As we drift into autumn and the days get noticeably shorter, evenings chillier and the the leaves on the trees change colour the spaces we use may change to reflect the changes in our mood and what we see outside. Scaramanga shares their interior design tips using vintage furniture and interiors. Autumn colours are rich golden browns, ochres, deep faded yellows and deep reds.So we’ve selected furniture and interiors that reflect these colours, tones and textures.
We have paired our sofa with a large low antique leather trunk. We’ve left the trunk as we found it. We just used a leather balsam to condition the leather and bring the leather back to life. The trunk has retained it’s well-travelled look with travel labels and scuffed edge and marked top. No artificial distressing!
A taller antique travel trunk would be used where the sofas and armchairs were higher.
There’s contrast with a mustard yellow vintage display cabinet. It breaks up the darker polished tones of the teak and trunk.
We’ve selected this striking solid teak vintage locker cabinet becuase it perfect for stylish storage. Solid old teak was wonderful earthy tones – deep brown hues, with a unique grain with alternate dark and lighter waves. Each locker could be used to store and display something different: old books, a smaller filing cabinet, clothes and blankets. Best of all is its height. You can stack additional storage above – try old leather suitcases or small trunks or various small chests of drawers. Prices for ols suitcases vary between 330 and £180. Look for suitcases with real character – old travel stickers, distressing leather with an authentic aged look.
We’ve also selected this vintage iron bench – it’s versatile enough to be used indoors around a dining table, pair it with a classic formal styled table made of oak or a farm-house table.
It can also be used where you have a longer narrow space – perhaps a hallway. Use it for storage (top and below).
Of course we’re big fans of eclectic styling. The first rule of eclectic style: is that there are no rules. Just don’t let any one style or era dominate.
Mix and match tones, colours, size, texture. Mix old and new, industrial with kitsch 70s, classic British design with tribal Indian. The good thing is that if it does not work try something else until you feel it works, or try it somewhere else. However, just don’t try too hard – an eclectic interior should look harmonious and not contrived.
A side table offers a convenient place for cups, glasses and lamps, but they can also be used for storage with drawers and cupboards. Even the space below a table with legs can be used for books or plants. Old merchant’s table shown, £165:
More muted colour is added with a vintage kantha: £105, which can be used as a sofa throw to add flashes of hand-stitched geometric patterns to a formal looking brown sofa.
We’ve added an Indian terracotta water pot – its unglazed finish gives the room an earthy feel as well welcomed curves.
Old brass give a space a brightness, without looking too shiny. An old brass chapati tin can be used for storing some of those little things that get lost if left lying around: keys, coins. Add an small brass lock for mystery and intrigue.
Unusual decorations in the form of an old bird cage, £95.
and a vintage storm lantern: https://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/item/9272/121/Vintage–Retro-Lighting/Old-Storm-Lamp—Green.html
bring it to life with a mini string of led lights or bring the outdoors in with a terrarium and plant some succulents inside.
Scaramanga stock a wide range of authentic vintage furniture and interiors. We have new stock arriving every week. See more of our original stock on our website or visit our store in Cupar, Fife, Scotland.