Decoration September 25, 2020

A period vintage explorer effect for your living room decor


A period vintage explorer effect for your living room decor

This fall, the kick against modernity and the return to a vintage explorer atmosphere. Here are our tips on how to get that look.



Simple living room designs don’t need to cost the earth. For the vintage explorer look, start with a globe to create your style centrepiece. Stick to the old-fashioned kind on a stand, preferably made out of hard wood and metal.


Antique maps

You need a very clear theme for any small living room decorating ideas to make an impact. Reinforce your explorer ideas with an antique map framed on the wall in place of a modern artwork.


Treasures brought home

Pick one or two striking ornaments to evoke the feeling of a traveller’s treasured finds. Perhaps an animal skull on the shelf alongside your travel books, or a brightly coloured and fringed throw to evoke far-away places.


Dedicated display

Make yourself a set of shelves or use a distressed-wood cabinet to display your travel mementos. Grouped together this way, even a simple Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal souvenir will contribute to the focus on your travel theme.


African art

Dedicate a section of living room, perhaps around the sofa and coffee table, to African-style artefacts such as stylised masks and colourful prints. These simple things can bring living room ideas on a budget to life.


Plant display

You don’t need to turn your living room into a greenhouse for exotic plants. The traveller’s antique look is more about display. Find a hanging basket holder made of woven string with tassels for a handcrafted exotic touch.


Vintage suitcase

There’s nothing as atmospheric as a vintage suitcase. You can use the traveller’s standby as display case, shelving or for storage in your living room. A set of cases in ascending order of size makes great storage.


Travel trunk

Even better than suitcases, a travel trunk is brilliantly adaptable as coffee table, side-board style storage or impromptu seating. If it’s really battered all the better for atmosphere; just dress it up with a bright throw.


The Sherlock look

Any kind of gadget giving vision a boost brings a sense of adventure and exploration. You can play it safe with a Sherlock-style magnifying glass or go the full discovery route with binoculars, a microscope or a telescope.

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Keep it light-hearted

Keep a light touch with your themed living room décor. Your theme will show through much better with a cheerful, eclectic, mix-and-match approach and your living room will be warm and welcoming if you keep it casual.


  • Focus your antique explorer theme by starting with a globe on the sideboard and antique maps on the wall. They are simple, low budget and set an unmistakable style.
  • Enrich the traveller look with colourful and antique artefacts put together in a mixed display to create variety, interest and a cheerful feel.

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