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10 Easy Vintage Decorating Ideas for Any Room

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Bring charm and character into your space with these 10 easy vintage decorating ideas for any room!

Vintage decor has a unique ability to evoke nostalgia and delight, making any space feel more inviting and personal. But the thought of bringing in vintage elements can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure where to start. To simplify and break down the process, I’ve curated a list of 10 easy vintage decorating ideas for any room!

Timeless Vintage Decor Ideas on a Budget

Decorating with vintage items is my absolute favorite. I’ve said it so many times before but, truly, if you are looking to bring unique, one-of-a-kind character to your home, vintage pieces are the answer.

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Why? Well, simply put, vintage decor gives you more bang for your buck without the hassle AND without spending hundreds of dollars. To truly make your home stand out from the rest, shop at thrift stores or antique shops for timeless decor options instead of big box retail stores.

And, if you are on a tight budget or simply don’t want to spend much money on styling the interior of your home, vintage decor offers you that opportunity. You have nothing to lose and much to gain!

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Decorating with Vintage Finds

When it comes to finding, styling, and decorating with vintage decor, there are so many benefits. I can’t list them all, but here are a few of my favorite reasons to source and curate your home with vintage.

  1. Vintage finds can be incorporated into any room of a home, making this type of decor extremely versatile.
  2. Vintage decor is able to be used throughout the year, making it easy and effortless to decorate for the seasons.
  3. Styling your home with vintage finds is eco-friendly because you are buying and re-using existing goods.
  4. Talk about economical! Vintage pieces can be found for super inexpensive prices at thrift stores and antique shops, allowing you flexibility in your monthly budget for a few ‘new’ decorative home accents.
  5. Vintage finds nudge you to get creative with how you decorate your home.

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10 Easy Vintage Decorating Ideas for Any Room

Below, you will find ten of my most popular vintage decorating blog posts. Each one either involves a specific vintage decor item or simple ways of finding vintage decor to bring into your home.

Join me for some of my favorite vintage decorating tips and tricks to help infuse timeless charm into any room!

1. Top 10 Thrift Shopping Tips

Don’t know where to start when it comes to secondhand shopping? Do thrift stores seem overwhelming? Wondering how everyone else finds the good stuff and you don’t? Push those fears aside… I’ve got you! I’m sharing my top 10 thrift shopping tips, that no one else tells you, for finding the goods. Come on, let’s go thrifting!

There is a big learning curve when it comes to thrifting. There is some skill involved, especially when it comes to finding unique and vintage pieces. My hope is that, through the tips and tricks offered here, you will have thrift shopping success!

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2. Unique Vintage Copper Decor Ideas

I love hunting for vintage copper. Copper adds such a bright and cheery glow to any area of your home! However, I have found that whenever I’m actually looking for it, I never find it. It usually just happens…a piece of copper just sitting on a shelf at a thrift store or antique mall, just waiting for me. Does that happen to you, too?

I’m super excited to share my thrifted vintage copper collection with you today. I hope that these ideas inspire you to start a collection of your own, add to an existing collection, or give you some copper decorating ideas for your home!

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unique vintage copper decor ideas

3. How to Thrift for Vintage Books

Thrifting for vintage, especially books, is such a thrill!

I used to have a super difficult time navigating stores, trying to find vintage and hardcover books. However, through practice, I’ve been able to successfully find old books in ways that others might not know about.

I’ve done the hard part for you and am sharing my tips and tricks on how to thrift for vintage books!

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4. A Beginner’s Guide to Thrifting for Unique Vintage Decor

In a beginner’s guide to thrifting for unique vintage decor, you will find some helpful tips on how to shop for and spot old pieces of home decor at thrift stores.

Many people have houses full of old things yet don’t know the value of the items they have. They donate them to thrift stores as an easy way to get rid of things. This is the fun part and where you get to swoop in and find all the pretty things on the cheap!

Here, I’ll share, from my experience, tips for finding vintage decor at thrift stores as well as ideas for using these found treasures in your home.

a beginner's guide to thrifting unique vintage decor

5. Decorating Ideas and Collecting Tips for Milk Glass

I love decorating with milk glass. The simple white glass looks stunning against any backdrop, it’s super versatile, and each piece is unique. If you have been around here for any length of time, you probably know my deep affection for vintage milk glass. I’ve been collecting it for many years and use it all year round to decorate for each season or holiday.

I can’t quite describe what is is about this old glass that is so intriguing. It just speaks to me in a way that many things don’t, you know??

On the hunt for lovely vintage glassware? Find what you need to know with these decorating ideas and collecting tips for milk glass!

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a collection of vintage and thrifted hobnail milk glass

6. Treasure Hunting 101: Your Beginner’s Guide to Antiquing

Shopping at antique stores may seem like a daunting task, but it is just the opposite!

