance don’t really understand the value of it. It’s an investment in time. If you fail to pay attention to it, then the clock will stop. The responsibility of winding a clock gives you a better understanding of time. You instinctively know when it’s noon without having to look at a clock face.
Black and White Photographs
Your walls look empty without pictures hanging from it. Hanging paintings may not be your thing and hanging photographs is too ordinary. However, there is a way that you can combine the two. Black and white photography is a form of art that you can proudly boast on your walls. You could even pick it up as a hobby and turn your home into an exhibition of pictures that you’ve shot yourself. Black and white photographs on the wall will complement your vintage décor perfectly. It’s a fine blend of the old and the new, which makes it so unique.
If you’re going for a vintage theme, then you’ll need to buy vintage furniture. Imagine an elegant armchair or a comfortable sofa with a golden frame. Doesn’t that paint a picture of beauty and sophistication? Go to your nearest antiques dealer and find things that you’d like to put in your living room. You’ll find a lot of interesting things that have been foolishly discarded by its previous owners. As they say, one man’s loss is another man’s gain. You need to have a good eye when it comes to antiques, because people will try to sell you anything these days.
If you don’t mind dead eyes looking back at you, then decorating your living room with stuffed animals is not a bad idea. Taxidermy is a hobby for a lot of people, including hunters. Back in the day deer antlers mounted on the wall or leopard skin rugs on the floor used to be a common sight in many esteemed homes, now not so much. However, it’s definitely something you’ll see as part of a vintage home décor. A deer head is not that difficult to find. You’ll most definitely find one in an antique store or a pawn shop.
Even after so many years people still choose to design their homes the way they used to back in the day. If you have an appreciation for aesthetics, then you’ll find a vintage home décor quite beautiful.
Today's featured writer, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger, who often writes for South Perth Antiques, a top-notch antiques dealer in Perth. She likes to practice yoga to stay healthy and fit. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.