Bored of bland white rooms or the contemporary look that’s all the rage? Then, give your home personality and decorate with quirky vintage homeware from Baileys Home instead. We’ve got some great tips to get you started.
Baileys Home: a treasure chest for vintage
To achieve the vintage look, start by focusing on accessories. Baileys Home has an eclectic selection of one-off items. Spread across several barns and sheds on an idyllic farm near the village of Bridstow in Herefordshire, it should take pride of place in the little black book of any vintage magpie. If you love the nostalgic look, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of reclaimed finds with an industrial nod.
The ever-changing stock offers eclectic finds from around the world, from old Hungarian linen to tribal chairs from Ethiopia. There’s cute stuff for the kids that you’ll never find in a high street toy shop, along with old milk bottles, yoghurt pot candles, paella pans and chapati boards to scatter around your home. And after all that shopping, you can head to the Tabernacle Tea Room for a well-earned cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. Sounds like the perfect weekend to us.
It’s time to get inventive with your decorating ideas and achieve an effortlessly rustic farmhouse look with a nod to industrial chic using neutral paints and one-off vintage homeware from Baileys Home. In essence, vintage refers to anything more than two decades old, but no older than a century – when it becomes an antique. But while there are no strict rules for decorating with vintage – it’s an expression of your individuality after all – some guidelines are useful before you get out those pots and paints.
The style responds well to warm and soft browns that can achieve a restful and romantic look, especially for your vintage bedroom ideas. Take inspiration from the Dulux palette to perfect the look that you want to achieve. Beige is a beautiful colour when done right and paired with a pop of bright colours, creamy fabrics and Baileys homeware accessories with a functional edge.
Start by painting your bedroom walls with a muted and subtle Nutmeg White or warm Caramel Latte as a backdrop that will allow your vintage homeware to shine – and you to get a good night’s sleep! You can paint an accent wall in a bold caramel colour, such as Roasted Coffee or Hazlenut Truffle to add balance, and then introduce texture via your pillows and a soft cotton duvet.
For more vintage bedroom ideas, try mixing subtle colours and patterns to add contrast to your reclaimed Baileys Home finds. Creamy tones and muted hues of eggshell blue, lilac, and lavender as a backdrop paint scheme work well in a bedroom. You can add pops of brighter colours with cushions and throws, but pare back on fancy florals to avoid any clashes with the industrial vintage look.
When it comes to vintage living room ideas, play with different styles and periods. There’s no room for matching furniture here – it’s time to let your imagination run free! Why not create a farmhouse feel by painting the walls a subtle Evening Barley that’s easy on the eye and will allow your vintage finds to be the focus of attention.
If you are in the market to splash out on a new settee for your vintage living room ideas, then Baileys Home have a great range of handmade sofas in linen, cotton and velvet – and luxury fabrics are a strong feature of the vintage style. But if a new sofa is out of your budget, then unlock the beauty of your living room and use quirky pieces of vintage homeware, such as a Baileys incense burner made from a shoe last.
A good reason why vintage has found favour for today’s decorating ideas is it fits in with the growing movement for sustainable living – and that’s a good thing! We are all much more conscious of over consumption and too much waste in the world. Using vintage homeware rescues objects that might otherwise be thrown away. And one person’s rubbish can be another’s bright idea for a new spice rack!
Paint is your friend when it comes to giving old objects a new lease of life, so try your hand at upcycling. A simple distressed wooden coffee table will look amazing when set against a plush sofa with a mix of scatter cushions in vivid colours or geometric patterns. Upcycling is a lot of fun and will save you money to splash out on some more Baileys finds!
You can achieve a new look to a side table or chair to contrast against the rest of your vintage style if you get to work with sandpaper and one or two coats of paint for a deliberately distressed look. If starting from scratch, one coat of paint will showcase more of the wood beneath and allow it to peek through. But for items that are already painted, remember that the older any existing paint is the harder you will need to work with a good grit to give it a refresh; consider it as part of your daily workout.
Once you’ve got the hang of using vintage to stamp your personality in your bedroom or living room, why not expand your ideas and make your entire home a vintage showcase? You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so make it as welcoming as possible. This modern take on a rustic kitchen makes use of raw materials and light paint colours to create a space that is truly inviting. The painted olive-green chairs bring it all together to achieve the effortless charm of a country cottage.
Baileys homeware is the ideal style for your kitchen accessories, but if you can’t make it to Herefordshire, you can use their ever-evolving online store to add a touch of shabby chic using blue steel pans, a cast iron mortar and pestle, enamel mugs, teak cutlery and much more.