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?
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.
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.
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!
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.