Funky hippie ways to decorate old furniture

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Funky hippie ways to decorate old furniture
Decorating with bright colours remains one of the best ways to add a hippie touch to your home. (more hippy Christmas image by sumos from

Redecorating older furniture that does not fit your current decorating style allows you to improve the interior design of your home. If you prefer the bright colours and patterns of funky or hippie styles, but your furniture is worn or traditionally styled, paint and reupholstering will help transform your old sofa or table into a piece with a more bohemian look.


Many homeowners avoid tackling the project of reupholstering old or worn furniture because they fear that it will be too difficult. While there is some challenge involved, many pieces of furniture take less work to reupholster than you may assume say the experts at Mother Earth News. Dining chairs with a simple upholstered seat make the best project to start with. Add paisley or batik patterned fabric to an old chair to give it a funky new style.

Painting Wooden Furniture

Homeowners with out-of-style wooden furniture should consider painting as the best option for adding bohemian flair. The Country Living website states that a little sanding and a few coats of a brightly coloured latex paint turn outdated wooden dressers or side tables into works of art. Choose retro colours to recall the 60s and 70s, like bright shades of purple and blue, or orange and avocado.

Slipcovers and Throws

If reupholstering a sofa or armchair is too advanced, a simple slipcover or throw hides ugly or stained upholstery. Homeowners with sewing skills can craft their own slipcovers in a bold floral pattern, or purchase a tie-dye throw large enough to cover the furniture. The experts at Home Decorating Coach also recommend using batik-dyed tapestries. Using a slipcover or throw makes changing the colour or style of upholstered furniture easy and inexpensive.


Mosaic work makes the dullest table top into a masterpiece. Mosaics feature the bright colours and mismatched appeal of hippie styles. Danielle Rigby explains in her article for "The Guardian" newspaper that creating a mosaic involves spreading a layer of grout onto the surface, and then pressing in small pieces of glass or ceramic tiles. This decorating idea takes as much time and effort as re-upholstery, but creates a totally one-of-a-kind piece that will be admired by all visitors.

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