My eclectic heart beats out of my chest when I spot something vintage. My design brain is invaded by thoughts that bounce out of control in my head as I try to find the right home for the piece. What excites me so much about vintage pieces is that it brings age, history and warmth into our often cold and modern interior world.
One of my favorite things to do in a clients modern home is to throw in something antique. Something that tells a story from a different time. The truth is that the modern aesthetic can be beautiful, clean and quite chic, but more often than not it is also cold to the touch and to the eye. In my opinion only a handful of truly talented interior designers can really pull of creating a modern space that is concomitantly imbued with warmth and an inviting feel.
Here's a tip. An easy way to warm up a sterile, white walled room with not much going on is to throw a vintage rug down on the floor. There are no real rules in design, however I have to say most times it is better to cover most of the floor with a rug leaving only about a 3 foot border of whatever floor is beneath it.
Note to your new brave, eclectic designer self: vintage can be quite pricey so here's another tip. Look for vintage like things. Many many stores now sell items like this. Target for example has an amazing line of vintage style area rugs. Homegoods as well.
Repeat after me:
Good design does not have to break the bank.
So next time your grandmother insists you take the old rug she had forever in the attic, don't just think about it...grab it and run.