Planning our interior design vignette for the third year in a row for charitable secondhand store Housing Work’s annual Design On A Dime showcase got us thinking, what are the best ways to consider mixing old and new design objects and furniture for a home full of personality and unique statement-making pieces. We tasked Dècor Aid designers to come up with a quick cheat sheet on how to add vintage home decor throughout your space as one of the biggest mistakes they often come across when touring a new client’s space is finding rooms that are locked down to one, fixed design aesthetic – which happens to be one of the easiest ways to feel bored of your home’s styling.
By adding doses of vintage cool throughout your home you not only get to enjoy the thrill of the affordable hunt, but you also get to incorporate finds that have a genuine one-of-a-kind spirit and history to them. Keep your mind open as you never know what you’ll come across and it may just surprise you, especially when considering the value you get for the asking price. From dinner sets to bold, expressive artwork, tie it all together by keeping everything’s scale balanced and make sure to only add what rings true to your style and be picky, it is after all, someone else’s refuse. And don’t forget to check out the book section at your local vintage haunt for rare, out of print coffee table books and art tomes to decorate with.
Remember to edit, which will help you hone in on your own true style and keep everything well considered and harmonious.
Frame A Cherished Scarf
One of the most trying things about collecting novelty scarves is considering the best way to show off their glorious prints as a whole as it’s almost impossible. By framing them you get a chance to show off their gorgeous, energetic patterns while adding bold colors and personality. Thanks to their size, they make for a substantial addition to any room in your home.
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Look For Regal Vintage Home Decor Pieces
The handsome bookshelves above evoke an elegant, decadent attitude while lending the room a pulled together attitude thanks to their scale and intricate mold detailing. And while heirloom-worthy pieces aren’t the easiest to come across, when you do find them there’s satisfaction to be had when you add vintage pieces that also happen to boast extra storage space. Take note of the symmetry the shelves featured lend the room by being spaced apart while highlighting the framed print beautifully. When on the hunt, look for clean lines and interesting shapes and finishes for pieces with standout personality. To make it yours, you can also update new scores with a can of paint, and new hardware.
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Source Vintage Dresser Mirrors
Vintage mirrors can make a space look brighter and more glamorous, and when placed in unexpected ways like the cool headboard featured above, they can also work as functional decorative add-on’s. Plus, they’re relatively easy to find at any secondhand or junk shop at considerably low price points.
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Create A Vignette Of Artwork
Creating a grouping of framed photos and portraits is one of the easiest ways to add life to any room when thinking about how to add vintage decor in your home, and happens to lend you a fun, conversation starting point.
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Keep The Color Palette Moody
For a sense of easy sophistication and to avoid an overly vintage, kitsch attitude, stick with a foundational color palette that’s dark and moody. The deep blue wall above not only makes the decorative pieces featured pop, it also lends them a sobering, grown-up appeal.
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Lead image via Cottage Journal