The nice thing about adopting a vintage style for your apartment decor is that you get to define the era on which you want to focus. You have lots of options. And depending on the age you’re going for, you can easily find items for your apartment that match your taste…and your budget.
Maybe you like the 50s look of kitsch. Or step into the modern world reflected by the 60s. The 70s gave us more of a Bohemian feel to living. The 80s might be a little too new to consider vintage unless you’re into mirrored balls and disco music! Whatever era you pick, visualize each room with that theme to have a consistent experience walking through your apartment. The other benefit is that you can move furniture and decorations from room to room for a different look when you’re tired of the current view.
You don’t need to fill each room full of stuff to get the theme across. Start with a focal point in every room. A large picture above the sofa in the living room, a nick knack shelf in the dining room covered with items from your chosen era, or a dresser in the bedroom with vintage items set on top. The focal point is where the eyes go first when anyone walks into a room. Walk through your apartment and find the natural focal points in every room.
A wall painted or wallpapered can add to the affect. It usually suffices to only have one wall treated this way. If every wall were painted avocado green or papered with a paisley print, the senses get overload and the affect is lost. A subtle background will accent your theme, not overpower it. As always, be sure to check with your landlord before starting any painting or wallpaper projects!
The use of shelves mounted on walls throughout the apartment are a good way to display little mementos from the era you’ve selected. Cups, salt and pepper shakers, vases, and little figurines can be found that represent any era. Travel souvenirs from the 50s or teapots from the 60s could decorate various corners of your apartment and give it some interesting eye candy.
Don’t be afraid of mixing the old and new. Like we mentioned above, you don’t need to fill your apartment with exact replicas to have a vintage look and feel. Modern glass and chrome bookcases can display your vintage decorations. Don’t sacrifice comfort for style, either. That retro couch may look perfect in your living room but it could be the most uncomfortable thing you’ve ever sat on.
Don’t forget that wall hangings, posters and photos make great accents. You could make the focal point in each room a wall that represents the era. A cluster of menus from old diners on the dining room wall or a display of old vinyl album sleeves on the living room wall are all examples of how to use the wall as your focal point.
Decorating your apartment in a vintage style can be a lot of fun. You will be able to find many examples from every era to use as decoration. Don’t be afraid to buy extra items when you’re out shopping. You’ll be able to switch out items to keep the look fresh and inviting.