Text by Elizabeth Czapski
As spring makes its long-awaited arrival and the outside world comes alive again, it’s the perfect time to follow suit indoors and refresh your home’s interiors by giving new life to antique accents. From passed-down furnishings to sought-after collections and small, stumbled-upon treasures, vintage touches add character and charm to any cottage. This style spans many looks—timeworn and weathered, ornate and pristinely preserved, and everything in between—and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for incorporating it in ways that feel as lively as the season.
Behind the Glass
Display cabinets aren’t just for fine china and elegant crystal. Ensure your cherished vintage wares—no matter how fancy—get pride of place behind glass doors. You can even switch out pieces to complement the seasons. This colorful old-fashioned Pyrex compilation is ideal for spring.
In Full Swing
With porch season upon us, don’t forget to spruce up your veranda with a few vintage accents. Pay homage to the nostalgic attraction of porch sitting with a traditional swing made from salvaged wood. Add originality to florals and foliage with mismatched antique pots and planters.
This style finds its sweet spot in an eclectic, collected look, so open shelving, counter displays, and other creative presentations, such as hanging pot racks, are must-haves. This allows you to showcase your most-loved pieces—and personality—rather than keep them hidden away.
Assorted vintage baskets can be a versatile treasure trove. Beyond their functional purposes, they serve as unique wall décor that brings welcome texture to a space. Plus, they’re the perfect embellishment for Easter time!
Nooks and Nuances
Every cottage needs a great nook or two, and these cozy corners lend themselves effortlessly to a vintage ambience. In this lovely breakfast nook, sepia tones set the mood against authentic selections like reclaimed wood finishes and a chandelier with a streamlined Old-World vibe.
A wall covering with a dynamic print offers twofold style for modern interiors—it’s a vintage element that has come back around to be entirely on trend today. This scenic Schumacher motif sings of springtime and instills a cheery touch.
Similar to the resurgence of wallpaper, bold hues have had a revival in recent years as well. While white and neutrals will always be classics, a colorful space comes with the benefit of both retro appeal and the ability to show off some personal flair with bright flourish.
Get the Dish
A household staple since the mid-1700s, transferware is often relegated to closed cabinets and used only on special occasions. Dust off your collection and turn it into distinctive wall art. Red patterns add eye-catching color that harmonizes with a bronze baroque mirror and a grouping of vintage botanical prints.
Chinoiserie is a seasonless go-to when it comes to antique aesthetics, but vivid spring flowers can act as a spotlight to the vessels, really making them pop with renewed allure. The key is variety with a mix of designs and blooms.