If you are like me, you have a desire to add that touch of glamour in your day to day life especially in your home, then you will love some of the little decorating ideas below.
I continue to strive for that vintage charm and elegance at home to reflect my passion for all things vintage.
As I have pointed out before for me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.
For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved, it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having its own history, quite often I won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times.
Vintage also means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.
If you want to create some vintage charm in your home you can do it a step at a time, it doesn’t have to be a full makeover, take your time to look at items and designs that you like also remember you can give a vintage piece a make-over too! Whatever the item it can then become unique to you and your style.
I would recommend first of all to start small. Instead of heading to a charity shop or looking online to purchase why not visit your parents or grandparents to see if they have anything they are looking rid of? It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of furniture, picture frames, knickknacks can add so much and can be a focal point.
Why not consider adding some advertising memorabilia to your kitchen or using old tea caddy’s for your plants?
I would highly recommend you visit your local charity shops, look on Gumtree or visit car boot sales which have sprung up all around the place. Visiting these first off would be preferable to heading to your local antique shop as the prices there may put you off!
Just because some of your items are from different time periods, don’t be put off, I suggest you make a feature of putting them together, staging these beside each other in 3’s will show them off to their full potential.
It is sometimes difficult to add vintage items to furniture that is new. I recommend mixing the old with the new whenever you can. For example using different chairs for your dining table by bringing in two or three vintage ones, this can make a stuffy dining room more relaxed and casual. You can also add some vintage cushions to a new sofa.
What can be a little daunting at first is colour! We are used to seeing modern clean lines and neutral colours today in our homes – I can still remember those television programmes telling me to ditch the colour and go neutral! Be brave and be bold by adding some colour with the array of vintage items – especially those from the 50s with their pastel shades or the 70’s and their love for all things orange! If you already have furniture but it doesn’t match then why not consider painting it? There are now such an array of paint out there that doesn’t require any sanding – that is such a bonus.
So, start slowly and take it from there, one small change at a time. I hope that this has inspired you and you will take the plunge in to adding some vintage glamour to your home, whatever you decide to do remember your home reflects you so just go for it and don’t be afraid.
If you are looking for more inspiration have a look at these, although the one by Sarah Moore (Money for Nothing) has to be my favourite: