I am often asked for my top tips when styling your home with vintage. One of the things I always suggest is that you should keep your fixtures and fittings in keeping with your home especially if you are going to sell it some time soon.
By that I mean your kitchen, bathroom, doors, fireplace, flooring…basically the items you will be leaving when you move.
My hallway by Simon Whitmore for FW Media for Style Your Modern Vintage Home
For example, we live in a 1920s home which is filled with 1960s items. But our doors are original and all the door furniture is bakelite. Our kitchen is a white shaker with Belfast sinks – very classic. Our stair posts and bannisters are all traditional. The fire place has a 1930s wood buring stove in it. We could have course chosen modern versions and there is nothing wrong with that, but what we havent done is put a 1960s kitchen in or 1960s doors.
I am a real believer that these items should fit in with your style but ultimately fit in with the house itself. With this in mind we have chosen a worktop in a similar wood to our Ercol furniture also in the same room, so it all co-ordinates beautifully. Take the Ercol away, the kitchen would still look great to a new home owner.
Now I know this can be hard especially if you want an English Rose kitchen, but imagine leaving it behind when you go. If you put in one maybe consider taking it when you go…as most other people wouldnt want it! (Fools huh!)
by Simon Whitmore for FW Media for Style Your Modern Vintage Home
So if you are about to renovate your home to a more vintage look, stop for a second and think what it will look like when you pack away your bits and bobs. Stand in your home as a prospective new owner and think about what they would expect. Remember that wallpaper can be stripped off but replacing a whole bathroom suite will mean hassle and more importantly, money. And that could be a deal breaker.