Vintage Coastal Style
Antique fixtures such as a pendant lamp and cabinetry hardware lend a schoolhouse feel to this breakfast nook. Dark painted trim highlights the architectural details in the space.
Add Storage with Vintage Finds
Natural wood, simple linens, and an aged patina give this bedroom a timeless feel. A stack of suitcases adds storage and acts as a reminder of the spirit of travel that has drawn people to the coast for centuries.
Use Antique Garden Gates
Metal gates create unique headboards in keeping with the antique vibe of the room.
Age a Home with Wood
Integrate Historic Salvage Finds
The focal point in this kitchen is the remains of a pole once used as a practice mast for members of the Life-Saving Service (the Coast Guard's predecessor) to rehearse rescues more than a century ago.
Include Classic Silhouettes
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.
Install Wood Walls
Wood walls give an instant vintage appeal to a room. Even a wood accent wall can lend an old-time look to your space.
Go Vintage with Weathered Finds
Mix Old and New
Use Bamboo Furniture
The vintage Heywood-Wakefield bamboo furniture set on this porch feels crisply shipshape with cushions covered in marine blue fabric and white piping.
Salvage Old Fixtures
Highlight Antique Treasures
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.
Use Exterior Finishes Inside
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.
Go Traditional with Historic Symbols
Use Warm Wood Tones
Play with Color
Create Classic Vintage Character
Warm Up a Space with Antique Accents
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.
Reference Early Americana
Whitewash to Highlight Texture
Whitewashed wood in this kitchen shows off the natural material’s texture and imperfections—creating a lived-in-for-years look.
Install Vintage Appliances
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.
Mix Your Wickers
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.
Try Vintage-Style Accessories
Incorporate Real Antique Materials
Include Mid-Century Classics
Look for Affordable Accessories
Use Vintage Finds in Unexpected Ways
Let a showstopping sink take center stage. Set a colorful enamel bowl atop a vintage washstand, or mount it on a countertop as an attention-getter.
Use texture to add vintage interest. Beaded-board walls with vertical stripes and distressed cabinets make this kitchen feel established.
Opt for Coastal Colors
Coastal can be formal, too. The sea-inspired colors of this lush canopy make the space cool and breezy instead of stuffy and straitlaced.
Look for Global Inspiration
Encourage your little explorers and add vintage charm by displaying a favorite collection of antique globes and maps in a playroom.
Show Your Color Personality
Add Character with Built-ins
Install Reproduction Fixtures
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.
Add an Antique Shower
Limit Your Palette
Include Cheeky Accents
Display Family Treasures
Implement Oversize Statement Pieces
Use large antiques in unique ways. Overhead, an antique canvas kayak reminds homeowners that the water is just steps away.
Repurpose and Salvage
Use salvaged pieces to make new things. This homeowner designed her kitchen island using antique table legs and salvaged butcher block.
Make a Sleeping Porch
Before air-conditioning, coastal residents would often take advantage of the sea breeze with a sleeping porch. This antique iron bed and vintage-style bamboo furniture look beautiful on the screened porch.
Rethink Classic Architectural Features
Re-create an antique look in any room in your home without an expensive overhaul by hanging black-and-white and sepia-tone photographs. Salvaged frames in various widths and texture add an authentic feel to aged pictures.