These 40 Rooms Prove Every Space Needs Something Vintage
Gone are the days of sticking to a single era and style: today’s homes blend vintage and modern pieces at every turn. But when it comes to the most stylish spaces, you’ll find there is a method to the mix. Designers and savvy homeowners know how to incorporate a period piece into a contemporary room, while still showcasing its uniqueness. Here are 40 of our favorite homes that show how to blend old and new.
To update this outdoor dining area without throwing off its charming vibe, senior design editor Joel Bray refreshed a set of vintage chairs using aerosol primer and leafy green paint. A few new throw pillows add even more uplifting color to the space.
Homeowners Mark Puchala and Michelle Donnelly paired a vintage Eames credenza with a contemporary display of mismatched photography and art — the perfect mix of old and new.
In this eclectic family home, gallery-white walls and a flat black-painted door create a graphic, thoroughly modern backdrop for an heirloom grandfather clock.
In the entryway of her Vancouver home, designer Jennifer Scott combined a mod canvas with a vintage lamp and bird cage for a cool, collected vibe.
Designer Michelle Lloyd Bermann went for a vintage Plexiglas-and-brass ceiling light in her principal bedroom. Crisp white walls and linens let the fixture’s sculptural form enjoy the spotlight.
A vintage wooden bench pairs perfectly with a new, but appropriately rough-hewn table in this Port Carling, Ontario, cottage’s rustic entry hall.
In this family kitchen, designer Rachel Fox combined a weighty harvest table — a cherished hand-me-down from one homeowner’s father — with new chairs and lighting to bring the older piece into the present.
An articulated Tizio task light nicely updates a collection of antiques in designer Deb Nelson’s East Coast home.
To underscore the global-meets-refined look she envisioned for this bathroom, designer Sam Sacks rolled out an ornately patterned rug she scored for just $300 at a vintage auction.
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Homeowner Kelvin Browne plays with contrast throughout his country home. In the living room, a pair of mid-century Bertoia chairs look artful placed next to more traditional upholstery.
A bowfront Georgian chest and handsome rug look fresh, not fussy, when paired with whimsical sculpture and art in designer Robert Tanz’s elegant apartment.
To add character to this new walk-in closet, designers Michelle Lloyd Bermann and Christine Ralphs incorporated an antique glass chandelier by Gaspare Asaro and a single vintage chair.
The antique Gothic-style chandelier designer Scott Yetman selected for this dining area creates a sense of occasion, without looking too glam or out of place.
“The bones of our house are cottagey, so we balance them with more contemporary furniture,” explains designer Sophie Burke. In her living room, clean-lined shelving and lighting strike just the right note.
In cottage owner Laurence Martocq’s principal bedroom, a turn-of-the-century French daybed, antique four-poster and hand-me-down desk coexist nicely — without looking overly matchy.
Designer James Davie is known for working historical detail into modern spaces, and this dining room is no different. Here, a new nailhead-trimmed chair and lantern-style sconce nicely complement a weighty vintage hutch.
Designer Wendy Davis had her original Saarinen Tulip chairs and dining table refinished to bring them back to their former glory. As for the seats’ upholstery, she opted for a new, darker fabric to better suit her home’s monochromatic palette.
In this inviting cottage in Ontario’s Muskoka region, an heirloom bench from Norway looks new again set under an airy pendant light and piled with exotic patterned pillows.
Designer J Gibson enhanced the rustic beauty of his country house by setting up a subtle vignette of antiques in his entryway. The drop-leaf table was found at an auction in Atlanta, while the pewter jug is a family heirloom.
Cottage owner Laurence Martocq updated her passed-down dresser with a new set of knobs and eye-catching accessories. Now, the piece has a much more contemporary spirit.
In Laurence’s guest bedroom, a pair of vintage schoolhouse maps double as wall art, while clean white panelling, trim and bed linens keep things clean and airy.
East Coast designers Kenneth Blanchard and Colin McRobbie combined trad, turned-leg furniture with a clean-lined ceiling fixture and exposed, well-worn floor boards to give this dining room an unstudied, contemporary ease.
Surrounded by rotating displays of art and collectibles, designer Lindsay Konior’s Josef Hoffman Prague chair blends nicely into her youthful, laid-back apartment.
To bring a shot of color into this living room, designer Sam Sacks reupholstered a vintage bergère with a bold geometric fabric by David Hicks. Placing it next to a Scandi-cool Jens Risom lounge chair ups the cool factor even more.
In the hall of her Taymouth, New Brunswick, home, owner and designer Kelly Anderson created a sweet arrangement, placing a petite bench — a lucky vintage find — under a simple shelf she made herself out of wood found on her property.
Homeowner Laura Arrell set up a home office around her great-grandmother’s heirloom desk. Combined with a bamboo chair and crisp black and white accents, the set-up has a timeless appeal.
Ceramicist and interior designer Trudy Crane’s Montreal loft expertly brings together vintage pieces with a contemporary sensibility. In her bedroom, a matte-black painted Ikea buffet and vintage mirror make a sophisticated pairing.
In retailers Klaus and Beatrix Nienkämper’s living room, pieces collected over the years — including a Poul Kjærholm chair, Victorian-era dog toys and an original piece by Harold Town — pop against a crisp white backdrop.
A healthy mix of new pieces and vintage curios make retailer Carlo Colacci‘s dining room stand out from the pack.
Reclaimed wooden bookshelves, picked up at Toronto vintage destination Smash, look decidedly unstuffy filled with an eclectic collection of books and accents in this hip family home.
In the principal bathroom of his city pied-à-terre, designer Robert Tanz mounted a 1930s-era tiered chandelier for just a touch of unexpected sparkle overhead.
Homeowner Alison Jeffery nodded to her house’s classic architecture by appointing her entry with a handsome Arts and Crafts–style daybed, a Craigslist find that she had reupholstered in grey linen.
To update a set of mahogany dining chairs passed down from her client’s parents, designer Sam Sacks had the seats recovered in eye-catching green velvet, then grouped them around a clean-lined pedestal table.
A wooden peg coat rack, picked up at a vintage store, perfectly suits the laid-back mood and woodsy setting of this Ontario family cottage.
In her living room, designer Deb Nelson sets her favorite finds — found on regular antiquing trips to Great Village, Nova Scotia — against a bright white backdrop for a gallery-like effect.
Designer and architect Darcie Watson added a bit of whimsy to this circa-1905 Toronto home by placing a vintage fuchsia chair in the otherwise traditional entry.
Homeowner Tamara Taggart found her petite china cabinet in a vintage store and then painted it white. Now, the piece blends seamlessly into her living room, while maintaining its one-of-a-kind charm.
A reclaimed newel post at the foot of the stairs makes a conversation-starting addition to this modernized historical home in Toronto.
J Gibson repurposed an old lobster trap as a coffee table in his country house, creating tension against the soft, cozy textiles in the space.
With nothing to detract from its classic good looks, an antique wooden chair steals the show in this breezy East Coast home.