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Something Old, Something New: 10 Vintage Decor Ideas to Liven Up Your Style

May 14, 2019

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The online antique industry has grown over 7% in the past 5 years and is now worth a whopping $2 billion. Not only are antiques a piece of history, but they give owners something truly unique and special to place in their home.

If you’ve always enjoyed antique shopping, you can’t go wrong with creating a vintage-inspired home. Of course, you won’t be able to find everything you need in antique shops. They key is to find the right mix of vintage decor and vintage-inspired decor.  

Luckily, there are a few simple tips that can help you do just that.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover our top 10 tips today.

1. Opt for a Four Poster Bed

Four poster bed frames are a sophisticated and subtle way to incorporate vintage decor in your bedroom. If you want to make your bedframe a statement piece, you could also go for an ornate four-poster frame or add curtains around it.

While you can likely find a vintage bedframe, you may want to consider getting something new and just vintage-inspired. A poor bedframe can lead to back pain and nights spend tossing and turning just trying to get comfortable.

2. Use Floral Wallpaper

When you think of vintage patterns, floral is probably the first thing that comes to mind. You can easily give any room a vintage feel just by using a bit of floral wallpaper.

If you don’t want to wallpaper the entire room, consider applying it to just one wall to make a statement without going overboard on the floral pattern. In the bathroom, a waterproof floral wallpaper would look amazing behind your vanity.

3. Include a Vintage China Cabinet

A China cabinet is a great statement piece to add to your dining room. Of course, the best way to take this to the next level is to fill it with vintage China.

If your China cabinet doesn’t already have ridges, consider buying some subtle plate holders so you can proudly display your vintage China plates. Don't worry if you don't have any complete sets. Mismatched sets and pieces can also look great here as it'll give your China cabinet an eclectic vintage look.

4. Find a Piece with a Good Story

The best part about having antique items in your home is the history they carry with them. So, try to find at least one piece that comes with an amazing story. Not only will it make the piece seem more special, but it’s a great conversation starter when you have guests over.

If you can’t find an original piece, there are also replicas that can help you learn more about the history of a certain style. Plus, since it’s not an actual historical piece, you can still use it for it’s intended purpose instead of worrying that you’ll damage it.

5. Upcycle

Have you ever found something at a flea market or antique sale and didn’t know what you’d do with it? Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can upcycle vintage pieces so they’re practical.

For example, you could stack a few vintage suitcases on top of each other to make an end table. Teacups can be turned into mini flower pots or candles. You can even turn an ornate picture frame into a jewelry holder by removing the back and gluing strips of sturdy lace across it to hang bracelets and earrings from.

6. Hang a Chandelier

Who says vintage can’t be luxurious? Chandeliers are one of the most lavish pieces of decor, and they also happen to be very vintage.

If you want a real conversation starter, consider finding one that holds actual candles. Of course, you can also find vintage-inspired chandeliers that have the same design, only they use faux-candles and small lightbulbs in lieu of an open flame.

7. Decorate with Embroidery Hoops

Not only are embroidery hoops a great way to add vintage charm to your home, but you can also add your own personal touch this way.

Consider learning how to embroider, and make a few different designs. Then, hang your embroidery hoops clustered together on a wall.

8. Incorporate Doilies

Doilies are a great vintage touch to add because there’s so much you can do with them.

If your dining room table looks a little bland, consider sewing some doilies together to create a table runner. You can also place a doily in an embroidery hoop to create a vintage earring holder. If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, consider learning how to make a few tiny crochet doilies which can be used as coasters.

9. Use a Cedar Chest for Storage

Is your home short on storage space? Well, by finding an antique cedar chest, you can add another vintage element to your home while simultaneously creating more storage space.

While a good cedar chest will look amazing almost anywhere, the best place to keep it is at the foot of your bed. Plus, you'll have easy access to extra blankets, Christmas decorations, photo albums, or whatever else you decide to store in there.

10. Don’t Forget the Details

It’s all too easy to focus on those big statement pieces while shopping around antique sales. But it’s the small details that will really help bring everything together.

Opting for things like crystal doorknobs, doily coasters, and vintage candle holders will help give your home a cohesive look.

Finding the Best Vintage Decor

Decorating your home isn’t always an easy task. But by following these vintage decor ideas, you can create an amazing vintage-inspired home in no time.

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