It has been 5 years since we moved into our home and still, our home is in a constant state of evolution. With fresh experiences and more places we travel always comes new pieces I want to add to our home. Being a creative person my mind is always going, moving, seeking and when I create a space I like to connect the dots and bring meaning & often that takes time. I think that is why I have waited SO long to design & decorate my boys rooms. They are 6 & almost 11 and beautifully evolving every day into these curious creatives who love science, history, nature & sports. So when I finally began creating spaces that felt like them and fostered their imagination I knew there must also be a connection to the past. Mixing and matching vintage elements in with your new items can bring a well-balanced look that feels warm, intentional and the best part-can save you money. Here are 10 great ways to bring vintage style to your little ones rooms…..
Storage-Large & Small: We all know how important storage is in a kid’s room. Aside from the bed, it is the most essential part of the room, in my humble opinion:). It can add functionality and give the space visual charm. It also gives us a way to tuck those toys away and create organization. From large to small, there are many options when it comes to storage. You can use vintage trunks, as well as small crates & boxes to give additional stowage. A great idea with these vintage pieces is the go vertical, adding them to your walls gives dimension and purpose.
Vintage Letters: You can find antique letters easily at your local flea markets, thrift & antique shops so why not create a focal point. Creating a word or wall with a repeated initial is a great way to add a vintage touch to your little one’s space. Finding mismatched sizes and patinas makes it feel more authentic, so picking up a few here and there is always a good idea.
Art Supplies: If you are like me then you always need good storage solutions for crayons & markers or art supplies in general. An old tool box or wooden caddy with a handle makes for ideal organization. This can also be perfect for Lego’s or keeping small toys together, plus it is easy to transport.
Painted Dresser: Incorporating vintage furniture to your child’s space can not only save you a ton of money but also give character that not everyone else has. I bought 2 antique dressers I painted in shades of navy for my boys rooms, for the most part older pieces are better made than newer. One thing to be aware of is led paint, be sure to have it tested especially if you are not painting or sealing it.
Bed Linens: You can give a vintage touch to your child’s room by adding vintage bed linens. There are a few ways to do this, you can find vintage coverlets, bedspreads & shams and use them as is or you can find old needlepoint, brocade or tapestry and DIY a few bed pillows. Either way be sure to clean these fabrics thoroughly.
Bed Frames: Using a vintage bed frame can add a classic touch to any space. You can find twin and full bed frames easily at your local salvage shops and flea markets. Again, be sure to check for led paint to keep it safe for your little ones.
Vintage Art: Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall?! It can be overwhelming to think about finding items that work and feel balanced. A good tip is to find a theme, like nature, oils, coastal and keep it broad & just begin collecting. Once you have a good variety of sizes, shapes and dimension you can begin. Tracing these pieces onto craft paper and taping them to the wall is a great way to create a gallery wall plan.
Dimensional Pieces: Using old toys, wooden & metal objects as well as vintage books can bring a timeless touch to a youthful space. Anchoring these pieces to the wall, ceiling or displaying them in open shelving is a great way to add a connection to the past and bring in a personal touch.
Upholstered Furniture: Stools and chairs can be found inexpensively at yard sales and thrift stores & when cleaned up or re-upholstered can give you a custom look for a lot less. Not only will this save you money but it will insure an original look your neighbors will not have.
Clipboards: You can find old clipboards with fantastic patinas just about everywhere these days, Etsy is a great resource if you are unable to find them locally. They are great for displaying traditional art, photographs, prints and it can also be a great organizational tool. When displayed together in a group with a set purpose in mind it can become a functional, focal point in any space.
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