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New Looks to Love: Artisanal Vintage

New Looks to Love: Artisanal Vintage


Think soft, romantic florals belong only on your grandmother’s guest bed? Think again. Vintage-inspired prints are making a comeback. Here’s how to make your living spaces bloom in a modern way.

The Inspiration

Artisanal Vintage is a look you won’t find anywhere else. Dreamt up by the Pottery Barn design team, it combines nostalgic patterns, subdued colors and doses of imperfection. The result? Inviting, laid-back spaces that evoke a sense of nostalgia – but still feel super fresh.

Get the Look

1.     Lay a foundation with distressed wood and patinaed furniture.

What’s a room without a little soul? Furniture with distressed finishes and chipped paint makes spaces feel as though they’ve been built over time, and lends an air of authenticity. Opt for backdrops and pieces with a natural patina – a beautiful sheen produced by age, polishing and use.

1.     Give it an edge with industrial elements with matte finishes.

Incorporate metal accents to keep the space from feeling too rustic or sweet. Matte black chandeliers, floor lamps and wall sconces bring just the right amount of drama, while galvanized metal furniture and decor makes a casual statement.

1.     Soften the space with loosely styled fabrics in muted hues.

Pretty doesn’t always mean perfect – so rumple it up. Drape, strew and layer vintage-inspired floral quilts, pillows with frayed edges, and plush faux fur to keep the room from feeling fussy. Dusty, subdued hues of blush, mauve and purple have a calming effect, and can be mixed and matched to your heart’s desire.

Make it Yours

When it’s time for finishing touches, head to the flea market or reach for your family heirlooms. Our mercury candleholders and realistic faux botanicals can be combined with vases, hurricanes and other vessels to create a stunning decorating moment on any surface. Try grouping votives in a rainbow of romantic colors, or cover the back of a sofa or end of a bed with a floral quilt that’s been passed down from generation to generation.

Want to see more looks to love? Shop by style and get inspired at potterybarn.com.