When it comes to decorating your home to showcase your Pedlars finds, neutral colours are the way to go for your overall colour scheme. Try Trench Coat from Dulux which complements the deep-toned wooden furniture sold in Pedlars Vintage store to perfection. Add a touch of romance or a rustic country feel to a cosy bedroom or dressing room by using muted hues such as Spring Rose to give your room a rosy glow. Paint smaller items in bright colours to add accents that make your project pop. But be careful not to let them distract or dominate the overall effect.
Use a variety of soft whites and neutral tones as a backdrop to make your vintage homeware the focus of attention. Neutral colours will create the illusion of space and help with your room’s natural lighting. South and west facing rooms are suited to cooler colours, while warmer shades are better for rooms that face north and east. If you want to go for a truly authentic look, research the style of the times you want to recreate.
Think about your colour scheme while you are browsing for your vintage finds. The upcycling expert Lucy Turner often has a specific colour palette in mind when she is sourcing furniture to restore.
Upcycle furniture and your vintage home décor project will not only save you money – and help save the planet through recycling – but make decorating a lot more fun! Don’t get overwhelmed by all the different techniques you can try, but remember that furniture made from plastic, MDF or particle board is not easy to distress.
If you want to upcycle a piece of furniture, the older the paint the harder you will need to work with a robust grit of sandpaper to give it a new lease of life. For your walls, matt paints are perfect for period homes. They will absorb light to lend your room a softer glow and disguise any imperfections. Eggshell is best for bathrooms and kitchens where the surfaces can easily get wet, while gloss paint is ideal to protect your window frames and wooden doors.