The Difference Between Vintage and Rustic Decor
Vintage and rustic are often used interchangeably but that is incorrect. Although they have certain similarities, they are two distinct themes for home décor. However, they can be mixed and matched with aesthetically appealing results.
What is a vintage theme?
A vintage theme is one that uses items and decor that depicts a certain period in time, or the items themselves are aged. For instance, an old suitcase used for cards, a 1950’s pickup truck as a getaway car, an antique typewriter as a guest book, lace and floral china, are all examples of decor for a vintage wedding. To avoid confusion, some vintage items can be defined as being shabby chic, but not all shabby chic items are vintage decor.
You can incorporate a vintage theme in your home with a beautiful vintage wooden deckchair adorned with retro fabric, which is great for sipping cocktails on your patio or lawn. Vintage furniture also includes tables with features that let you play a board game on it. So what better way to show off a table's lighter, more playful side than with a vintage dice roller? On the other hand, if you are a nature lover, a restored ceramic bird bath is ideal for your home. Fill it up with seeds and watch the birds dropping by and chirping away merrily.
What is a rustic theme?
Rustic tends to describe an outdoorsy or farm/countryside look. You get to see elements such as, earth tones, unfinished wood, moss, leaves and other natural textures used in the decor. Burlap, twine, cowboy boots, plaid, linen, mason jars, handmade wooden signs, chalkboards some commonly used items.
As mentioned, rustic furniture is generally wooden and features heavy, solid timber construction. This is furniture that is made to last for a really long time without requiring much maintenance. At times it carries deliberate imperfections that allow the piece to bring its own character into the home. People who enjoy rustic furniture often find it leads to a feeling of comfort and security in their homes and is convenient to allow children to play in the same room without the risk of destroying the pieces. Rustic décor includes exposed brickwork, natural wooden beams, distressed units, etc.
While there is a definite overlap in the two styles, these themes stand out in their own way, so you can choose whichever theme you prefer, or opt for fusion. Just ensure you don’t randomly mix & match – create interesting contrasts, while ensuring the two styles blend well.