WRITTEN BY COLLEEN PAUSLEY OF LIFE ON KAYDEROSS CREEK

Antique and vintage pieces can add warmth, patina, and interest to a space. 

They add personality and if they’re mixed in with new modern pieces you can create a timeless, one-of-a kind, cozy space.

Here are some ideas on how to mix vintage items with new pieces for a fresh, unique spring look.

1. Keep cliché Spring and Easter décor to a minimum.

I know, when you think Spring, you think bunnies and Easter and chicks and eggs. Those pieces can work in moderation but make things easy on yourself and use them sparingly. The less you use Easter specific signs and décor the easier it is to transition from season to season.

Instead, use pieces with muted pastels, antique white pitchers with some pretty faux flowers and other accessories which will go well into late Spring or even early summer. You’ll spend less money on decorations that only last a few weeks and you’ll be able to transition to Summer easier.

2. Pick a color palette and stick to it. 

Start with a piece of vintage art for inspiration and keep it to a minimum of 3 colors including white. It’s easier to create vignettes this way if you’re only using a few colors and it’s less expensive because you can use things in multiple ways and rooms. 

3. Add a pop of color with vintage books

Vintage books are my go-to for adding color, and height to a space. They are an inexpensive way to add interest to any bookshelf or coffee table. 

4. Introduce new greenery into antique or vintage vessels

Whether you use real plants or faux greenery, these pieces can add life to a space. Use different vintage vessels to display them in such as crocks, tins or antique baskets to add even more color and texture. 

5. Don’t be afraid to mix metals

Add even more interest by mixing different metals together. I love using thrifted brass candlesticks for every season and mixing in muted silver adds a unique yet classic look.

6. Add in wood tones 

Warm vintage wooden boxes, crates or cutting boards can add warmth and help ground the space. Mix in some faux greenery or pink flowers and you can create a beautiful spring vignette. Remember to sprinkle these pieces throughout the space because repetition is key for a cohesive look.

Vintage, antique and thrifted pieces can help you create your own unique look and feel in your home. Remember, when it comes to decorating, you should follow your heart and ultimately do what makes you happy. 

You can find more Spring decorating ideas, thrift store flips and furniture makeovers at www.mylifeonkayderosscreek.com  


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