Vintage bedroom design isn’t something you see every day. But it’s still very much out there. And how. Whether it’s 200 or 300 year old vintage bedroom design, or more ‘modern’ ie a mere 60 to 70 years old, we’ve picked out some of our favourites right here.
Many of the rooms have a French vintage appeal while others favour a particular period such as Georgian, Victorian, Baroque or Rococo. There’s even a medieval bedroom listed. See if you find them equally as stunning as we do:
This Mennonite bedroom in Canada has been lovingly restored by the home’s owners. Much of the carpentry ie the floor, door and windows, has been completed by the designer himself, giving the room a very rustic feel (as does the DIY stone back wall which has a plywood backing). The plain cotton French style covers and straw case at the bottom of the bed sets it all off nicely.
This 1950s beach house bedroom is surrounded by vintage black and white prints in plain frames. The simple grey padded fabric headboard and bed table lights are also reminiscent of the period. The plain colour scheme is brought to life with a pop of yellow.
Designers: Musseo Design Group
It doesn’t get more vintage southern than this 1850s Bastrop County plantation house bedroom. A restoration project, the bedroom consists of an old wooden poster bed, writing desk, rocking chair and old saloon-style fan. The carpet is a reproduction and the ceiling boards antique pin.
Remaining in the Deep South, this Charleston bedroom also has a traditional four poster wooden bed and plain cotton sheets. There are no garish colour shades here, with the only ‘strong’ colour coming from the gilt framed picture above the bed. The floorboards and heavy wooden window frames also give a rustic feel to this room.
Designer: Alix Bragg Interior Design
The exposed open ceiling vaults and beams give this room an instant aged appearance. This is emphasised with the original wooden floor and French vintage fireplace.
Designer: Walnut Shade Architects & Building Designers
This vintage bedroom exudes calmness thanks to its very subtle light blue and green accents and overall beige and cream color scheme. The traditional gold chandelier gives the room an olden day appearance, as does the dark wooden jewellery box and coasters.
Designer: Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators
A traditional home with a difference, thanks to the striking ‘triangles’ wallpaper and unusual fox print above the bed. The bed cabinets – as well as the bed itself with its plain, small wooden headboard – are all 1940s/50s. the yellow bedcover adds the only real colour in the room.
Designers: Rethink Design Studio
The following vintage bedroom definitely has a French feel to it, thanks to its light, pastel colour scheme, gilt edged mirrors and elaborate chandelier. The headboard too is painted wood and boasts an aged appeal. The wood panelling also adds a Georgian air to the room.
Designer: Charles Spada
This is a type of vintage preppy male bedroom thanks to all that tartan and the inclusion of the shields. The old black and white soldier photograph dates the room as does the black and white photo on the bed stand (which is heavy wood and has an aged appearance itself. The bed’s headboard is reminiscent of a 1920s/30s fashion.
Designer: Scot Meacham Wood
This country house in Summer Duck Wood Estate, Virginia contains actual antiques such as the original Persian carpet. The whole bedroom has a botanic theme – even the ceiling has a floral motif. There’s the traditional four poster bed while the roaring fire and old wooden piano also give the room a vintage appearance.
Designer: Tino Zervudachi
This former butler’s pantry turned bedroom in this London townhouse is given a traditional 1830s feel thanks to the tongue-and-groove wood paneling on the walls, wooden dresser and the tapestry framed above the headboard.
The bedding, old black and white photographs on the wall and the gilt edged mirror all give an aged appeal to this bedroom. The wide pelmet and four poster bed add to this effect, as does the old dresser beside the bed.
You don’t get much more vintage than an 18th century restored palazzo in Malta. The exposed ceiling beams and decorated boards, as well as the stenciled walls (reminiscent of a pattern in a nearby convent) date this bedroom. So too does the beautiful gilt headboard and the chandelier.
Designer: Paul Golding
It’s the gilt famed portrait on the wall that ages this room, along with the black and white photographs, brass bed with gingham bed cover and the old bedside table. The lampshade too is of a different generation.
Designer: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
This stunning bedroom has been reproduced to replicate an 18th century Venetian home. Most of the walls have been covered in rice paper and painted to replicate two existing Chinese wall panels (which were discovered in an auction). The bed adds to the effect and is an original believed to be by Georges Jacob and at least 200 years old. The velvet bedcover, which is embroidered with gold thread, is an 18th century original (again found at auction).
Designer: Alvise Orsini
It’s difficult to date this Oxfordshire cottage bedroom. The wallpaper, bedspread and the bed itself give it a period feel (around the early 1900s). The bedside lights and the framed tapestry add to this. The wooden packing case at the bottom of the bed also has an aged appearance.
Designer: Emma Burns
The combination of mellow yellow walls and curtains is calming and the pretty iron bed from Housing Units with delicate Marks & Spencer bedding adds a romantic touch to this bedroom. Twin feather-trimmed lamps, a crystal chandelier and old framed pictures continue the vintage theme.
Designer: Housing Units
This bedroom, designed along Victorian principles, boasts furniture with intricate detail and design. The dark wood and dark blue fabric shade is very typical of the Victorian period and gives the room warmth as well as sophistication:
Designer: Paul Begun
This bedroom in a Georgian country house boasts padded wooden headboards typical of its time while the curtains and bed fabric is richly patterned and heavy. The muted color was also typical of the Georgian period.
Designer: Mark Gillette
The Arts and Crafts design movement (late 1800s) had a strong botanic and nature theme and this can be seen in nearly all the fabric elements in this bedroom. The idea was to keep design simple – but not plain – and this bedroom displays no gaudy colors that couldn’t be seen in nature (even the bedside cabinets represent two sturdy tree trunks):
Designer: Mark Gillette
This Georgian bedroom was created by the London interior designers Nstudio.com. Again it has the muted colors of the period as well as a highly-decorative rococo theme.
The heavily-framed landscape portraits, chandelier and dark wooden bed frame/headboard give this bedroom a very definite period feel:
Designer: Gary Riggs
This bedroom is all about Hollywood glamour. The silver glitz, elaborate chandelier and the large ornate headboard reek of decadence – as does the luxurious white fur rugs:
Designer: Olga Rechdouni
Classic elegance is very much in evidence in this art deco inspired bedroom in a three-story home in New Delhi. It’s all clean, vertical lines and luxury golden fabrics:
Designer: Jean-Louis Deniot
There’s vintage and there’s downright medieval – and the latter is certainly how this Italian bedroom (part of a 12th century tower) in Florence could be described. The loose plaster on the wall gives it an authentic feel. So too does the ‘cubby hole’ used to display several small clay vases.
Designer: Jane Sacchi
Designer: Charles Spada
The following bedroom has an arts and crafts feel thanks for the botanic wallpaper and wooden four poster bedspread. The colours used for the fabrics are also muted and reminiscent of nature.
Designer: Suzanne Tucker
The bedside tables in this ‘modern Georgian’ bedroom are dated 1940s and originate from Paris. The gilt-wood mirror is original 18th century and the chair is mid-century. It’s a mix that works though.
Designer: Windsor Smith
This masculine vintage bedroom has a very calming air thanks to the pale green walls – which go beautifully with the gilt-edged picture frames and bedstead. The old dark wooden chest of drawers and embroidered bedspread are an indication too of an earlier century.
Designer: Will Fisher
The mixture of botanic textiles and old photographs and prints in thin gilt-edged frames – in addition to the old-fashioned bed – give this country room an early 1900’s look. The old-fashioned rug and linens on the table emphasize this.
Designer: Domenica More Gordon