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Flea Market Chic: Oil Paintings

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The time of year definitely plays a part in the colors we crave and want to use in our home, doesn’t it? Lately I am loving organic, moody tones, especially against white or any light color backdrop. It seems to go hand in hand with another little something I am currently fascinated with, vintage oil paintings. You know, the ones you have passed over dozens of times at the thrift store, local yard sale or flea market, thinking how could I make this work. Often when we see one painting it can be hard to imagine how & where it will go in your home. So I thought I would share some ideas on how to use these once loved pieces in your space.

Less is More. You don’t need a huge collection to get started or to make an impact. Keep your eyes open for 1-2 to begin. Looking for some sort of continuity through tone or type can also be helpful but not necessary. Here are some of my favorite examples of this…

Using two landscapes together in a small space gives a big impact and the gold tones in these frames make them feel connected.

A Country Farmhouse-Vintage Lanscapes Line the Walls of a Guest Cottage


Using two paintings together in a small entry can also make a statement. Despite a difference in palette and genre, somehow nature ties it all together. Sometimes a good visual can help you decide if 2 pieces are a good match, my best advice, go with your instinct.

Jennifer Rizzo-vintage paintings in entry


One single oil painting when balanced with tone and texture can be a show stopper and I love this idea of using one in the kitchen.

The White Buffalo Styling Co-oil painting adds a vintage detail in teh kitchen


Size Matters. A large piece over a sofa, credenza, desk or mantle gives a big impact. It is also an easy way to create a focal point, it can be a bit more pricey but it is worth it, take a look at these…

BHG vintage painting in bedroom, great focal point over the desk


I bet the next time you pass a vintage portrait you will look twice. If you are like me then the idea of having another person hanging on your walls, other than a family member may have seemed less than ideal but you can see how stylish & beautiful it is. I am now a believer.

BHG vintage portrait over the mantle


This piece below from House of Hipster blows me away. By simply altering this portrait it was giving a modern makeover.

House of Hipsters, clever-paint the bottom of a vintage portait for a modern feel


A Collected Look. Using collections of a similar genre to layer your walls is an art. By using a common theme and/or color palette you have the ability to create a space that is not only original but tells a story.

Finding one vintage oil painting that you absolutely love, whether it be the style or tone, can be a perfect place to start your collection. These tropical landscapes over this mantle anchors the room and sets the mood in this modern rustic dining room.

BHG-A collected wall of oil paintings in an eclectic dining room


Looking for a creative idea, how about starting a collection of paint by numbers. This gallery wall gives a vintage vibe to this urban beach house. Another example of how taking a risk on something you love can pay off.

BHG-Paint by Number-Modern Beach House


Ahhh… seascapes you had me at hello. Continuity within a palette and genre can create a stunning collection that is drool worthy.

Emily Henderson Seascape Paintings from the 1970's


Primitive and Proper-vintage oil nautical paintings line the walls of her dining room


An Eclectic Mix. Often when creating a gallery wall we think there has to be a running theme but as you can see when there is creative intention we are instantly drawn in. It really has to do with personal style and taking chances on what feels right.

Jeanne Oliver-vintage paintings line the wall of her art studio


As you can see there are many reasons to not pass up a worn landscape, seascape or portrait next time you spot one.

Happy hunting & have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

4 Responses to “ Flea Market Chic: Oil Paintings ”

  1. Absolutely love the collections above!
    Vintage flea market art is becoming so popular that prices are rising quickly. :-(
    If your home needs just a touch of something different to break up the ho hums vintage art does wonders for your walls.
    Thank you so much for these decorating idea’s. They are all so lovely!

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