Vintage furniture brings fantastic character and personality to living spaces with rich tones, textures, and patinas that pay homage to the past. Whether you want to mix old with new to create a shabby-chic look or an edgy modern look with an unexpected antique twist, vintage modern furniture can add sophisticated style and authentic interest. Achieving the vintage modern look is about striking that beautiful balance of clean lines and vintage charm.
Here are some of our favorite pieces of vintage modern furniture and design ideas for getting the look.
Create an interesting focal point in a contemporary dining room with an unexpected vintage fixture like the Allen Chandelier. With delicate, ornate details and a gorgeous gold antique finish, this deco fixture can add a dash of 1920’s Gatsby drama to instantly dress up a dining room and take it to the next level of design.
Pair clean-lined dining chairs with a retro-inspired table like the Adams Dining Table. The dark grey wash finish with bookmatched acacia flower pattern combined with the repeated classic half trestle base makes this table a truly unique and stunning centerpiece.
One of the biggest and best perks of vintage furniture are the fabulous patinas. If you really want to add interest with rich patinas, the Westberry Table features a design with both antique bronze and antique gold finishes. The industrial-inspired design and glass top add a twist for a piece that is both antiquated and polished.
With vintage furniture, the beauty is in the details. If you want to add subtle interest, go for a piece that features elegant hardware and details like our Heath Chest. This faux bamboo chest boasts antique hardware, a satin vintage black finish, a natural oak top and Chinoiserie bamboo trim.
A little vintage glamour can go a long way. A luxurious chaise lounge like our Shannon Chaise with its graceful curves and eye-catching silhouette can be a defining piece for the corner of a bedroom or living room. An antique-inspired sofa alternative such as our custom upholstered Shannon Chaise can invite you in to indulge in rest and relaxation.
The key to getting the designer vintage modern look is to edit carefully. Practicing proportion, balance and even a little minimalism will ensure interiors are refined and never overwrought. This way, each antique detail can have an even more significant impact. Instead of choosing pieces that are elaborate in both form and finish, opt for designs that contrast simplicity with embellishment. Our Romeo Console, for example, combines a basic shape with antique brass and a high gloss, polished cerejeira veneer for a timeless design that is simply exquisite.
As you edit, be sure to keep things light. Pieces that are sculptural but not too visually heavy allow you to maintain a modern feel. Open designs like our Lynne Ottoman, Merritt Nesting Tables, and Kimbrell Bookshelf are prime examples of pieces that add interest without added weight. These pieces are striking in their naihead trim, shapes, and antique gold and white finishes, while still remaining light and airy.
Let Gabby help you get the vintage modern look you’ve always wanted with our wide selection of eclectic and antique furniture, lighting, and decor. From showstopper pieces to staple furnishings, you’re sure to strike that beautiful balance of comfort, function and personalized and expressive style. Shop online or visit one of our showrooms.