Vintage inspired decor has been extremely popular over the last couple of years and will continue to be for a while. The word “vintage” is sort of a catch-all word that is often used to describe many different looks. Some relate it to shabby chic and rustic, while others go for a more mod or retro vibe. No matter what your preference on the exact style, this is definitely a look that can easily be incorporated into your outdoor living space. Here is some beautiful inspiration that will work for any outdoor areas.
Outdoor Living Vintage Style
Shabby Chic is best described as Victorian meets country cottage. It’s a feminine, cozy, and slightly rustic look. You will often see a comfy over-stuffed sofa or chair paired with tables or cabinets that have been aged to show signs of wear. Think lots of curves, soft colours, and floral patterns. It’s an inviting style that will offer lots of accessories such as books, candles, and floral arrangements. When taking this look outdoors, splurge on the seating and save on the the tables by shopping at flea markets or yard sales.
Country Rustic is usually a combination of the Old South and farmhouse. This look tends to use mostly wooden pieces accented with some iron. Pair these darker tones with ivory, beige, and a pop of colour to keep the space from feeling too dreary. As with the Shabby Chic, you can find great items with a low price tag to re-purpose and use in fun ways. For instance, the first picture shows side tables created from whiskey barrels.
Old World Bohemian or Boho.
Boho is another broad term, but in this application I compare it best to an eclectic Moroccan bazaar that features rich colours, fun lighting, and unique and cultural accessories. Start with metal seating and layer different textures and patterns with throw pillows and rugs. Feel free to mix and match different metallic pieces and glassware via lanterns and vases.
This is a much different approach to vintage. Think clean lines and minimal versus plush and fussy. Make one or two items the focal point by using fun and bold colors. Pattern is ok, but don’t layer them. Accessories should be limited to a few statement pieces with either sleek lines or a geometric design.