While writing our feature on Kari-Anne at Thistlewood Farms I was inspired to re-visit my love of all things vintage and in particular I wanted to discover and share some vintage bedroom ideas. Bedroom decor is tricky (well I think it is), too little and a room is plain and boring, too much and it can be…well, too much. A vintage themed bedroom, simply decorated but with vintage features, can go a long way to creating a great, balanced look.
Decorating with vintage furniture, fabrics, and found objects has been “all the rage” over the last few years. Using pieces from a time passed gives any space an immediate sense of character and injects your home with a personal history.
Discovering the stories behind your finds is just as exciting as hunting for them. Using vintage pieces is not only beautiful, but practical, too. You can uncover treasures at your local thrift store or flea market for a fraction of the price. Scour sites like eBay and Craigslist (and don’t forget about garage and estate sales) for that special piece! And since vintage is considered anything from the 1920’s to about the 1980’s, it works with a wide range of decorating styles, from industrial to farmhouse to mid-century modern.
Additionally, giving an old item new life is the best form of recycling! Just about anything can be spray painted or refinished these days, and finding new and creative uses for your favorite bargains is always fun! Use an old door as a headboard or repurpose vintage doorknobs as coat hooks. Old fruit crates and tins make for great storage. Let your imagination run wild.
Take a stroll through the following vintage bedroom decor photos to find ideas for incorporating vintage pieces into your bedroom, creating comfort, personality and a collected-over-time look!
Salvage ChicSource: www.thevintageroundtop.com
This Texas bedroom proves that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. The trunk at the foot of the bed was a $25 garage sale find, the art behind the bed is made from old tin ceiling tiles, and the reclaimed barn door provides privacy.
Vintage NeutralsSource: www.joshuasmithinc.com
Designer Josh Smith gave this sleek New York bedroom a touch of personality with vintage photographs on the wall and a delicate chandelier.
Classic ComboSource: missmustardseed.com
Blue and white is a classic color combination and designer and blogger Marian Parsons used it liberally when redecorating her master bedroom. The vintage quilt and the bold fabric on the wall (yes, fabric!) set the tone. The nightstand and light fixture are antique store finds, along with the vintage Ironstone platters hung as artwork.
Fresh WhitesSource: dreamywhites.blogspot.com
Two gorgeous antique doors play the role of a headboard in this vintage style bedroom, and the tin ceiling tiles are over a hundred years old! The grainsack pillows and other accessories contribute to the French farmhouse feel.
Flea Market FindsSource: www.houzz.com
When it came time for Percy Bright and Tara Mangini to decorate their 1900’s Philadelphia row house, the designers turned to Craigslist, antique shows, and architectural salvage shops for vintage bedroom ideas. The door-turned-headboard, school locker, map, and even the linens are vintage.
The boy’s bedroom of this 1934 North Carolina home is filled with cherished antiques and vintage curiosities, from the Chinese checkerboard and juggling pins, to the chippy dark blue cabinet. The shiplap on the walls and the red, white, blue color scheme are classic farmhouse touches.
Former FactorySource: www.insideout.com.au
Australian metal artist Saskia Folk kept the integrity of this former shoe factory when she made it her home. Her vintage bedroom features original wood floors and brick walls, along with industrial light fixtures and vintage furniture.
Soothing SpaceSource: www.sarahrichardsondesign.com
Believe it or not, nearly all of the furniture in this vintage bedroom set by designer Sarah Richardson was found in thrift stores. She spray painted the nightstands and coffee table and had the chair and headboard reupholstered to suit the calming, neutral atmosphere.
Gallery WallSource: llhinteriors.com
Designer Leslie Hunt curated a charming wall of vintage art, surrounding a pair of pretty shutters to create this California vintage room idea.
Floral FreshSource: www.digsdigs.com
Bright floral fabrics mix with vintage furniture, including the weathered bench at the foot of the bed, to create the perfect cottage bedroom.
Bright EclecticSource: www.elsiegreen.com
Designer Laurie Furber packed a lot into this small bedroom, in a circa 1870’s home in California wine country, by mixing patterns and colors. Blue textiles and a green vintage end table pop against the neutral wooden headboard and furniture.
Chock FullSource: www.jenniferrizzo.com
There’s not much in this bedroom belonging to designer and blogger Jennifer Rizzo that isn’t vintage or reclaimed! The curtains and mirrors are thrift store finds and the headboard was a DIY project using a salvage piece. And those cute dressers were found on the roadside! Vintage bedroom decor at its best.
All of the furniture in this bedroom designed by blogger and avid DIY-er Mandi Gubler is from thrift stores, as well as the artwork. The Lucite coffee table and the wooden bed frame give the space a hip, 1960’s vibe.
Special PiecesSource: www.vintagerevivals.com
The antique mantle – now part of the headboard – came from the house where this homeowner’s grandfather was born. The accessories are also vintage pieces.
Fun and FlirtySource: www.elle.es
In this vintage room idea fashion designer Alicia Hernandez uses antique and inherited pieces in the bedroom of her Madrid apartment to give the space a feeling of being collected over time, including the bamboo mirrors and petite nightstands.
Layered LookSource: www.studiomarcushay.com
Just a few vintage touches give this bedroom a decidedly mid-century modern feeling. The wooden console and the Sputnik-style light fixture, along with the mismatched textiles, give the bedroom a vintage and layered style.
Rustic SimplicitySource: www.vintagewhitesblog.com
Reclaimed wood from local barns and beautiful vintage furniture, including the iron bed and worn dresser, make this Montana farmhouse a cozy and comfortable getaway.
Colorful RetreatSource: www.apartmenttherapy.com
Designer Emily Henderson’s master bedroom packs a big punch of color, as is almost entirely composed of dazzling vintage pieces. The 1950’s campaign-style nightstands were a thrift store finds, along with the headboard and the over-the-top bedside lights.
Nearly everything in actress Constance Zimmer’s Los Angeles home has a story, including the vintage suitcases serving as a nightstand in the master bedroom. The mismatched textiles and funky accessories give the room a sense of being put together from different times and places.
Cottage CharmerSource: www.alisonkandler.com
This stunning Santa Monica bedroom by designer Alison Kandler is a burst of cheery color! The vintage iron bed is a curvy counterpoint to the criss-cross design on the antique mint-green desk.
Industrial ElementsSource: stylebyemilyhenderson.com
Masculine and feminine peacefully co-exist in this bedroom. The antique steel dresser and vintage theater seats have a bit of an edge, while the French caned nightstands and bedside lamps (which serve double-duty as planters!) keep a sense of softness.
Pallet PerfectionSource: www.theroosterandthehen.com
Using reclaimed wood is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give a space a rustic, vintage feeling. Bloggers Whitney and Dustin of The Rooster and the Hen made a stunning headboard from old pallets. The artwork and lamps were also DIY project ideas.
Gingham and TickingSource: www.countryliving.com
Shiplap walls and rustic ceiling beams give character to the vintage bedroom decor of this South Carolina new-build. And the antique furniture further reinforces the style. Homeowner Kay Seymour also used gingham around the bed and a ticking stripe on the comforter, two classic vintage textiles.
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