Designing a vintage farmhouse living room without too much white was a bit of a challenge. Because this is more of a “curl up and watch a movie” room to our family, we decided to use this opportunity to try out dark walls and we chose a lovely navy paint color for this space. I’m loving the concept of a darker, more masculine space as a contrast to some of our brighter rooms. I think it’ll work since we have the same vintage inspired style throughout (because this is an old farmhouse after all!)
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Artwork: Buffalo Print | Vintage Map Print | Cow Print | Landscape Print
Furnishings: Media Console | Couch | Rug | Coffee table (vintage trunk)
Paint: Benjamin Moore Polo Blue | Valspar December Starlight
My living room wishlist includes…
A Gallery Wall: Lots of Artwork!
I may have spent the past year stocking up on antique frames, vintage paintings, and beautiful prints to hang in our living room. I love the idea of a gallery around the TV. Giant TVs can just look out of place in old houses, but arranging it within a gallery helps it blend in better especially if the wall behind it is dark.
I have a few antique paintings and signs, but those can get pricey so my other gallery pieces include vintage map prints (like this one of South Carolina where my husband and I got married), vintage etchings, classic painting reproduction prints (I LOVE the gorgeous light and colors of antique artwork!), old book plates, and of course a dash of something modern like the buffalo print above or this American Bison print that’s going up in my own living room.
Unique Coffee Table
Why buy a brand new coffee table when you could use an awesome old piece of furniture to do the job? An old trunk, a vintage blanket chest, a dreamy blueprint cabinet… I’m on the hunt for something old, unique and full of character to use as our coffee table!
Unique Media Console
Can we just talk about how amazing this piece of furniture is? Doesn’t it look like it came straight out of an old general store? Perfect for a vintage farmhouse living room! It’s way over my budget, but maybe we can build something similar.
I wanted a media console that looked like it fit the era of our old farmhouse: a piece of antique furniture that was long and low enough to sit under the TV. I quickly discovered that very few pieces of furniture made 100 years ago that were as long and low as I wanted. I searched for old dressers, buffets, and even antique store counters, but they were few and far between or way out of our budget.
I fell for some Restoration Hardware pieces, but they were also pretty pricey and we don’t live anywhere near an RH store. I also liked this console, but I want something that will last forever so I’m trying to aim for a solid wood piece.
Back to this amazing piece that’s waaaay out of our budget. I’m hoping we can build something similar. Pretty ambitious, I know!
What are your favorite vintage farmhouse living room pieces?