Out with the new and in with the old! Contrary to popular belief, a living room decked out in vintage decor doesn't have to feel stuffy and dated. In fact, when done well, a storied living room can feel modern and fresh. Here are eight superstylish vintage living room ideas that will have you trucking it to the thrift store in search of the perfect antique treasures.
1. Start with a Sideboard
If you're ready to try out a vintage living room idea but aren't sure where to start, a midcentury sideboard is the way to go. Depending on your setup, it can work as a sofa back table, media cabinet, or stylish home bar. Or, put it under a window like vintage furniture dealer Shelley Briggs at Iconic Mid-Mod Decor & Restoration did in her own living room.
2. Pair It with Plants
3. Invest in Timeless Leather
4. Stick to a Cohesive Color Palette
5. Or Stick to a Size and Shape
Matchy-matchy furniture sets feel dated, no matter when they were manufactured. But if you're not ready for a full-on eclectic mix, you can still get a cohesive vintage living room look with mismatched pieces, like Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY did in her home. Just try to find pieces that have a similar scale and bulkiness. It's even better if the colors and wood stains complement each other.
6. Rock the Rattan
We've always loved the living room in Golden Girls, but now it's totally on trend to deck out your space in rattan and palm leaves. Test the waters and incorporate this vintage living room idea with a rattan chair or two, like designer/photographer/blogger Jessica Brigham did in her own living room.