Creating a vintage style bedroom isn’t difficult and shouldn’t have to cost the earth either. In fact, it’s pretty easy if you know how, and I’m having a go at creating vintage boudoir in my cute little caravan for guests to enjoy when they stay over. Take a look at these tips that I’ve picked up along the way and you’ll be going to bed happy in your new vintage bedroom every night!
The Colour Scheme
The vintage colour scheme is often very girly or very masculine. Assuming that you’re going for a feminine feel with your bedroom, you can go for pastels for a romantic look, all white for instant Hollywood glamour (like the room I’m coveting below!) or bright pinks and reds for a retro bubblegum look.
Birds, butterflies, florals and branches, along with vintage stamps and postcards are all great vintage prints. Use them in your bedding, curtains and cushions for a busy, layered look.
Lace and voile are lovely feminine fabrics that, when hung in the window, diffuse light and offer privacy from the world. Hang a single panel to keep it fresh and avoid grandma-esque ruffles.
Add a Screen
Whether you use it as a room separator or simply against a wall as a moveable feature, it is a classic Hollywood element that instantly harks back to that era. You can find vintage inspired reproduction ones from a variety of outlets, but trawl vintage fairs or online for an original and do it up yourself for that little bit of extra satisfaction.
Invest in statement furniture, like oversized mirrors or antique sets of drawers. If you don’t think your budget will stretch that far, make your furniture into a statement, like taking a solid oak bed from Metal Beds, and add a feature like voile and string lights together wrapped around the headboard for a girly, fairy inspired look. Or, give a dull piece of furniture a new lease of life with a ‘distressed’ look. Paint a base coat on to a prepped piece of furniture, then, when dry, apply furniture wax sparingly on to exposed edges. Paint your second colour (usually a darker colour) and wipe away the wax. You’ll be left with a piece that looks like it’s been that way for years – and it’ll look great.
Don’t Forget the Lighting
A chandelier is always in order for a romantic or glamorous style vintage bedroom. If gold is too much for you, go for a soft bronze instead. Make sure your lamps are in vintage style patterns and you’ll have the style down to a tee.