Vintage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

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    How to Decorate with Vintage Finds

    Vintage pieces add charming style to the bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of DigsDigs

    Charmingly old-fashioned, quirky and individualistic, casual yet a bit romantic, versatile and budget-friendly: that’s the beauty of a room decorated with vintage finds. It’s a far-reaching style that makes it easy to show off creativity, and can’t be contained to one simple definition. But in general, vintage style means decorating with furnishings, fabrics, accessories, and colors that were popular decades back – in particular, the styles of the 1940s and 1950s. Technically, however, the term “vintage” refers to any item that is more than 20 years old, but less than 100.

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    Paint Your Vintage Finds

    Turquoise dresser in vintage bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Margot Austin

    You'll soon find that when it comes to vintage furnishings, paint can be your best friend. Even if a vintage piece is scuffed or stained, it's easy to give it a makeover with a bright new coat of colorful paint. For example, the lovely turquoise bedside dresser from Margot Austin shown here. 

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    Vintage Color and Pattern

    Mix patterns in a vintage bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Decoholic

    Although there is no hard-and-fast vintage color scheme, you’ll generally find that the vintage palette is soft in intensity, uses a lot of creamy white, and gets colorful with mint or moss green, pink, soft blue, palest lavender or buttery yellow. This isn’t the decorating style for dark colors, intense brights, too much beige or brown, or earth tones. Mixing patterns is another vintage must, especially florals or other botanicals, birds and butterflies, or scenes of idyllic 1940s or 1950s life. 

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    Where to Find Vintage Items

    Country vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of Aiken House & Gardens

    You’re not going to find authentic vintage pieces at your local big-box furniture store. Instead, think of it as a hunt; you’re looking for affordable furnishings that have been well loved through the decades. Your best bet are places like flea markets, secondhand stores, antique malls and shops, Craigslist or even garage sales. This country charmer is from the vintage-loving blog Aiken House & Gardens

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    Add Something Unexpected

    Show off a quirky collection in a vintage bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Decoist

    Because vintage finds are outside the typical contemporary mass-produced items you’ll find in HomeGoods or similar decorating stores, it’s fun to play up the period style by doing something unexpected in your room. This bedroom shows off the owner’s whimsy with a collection of vintage fans on a shelf added up high for this very purpose. Is there something you love or collect? Spotlight it in a similar fashion. Old globes, vintage ceramic dogs or cats, glove forms, hats, dolls… whatever makes you smile when you see it.

    RELATED: Vintage Collections to Decorate Your Walls

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    Get Creative When Decorating a Vintage Bedroom

    Vintage chair as bedside table.
    Photo courtesy of DIY Home Decor

    Vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind, as are you. So when it comes to decorating your bedroom, get creative. This isn’t the style for matched furniture, predictable décor, or following the rules. Instead, use a folding chair as a bedside table, lean an old shutter against the wall and adorn it with a vintage calendar, set a pretty mirror on the floor. Or do something completely different; it’s up to you. The only rule when decorating with vintage furnishings is to use your creativity.

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    Get Creative With Vintage Finds

    Fireplace surround as headboard.
    Photo courtesy of Jennifer Grey Interiors

    Instead of a traditional headboard, why not use a vintage fireplace surround, as in this wonderful bedroom from Jennifer Grey Interiors? Or fake the look with a new surround painted to look old. 

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    Mix Old and New Furnishings

    Blue floral wallpaper in vintage bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Decoholic

    Decorating with vintage finds doesn’t mean that everything in your bedroom has to be old. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming to decorate with nothing but period pieces. Instead, mix a few vintage accessories or furniture with new items. This bedroom, for example, makes good use of a pair of lovely vintage nightstands and a pair of old suitcases given new life with a coat of bright blue paint. The bedding, however, is new, although it has a vintage feel thanks to the chenille throw blanket. And the wonderful floral wallpaper is a celebration of vintage style, even though it’s a brand-new pattern.

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    Vintage Decor All the Way

    Vintage bedroom decorating ideas
    Photo courtesy of SloDive

    Most people will simply add a few touches of vintage decor to their bedroom, but if you really love the style, why not take it all the way? What a lovely way to create a relaxed and highly feminine retreat. So pretty.

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    Repurpose Furniture in Your Vintage Bedroom

    Repurpose handkerchiefs into a headboard.
    Photo courtesy of Shelterness

    One of the hallmarks of vintage décor is a reliance on repurposed items to add to the fun, while also helping to keep decorating costs down. The room shown here does both beautifully by showcasing framed vintage handkerchiefs in place of a headboard, along with the wildly creative use of drums in place of traditional nightstands. Let your mind run wild; you can repurpose just about anything if you’re imaginative enough.

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    Vintage Throw Pillows

    Vintage throw pillows
    Photo courtesy of Aiken House & Gardens

    A bed piled high with vintage throw pillows looks so cozy and welcoming. This lovely bedroom is from the all-things-vintage blog Aiken House & Gardens. Look for vintage pillows on Etsy or Ebay. 

