There’s no denying it, vintage homewares and furniture are back in vogue with a serious vengeance. Aside from being budget friendly and fantastic for the environment a good vintage piece adds an element of character to any design. It helps to create a unique space that tells a story as special as the individual who designed the space.

This is all good and well but how do we find the perfect balance. How do I master the vintage look? That my friends, like all things good in this world, ain’t exactly an easy task. Despite this I’ve put together a couple of tips to help separate the good, the bad and the ugly.

Selecting the Right Pieces

Like all good interior design finding that sense of balance in your space is imperative to success. So the first thing to consider is what furniture will work functionally in your context. Then from here we need to select our ‘signature pieces’ that are going to act as the ‘heroes’ of our design. One example would be pairing a really bold 1980’s picture frame on the wall with a fantastic art deco armchair. Your pieces don’t necessarily have to match or be from the same era they just have to stand out. Remember these pieces are the space’s bold statement (be brave). It also helps if you can make these statement pieces personal, there’s nothing cooler than having guests around and telling the story behind the design of the room. It adds serious charm to a space.

Open mindedness

It’s so important to keep an open mind towards vintage pieces, you just never know. It’s bloody hard to find the pieces of your dreams so it helps to be flexible when assessing what can and can’t work for your space. Perhaps it need a touch paint, a fresh coat of varnish or even once over with some sand paper. If your short on ideas head to Youtube or Google for a DIY tip or two.

Tie it all Together

To create that perfect eclectic vintage look you’re going to need to think outside the box when it comes time to tie all of your pieces together. Don’t be afraid to clash styles and try something a bit different. Also consider how you can use colour, texture and theme to create a bridge between them and tie it all together for a cohesive, harmonious space.

Don’t over do it

Although you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with your style making sure you don’t clutter your space is just as important. There’s nothing worse than a space of any style that has too much going on. Very distracting!

Take your time

This doesn’t happen over night people. You’re better off taking your time to find the right pieces and give them the love they need rather than rushing in a buying for the sake of buying. If you put the time and effort into it you’ll find the results will surprise you.