Nothing helps a space feel unique or collected more than an interesting assortment of vintage accessories. These decorative objects not only add color and texture, but also inject a sense of history and sentimentality into a home. Below, see some of today’s top interior designers’ favorites, and click through our slideshow to see just how impactful these pieces can be.
|Larger versions are a perfect way to add a weathered and global look to your place when used as coffee or side tables. “They are great for storage yet look super cool in any setting,” designer Tamara Kaye-Honey shares. “With their storied past, they are the ultimate conversation starter and add a dash of the unexpected.” Stack smaller pieces to function as a side table or style in a way similar to Kaye-Honey did in our slideshow and place a grouping under an open console for a different look. Vintage Wood and Brass Trimmed Steamer Trunk with Cunard Luggage Tags, $950, 1st Dibs|
|These sculptural items are a perfect way to add a dose of antiquity to your vignettes. “I like that they have an interesting, aged patina and chips…nothing too perfect,” designer Joe Lucas shares. “They add a dose of architecture to the room.” Often available in a multitude of sizes, these pieces add a classical sense of sophistication to any home. Antique Socrates Bust, $6995, Jayson Home|
|Slightly tribal and with a fascinating history, these boxes can be hard to come by, but they’re worth the hunt: their rich texture and tonal color palette is always a striking combination. Collection Of English Quill Boxes, $325, 1st Dibs|
|Chunky ceramic or bone beads are the perfect final touch to add to a layered vignette. Designer Athena Calderone favors using objects like these in obscure ways. “A decorative accessory that has been taken out of its original context adds an additional layer and causes intrigue,” says Calderone. Drape them over lamps, picture frames, or any other large accessory for a relaxed, yet impactful look. Vintage Bone Necklaces, From $38, Jayson Home. Tour Athena’s Brooklyn home here.|
|A great addition to tabletops and consoles, these items are also perfectly suited for kid’s rooms and bookshelves. Beware of using too many in the same space or you’ll wander into zoo territory. Vintage Brass Elephant, $495, 1st Dibs|
|“I have found that adding vintage decorative items is the best way to add texture and dimension to any room,” One King’s Lane founder Susan Feldman shares. “I love the mix of elements in these vintage Chinese calligraphy brushes.” A fantastically textural piece, calligraphy brushes look perfect on a tray and are especially striking when displayed as a group in varying sizes. Vintage Chinese Calligraphy Brushes, $325, 1st Dibs|
|Not just decorative glass, these blue-green orbs were once wrapped in rope nets to assist the fishermen in their craft. With or without the original nets attached, these stunning finds work equally well as a grouping in a bowl or as a single statement piece. Vintage Hand-blown Japanese Glass Fishing Floats, $36, Etsy|
What are your favorite vintage treasures to hunt for? Tell us in the comments and let us know your favorite places to look!
Photographs: 1. Andrew Arthur, 2. via DecorPad, 3. via Style Bubble, 4. Andrew Arthur, 5. Design by Joe Lucas photography by Karyn Millet, 6. Design by Tamara Kaye-Honey photography by Andrew Arthur, 7. via Cote de Texas, 8. Jeffery Bilhuber via Architectural Digest, 9. Design by Athena Calderone, photo by Justin Coit, 10. Nate Berkus via Vogue, 11. via Elements of Style, 12. Andrew Arthur, 13. D. Gilbert Photography, 14. Charlotte Moss via Quintessence, 115. Justin Coit, 16. Huntley and Co., 17. Moda Bagno Interni, 18. Thom Filicia, 19. Nate Berkus Associates.