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How to Create a Cohesive Design with Upcycled Vintage Furniture and Lighting

Upcycling vintage furniture and lighting is a great way to create unique, sustainable, and stylish décor for your home. However, it can also present some design challenges, especially when it comes to creating a cohesive look with different pieces. In this blog post, we'll share some tips and examples for how to create a cohesive design with upcycled vintage furniture and lighting.

Home office with upcycled furniture

Start with a plan

Before you start upcycling, it's important to have a plan in mind for the look and feel you want to achieve. Consider the overall style, colour scheme, and purpose of the room you want to decorate. You can create a mood board or Pinterest board to gather inspiration and ideas. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed by the wide variety of vintage pieces available.

Mood board featuring vintage and upcycled furniture
A mood board is simply a collection of images and swatches to provide a flavour of the style of room

Choose a focal point

Choosing one or two key pieces of furniture or lighting to be the focal point of the room is a great way to anchor your design. This could be a statement chair, a vintage lamp, or a unique side table. The focal point should be a piece that stands out and catches the eye, and that sets the tone for the rest of the room. Once you've chosen your focal point, you can build the rest of your design around it.

A vintage style living room with leather Chesterfield sofa and an upcycled steampunk lamp with top hat and goggles
Here the upcycled lamp is the focal point

Mix and match styles

Vintage furniture and lighting pieces come in many different styles, from mid-century modern to shabby chic. Don't be afraid to mix and match styles, but try to keep a consistent colour palette and overall vibe to tie everything together. For example, you could mix a mid-century modern sofa with a vintage rug and a bohemian wall hanging, as long as they all share a common colour scheme or theme. Mixing different styles adds depth and interest to your design.

Home office space with pieces of upcycled retro furniture
This space mixes the vintage style wall panelling with upcycled mid century furniture

Reupholster wisely

Reupholstering vintage furniture can be a great way to give it new life and update the look and feel while preserving the history and character of the piece. However, be careful not to choose clashing fabrics. Consider complementary colours or patterns that tie in with the rest of the room. You could also use solid colours or neutrals to balance out bolder pieces. Reupholstering also allows you to choose eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics to make your furniture and lighting pieces even more environmentally conscious.

Vintage upholstered chair with mid-century furniture and exposed brick wall
A reupholstered occasional chair is the focus of this space

Accessorise thoughtfully

Once you have your larger pieces of furniture and lighting in place, it's time to accessorise with vintage or modern accents that complement the overall design. Think about adding artwork, rugs, and textiles that tie in with the colours and style of your upcycled pieces. However, be careful not to overdo it - too many accessories can clutter the space and detract from the beauty of your upcycled pieces. The accessories should enhance the design, not detract from it.

Upcycled rustic wall planters with accessories
Upcycled rustic wall planters with accessories

Create a cohesive colour palette

Creating a cohesive colour palette is essential to tie your upcycled vintage furniture and lighting together. Consider using a neutral colour as a base, such as white or beige, and then add pops of colour with accent pieces like throw pillows or curtains.

You can also use a colour wheel to choose complementary colours that work well together. A monochromatic colour scheme can also be effective, where you use different shades of the same colour throughout the room.

A cohesive colour palette helps create a polished and harmonious look.

Ficus next to brown sofa with orange cushions in grey living room
These orange and rust coloured cushions add further interest to the space

An example of exploring  colour palettes via Adobe Color
Use tools such as "Adobe Color" to create and explore colour palettes

Lighting matters

Finally, lighting is a crucial aspect of any design, and it can make or break the overall look and feel of your room. Different types of lighting can create different moods, so consider using a combination of lighting fixtures, such as table lamps, floor lamps, and pendant lights. You can also experiment with different types of bulbs, from warm and soft to bright and vibrant. Make sure your lighting choices complement your overall design and highlight the beauty of your upcycled vintage pieces.

Upcycled vintage camera lamp
An upcycled lamp is a great way to add character to a space

In conclusion, upcycling vintage furniture and lighting is a fun and sustainable way to create a unique and stylish home. By following these tips and examples, you can create a cohesive design that showcases the beauty and character of your upcycled vintage pieces.

Remember to start with a plan, choose a focal point, mix and match styles, reupholster wisely, accessorise thoughtfully, create a cohesive colour palette, and consider lighting as a key element of your design.

We hope this post has been helpful in inspiring you to create your own upcycled vintage décor. If you have any questions or want to share your own upcycling projects, please leave a comment below.

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