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    DIY in the Vintage Bedroom

    DIY projects for a vintage-themed bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of housetohome

    One of the most fun aspects of vintage décor is how well it lends itself to a wide range of DIY projects. Case in point: the bedroom shown here. That funky headboard? It’s heavy cardboard cut into the desired shape and then covered with wallpaper. The pretty jewelry display on the wall? That’s as easy as using a paper lace doily as a stencil to create the romantic design, then screwing a variety of vintage hooks into the mix to hold jewelry, scarves, vintage clothing or whatever else you fancy.

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    Show Off a Vintage Treasure

    Beautiful vintage bed
    Photo courtesy of justyumyum

    If you're lucky enough to find (or inherit) a gorgeous vintage piece of furniture, such as the bed shown here, display it to its best advantage with a simple color scheme and a wallpapered accent wall that adds more vintage style to the room. 

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    Small Vintage Bedroom Ideas

    Small vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of Key Interiors by Shinay

    Wondering how to decorate that tiny attic bedroom? Furnish it with vintage finds, cover the walls with cheery wallpaper that has a vintage feel, top the bed with vintage-inspired bedding, and voila! An airy, cute and welcoming space. 

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    Vintage Bedding

    Vintage bedding on wooden bed
    Photo courtesy of Tante Monica

    It's hard to match the charm of genuine vintage bedding. You can sometimes find treasures at thrift stores or antique shops, or online through Etsy or Ebay. Keep in mind, however, that vintage fabric is delicate, so you'll need to take extra care with decades-old bedding. 

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    Colorful Vintage Bedroom

    Colorful vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of Interior Design Pro

    Decorating in vintage style doesn't mean you can't get colorful. Case in point: this cheerful bedroom makes happy use of mostly primary hues for a wonderfully upbeat look. 

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    Glamorous Vintage Bedroom

    Glamorous vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of justyumyum

    When you choose vintage furniture designed in a glamorous style, such as Hollywood Regency, your bedroom takes on a sophisticated, expensive and movie-star-from-the-40s elegance. 

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    Sweetly Serene Vintage Bedroom

    Pretty vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of DigsDigs

    By choosing a soft color scheme, and adding interest with just one or two slightly brighter accent colors, you'll create a tranquil feel in your vintage bedroom. 

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    Vintage Bedrooms Aren't for Women Only

    A vintage-style bedroom for a man.
    Photo courtesy of Vintage Headboards

    While many bedrooms decorated with vintage pieces have a decidedly feminine flair, the style isn’t limited to the ladies. Stick with a quiet palette of mossy green and soft tan, and the room takes on a tranquil, gender-neutral vibe that would please just about any man—or any woman, for that matter. The wonderful rustic headboard shown here was made from a repurposed vintage door by Vintage Headboards.

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    DIY Vintage Bedroom Ideas

    Cover a wall with vintage shutters
    Photo courtesy of Harbour Breeze Home

    Because decorating with vintage finds means furnishings are often a bit ragged, mismatched, or in need of a bit of love, the style lends itself particularly well to DIY projects, such as the wall covered with old shutters shown here. Let your imagination run wild!

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    Tropical Touches in a Vintage Bedroom

    Vintage bedroom with Hawaiian motifs
    Photo courtesy of Bella Mancini Design

    The Hawaiian-inspired accents in this vintage bedroom from Bella Mancini Designs add a dash of fun to the space. Tropical and Hawaiian motifs were a popular look in the 1950s. 

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    When Vintage and Rustic Style Meet

    Vintage rustic bedroom
    Photo courtesy of Marianne Songbird

    Vintage style works well with many other decorating themes, including rustic. In this lovely bedroom from Marianne Songbird, a rustic wooden headboard takes on a tinge of sweetness when strung with fairy lights and matched with vintage bedding. 

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    Vintage Style on the Coast

    Coastal vintage bedroom
    Photo courtesy of Phoebe Howard

    Using just a few vintage pieces in a room is a great way to add character without going overboard. In this coastal-influenced bedroom from designer Phoebe Howard, a vintage wooden bed and rug help create the soothing vibe. 

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    Vintage Sitting Area

    Vintage sitting area in bedroom.
    Photo courtesy of Emily Henderson

    Every bedroom deserves a comfortable sitting area, even if only a chair tucked in the corner. But this lovely vintage sitting spot from designer Emily Henderson does it right. 

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    Vintage Loft Bedroom

    Vintage bedroom in industrial loft.
    Photo courtesy of DigsDigs

    Think industrial, minimalist or highly contemporary are your only choices when decorating a converted loft, or a rugged space with exposed brick walls? Then take a look at the lovely vintage bedroom shown here. What a great way to soften a space that might otherwise be cold and uncomfortable.