How to Give Your Modern Home an Antique Feel
When decorating modern homes, many people want to include the latest style and design trimmings so that they keep up to date with the ever-changing trends. But needless to say; a modern home doesn’t always have to be defined by a trendy look. Sometimes adding a touch of timelessness is as striking so why not give your home that much needed antique feel?
By simply using your imagination, you can quickly transform your home to create the ambiance that you want. We’ll look at a few simple ideas that you can incorporate to give your interior that vintage feel.
It Starts With Wallpaper
There’s nothing that gives off an antique feel better than adding floral wallpaper. Modern wallpapers include simple and minimalistic designs. By adding floral wallpaper onto your kitchen wall, you successfully create a traditional look.
If you’re not a fan of floral printed walls then you can opt for wooden walls. Wood not only brings a sense of warmth to a home but also character. And the best part is wood comes in different styles to pick from depending on your preference. You can decide to:
- Use painted wood on your walls
- Use it on the ceiling
- Last but not least, you can use wood in the form of pine flooring; be it in your hallway or lounge
Walls, ceilings, and floors that are clad in wood will give your home a sense of traditional & historic charm.
Type of Tile You Use
Antique marble floor tile products are one such example that’ll instantly give off that look. This is thanks to the rich blend of tones that create an attractive finish. You can place a marble and tiles designs in the following places:
Alternatively, you can use honed marble tiles to create an antique look. Natural stone is known to instantly give a home a traditional feel. And these honed marble floor tiles feature subtle gray patterns uniformly present throughout the stone. As a result, you can use these tiles to create a versatile design look that matches the vintage decor you’re trying to achieve.
Add Vintage Furniture
You’ll be amazed how something as simple as adding a few pieces of vintage furniture to your marble and tiles will instantly transform your home. This can include adding traditional furniture pieces such as cedar or hope chests.
Originally, these chests were used to store spare linen or photo albums. By adding such pieces in rooms like your bedroom, you’ll instantly create an antique atmosphere. Other ideas you can try include turning an antique desk into your dressing room table.
Pick the Right Colors
If you want to create an antique feel, then avoid picking bright colors for your living space. Rather opt for earthy tones and warm hues that blend in with each other & won’t stand out. But note that you don’t have to necessarily paint the entire room with muted hues; you can simply paint a portion of a room and it’ll still achieve the same result.
Examples where you can paint include:
- Above the kitchen sink
- Over the fireplace
- A section in the lounge—particularly where your place your television
Or simply add the right type of marble floor tile to a certain area.
There’s nothing like high ceilings and radiant light to help you achieve the vintage look you want. The right antique ambiance is significantly influenced by the lighting you decide to have in your home. If you expect your home to give off that traditional look, you can start by picking a custom light fixture. Examples of unique fixtures you can buy include a gas lantern, chandelier or lampshade.
After that, you can pick authentic lighting that creates the antique feel you want. Pay attention to all the lighting areas in your home including:
- Hanging lights
- Floor standing lights
- Table lights
Play With Fabric
The fabric you use in your home—particularly your bedroom—can contribute to the overall feel of the room. Experiment with fabrics of different textures in the form of:
- Vintage linen
You can even consider making use of animal print or using fake animal skin to give your home the antique look you want. Using simple marble and tiles as backdrop you can add almost any color and texture without textures clashing.
It’s in the Details
You don’t have to break your budget to spruce up your home in a bid to recreate the atmosphere. A few tweaks to the small pieces in your room can help you create the look you’re hoping for. By adding the following items, you’ll have your space feeling and looking traditional. These include:
- Glass doorknobs
- Placing light fixtures that operate with the old-fashioned pulldown chain
- Vintage icebox
- Use vintage prints as centerpieces for your dining table
Don’t Forget the Fragrance
In the midst of changing wallpapers, buying ornaments and tiles, don’t forget about fragrance. The scent your room has can instantly give your home an antique feel. Examples of items that’ll produce the intended fragrance include:
- The famous potpourri
- Agarwood chips
- Pot ceramic humidifier
- Ancient incense burner
- Wood incense holder
As you can see, creating an antique feel in your modern home is much easier than you think. All it takes is a little imagination and creativity. It also doesn’t mean spending more than you should or visiting your upmarket stores. Some if not many of these vintage pieces can be found in the most unconventional places.
So next time think twice before you pass on your friend’s invite to a garage or yard sale. Pop into your neighborhood flea market every now and again or visit your marble and tile vendor. Better still; why not pay your grandmother a visit? She might have that one vintage piece that’ll instantly transform your home!