Get the Look, Bedrooms: Romantic Vintage vs. Sleek Contemporary

The last time I redecorated my bedroom was when my son, Justin, was 4 years old.  Now he’s 26 and getting married in June.  Yes, I’ve made the small changes – new bedding, draperies, carpet.  But I haven’t changed the mood of the room… and that’s where I’m at now.  I’ve narrowed it down to Romantic Vintage or Sleek Contemporary.  Yes, they are polar opposites but what they have in common is that each look can be dramatic.  I go through the same process in my home as I would in yours.  I go through magazines, catalogues, the internet, and Houzz(!) looking for inspiration.  I thought I’d share some of them with you and perhaps enlist some help??

Romantic Vintage is that “cozy, crawl under the covers” look that is soft and (perhaps a little too??) feminine.  The look is created by using layers in bedding as well as accessories.  I love it but can’t decide if it’s too fussy for me??  Romantic Vintage makes me feel a bit like I have traveled back in time, or perhaps just traveled, since it gives me a European feel like this bedroom below.  I love the soft lines of the furniture and the coziness of the space.

Then we have Sleek Contemporary – harder lines, stronger colors, more linear, less curves, more tailored, and less fussy.  Here’s a look at both!

 

 Romantic Vintage

Decoholic

Decoholic

 

Cottage & Bungalow

Cottage & Bungalow

 

This bed and lighting from Restoration Hardware looks like they were made for royalty!  But is that the look I’m going for??

Entablature Framed Bed, Restoration Hardware

Entablature Framed Bed, Restoration Hardware

 

 

Matouk bedding is as luxurious as it gets.  Layered on this vintage iron bed, it is just beautifully romantic.

Camille Collection, Matouk

Camille Collection, Matouk

 

 

Do I want something sweet for case goods like this chest by Serena and Lily or something a little more substantial like the one by Ralph Lauren Home???

Leila Inlay Table, Serena & Lily

Leila Inlay Table, Serena & Lily

Alpine Lodge Provinciale Commode, Ralph Lauren Home

Alpine Lodge Provinciale Commode, Ralph Lauren Home

 

 

No matter what I choose I just love this Pug Bench by Bunny Williams Home and Decorative Ball from Kouboo – that one may end up in the Chatham house!  Add some lights and a statement mirror and Romantic Vintage starts to come together.

Pug Bench, Bunny Williams Home

Pug Bench, Bunny Williams Home

Decorative Ball in Clamrose Seashell Pink, Kouboo

Decorative Ball in Clamrose Seashell Pink, Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishopsgate Mirror, Ralph Lauren Home

Bishopsgate Mirror, Ralph Lauren Home

 

Gesso Wood Vase Table Lamp, Cottage & Bungalow

Gesso Wood Vase Table Lamp, Cottage & Bungalow

 

 

Sleek Contemporary

 

And now we have Sleek Contemporary – WOW, couldn’t be more different!  When I think of contemporary, fun, and colorful, I can’t help but head over to Jonathan Adler.  I think I could take my shoes off and just settle into this room.

Grey Hollywood Duvet Cover, Jonathan Adler

Grey Hollywood Duvet Cover, Jonathan Adler

 

 

And in my alternate reality where I have a loft condo overlooking the city lights this would probably be my choice – a little retro!

Tall Grid Tufted Leather Bed - Elephant Gray, Jonathan Adler

Tall Grid Tufted Leather Bed – Elephant Gray, Jonathan Adler

 

 

I’m not sure what it is about this chandelier that appeals to me but it does.  I love the round balls on the extension bar and the intertwining linear pieces look almost sculptural, as does this simple mirror.

Forum Chandelier, Currey & Co.

Forum Chandelier, Currey & Co.

Pioche Mirror, Porta Romana

Pioche Mirror, Porta Romana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this Whitaker Chair.  I love the tufted back and the scoop seat that just looks like it is asking to be sat in.  And the Caracus Side Table is just another substitute for a piece of art!

 

Whitaker Chair, Jonathan Adler

Whitaker Chair, Jonathan Adler

Caracas Side Table, Jonathan Adler

Caracas Side Table, Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleek Contemporary very often works best in urban spaces where space is a premium.  This bed is a great alternative to a bed with drawers.  Sometimes I find those drawers a little clumsy and the sizes don’t always work.  This is one great big space that really can make a difference in a small room.

Low Upholstered Nailhead + Pivot Storage Bed, West Elm

Low Upholstered Nailhead + Pivot Storage Bed, West Elm

 

 

Maybe a little black and white???  And the Lillian August bench?  Love it!

Alfonse Floor Lamp, Porta Romana

Alfonse Floor Lamp, Porta Romana

Black Ceramic Lamp, Chelsea House

Black Ceramic Lamp, Chelsea House

 

 

Mantis Stool, Chelsea House

Mantis Stool, Chelsea House

Deco Marble Table Lamp, West Elm

Deco Marble Table Lamp, West Elm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tria Bench, Lillian August

Tria Bench, Lillian August

 

Jade Leather Chair, Lillian August

Jade Leather Chair, Lillian August

 

Curiosity II, Amy Somerville

Curiosity II, Amy Somerville

Chinois Sideboard, Madeline Stuart

Chinois Sideboard, Madeline Stuart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, now I lay me down to sleep……but where???  Help!!  Can I have 2 bedrooms , please!

Comments

  1. Hey, Susan, nice blog–(is that what it is, a blog? I’m so 20th century). Well, you know where I stand–as a rule, I find Romantic Vintage just too much fluff and wisp, too old fashioned, like shabby chic–awful. But, it so depends on where this is gonna happen. What is the rest of the home? It’s not like every room has to be in the same genre but there ought to be some coherence across the entire structure. So if you had 1 room shabby chic and another deco, for example, depending on so many other factors, it could likely be a nightmare. You don’t want the spaces to scream at one another–not that vintage romantic would ever scream. That would be too unladylike. So, I’m sure you get my drift. What is the space itself telling you? I often find that the best advice. Magazines are good for design and product ideas but not so much for concepts, in my opinion. Hope you’re been well. Donna

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