Here are more than 100 colorful antique fabrics from right around the turn of the century – bright and bold vintage textiles that feature florals, tiny patterns, plaids, stripes, dots, paisley and other beautiful classic designs.
You could spot that Laura Ashley Home vibe at a glance – those patterns (often florals) with a warm and cozy English country feel. And in the 80s and 90s, Americans loved them. See dozens of vintage LAH styles here.
This cute and creative 1930s attic bedroom made the most of its space by incorporating custom-built canopy beds that fit perfectly under the eaves on each side.
In this purple & white guest room bedroom from 1942, a lavender floral pattern sang out from the curtains, the chaise lounge, the bed, and the walls.
In the living room of this luxurious old New York City apartment, shades of rosy and shell pinks created a cheerful atmosphere for traditional furniture.
A contemporary overscaled paisley pattern splashed with lotus blossoms was a vital part of this 1960s home’s colorfully eclectic dining room decor.
When decorating this spectacularly pink living room back in 1969, the interior designers said that one of the most effective and most versatile was to apply color in the form of a pattern.
In this vintage 1960s living room, a mirrored fireplace wall beautifully reflected a bright sunshine yellow color scheme.
Instead of a separate dining room, this late 60s home in Northern California had a classically-styled yellow dining area that was part of a large open-plan living space.
Spirits soared as high as the tall ceiling when entering this spring-bright midcentury modern living room — the tall glass gables made it bright and airy all year round.
In this old plantation home, renovated in the early 1950s, old carpet and old wallpaper were faithfully reproduced to help restore the glory of the original hallway, with its graceful double staircase.
When you look at this vintage home decor from the sixties, you’ll see that the timbered finishes plus team USA colors combined to give this living room a unique feel – a little like modern style met Americana.
Decorators used the vibrant mix of red and purple decor for a family room back in the 1970s – accented with mod furnishings in stark white.
This vintage 70s country-style pink bedroom was snapped together with fresh color and pattern: a Venetian headboard upholstered in flowers, the bedspread ribanded in yet another floral.
A traditional Thai butterfly floral silk print was the starting point for this beautifully unique living room, and everything in the space flowed from that and other Eastern motifs.
A dramatic peaked ceiling and window wall were the most striking features of the living room in a vintage A-frame house. Find out more here!
While the overall look of this orange family room was restful, several creative ideas had actually come into play for its decor.
An exuberant crewel mandala pattern rug with a huge and fantastic floral-inspired pattern in the center was the star of the show in this room from the 1970s.
This creative built-in wall divider screen – one that let in plenty of light, yet still clearly delineated two areas – turned a bedroom and its adjacent bathroom into a suite.
In this 1970s bedroom, an abstract blue floral pattern print was lavishly used, and was the perfect foil for the Wedgewood blue carpet.
In this bright and beautiful floral bedroom from the 1970s, flowers stretched across the walls, were appliqued on the bedspread, and clustered in china pots.
This sun-drenched retro blue & gold bedroom from 1976 featured a color scheme that matched the outdoors, setting the colors in a rich large-scale floral print.
One of the most beautiful features of this classic midcentury modern home was the tall brick fireplace that sat beneath the living room’s high cathedral ceilings.
Although this red & black living room decor was from the mid-60s, the feel of the entire space really conveyed an old-world elegance.
The designers combined two distinct country patterns to cover the walls and ceiling of what is most easily described as a country-style breakfast nook.
Dramatic contrasts of tones & textures – bright versus dark, smooth versus grainy, sleek versus nubby – gave striking individuality and living room boho chic to the midcentury Scandinavian furniture.
The demure pattern and glorious colors of a radiant floral antique stencil design decorated the floor of a pre-Revolutionary house in Williamsburg were transplanted in this New England dining room.
A masterly mix of patterns gave warmth and a sense of intimacy to this hug vintage Texas living room/great room.
Vibrantly colored stripes, overlaid with a floral pattern, blanketed this little yellow & blue bedroom from the mid-1960s.
In this 1960s living room, the stucco walls were too damaged to wallpaper, so the homeowners hung printed fabric on the walls in a pattern that looked like a bold black and white tweed.
The arched doorway and elegant moldings in this vintage 1920s Colonial-style hallway are in perfect harmony with the wallpaper and dark wood furniture.
Sunshine brightened this cheerful 1930s morning room – a sort of casual sitting room or family room, positioned in the home to catch the morning sun.
This beautiful boho bathroom decor was created by none other than Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper back in the 70s, using a collection of flower prints she designed.
What was old bedroom decor like from the early 1900s? Here are some rooms from just after the turn of the century, from the simple to the super-floral.