How to Hibernate with Style – Vintage Inspired Bedrooms

January 2, 2013

A New Year calls for fresh starts, but instead of swearing off booze and promising to eat only lettuce, we think adding a touch of sparkle to your home is a better way to start the New Year.

As the excitement of Christmas is over, the best place to start is the bedroom, so you can spend the rest of the short days and long nights snuggled up in it waiting for Summer.

Here’s some quick tips to add a touch of vintage style to your bedroom.

Buy an Eiderdown

An eiderdown or bedspread is a great thing to get as it doesn’t matter what horrible old duvet cover you have underneath. Throw it over and your bedroom looks tidy, cosy, and with a touch of vintage chic. It’s also great for adding extra warmth when the weather is cold. Try department stores like John Lewis or Cath Kidston on Castle Street for this duck egg blue floral eiderdown

Cath Kidston

Add a headboard

Vintage beds are a nightmare to buy. They often don’t match the sizes of modern mattresses, and no one wants a vintage mattress. If you’re not lucky enough to find the perfect vintage bed frame and are stuck with a boring divan then adding an interesting headboard is the way forward. Go for pink or blue padded velvet for a twee 50s or 60s look. Or for something more stylish this microsuede headboard from SilentNight beds has an interesting Art Deco v shape in the centre.

Try Aladdins Cave or Looses Emporium on Magdalen Street for Vintage headboards, or Mattressman on Roundtree Way or Prince of Wales Road for new ones.


Get a new Duvet cover

Whilst an eiderdown covers a multitude of bed based sins, a new duvet cover set might actually be cheaper, and if you can change the whole look of a room everytime you change your sheets (however often that may be…..)

Try Jarrolds on London Street for brands like Orla Kiely, which has some great 60s and 70s inspired styles and the V&A collection for pretty florals.

orla kiely


Freshening up the decor doesn’t have to be a big job. If your paint work is still in good condition (or just needs a wipe down) then adding a bit of drama with some vintage inspired wallpaper on one wall could actually be the job of a lazy january afternoon.

This wallpaper is from Farrow & Ball, Warings on Cattle Market Street are stockists.


 Add Accessories

The last, and cheapest, way to add a touch of vintage chic to your boudoir is to hunt out some original vintage accessories. Vintage Alarm Clocks, water jugs, doilies, candle sticks and even vintage books stacked on a shelf or next to the bed all add to the general ambience of a room. Decant your cosmetics into vintage bottles and decanters, or use an old 70s coffee set to store small objects like earrings in the cups and hang bracelets from the spout and necklaces from the lid.

Try Junk & Gems on Magdalen Street


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Gemma is one of the UK’s top vintage lifestyle bloggers at Retro Chick. She has lived in Norwich since she graduated university and feels passionately that Norwich has a great deal to offer anyone who’s interested in vintage or alternative cultures, if only they know where to find it.

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