As the population in the GTA continues to boom, the number of subdivisions in the area will continue to increase. That means the chances of happening upon a well-maintained century home, replete with original features and fittings, is becoming rarer every day. It’s more likely for the average person to live in a modern home, no older than 50 years. Luckily there’s a way of capturing the vintage look of these historic homes with a few well-executed interior design techniques. We’ve made a list of some of the easiest ways to give your modern home a classic, shabby chic feel.
Repurposed pallets might be the biggest trend to hit 2016, and they’re an easy way to capture that rustic chic look in your homes. But you might want to think twice before you snag the first pallet you find on the side of the road. Some of the industrial pallets used in manufacturing have been treated with carcinogenic chemicals and neurotoxins to prevent pest infestations. Take a look at the stamp on the wood. Those pallets that have been pressure or heat treated are safe to use in your home. You can use these as the foundations of a DIY bed or low lounge. It can also be revamped into flea-market chic shelving units.
- Whitewash Furniture
While the lucky ones can find delightfully aged cabinets, dressers, and other furniture items in the various flea markets and antique stores around the GTA, the majority of us won’t stumble upon these finds. Instead, we have to make them. Luckily you can copy the rustic distressed look that’s so popular today with a sander, a few coats of paint, and a stain. Take a look at the tutorials online to find out the best way to get this look in your home. Though white is typically the go-to colour for distressed furniture, vibrant turquoise and yellows are also popular.
- Plantation Shutters
While roller shades would be the perfect throw-back to the 60s and 70s, wooden shutters are a better fit for a vintage charm. You can tweak the kind of window treatment you choose according to the era you’re trying to emulate in your home; however, the treated wood of this style would match the refurbished pallets and cabinets you’ve already started to collect. Our design experts can help you choose the exact shade and style to fit in with the rest of your décor.
- Decorative Accessories
Like the pallets mentioned above, the addition of household knickknacks that had a previous life as something else is an easy way to create that vintage vibe in your home. Think burlap rice bags converted into throw pillows, old milk bottles turned into vases, and incomplete set of cocktail glasses transformed into tea light holders. Literally anything can have the chance at a second life.
We may not be able to help you scour flea markets and decorating shops, nor distress your antique shop finds; however, we can help you choose and install the stylish yet classic look of Plantation shutters when your windows are ready for an update. Give us a call and together we can create a vintage feel in your modern home.