Modern Vintage Home Décor Tips and Ideas

modern vintage home decor

Looking for antique and vintage home decorating inspiration? From making furniture out of suitcases to using an old workbench for a kitchen island, there are tons of ways to transform your home into a livable showcase of your valuable finds. Check out our guide to below to find design inspiration for creating an antique and vintage home!

Choose a Color Scheme

A room with a wooden floor

Creating a vintage home can be as easy as choosing items for a room that are within the same color palette. Try adding a dark leather trunk as a coffee table and a neutral Persian rug that ties together mismatched wood frames for an antique farmhouse style!

Decide on a Room Theme

A kitchen with wooden cabinets and a dining room table

Nothing shows off your antique collectibles like creating a themed room! Go back in time with a room dedicated to 1950s tin signs with a funky chair and a jukebox. Or show off your music tastes by dedicating an entire area to old records, band posters, and a phonograph.

Focus on One Space First

You don’t need big pieces right off the bat. Just start small when decorating with antique and vintage items! Choose one room—or even one corner—and craft your design around that area. It could be as simple as starting with a decorative armchair and slowly adding pieces around it.

Mix & Match Different Antique Finds

One of the best decorating ideas for a room is mixing vintage furniture with your quirky antique collectibles. Build a cohesive look with a bright puffy chair and a compilation of black-and-white photos on the wall, or display a variety of vases as a centerpiece on a coffee table.

Use Books for Vintage Wall Decor

Have a bunch of old books that you’ve collected over the years? Rather than putting them on a shelf or coffee table, use them as antique wall decor! Use nails to fasten books to the wall for a statement piece, or make a collage with torn-out pages and put decorative vintage frames around them.

Show Off a Credenza

Bring a little retro feel into a living room, entryway, or dining room with a credenza. Use it store fine china, as a TV stand, or like a mini bar. You can also pair a credenza with a round vintage mirror on the wall or milk jug vase to add contrast to the sleek design and get some warmth.

Transform Doors into a Headboard

Say goodbye to modern tufted headboards and hello to worn vintage doors! Painting old doors the same color as your bedroom furniture will help you get a unique rustic look. Tie everything together by adding extra vintage bedroom decor like a hutch for storing blankets or an antique chandelier.

Painting old doors the same color as your bedroom furniture will help you get a unique rustic look.

Utilize a Vintage Bar Cart

A bar cart is a multi-purpose vintage decor item that’s great for bringing both a chic touch to any room and extra storage for knick-knacks, crystal decanters, or heirloom cocktail shakers.

Turn Suitcases into Tables

Have vintage suitcases that you’re not using for travel? Stack them up and use them as a side table for your living room or nightstand in your bedroom! You can store any extra knick-knacks in them as well.

These are some quirky ideas for a modern vintage home décor.

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