Some of the most gorgeous homes are the ones that were constructed ages ago, and although
they can be hard to find in good condition, you can build a brand new home that has “vintage”
written all over it. It’s not enough to add some antique pieces and call it a day. If you really want
vintage character, you have to come up with a solid game plan. Everything from your floors to
your paint colours to your furniture and decor has to come together to create vintage interest
and charm. Here are 5 steps to getting the vintage look for your new home!
1. Do Your Research and Plan Smart
If you want to create a vintage-inspired home, it’s important to do your research and build
history into your abode with a strong plan. Decide which period(s) of time you want to
incorporate into your design and determine which architectural elements and styles work best
with your vision. To get the ultimate vintage look, it should look like pieces were added to your
home over time. You can do this with varying board widths for your floors and walls, and
different window styles in different rooms, as well as unique vintage décor.
2. Opt for Neutral, Muted Hues
Bold, solid colours are the opposite of what you would find in a vintage home. Stick with earthy,
neutral hues to get a timeless look. The colours in your home should all blend in with one
another, not try to stand out on their own. Also keep in mind that solid paint often looks too new
and stark, so opt for thinly painted coats on your walls, ceilings and cabinetry.
3. Go All Out with Wood
If you want to go vintage, you need to maximize the impact of wood in your home. This doesn’t
just go for furniture like a refurbished wood table and salvaged wood beams, but also for your
walls and ceilings. Wood planks will bring warmth and character to your home unlike any other
material out there. Options range from single wood planks, to board-and-batten to beaded
board. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to get the vintage look you’re going for.
4. Antique Shopping
Antiques and salvaged materials will add interest and character to your new home. Source
antique stores and flea markets to find one-of-a-kind pieces that look like they’ve been pulled
together over the years. And adding elements such as reclaimed interior doors and a salvaged
headboard can also do a big part in elevating your home’s charm.
5. Lighting is Everything
Don’t underestimate the power of light fixtures in creating an overall vintage look for your home.
There are lots of ways your lighting can help create an authentic look, whether you choose
vintage reproductions, electric glass lanterns or repurposed antiques. Choose various authentic
light fixtures for each room in your home to create distinction yet give the feel of unity at the
Use these 5 tips to create your “new” vintage home that looks like you’ve lived in it for years!