Do you want to create a beautiful bedroom that is reminiscent of the 20th century and beyond? If so, we have some helpful tips to help you create vintage style bedroom, which you will love to retire to night after night.
Pick an Era
Have you thought about the era you want to recreate in your bedroom’s interior design? Picking and sticking to a specific era will help you create an authentic vintage style, such as Edwardian or art deco.
Of course, the best way to create a vintage look is by incorporating beautiful furniture into your interior design. Choose key pieces that will bring a style to life in your bedroom, such as an Edwardian leather armchair, industrial antique safe or early 20th-century sideboard. Discover beautiful furniture pieces from Kernow Furniture.
Complement vintage furniture by creating a feature wall in your bedroom using original wallpaper. Try to select popular colors from your chosen time period, which will also complement modern style, such as teal, mustard yellow or burnt orange. As a result, you can create an authentic vintage style that would still look fantastic on the cover of Architectural Digest.
Modern lighting will only detract from the authenticity of a vintage look. Bring the interior design to life by adding key pieces that will add to the romance and drama of your chosen time period. For instance, pick a wall lamp with a beautiful floral shade to recreate an art decostyle, or a Tilley lamp that is synonymous with the early 20th-century.
Pick a Focal Point
Create a focal point in a room by incorporating a jaw-dropping feature that will add to the beauty of your bedroom. For instance, you could add a stunning antique mannequin that will look perfect surrounded by historical furniture, color schemes and lighting. You can also hang pretty jewellery from your chosen era onto the mannequin, which will have the wow factor.
Keep it Comfortable
Every vintage style bedroom must focus on the comfort factor. Think crisp sheets, lace-trimmed pillowcases and, of course, thick eiderdowns. Not only will it create an authentic look, but it will ensure you create an inviting room and provide a fantastic night’s sleep. Select complementary hues and beautiful fabrics that you will love to curl up into each night.
Create a Vintage Gallery
Showcase the beauty and grandeur of your chosen era by creating a stunning vintage gallery on your wall. It’s the perfect way to embrace the splendor of a time, as you can incorporate old photographs, advertisements and pictures that will become a unique focal point in the bedroom.
And a feeling of refinement! How did you pull it off?
To create a sense of continuity throughout the house, I went nuts for pecky cypress, the beautiful reclaimed wood from the Everglades that shows up everywhere. It has wonderful character on its own, but it can also be a terrific base for special finishes. I had the wood stained or painted a flat white for a modern, chalky look — and when you fill the crevices with epoxy, it looks like drift- wood. I added a new coffered ceiling to the living room. It's the most formal room in the house and as close to a proper Palm Beach interior as I got on this project.
Your parents lived in the same house in Rhode Island for 35 years. Was a nautical theme tempting?
They are New Englanders, so navy and white is in their blood. Plus, much of the furniture in their home was inherited from my grandmothers. They were excited to start fresh with a common thread of comfort and ease. That said, for them, making choices for a Florida interior was like learning to speak a new language. For example, where they wanted beadboard, I used that pecky cypress. And we shifted from a preppy palette to a more Southern one: rich, deep blues combined with coral and mango.
The result is a Palm Beach look that avoids the clichés.
I love the style, but I was also aware that this house had to be comfortable. My parents have lots of friends and family constantly coming to visit. In the living room, which one has to walk through to get to nearly every room in the house, I used a rug pattern and color that would mask the trails of sandy feet. The cypress is painted flat white to brighten up the space. These are not typical choices for a traditional Palm Beach home.
If I'm not mistaken, there are also nods to your parents' Northern roots.
I think it's essential to incorporate disparate elements into a room, especially if the clients have lived interesting lives. Starting over is one thing, but erasing all traces of the past can feel unsettling. So the dining room features furnishings from about five different periods. What grounds it is the Empire dining table, which is something you would see in Rhode Island. But then we added the bright pink peacock chair and the painted grass-cloth walls — those details convey that these are people who want their guests to enjoy a rum drink and have some laughs.
Who wouldn't feel joyous surrounded by that whimsical mural?
While the dining room was our greatest challenge, it ended up as one of the most exciting rooms in the house. The space is quite dark, with north-facing windows, but when we painted the walls with palm trees and flamingos, it really came to life. And what room is complete without a tented ceiling?