Madrid’s modern antique style

Whilst the cost of high street rents is changing the way vintage and antique furniture is bought and sold in the UK, it turns out that Madrid is a city with a thriving retail secondhand scene. Last weekend, with just over 48 hours to spend in Spain’s capital, I came across the El Rastro street market (La Latino metro) with more vintage and antique shops than even I could speed-prop my way around! Here’s a few that caught my eye along the way…

Madrid’s modern antique styling

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Galerias Piquer Anticuaros, El Rastro market, Madrid. Photo: Charis White

For me, the mini room sets or vignettes made all the difference to presentation. I think a ‘less is more’ approach is really effective when styling antiques for retail – even if that means changing showroom stock more frequently. It was interesting too to see similar styling themes to the UK and France but also to discover the things that characterise an interior as Spanish. Which also got me thinking about exactly what are the ingredients you need to create a successful interior decorating scheme…

Styling Box interior decorating recipe

Regardless of size, I believe there are many styles you can adopt to create a home with personality. The basic ingredients include a general mix of books, art, interesting and varied lighting options, rugs, textiles and, finally, at least one piece of vintage or antique furniture for good. The texture, history and design of an antique offers an anchor to a decorating scheme – particularly in a modern context. If you are lucky enough to have inherited a bit of ‘brown’ (antique dark wood furniture) or any other interesting piece  – hang on to it!

Homes with good bones are a blessing but character can easily be added. For those homes with four walls but not much else by way of architectural detail, fear not. There is always panelling, murals, paint and wallpaper.

Clever hanging of unusual objects, mirrored panels (to increase a sense of space), wall hangings and gallery walls are all a cost-effective way of creating interest too. (Just for info, I have recently launched a new affordable design service called Styling Box where I help clients design and refresh their interiors.)

Modern Antique style

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Fabulous selection of eclectic styles of furniture. Even the distressed floor was a great design idea. Los Modernos, Calle Ribera de Curtidores 12, Nueva Galerias Local, 23, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Loved the spindly metal faux bamboo mid-century floor lamp with diaphanous linen shade. Los Modernos, Calle Ribera de Curtidores 12, Nueva Galerias Local, 23, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Textiles loosely mounted as wall hangings on a washing line for relaxed effect. Just works beautifully. Los Modernos, Calle Ribera de Curtidores 12, Nueva Galerias Local, 23, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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You can imagine my excitement at these Spanish-style bobbin chairs in symmetry either side of a console table. Los Modernos, Calle Ribera de Curtidores 12, Nueva Galerias Local, 23, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Not sure if this is French or Spanish in origin but it is rather fab as a day bed. Los Modernos, Calle Ribera de Curtidores 12, Nueva Galerias Local, 23, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Quirky mid-century styling at Amaltea Antiguedades, Ribera De Curtidores, 12 – 28005 Madrid.
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Amaltea Antiguedades, Ribera De Curtidores, 12 – 28005 Madrid
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Amaltea Antiguedades, Ribera De Curtidores, 12 – 28005 Madrid

Vintage greenhouse on wheels

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I think this vintage greenhouse (on wheels!) was repurposed, it is such a stylish shape and size for small space living. Amor. Antiguedades El Jueves, Ribera De Curtidores, 12, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White

Parador style meets French Chateau

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French armoire at Antiguedades El Jueves, Photo: Charis White
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This bench was on a wall of a junk shop near El Rastro market. Would have been found in many a late 19th/early 20th Century Galician country summer house in its day. Photo: Charis White

Spanish antique style

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These handpainted antique dinner plates came from an antique shop full of some classic Spanish furniture and accessories: Inigo Mora Antiguedades, Ribera de Curtidores, 12, 28005, Madrid

Spanish Modern Country Style

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Cool white walls off set the modern country vintage pieces at Mr Ripley Vintage Store, Ribera de Curtidores 12, local 26. Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Vintage garden tools as wall art with cool lighting at Mr Ripley Vintage Store, Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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Beautifully styled home and lifestyle store: Cocolmadrid.es @cocolmadrid Costanilla de San Andres, 18 28005 Madrid. Photo: Charis White
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White Botijo (a bottle or jug from a medieval design used in hot weather to keep drinking water cool before there were fridges). Ooh, and very lovely basketry and hats. Cocolmadrid.es @cocolmadrid Costanilla de San Andres, 18 28005 Madrid. Photo: Charis White

Ecclectic retro style

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Retro textiles, furniture and lighting are cleverly styled with traditional antiques. Loved the mix here. Lagur Decorative Arts, C/Santa Ana, 8 – Local A, 28005, Madrid. Photo: Charis White

Blog rewind

For previous blog posts on antiques you might like to take a look at:

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have been as inspired by Madrid as I was. Finally, I thought you might like to see an example of a Styling Box clients receive as part of my new affordable home design service. It’s a great present either to give to yourself, to your friends and family! With best wishes, Charis x

Charis White Interiors Styling Box with black and white striped ribbon
Photo and styling: Charis White
Charis White, Interior stylist/writer. Photography: www.FionaMcLean.co.uk
Charis White, interior stylist and writer with an online shop. Photo: Fiona McLean

2 thoughts on “Madrid’s modern antique style

    1. We did, thank you Jo. March/April is a good time I have discovered to do a southern European city break as the weather is a bit warmer and there are less crowds. Perfect for speed-propping/shopping too! Xx

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