Antique stores are big treasure chests. When you shop at antique stores for home decor items, you are truly choosing a special way of creating a home that is all your own. You are sourcing items for your home that have a story.

For those of you that already love antiquing, my hope is that these tips will still be beneficial to you and maybe you will learn something new to try! Or, if you are new to this vintage thing and are wondering how to get into the antique shopping scene, this treasure hunting 101: your beginner’s guide to antiquing, is going to be so helpful for you.

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7. How to Use Vintage Handkerchiefs as Decor

I never knew I needed hanky’s in my life until I did. I’ve found hankies in all the pretty colors. Some made in Sweden, some with floral embroidery and others donning lace and scalloped edges.

Like everything else, I believe these old handkerchiefs found me, I didn’t find them. I’ve been busy figuring out what to do with each of them and have found a few simple ways of displaying hankies. Come along as I share how to use vintage handkerchiefs as decor!

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a vintage hanky on a vintage book with milk glass

8. How to Collect and Display Vintage Linens

Packed with charm, these old textiles are some of the most collectible and fabulous items that you can find at antique stores, thrift stores, and flea markets. Each piece of vintage linen is unique, making them extremely special.

In this article, how to collect and display vintage linens, we’ll delve into the world of textiles and explore the best tips and tricks for collecting and displaying them. From where to find these hidden gems to tips for preserving and showcasing their beauty, get ready to add some vintage charm to your home!

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9. 5 Ways to Add Vintage Charm to Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is so important! It is usually the first place you go in the morning and the last place you go at night. It should feel like a welcoming and peaceful space to start and end each day. However, bathrooms are, in my experience, the last room in a home to get loving attention. Not anymore!

Over the years, I’ve found a few easy and affordable ways to infuse character into your bathroom space. Join me for 5 ways to add vintage charm to your bathroom for creating a calm and dreamy oasis!

5 ways to add vintage charm to your bathroom

10. How to Display Antique and Vintage Collections

To me, the best part about collecting your favorite types of items is the journey of it all. Curating and adding to your storied collections is such a thrill, always on the hunt for ‘just one more’.

Collections of beautiful pieces, whether that be antique, vintage, or something else, gives your home personality and soul. So, how can you style your collections so that stay fresh, updated, and not feeling stagnant? I’ll show you! Join me as I teach you how to display antique and vintage collections so they feel always feel timeless.

how to display antique and vintage collections

Closing Tidbits on 10 Easy Vintage Decorating Ideas for Any Room

Incorporating vintage elements into your home decor doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these 10 easy vintage decorating ideas for any room, you can transform each space of your home.

Remember, it’s all about mixing old and new, and finding pieces that speak to you. As author and decorating expert Rachel Ashwell says, “Vintage doesn’t have to be old, it just has to be loved.”

Be encouraged to create a space that tells a story while also leaving room for your own personal touch through the use of vintage decor.

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Leave me a comment! How do you love to decorate with vintage decor? I love hearing from you!

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Other Vintage Posts to Enjoy

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Tips for Collecting Vintage Dishes

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  • These are all such great ideas, Rachel! I’d all but given up on shopping the thrift stores because ours have frequently been picked over for the past few years. Your posts have encouraged me to try them again though and it’s been so much fun to rediscover my love for treasure hunting. Big hugs, CoCo

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    • Rachel Granholm
      May 2, 2024 9:45 am

      Hi!
      Thanks so much, CoCo!! I hope you will find something amazing soon…it sometimes takes awhile but the waiting is worth it!

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  • MaryJo Materazo
    May 2, 2024 1:50 pm

    Great post Rachel. You know this vintage loving gal appreciates every bit of it friend. XO- MJ

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  • I always love seeing all of your beautiful finds Rachel and how you use them to decorate you home. So pretty!

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    • Rachel Granholm
      May 5, 2024 6:25 pm

      Hey!
      Thanks so much, Jen! Appreciate it! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

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  • […] pulled out all kinds of vintage and thrifted jars, vases and tin containers. If you don’t think you have anything to use, I […]

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  • Great ideas for displaying vintage items, Rachel. I’m a veteran thrift shopper and love using what I find in my home. It’s a treasure hunt that can be both exciting and fulfilling. All these items have a story to tell. Have a great week.
    Lynne

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    • Rachel Granholm
      May 9, 2024 8:05 am

      Hi Lynne!
      Thanks so much!! They do and that’s what’s SO exciting about it!! I appreciate you coming by today! Have a great day!

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  • […] beauty about using vintage decor in your decorating is that it is timeless. It is the most versatile and humble decor that you can […]

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  • So much great information in one spot! I have learned so much about thrifting and antiquing from your posts! Thanks to you I don’t feel overwhelmed going into a thrift store now! I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and fun finds with us!

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    • Rachel Granholm
      May 13, 2024 6:27 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so happy to hear that and I appreciate that so much! Thanks, Donna!

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