Top 8 Vintage Dining Room Ideas
Create the perfect vintage-style dining room with these top tips
The dining room is undergoing something of an overhaul, with imposing, highly polished interiors giving way to fun and funky schemes that blend different time periods and styles, and which refuse to take themselves too seriously. Whether you’re going chic and retro or cosy and rustic, these vintage dining room ideas will help you get it right first time.
Top 8 vintage interior design ideas for dining rooms
- Mix and match. Combine a wooden bench with painted metal chairs for a casual look, or mix and match dining chairs in different colours and styles for a bold style statement.
- Get thrifty. Raid antique, charity and second-hand shops for unusual pieces that will add character to your scheme. Don’t get frustrated if you can’t find what you’re looking for straightaway: think of your vintage dining room as an ongoing venture, not a quick redecorating project.
- Reclaim and restore. For a unique look, source furniture and accessories from unusual places such as abandoned barns, factories or even the garden shed.
- Pick a theme. Whether it’s a time period or a genre, a theme can help tie your scheme together. Incorporate a few key accessories relating to that theme to create visual continuity without going overboard.
- Play with pattern. Set bold statement textiles off against a small-scale geometric wallpaper, balancing the look out with furniture in muted tones.
- Get creative with colour. Incorporate pastels or brights for a fun retro vibe, and make them stand out against a white, off-white or grey background.
- Go shabby chic. Look for weathered wooden furnishings and hand-me-down accessories. The Girl Who Tried Everything has a great guide to distressing your own furniture, but if that seems like too much effort, Housing Units’ Time Fusion collection contains some great reclaimed pieces such as the Manilla range, which can be used to achieve the same effect.
- Add rustic charm. Create a cosy cottage environment with a chequered tablecloth, plantation shutters and a farmhouse dresser laden with crockery.
Heather is writing on behalf of Housing Units, one of the North’s biggest and best independent home furnishings stores stocking over 30,000 products from leading brands. Browse their range online or visit their store in Failsworth, Greater Manchester for more interior design ideas and inspiration.