Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Ella Andrews, who has a great flair for home decor and home maintenance. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration which feeds her interest in storage and home moving, and is currently discovering more stylish and sophisticated home decor ideas.
To achieve a vintage look in your home through decorating is not only relatively easy, but also quite fun. Every room can be transformed relatively inexpensively. However, you will need to invest quite a lot of imagination. Browse all sorts of flea markets, thrift stores, yard sale and also don’t forget taking a look in your grandmother’s attic. All of these can be sources for different types of objects, which could be used for decorating purposes.
Decorating the living room
Cabbage roses as well as calico prints were quite popular during the 1930’s and 40’s. In case you don’t feel like papering the whole living room with cabbage roses, a similar effect can be achieved by upholstering just a couple of cushions or a chair in that design. During the 1930’s and 40’s a great hit were lace doilies, head vases and all sorts of knick knacks.
In case you have a fireplace in the living room, add a number of vintage fire andirons, bellows, hand wrought tools, etc. Hanging framed vintage photos on the mantlepiece is a nice touch, too.
Decorating the bedroom
Each bedroom is in need of a dresser, correct? That’s why you can easily make this part of the bedroom’s interior a vintage one. It will without a doubt grant the room a really pleasant look. For instance, a plain old white dresser will fit right in. You can stick a couple of vintage postcards on the mirror. You can easily find such at any antique store and at a relatively low price. Remember, even small things can make a huge difference when it comes house maintenance and decoration.
What can also contribute to a nice vintage look is the bedding. The linens must be chosen wisely – quills, afghans, comforters. They can all help the bedroom ‘travel’ back in time. An antique cradle, complete with a doll from the same period, floral prints and family portraits on the wall are also options that are worth considering.
Decorating the kitchen
This is, hands down, the most fun part of vintage decorating. However, if you prefer genuine vintage items, either buy off of eBay, or shop from antique stores. An old style school kitchen table and a hoosier cabinet will definitely take you back in the past. There are also a number of smaller items that can compliment the vintage look: blue speckled enamelware, blue willow china, salt glazed pottery.
Also, blue or red as well as white enamel pots plus canister sets, too. And what would a vintage kitchen be without vintage kitchen ‘tools’ – salt and pepper shakers, egg beaters, vintage mixers, tin breadboxes, etc. The walls could be used for hanging all sorts of objects. Some of them can get used on a daily basis, while others will serve just for decoration – plates, aprons, old tin signs, etc. Frankly, the tin signs are appropriate for all rooms. They are quite easy to find and pretty attractive, the most popular ones being Route 66 and Coca Cola.
Decorating the bathroom
Even the bathroom can acquire a vintage look. You can do that by using a collection of mustache cups or a set of shaving mugs accompanied with brushes and a razor stop.
Ella Andrews currently contributes articles around home storage and house moving, as well as decor.
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