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Get the Vintage Casual Look

You’ve heard of it before: vintage casual. It’s endearing, and somehow manages to make old, worn decor look chic and one of a kind.

But for those who weren’t born with the natural ability to design a room with a simple vision, how do you create a vintage casual house? First, let’s note that vintage casual tends to take looks of European country, beach-house and American farmhouses and then combines them in an effortless and relaxed theme in your house.

Where do you start?

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Take a time out: Appreciate things that look worn, take notice of pieces with a story or a history. Pieces with worn or distressed wood or even linens that look like they have been washed more than your favorite pair of jeans are a great start. Metal accents should look burnished, as though they have been passed down in your family.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, visit your grandparents, your friend’s grandparents, watch old movies- find pieces that speak to you and then seek out to find it.

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Slipcovers: Fortunately, we don’t have to follow EVERYTHING our dear Grandma did, we will never recommend those uncomfortable plastic slipcovers. Instead, get cotton canvas slipcovers, or couches with plain patterns so that you can really show your style through accent pieces.

Use slipcovers throughout your house- upholstery,  beds, dining chairs and pair it with rustic pieces of wood for the farmhouse look.

Color Pallet: Accent your  house with calm, neutral colors: soft khaki, mild olive, cool grays and white. If you want more color consider soft yellows, salmon and rustic red.

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Remember: accentuate. Don’t just slip a cover on your couch and call it a day, the perk of a vintage casual look is the ability to add as many accents as you would like to create your own style. Remember, this look is meant to be one-of-a-kind. So make it your own!

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The best part of a vintage casual house- it gets to be completely your style. Rummage your city’s thrift stores, find those fun accent pieces that speak to you. It’s alright if they don’t all match exactly, because that’s the beauty of it- no one can define your vintage casual style better than you.

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Why you love your furniture but hate your room

If you fell in love with the furniture set at the store but bring it home and find that it’s just too much for your room, don’t fret- the problem can be something as simple as  your  color scheme.

For example, it’s easy to find a big, dark brown, bedroom set and then be drawn to dark colors that look great with it, but you might want to try some light colors instead.

Why? If you have light colors on your bed, walls, floor etc. then it will draw the eye toward the main pieces of the furniture. It will give a direct “landing” mark for your eyes to know where to rest.

Here’s a great example of bold furniture and how a soft colors used to complement the pieces.

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 Notice that they didn’t skimp on color- there is a variation of pinks, tans, and even a subtle green surrounding the bed and  dressers. They are using accent colors to do just that-accent the room, not overpower the room.

So if you’re feeling like your room is a mess of color, it might be because you aren’t giving your eyes a rest! Lighten up some colors to create that focal point that you need in every room.

Give it a try, swap some of your dark accessories for a lighter pallet and see if it makes a difference.

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Soften your Hardwood floors.

We love hardwood floors. They’re easier to keep clean than carpet, they’re durable,  and of course, they make any house look amazing.

However, there are downsides to the beloved hardwood floor- and one of the problems is in the name itself. They’re hard.

Along with giving off a look of sophistication and adding structural strength to your home, hardwood floors can also give off the feeling of ‘cold’ and ‘uncomfortable’ (your feet can probably vouch for that when you just get out of bed on a cold morning without slippers). While entertaining guests, ‘cold’ and ‘uncomfortable’ are definitely not that impressions you want to leave. But there is an easy fix-

area rugs.

If you’ve ever been to one of our homestores, you might have noticed that our furniture displays always include an area rug. Why? Because we understand that a simple rug can unify your room– it shows that this cluster of furniture is intended and goes together.

So take a look at these photos:

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Notice anything?

Area Rugs.

We really do take them for granted, but imagine any of these rooms without one- suddenly there’s an empty and incomplete feeling, missing that simple touch of coziness and warmth.

So how do you pick the right rug? There’s a few things to focus on before running out and buying the first eye-catching rug you see

Location: Where will you be adding this rug? Smaller rugs are generally seen in kitchens, bathrooms, or smaller rooms. Larger rugs will typically be seen in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.

Traffic: Is this a high traffic area? Say the rug will be used in your living room and you entertain often, pick a dark colored rug or even one with bold patterns so they do not get noticeably dirty. If it’s in the fancy dining room you eat at for Thanksgiving only, don’t be afraid to try a lighter color.

Color: Use this opportunity to accent select colors in your room, if your room is mostly in one color, use this opportunity to add a pop to your room. Use your rug to enhance or complement the room, not to overpower the room.

Check out a few examples, put together by our Visual Merchandising Lead-

hariston couch  +   shitake rug

Hariston Shitake Loveseat

hindell park   + porter dining rug

Hindell Park Dining 

porter bed  +  hindlepark rug

Porter Bedroom 

Each rug is used to enhance the furniture, it goes well with each piece without taking your eye off of the furniture you love so much.

Do you have any questions about which rug is right for you? Let us know! We’re happy to help. Happy Decorating!