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Do you have a knack for finding hidden treasures at flea markets? Have you been dying to incorporate some of your finds into your home but don’t know how? With the ever-changing trends in home decor, it can be hard to keep up with what’s “in” and what’s “out.” But one trend that never seems to go out of style is vintage. Incorporating vintage pieces into your home is a great way to add personality and charm. Plus, it can be a lot more budget-friendly than buying all everything new if you’re not sure if vintage pieces are for you. Here are a few tips on how to successfully add vintage flair to your home. 

 

Think Outside the Box 

Vintage doesn’t always mean old and dusty. In fact, some of the best vintage finds are those that have been repurposed into something new. For example, an old dresser can be turned into a bathroom vanity or an antique ironing board can be used as a kitchen island. Be creative and open-minded when shopping for vintage pieces, and you’re sure to find something unique that fits both your style and your budget. 

Start with Small Pieces 

One of the easiest ways to start incorporating vintage into your home is with small pieces. Things like vases, trays, and picture frames are all great places to start. You can find these items at flea markets, thrift stores, and even garage sales around New York City. I often find great pieces when designing for my clients at Maison Gerard. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try your hand at refinishing some of these pieces yourself. Just a little bit of elbow grease can go a long way! 

Use Wallpaper as an Accent Wall 

Another easy way to add a touch of vintage style to your home is by using wallpaper. Wallpaper has made a big comeback in recent years, and there are now tons of modern and vintage-inspired prints to choose from. If you’re not ready to commit to wallpapering an entire room, try using it as an accent wall instead. This will add just the right amount of pattern and visual interest without being too overwhelming.  

Pick a Theme and Stick to It 

Whether you’re going for a speakeasy vibe or want to channel your inner Jane Austen, it’s important to pick a theme and stick to it. This will help you focus your search as you scour antique stores and flea markets for the perfect pieces. It will also help create a sense of cohesion in your final product. Once you have a general idea of the era or style you want to emulate, start collecting pieces that fit the bill.  

Invest in Some Statement Furniture 

One of the best ways to make a big impact with vintage style is by investing in some statement furniture pieces. Things like antique dressers, sideboards, and dining tables are all great choices. You can usually find these pieces at antique stores or online retailers that specialize in vintage furniture. Just be sure to do your research before making any big purchases—you want to be sure that the piece is high quality and that it will fit well into your space. 

Edit, Edit, Edit   

Less is almost always more when it comes to incorporating vintage style into your home. A good rule of thumb is to use vintage pieces as accents rather than focal points. A few well-chosen vintage items can go a long way in adding character and personality to your space without making it feel cluttered or dated. When in doubt, take an edit pass and get rid of any pieces that don’t quite fit. You can always add them back later if you change your mind! 

Vintage style is timeless for a reason—it’s full of personality and character. With these guidelines in mind, incorporating vintage pieces into your home can be easy, fun, and affordable. Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply adding a few finishing touches, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in your décor choices. After all, your home should be a reflection of who you are—vintage style included!