Utilising vintage pieces in interior design: elevating your décor

AGC BTR embrace history, sustainability, and style, exploring the beauty of vintage pieces and unique designs.

AGC BTR explore the significance of vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces | BTR News
AGC BTR explore the significance of vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces.

In the kaleidoscope of interior design, vintage pieces are the shimmering threads that weave through time, tying our past to the present, infusing spaces with soul and character.


This ancient yet ever-relevant trend has seen a recent resurgence, not only for its intrinsic beauty but also for its alignment with modern sustainability goals. For vintage aficionados and design enthusiasts alike, welcome to AGC BTR, where we invite you to discover the art of seamlessly blending vintage treasures into your modern masterpiece.

What makes vintage pieces so special?

Unique and one-of-a-kind style

In a world where mass-produced pieces can make interiors feel cookie-cutter, vintage furnishings shine as symbols of uniqueness. Each item carries a story woven by time, embodying a style that’s irreplaceable. They create a space that’s truly yours, reflecting your essence. This unique stamp of character can transform a space into a true reflection of its owner’s essence.

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Sustainability and eco-friendliness

With a focus on carbon-conscious lifestyle choices, vintage pieces stand out as eco-friendly options in interior design. Repurposing items from various eras reduces carbon footprint, promoting sustainable decor aligned with AGC BTR’s ESG commitment. Each vintage piece brings you closer to a home that not only looks good but also benefits the planet.

Adding character and history to the space

Vintage items hold an undeniable allure in a room, a quality modern pieces can’t replicate. The patina of time adds character, making them like a chapter in your story. These items hold within them an era’s elegance, a dash of history, a sense of continuity that can resonate with the observer and make an unforgettable mark on the ambiance.

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A boutique hotel in Oxfordshire

Nestled within the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, the Old Abbey House Hotel exemplifies the perfect blend of vintage charm and contemporary luxury. Our team took on the challenge of creating a harmonious blend of these elements, infusing each room with a unique narrative that transforms every guest’s stay into an unforgettable journey through time.

Collaborating with VInterior, a vintage furniture specialist, to achieve the pinnacle of design excellence. With VInterior’s unique range of handpicked vintage pieces, the creations transcend functionality, becoming art forms that speak to discerning tastes. The wardrobes, sideboards and chairs, whispered a tale from the past, weaving a sophisticated ambiance that was nothing less than a timeless sensation. The partnership has seamlessly incorporated VInterior’s unique discoveries into high-end design ventures, establishing a new standard for vintage elegance in the realm of interior design.

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This room exudes a classic elegance, anchored by the striking vintage wardrobe from VInterior. The wardrobe’s rich, burled wood surface imparts a sense of depth and history, with its grain patterns and warm hues making it an immediate focal point. This piece is perfectly complemented by a modern caramel-coloured armchair, whose smooth, tactile upholstery and clean lines offer a contemporary contrast.

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Tips for decorating with vintage pieces

1.     Mixing vintage with modern

Vintage doesn’t have to be stuck in its era. The magic is in blending old and new for a fresh dynamic that honours the past. Mix vintage and modern pieces for an eclectic balance. Try a mid-century sideboard with contemporary chairs or a Victorian chandelier over a sleek kitchen island. The result? A space alive with history.

2.     Creating a focal point

A single striking vintage piece can act as the heart of a room, drawing the eye and setting the design tone. A well-chosen focal point can lead to a more cohesive design. Whether it’s a vintage rug rich in colour and texture in a stark, modern room or a glamorous art deco mirror anchoring a minimalist hallway, these pieces can express your design statement effortlessly.

3.     Restoring and refurbishing vintage pieces

Sometimes, finding treasure means restoring vintage items. Restoring vintage items can become a rewarding design endeavour, allowing the owner to maintain the original integrity of the piece while giving it a necessary refresh. Perhaps it’s a coat of paint, reupholstering a sofa, or rewiring a lamp; these subtle twists can enhance functionality and beauty in your space, reflecting your style.

4.     Exploring vintage finds

The thrill of the hunt is part and parcel of embracing vintage. Whether scouting estate sales, combing through flea markets, or scouring through curated vintage boutiques, keep an open mind and a discerning eye. Online marketplaces make finding special pieces easier than ever. When shopping for vintage, patience is key, and serendipity is your friend.

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In the realm of interior design, vintage pieces go beyond being a trend. They embody sustainability, history and style. Mixing vintage with modern design creates sustainable and attractive harmonies. Remember the legacy of vintage pieces as you decorate your spaces. Embrace the vintage, revive classics, and rewrite your space’s story.

Stay tuned for more tips, inspiration, and collaborations with AGC BTR as we continue to elevate the world of Build to Rent and hospitality design through our commitment to sustainability and quality. Together, let’s create spaces that not only look good but do good – reach out to AGC BTR today by emailing BTR@agofc.com, or give us a call on  +44 (0)20 3651 3325.

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