Co-habiting with a partner who doesn’t think living in an atomic era house is something to aspire to can be difficult. Angel Cutsforth knows the reality of life with a non-vintage guy all too well. Here she shares her best tips and tricks on how to come to a compromise when living and decorating with your non-vintage partner.

Luckily my non-vintage boyfriend is quite into history so we managed to get a great mix of old and new in our home décor that we both can live with and really enjoy. I’ve put together a  list of tips to help those of you that face living with a non-vitage partner or flat mate to prevent arguments and clashes of opinion.

Deciding on how to decorate

Look at different decorating websites and sites like Pinterest and both find some pictures of what you like. That way you can choose bits and pieces from each other’s mood board and make it work for both of you. The decorating process has to be a joint endeavour.

Let him have his area and you have yours. My boyfriend has his work area with his Ikea steel-top desk and computer and I have mine with my Thirties deco bureau.

Vintage art work

Find some old family photos of both your and his family and get them framed or turned into canvases.

Find some vintage advertisements or vintage images of things he likes (vintage cars work most of the time…) and get them framed in simple black frames.

eames-chair-herman-miller1Buying new stuff he’ll like

Take him thrifting/furniture hunting with you and see what style he likes (Eames chairs normally go down well) or try to find some modern pieces in the same style to give a vintage flair to your home.

Flea markets have some great bits and pieces that you can buy together to decorate your home with.

When buying textiles for the home (bedding sets, curtains etc) try to go for plain or nearly plain prints. This way you won’t end up making him uncomfortable by covering the bedroom in chintz.

Most importantly of all though – don’t try to change him and do compromise!

2 Responses

  1. kSto

    It depends on the era you are going for. I find that most guys–even those who aren’t interested in decorating–really like Mid-Century Modern. Depression-era, Edwardian, Victorian are tougher sells.

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