Vintage Coastal Style
Use these 68 design tips and decorating ideas to add antique appeal to your home.
Use classical shapes in modern ways for a chic look that’s steeped in history. For this dining nook, an antique table was painted white and lacquered. The upscale plastic chairs add elegance with antique lines but keep the space childproof.
Wood walls give an instant vintage appeal to a room. Even a wood accent wall can lend an old-time look to your space.
The vintage Heywood-Wakefield bamboo furniture set on this porch feels crisply shipshape with cushions covered in marine blue fabric and white piping.
Paint shelves white to display collections of vintage pieces to their best advantage. Choosing the same white for both shelves and walls allows prized objects—such as these antique cameras―to stand out.
Using an exterior finish on an interior wall makes the space feel like an addition to the original home. Interior shingle-style walls add a vintage feel and suggest timeless New England life in this room.
Classic white cabinetry and tile won’t seem overly sterile if you include lively vintage accents, such as a farmhouse sink and retro metal barstools.
Whitewashed wood in this kitchen shows off the natural material’s texture and imperfections—creating a lived-in-for-years look.
Give your kitchen a nostalgic feel with vintage appliances. A refurbished stove, manually operated toaster, and dial phone will lend an old-school vibe, while a retro clock will ensure your culinary efforts cook to perfection.
Natural pine floors, walls, and ceilings preserve this cottage’s retro, lived-in look. Vintage wicker furniture in different designs adds to the casual feel.
Coastal can be formal, too. The sea-inspired colors of this lush canopy make the space cool and breezy instead of stuffy and straitlaced.
Encourage your little explorers and add vintage charm by displaying a favorite collection of antique globes and maps in a playroom.
Don’t be afraid to mix antique eras. Mid-century chairs freshen up the look of this antique table, and bookcases lend a library feel to this dining room, while glass French doors let the light shine in.