Shows like Antiques Roadshow and Bargain Hunt have long been popular with those looking for quirky pieces for their home, but in recent years the trend for vintage-inspired furniture has taken over.
More recent shows like The Great British Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee and Kirstie Allsopp’s string of successful home improvement programmes have whetted people’s appetite further when it comes to attaining a cool, kitsch ‘do it yourself’ approach to decorating. Thankfully, there’s plenty of ways you can add a touch of your own personal, vintage style to your city home, regardless of its size. Here’s how:
Tracking down beautiful one-off, retro pieces can be difficult – and costly. So why not recreate gorgeous furniture from the past by reupholstering an old chair, or customising a cool coffee table? In the spirit of The Sewing Bee, you could also discover an old craft like sewing, and put your new found skills to the test in and around the home. Alternatively, visit a local upholsterer to see if they can breathe new life into an old piece by re-covering it.
Scour online auction sites, or get yourself down to a local antiques auction house and bid for anything you’ve got your eye on. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can snap up an old piece for. When using online auction sites, use automated bidding apps on your phone, which will bid for you if you’re not online all day, ensuring you can secure that must-have item even if you’re not logged in.
Choose an ‘Investment’ Piece
While a few well-chosen accessories can really work to liven up a room, it’s well worth choosing one piece that’ll add instant wow factor to your space. A distressed chesterfield sofa, an old standard lamp, or some beautiful retro textiles can look striking in an otherwise neutral room, so be prepared to splash out a little more if you see something you really love.
Explore the Attic
When was the last time you went up in your attic, or headed into the depths of your dusty shed? You never know what gems will be lurking in there; we tend to dump bits and pieces in the shed/garage/attic when first moving into a place, only to rediscover them years later. Head into the attic and see if there isn’t an old chair you could re-cover, a piece you can give a lick of paint to, or anything else you can freshen up to give it a vintage Cath Kidston-esque look.
Looking for some inspiration? There’s a wealth of blogs online offering free advice on painting up old chairs and tables, reupholstering sofas, and making features of even the oldest piece of furniture. Have you considered adding some striking wallpaper to a large photo frame and giving it pride of place on a key wall in your living room, for example? You name it, creative interiors bloggers have thought of it – and put fingers to keyboard to produce an online tutorial to help you make the most of their ideas, too. Log online today and get those creative juices flowing!
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