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Design trends come and go but Vintage Charm is timeless and based on classic shapes and designs that never go out of style. While there are contemporary home furnishings that have entered the “classic” category, more times than not, it’s French and English-inspired decor that rules this field and deserves to take a bow.
Elegantly shaped chair legs and tables as well as sophisticated dining room light fixtures will always evoke a more romantic period in time and thus feel ageless. In honor of such beauty, Lamps Plus has created an entire Vintage Charm section where you can peruse and find the perfect vintage-inspired decor for your home.
Just because something has vintage charm doesn’t mean it’s instantly “granny chic.” Cute and contemporary shades on antique lamps can add some 'zip', and using monochromatic fabric on windows and chairs (without embellishing them with tassels and trim) will keep things modern. Notice how simple the drapes and slipcovers look in the lower dining room image? Simple soft furnishings paired with antique items work together to create a fresh take on vintage style.
Another trick in making vintage pieces look modern is to keep walls crisp and neutral. There is no better way to appreciate the gorgeous lines of vintage home decor than when it’s highlighted against a simple backdrop.
Shopping List for the Vintage Charm design trend: 1. Uttermost Harvest Serenity Champagne Wall Mirror 2. Schonbek Silver Gold Six Light Chandelier 3. Set of Three Cream Earthenware Planters 4. Aria Collection Acacia Wood Dining Table 5. Uttermost Valent Blue Accent Table 6. Antique White Roses Two Light Wall Sconce
Photos: Belgian Pearls.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.