Vintage bedroom ideas: 13 retro looks for your boudoir

Be inspired by these vintage bedroom ideas, from classic cottage style to bold Mid-century modern schemes, and everything in between

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Looking for vintage bedroom ideas? With centuries of design history from which to draw, it can be daunting to know where to start, so we've gathered plenty of inspiration and tips to give you a hand. Although really, it's all about having fun - there's no one-size-fits-all or right or wrong way.

Whether you're decorating a period home and seeking to complement its aged features, or have a new home and simply love the vintage look, these ideas are guaranteed to make you want to start that Pinterest board or pull out the sketch book and begin planning your new room. 

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1. Create period drama with a Parisian look

Walls in Farrow & Ball's Mizzle make an elegant foundation for this scheme. The opulent wood and mirror bed frame was made by Linden-Bauer, with painted motifs by Chris McClure. The French look continues with a 19th-century dressing table from Paris’s Clignancourt fleamarket

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With its elaborate Toile de Jouy upholstered headboard, opulent chandelier, swag pelmet curtains, antique French dressing table and chaise longue, and not to mention classical busts on pedestals, this bedroom has all the hallmarks of a luxurious period scheme. If you're lucky enough to own a stunning four storey Victorian townhouse in Kensington then what better way to do it justice?  

No matter the style or scale of your bedroom an statement headboard is a great way to create a focal point in a vintage scheme, there are all sorts of designs to choose from, from sumptuous buttoned velvet designs to antique Louis XIV carved frames. You could even go all out with a bespoke design such as the above by Linden-Bauer.

2. Embrace an Arts & Crafts theme with Morris prints

May Morris Melsetter fabric

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Referred to as the Godfather of the Arts & Crafts Movement, William Morris sought to celebrate the beauty of the natural world through hundreds of stylised flora and fauna prints created under the company Morris & Co. Used mainly across fabrics and wallpapers, his prints can still be bought today, alongside new designs such as this Wilhelmina Weave fabric inspired by the embroideries of his Daughter May Morris. 

Why not try hanging a panel of Arts & Crafts fabric behind a bed for an alternative feature wall? It's the perfect way to bring heritage and sophisticated pattern to a period home and what's more can easily be changed with the seasons for a new look.

Love the Arts & Crafts look, we have plenty more decorating ideas to browse.

3. Use tea-stained vintage florals for a quintessential cottage look

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If a traditional cottage look is what you're after then you can never have too many florals. Don't be afraid to use them across walls, quilts and curtains, even in small rooms – it all adds to the quirky charm. With its aged effect, Sanderson's Reminiscence wallpaper, pictured below in this Welsh cottage, would make a brilliant choice. 

4. Create a vintage Scandi scheme

scandi floral wallpaper Boråstapeter

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If you’re a fan of the Scandi look bedrooms, but don’t want anything too modern and minimalist, try a stylised repeat floral wallpaper with white wooden painted floorboards. 

Swedish wallpaper brand Boråstapeter have a huge archive of florals with a distinct Scandi feel, with some inspired by vintage originals. A retro cane bed will enhance the Scandinavian look; the original Swedish stove on the other hand might be harder to come by!

5. Go American farmhouse with florals and folk textiles 

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Take inspiration from the historic homes of America's rural Midwest to create a vintage prairie look. Temper wall-to-wall floral wallpaper with striped bedding and accessorize with folky artworks, patchwork textiles and classic checked quilts. 

6. Use panelling to create a sophisticated feature wall

Renovated Victorian home

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The owners of this stunning Victorian townhouse installed MDF panelling and exposed original floorboards to create a vintage look. The panelling also creates a structure for a unique gallery wall created with ornate gilt frames and hanging faux flowers. 

7. Layer up faded florals for a romantic French feel 


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Changing bedlinen is an easy way to create a pretty vintage look. Choose cushions, quilts and bed linen in soft pastels and vintage-inspired prints. Choosing delicate trails and ditsy designs such as these from Sarah Hardaker will help keep the scheme relaxing. 

8. Go classic vintage with a wrought iron bed


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Sometimes referred to as hospital or dormitory style beds, these classic frames are still popular today. Authentic models can be found at antiques dealers but modern versions are easily available from companies like Wrought Iron and Brass Bed Company. Though historically made from wrought iron, today there are lighter alternatives made from tubular steel if you’re concerned about the weight – try Feather & Black

9. Mix 1950s furniture and bold colour for a retro look

A bedroom with mid-century furniture and deep blue walls

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For a true Mid-century feel source original teak furniture typical of the era such as the G Plan bed and dressing table pictured below. Famed for her retro prints and palette, Orla Kiely’s bedlinen is the perfect finishing touch.

Mid-century mad? We've rounded up plenty more mid-century decor ideas to inspire.

10. Create an industrial look with vintage factory finds

industrial bedroom jackson house

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If pretty and floral isn’t your thing, try swinging to the opposite end of the vintage spectrum with a rustic factory-inspired scheme. The owner of this updated postwar home created her own bed frame using scaffolding pipes and clamps and scoured flea markets and carboot sales for old light fittings as well as old luggage to use for vintage-style storage. Mirror glass panels have been fitted into French shutter frames to create a folding mirror.

11. Go ultra feminine with antique furniture and textiles

Georgian bedroom vintage furniture

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Vintage chintz provided the inspiration for this Georgian bedroom. Owner Shiela Soulsby sourced the bed, drawers and corona from antiques shops while the mix of white embroidered and lace pillowcases and eiderdown came from vintage textiles fairs. Take more inspiration from this elegant Georgian townhouse transformation. 

12. Create a country rustic look with wood panelling 

bedroom in rustic renovated cottage

The antique French marriage bed is an Ebay find with linen from Soak & Sleep. The French wire table is from Bailey’s

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Bringing subtle texture and a vintage feel, this simple feature wall was created with old roof boards. The room is part of an extension added to a rural Herefordshire home; the homeowners chose to keep the exterior wall of the house exposed to enhance the rustic look.

13. Mix up eras and styles for an eclectic look

Green panelled walls in a master bedroom with a metal bed, yellow and pink throws, and patterned cushions

Walls painted in Deep Sea Green, Valspar. Bed, Feather & Black. Bedlinen, throws and cushions, ChristyHomeMIZZknitsEtsy and Wildrice Design. Side table, Cuckooland. Table lamp, Love Frankie. Lampshades, Wild Lampshade Designs. Ceiling light, Inscape Designs. Arrow wall art, Covet

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A Victoriana-style fringed lampshade and cushions partner with an Art Deco-inspired pendant lamp and DIY panelling to give this bedroom a quirky feel. Clashing colours and textures help create an air of eccentricity and curiosity which extends across the whole of the updated Victorian house.

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