Quiz: What’s Your Vintage Style?

Learn all about your home's architectural style and how to design alongside it.

Mid Century Modern House Living Room Interior

When was your home built?

A. Colonial era

B. Mid-1800s–1900

C. 1900­–1930s

D. 1940s­–1970s

E. Not sure; I live in a space/time continuum where old things are painted white, then distressed to look old again.


Style hero?

A. Betsy Ross

B. Oscar Wilde

C. Jesus

D. James Bond

E. Joanna Gaines


Ideal afternoon activity?

A. Needlework

B. Cemetery picnic

C. Reading in a dark library

D. A walk in the park

E. Summer: trip to the beach. Fall: trip to the farm.


Favorite material?

A. Iron

B. Lace

C. Wood

D. Concrete

E. Shiplap


Favorite color palette?

A. Browns

B. Anything with dramatic contrast

C. Jewel tones

D. Earth tones

E. Ecru


Mostly A’s: Primitive. Old tools look, to you, less like torture devices and more like art. You’re in love with your wide-plank pine floors — and scoff at your neighbors’ floating composite — and appreciate a good square-cut nail. Plaid isn’t just for picnics; signs and stitchery also adorn your walls. Where to shop: Village Barn Country Store and Antiques, Burrillville.

Mostly B’s: Victorian. Coco Chanel’s “take one thing off” rule doesn’t apply to you. Opulence is the name of the game here, as seen in your Walter Crane wallpaper and velvet fainting couch. Where to shop: Leonards Antiques, Seekonk, Mass.

Mostly C’s: Arts and Crafts. You probably live in a bungalow, where your kitchen sink is heavier than your countertop. Your favorite chair is a Morris and you can spot a mortise and tenon joint from a mile away. Where to shop: Mike’s Estate Services, West Warwick.

Mostly D’s: Mid-century modern. You love your open floor plan, even if your spouse complains every time you cook omega-threes. You lose track of time staring out at your property – carefully maintained to “look natural” – from massive windows in your sunken living room. You may or may not be Scandinavian. Where to shop: Emma’s Back Porch, Cranston

Mostly E’s: Farmhouse/beach/cottage style. You’re timeless, and so is your style. You lean on neutral colors as a backdrop for plump furnishings, vintage treasures and DIY projects; see our furniture painting how-to on page TK for inspo. Where to shop: White Elephant, East Greenwich



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