A small budget doesn't have to be a roadblock to a style update, especially if you have vintage décor in mind. By its very definition, vintage décor is all about taking something old and turning it into something new, fresh and functional, with just a little bit of creativity.
You can recreate a lovely vintage décor with thrift store finds painted with distressed finishes, displaying collections, using romantic fabrics, and lots of white. And a chandelier or two wouldn’t hurt. Accessories are key! Try making a weekly trip to your local antique shops for inexpensive vintage accents such as skeleton keys, old postcards and reminders of the past.
Here are 6 ideas to get you started.
1. Take advantage of wall space
Use narrow weathered planks to line a wall when you have a small living room and little space to experiment. These can act like display ledges to hold your collection of thoughtfully arranged figurines, artworks, vintage souvenirs and more.
A new dining table or couch can get a vintage look and feel with carefully chosen lamps, cushions, chandeliers, rugs, afghans, and artwork for the room. Feel free to buy a vintage dining table and pair it with modern chairs, or pair a modern couch with vintage lounge chairs to create a décor that’s full of character and personality.
It’s the small details that will allow you to get the vintage look on a budget. Even things that don't match can look right together. Think pallet shelves, vintage lamps, crystal chandeliers and clocks. Vintage clocks can add an old worldly charm to your décor that’s very unique and full of personality.
Fun family collections and flea market finds can give a book-case a distinct look. Bowls, vintage book ends, and vintage cameras or telephones can also be repurposed as bookends or to add visual interest to the display.
If you have the time, explore second-hand furniture stores and go for garage sales. You can find the most unexpected things that add a special touch to your vintage chic décor, for example – this cool chair with an industrial design. The whole desk has a vintage charm to it, thanks to the lovely little touches from the artwork and vase.