It is absolutely amazing how many patterns, mixed fabrics and textrues as well as vintage inspired pieces all come together for gorgeous heirloom furnishing trends. With vintage style pieces in mind, you should look for traditional furniture styles which look as if they have been passed down through the generations. Dark oak looks great for this look. A variety of prints will be at home here, as well as knitted throws and cushions which add texture as well as colour. Remember how your grannies and great grannies would knit or crochet.
Distinctively different decorative accessories such as animal based ornaments, statues and bookends can all lend themselves to the heirloom trend. Country animal themes are good. Wood, especially oak, lends itself very well to the heirloom trend, mainly because so much furniture from long ago was made in oak! We recommend styling your oak with floral patterns, contrasting textures and animals to make it look well worn and loved.