Here are a few vintage decorating ideas that will add charm and personality to your home.
The readers of The Glamorous Housewife all have at least one thing in common: the desire to create glamour in our day-to-day lives.
We strive for elegance and charm in our attitudes and our wardrobes, so shouldn’t our homes also reflect this passion?
It’s my opinion that things were just a little more classy “back in the day”, and so I’ve always had a love things of the past.
Creating vintage charm in your home doesn’t have to mean a full overhaul of your design. In fact, it can be very rewarding to transition a home to your style over time, so it becomes unique to you and your family.
Here are some tips for adding a little vintage decorating ideas (and a personal touch) to your home:
The great thing about decorating with vintage items is that they’re, well, old.
Adding “found objects” to a space can instantly create interest.
Firstly, dig out those boxes you have in storage filled with items that belonged to grandparents or other family members! Mementos and heirlooms not only serve as decor for your home, but also discussion pieces for you and your guests.
It’s really the small things that add big personality.
Give your plants a home in old tea tins or planters, or frame old grocery ads and fair posters for your kitchen.
I always recommend checking out local flea markets and second hand stores before seeking out Vintage and Antique stores, because the difference in price can be staggering. However if you have something specific in mind, these stores are definitely the way to go.
If you have several small items you want to display, but they have no unifying theme, just use a matching set of small shelves to show them off!
Blend old and new furniture
While I have never purchased a brand-new piece of furniture (thanks to a lot of luck and good timing), I fully understand the financial investment involved with buying new pieces.
It’s not reasonable to consider large items like couches and dining sets to be easily interchangeable.
Sometimes, though, you come across something you just have to have. We’ve all been there. End tables, dressers, and other furniture can be mixed into your current furniture style more easily than you may think. It may require some upgrades in hardware or finish, but the results can be very rewarding.
Mismatching your dining room chairs can make a stilted dining room feel more casual (but keep them the same color), and a repurposed piano bench is perfect for window-side plants.
Don’t be afraid of color
Modern homes have clean lines, simple forms, and a neutral palette.
White walls are a hot trend, and while it is aesthetically pleasing, too much of a good thing can apply to color too. Break up the monotony and bring in some color!
Accenting a bedroom wall with patterned wallpaper can instantly make the room feel more warm and inviting without changing the color of the whole room. Papering the insides of bookshelves can add an eye-catching pattern and a pop of color to your home office or family room (opt for vintage inspired wallpaper here rather than original, as over time the adhesive breaks down and you’ll need to use an alternative).
Not a fan of colorful walls? Liven up your light palette with bold accent colors.
If you already have items that you’re afraid to display because you don’t think the colors match, consider painting them, however you may not need to. It’s possible that the colors will actually compliment each other.
If you’re not sure, use a color wheel to determine which colors play well together or check out design-seeds, a great resource for color for inspiration.
Most importantly, your home should inspire and reflect you… so don’t be afraid to do what just feels right!
By starting slowing and incorporating these vintage decorating ideas to your own home, you will have an interior that you absolutely adore!