Vintage rugs add a touch of elegance and global influence that can instantly transform any room. Designed to evoke the same classic, nostalgic feel of bygone years, these rugs usually feature intricate floral motifs, detailed borders, a distressed texture, and emblems with cultural and historical meanings.
While vintage-style rugs are meant to look, well, vintage, these rugs have a timeless appeal and can actually complement a wide variety of home themes, including modern and contemporary spaces. If you’re needing some inspiration, here we’ll show you some best ways of decorating with vintage rugs in different design settings.
1. Relaxed Rustic
Opposites attract when it comes to rustic decor, as seen in this bedroom. The exposed wood beams, distressed door, and metal bed frame are softened and balanced out with the help of this brown intricate vintage rug, which adds a touch of elegance to the space.
2. Colorful Eclectic
Eclectic decor seamlessly blends multiple styles together in one space, often with a colorful palette and vintage finds, to create a unique yet pulled-together look. Vintage rugs make the perfect companion to eclectic decor, giving the space its laid back vibe. Take this living room, for example. The rainbow-themed bookshelf and mid-century modern furniture is perfectly balanced with this richly toned Persian-style vintage rug.
3. Bohemian Beauty
If you’re looking for a casual, laid-back vibe, a vintage rug will reinforce your theme while bringing together all the patterns and textures that usually come with a bohemian look. To unify this theme, stick to a few color combinations and keep other design elements neutral.
4. Coastal Cool
Coastal homes are known for their casual comfort and easy elegance. But even if you don’t have a beach cottage or cliffside mansion, you can inject that same coastal vibe with white walls, mostly white or cream-colored furniture, and use of some natural fibers like jute or hemp. For that relaxed, casual look, layer your hardwood floors with a grey or blue vintage rug with distressed details.
5. Shabby Chic
Shabby chic shares the same creative freedom as bohemian. It is often a combination of various design elements that have an intentionally-aged look. When done right, a shabby chic interior looks very artsy and purposefully messy. A vintage floral rug with soft, feminine colors will feel right at home in this antique-themed space.
6. Sleek Scandinavian
Nordics are known for their simple, functional, and minimalistic approach to design. While modern rugs or geometric rugs are the obvious choices for Scandinavian-inspired spaces, a vintage area rug with rich colors, like red or burgundy, will add contrast and warmth to the space, creating a more homey vibe.
7. Modern Farmhouse
With its practical-yet-stylish look, it’s no wonder that the farmhouse theme is enjoying the spotlight in today’s modern spaces. And it’s surprisingly easy to recreate at home. A sprinkle of reclaimed wood elements here and some metal bins, jute baskets, copper containers, and plants there can instantly bring country character into your home. Top that off with a red vintage-style rug and you’ve got yourself a charming rustic home.
8. Contemporary Classic
Classic doesn’t always have to mean a blast from the past. Contemporary spaces can enjoy that classic, timeless feel, too. To achieve this, pair sophisticated and modern furnishings with a rug that features a traditional pattern, like damasks or medallions, in neutral, understated hues.
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