Ask someone what "vintage style" entails, and you will likely hear a wide variety of definitions and time periods cited. Here, when highlighting some of our favorite vintage style living rooms, we are focusing on spaces that remind us of the the 1950s through '70s—think midcentury modern pieces, vibrant hues, and funky shapes. Keep reading to see our favorite living rooms that will have you wanting to incorporate a MCM coffee table or marigold sofa into your home, too.
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We see those midcentury lines. Midcentury modern furniture, though seen as vintage, is having a major moment in the 21st century, too. Bring on the tapered legs, leather sofas, and brass accents.Continue to 2 of 24 below.
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Celebrate the bright colors that were characteristics of 1970s design with a vibrant area rug like this one. While we see a lot of neutral spaces these days, there's no reason you can't embrace a little (or a lot!) of color if you wish.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Boucle, curves, and funky light fixtures—oh my! This living room features a lot of our favorite fabrics and textures from the '70s that continue to be oh so groovy today, too.Continue to 4 of 24 below.
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Bring on the velvet! While it leans vintage, it is by no means out of style today. And we love the portrait and fun colorful, boho style woven pieces on the wall above this sofa, too. Quirky art is a great way to invite some vintage spirit into your home. Better yet if you're able to pick up secondhand pieces with some history by shopping at a thrift store or flea market.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Vintage chairs can tell such a story with their eye-catching shapes. Group a few of a kind together in your space or mix and match styles for even more intrigue.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Rockin' Record Player
Time to crank up those tunes! A record player adds fun and function to this living room, and a collection of vintage glassware also makes an artistic statement.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Here comes the sun, indeed! In this living room, '70s style velvet furniture pairs wonderfully with a cheerful mural featuring bright tones from that decade.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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You're likely familiar with reproductions of the tulip table, which we see in many kitchens and dining spaces today, but tulip-style coffee tables are a bit less common. This one screams "throwback" in the best way possible. As a bonus, it's nice and sizable, making it ultra functional when entertaining in addition to being stylish.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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While contemporary spaces are often all about neutrals, there's nothing wrong with adding a little color—ok, lots of it—to your home. Pattern mixing instantly brings us back to the 70s and is an excellent way to bring a little cheer to your home.Continue to 10 of 24 below.
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An abstract art painting or print will add retro flair to your space while making a major impact above a sofa. If you're feeling artsy, don't be afraid to try your hand at making a piece of your own.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Updating your light fixtures can be a great way to add vintage vibes to your home in just an afternoon. This midcentury modern style chandelier is oversized and makes for a sophisticated addition to this spacious NYC living room.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Don't underestimate the power of an ottoman. This one has darling tapered legs that remind us of MCM style. If you live in a small space, an ottoman is a particularly smart option, as it can serve as seating for guests or as a side table but can also easily be tucked out of site or moved into another room as needed.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Plants help add a free spirited vibe to the living room and remind us of chill, earthy '70s spaces. Display one or several—the choice is yours.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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Plants, a laid back looking woven blanket, a guitar on the wall... yep, this room gives us a welcome taste of the '70s. It shows that attention to small details can go a long way in evoking the mood from a specific era.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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A cane chair and floor lamp with a seashell design are both fun '70s style pieces that shine in this NYC living room. Don't be afraid to mix black and brass finishes for a luxe look.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Burlwood, leopard, and velvet: These vintage staples are all having a major resurgence in the 21st century. If you spot these types of pieces, scoop 'em up to bring classic vintage style home.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Live in a newer home but love vintage flair? We have the perfect solution for you. Adding a faux mantel to your living room will give it that historic charm that we all crave. At the same time, neutral decor keeps this space looking contemporary enough—it's a fantastic hybrid of old and new.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Curvy furniture, muted hues, and a little bit of cane. Check, check, check! Bring a piece of the moody '70s into your space with all of the above.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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What screams vintage more than a gallery wall full of floral pieces? These are a fun reminder of simpler times and can easily be collected at various thrift stores on the cheap.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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The more pillows, the merrier—especially when they contain groovy colors and patterns. This living area has us ready to curl up for hours on end.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Why not create a mini mural in your living room? This one features all of the fab 70s colors and complements the orange-hued sofa wonderfully.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Just Hang Out
Hanging plants make a space look welcoming and casual. If you wish to include an entire row of them, all the better! Just grab some hooks and go to town above the sofa.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Take to the thrift store and source a vintage portrait that speaks to you. The more eye-catching, the better, (and it may even inspire you to make up stories about its subject!).Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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There's nothing like a gorgeous green sofa to brighten up a room and bring us back to a time where not everything was gray or beige.