Create a Laid-Back Living Room
Vintage-style furnishings, warm neutrals, and natural textures create a handsome, easygoing gathering space
Here's a straightforward strategy for giving a room cohesive style without making it look too vanilla: Restrict the furnishings' color palette to tans, taupes, and other pale, earthy hues. Take this sitting room, where throwback pieces—a tufted Chesterfield sofa here, a dial-up-style phone there—mingle with warm yet light wood tones for a traditional but informal look. Repurposed items, such as the salvaged footlocker coffee table and an old bartender's stool turned end table, have an unstuffy feel that puts company at ease, as do quirky, more modern surprises, like the dachshund-print upholstery fabric. Set against soothing sage-green walls, it all adds up to a living room meant for lounging.
To assemble a similar space, read on.
With its rectangular body, this wood-grain-finished resin version echoes this find at a fraction of the price.
Lamp, about $40, and linen drum lampshade, about $30;
This touch-tone number resembles a 1930s rotary dial-up model—and has authentic heft.
Set out a vintage trunk with a flat top as your coffee table and stash extra magazines, throws, or kids' toys inside.
We found this circa-1947 steel-and-wood military footlocker for about $150 on .
The worn painted finish on this metal timepiece suggests it has been around awhile, but its battery-operated works keep it up to speed.
A pair of these bronze-finished fixtures impart industrial cool to a sitting area. Add an Edison bulb to play up its early-20th-century style.
New York City locales become boldface names on the giclee-printed poster below, which is patterned after old subway signs.
Print, about $50;
Frame, about $42;
This three-legged iron and recycled-wood piece spins to your desired height, making for an excellent end table.
Rolled arms, nailhead trim, and tufting give a scaled-down version of the classic sofa (here, in recycled leather) a timeless feel.
Silk-screened on canvas, these double-sided cushions strike the same doggone
fun note as the print on the wingback at left.
About $50 each;
Ginger beer was sold in stoneware containers to keep liquids cool until the 1920s. Today they make eye-catching additions to the mantel.
We bought these for about $10 to $25 apiece on .
This elm piece has a warm, polished-oak finish, with two cupboards, four apothecary drawers, and a wide shelf for basket storage.
The narrow neck of an oversize vintner's vessel keeps flowers upright, while the sisal rope twisted around the glass base prevents it from looking too precious.
Made of durable polyresin and fiberglass, these add a stately element to any space.
About $100 for a set of three;
Upholster your own wingback in a sassy fabric to turn a staid piece into a talking point. Or opt for a modern version of the classic shape and add playful throw pillows.
Fabric, about 48 British pounds per meter (about $78 per yard);
The rainbow fabric of this hand-stitched bolster jibes with a multitude of hues.
Hide away clutter in these hardy specimens, handwoven from sustainable water hyacinth.
About $25 for small, $30 for medium;