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Top Tips to Using Vintage-Inspired Pieces When Decorating a Home's Living RoomOne of the more popular design styles for a home today is the vintage look. Many people are fond of this look as it can bring back warm feelings of times gone past. This look is also quite popular as it can be easy to incorporate into most lifestyles. Regardless of whether one lives alone or with a family, a vintage-inspired look can be comfortable for all members of the family. In addition, it is generally easy to attain regardless of a person’s budget for decorating.
When beginning to decorate a home in a new style it is often best to work on one room at a time. Generally, most people will start with the first room visitors encounter, the living room. When redecorating the living room, one of the first things a person should decide is what the main focal point of the room will be. This is important, as when a person first enters a home, they will generally get a feel for the home within the first few moments of entering. Because of this, having the right type of focal point can quickly set the tone for the way a home is viewed.
Focal points are typically a bit more dramatic than other pieces in the room. They often are designed to stand out from the other furnishings and accessories. A good focal point can be a large antique-looking piece of vintage furniture, an old painting, or a set of used barn doors, which have been reclaimed and recycled for use in the home. These types of pieces will quickly draw a person’s attention and set the feel for the room.
Since the living room will need furniture to sit on, it is a good idea to look for pieces, which reflect a vintage style or blend well with it. Naturally, using antique or actual vintage pieces can be a great choice for sofas and chairs. However, these types of pieces are often difficult to find in good condition, and they can be pricey if they are found. This can make using them more difficult for many people. In such situations, it can be a good idea to select a newer sofa or chair created in a plain style with neutral colors in a solid pattern. Pillows and throws made from vintage or vintage-inspired fabrics can be added to the piece to enhance its look.
Tables and chests used in the living room can often be easier to acquire. While there are many pieces available at vintage shops and antique stores, many times these types of pieces can be obtained at garage sales, estate sales, and in thrift stores for lower prices. Sometimes the piece may need a bit of refinish work or a complete overhaul, but this can be a great way to get new pieces for the living room at a good price.
Artwork and accessories can be a great way to incorporate a vintage look into one’s living room or any room in the home. Many times adding wall decorations reminiscent of those used in the past can change the look of a room quickly. Adding vintage-looking lamps to some tables can also change the overall look of the table as well. Vintage dishes and glasses can be great accessories, as they are easily identifiable by their design and can create a vintage look in areas where they are used as decorations.