How to Decorate a Vintage Bedroom

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How to Decorate a Vintage Bedroom
Enhance a bedroom with vintage crystal pieces. (vase image by Janet Wall from

A vintage-inspired bedroom has a romantic, sentimental look. Pull your grandmother's cherished pieces out of storage and use them to create a charming bedroom style. Pair antique items with candy colours and airy fabrics to keep the look fresh and inviting. If you don't have authentic vintage items, use realistic-looking replicas, or make the decor pieces yourself. Design the bedroom around your favourite vintage-inspired coloured or use a beloved heirloom piece as decor inspiration.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wallpaper
  • Bed frame
  • Bedding
  • Curtains
  • Vintage items, such as vases and suitcases

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    Paint the bedroom walls a soft vintage-inspired shade. Choose a mint ice cream, pastel blue, lavender, rose or butter yellow hue to complement antique pieces. Hang pink and white toile or damask-printed wallpaper if you prefer an all-over wall design.

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    Choose an antique white wrought iron bed frame. Pick a timeworn-looking four-poster frame featuring lacy iron details. Go with a vintage dark wood canopy bed featuring lace fabric to create a romantic look.

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    Enhance the bed with vintage fabrics and patterns. Choose a handmade quilt featuring patchwork squares of rose patterns, pink, white and green stripes and red and white gingham print. Fold a white crochet blanket at the end of the bed.

  4. 4

    Hang breezy cotton curtains featuring a charming pattern. Enhance solid colour walls with red, pink and mint green cabbage rose-patterned window coverings. Complement busy walls with crisp white eyelet curtains for a shabby chic style.

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    Complete the bedroom look with authentic vintage pieces. Hang antique straw hats on wall hooks. Display a vintage record player on an antique wood secretary's desk. Suspend a pearl-draped crystal chandelier from the ceiling. Enhance a vintage white vanity table with a milk glass vase filled with red and pink roses. Store books and magazines in stacked vintage leather suitcases.

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