Vintage Home Decorating

Do you know the differance between Antique and Vintage. I had no clue until I did my research. Both of them mean "old" to me, however, there is a huge difference between the two.

Difference Between Antique and Vintage

Antiques are 100+ years old. They depict the date an object was made.

Vintage items are between 50-100 years old in most cases. They can be made as recently as 5-10 years ago but are specifically of that time period. They represent a specific year because of a unique design.

To decorate a house in a vintage style, here are a few tips you might be able to use for your own home.

  • Vintage furniture is always a great focal point of a room. If you are on a budget you can always do your own vintage looking furniture with a bit of paint and some sand paper. After you paint just distress the wood a little to make it look older.
  • Use a vintage quilt or throw to put on the back of a couch or chair or loveseat. This will help bring attention to the furniture and also works for those cold/chilly nights.
  • Old road signs, store advertisements, etc would be great for wall decorations.
  • When using pictures with the vintage era, use black and white or sepia pictures. It's also good to change these out once a year (or more) to help keep your home from being the same for many years.
  • For the little spaces in your home, window ledges, book shelves, empty corners, etc., try using vintage toys, school books, glasses or tin cans to help fill the empty spaces.

Do It Yourself Vintage Decorating

  • Use vintage fabric and fabric glue to make new lamp shades. This you can do once a year to change the look of the room where the lamp is.
  • Cover a table top in old post cards or pages from vintage books and then cover them with a clear lacquer. This will add a lot to an area.
  • You can also use some vintage fabric and wrap it around bulletin board to help add to the walls in your rooms.

In my home I use vintage items from my mom. She crochets alot and I love her doilies and things she makes. I use them everywhere in my home. Even though they are only a few years old, they are still considered vintage because the patterns and stitches she uses are from the early 1900's. Here are some pictures of her crochet work in my house.

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Inside my china hutch I have used many of my mom's handmade doilies.My vintage Aladin lamp from my husband with my mom's dolieAnother one of mom's doilies in my china hutchNot as much vintage but one of my all time favorites crocheted things from my mom.  It is framed and hanging in my bedroom.Used a white dolie on the counter under my candlesUsed a small pink doilie to help bring a little more color to the master bathroomA vintage tape player stero from my husbands late grandma along with one of my mom's doilies
Inside my china hutch I have used many of my mom's handmade doilies.
Inside my china hutch I have used many of my mom's handmade doilies. | Source
My vintage Aladin lamp from my husband with my mom's dolie
My vintage Aladin lamp from my husband with my mom's dolie | Source
Another one of mom's doilies in my china hutch
Another one of mom's doilies in my china hutch | Source
Not as much vintage but one of my all time favorites crocheted things from my mom.  It is framed and hanging in my bedroom.
Not as much vintage but one of my all time favorites crocheted things from my mom. It is framed and hanging in my bedroom. | Source
Used a white dolie on the counter under my candles
Used a white dolie on the counter under my candles | Source
Used a small pink doilie to help bring a little more color to the master bathroom
Used a small pink doilie to help bring a little more color to the master bathroom | Source
A vintage tape player stero from my husbands late grandma along with one of my mom's doilies
A vintage tape player stero from my husbands late grandma along with one of my mom's doilies | Source

In downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, we have a lot of antique and vintage stores. I went into one called Diane's Vintage Market and talked to her about all the items in her store. She told me what the difference between vintage and antique was and allowed me to take pictures of furniture and other goodies in her store. In case you are interested in stopping by to check her out here is a copy of her business card and a link to her face book page. She was wonderful with all the help she gave me and was more than willing to have her information shared with everyone.

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Tubed stero and record playerKnobs on a Zenith AM/FM raidoOld 35's for the record playerVintage furniture with red velvet fabricAn avacado sunbeam mixmaster from the late 1960'sAn antique stoveAn antique hand crank Edison record player
Tubed stero and record player
Tubed stero and record player | Source
Knobs on a Zenith AM/FM raido
Knobs on a Zenith AM/FM raido | Source
Old 35's for the record player
Old 35's for the record player | Source
Vintage furniture with red velvet fabric
Vintage furniture with red velvet fabric | Source
An avacado sunbeam mixmaster from the late 1960's
An avacado sunbeam mixmaster from the late 1960's | Source
An antique stove
An antique stove | Source
An antique hand crank Edison record player
An antique hand crank Edison record player | Source

Our fellow hubber Song-Bird has also written a great Hub about vintage decorating ideas. With her permission I have added her links to her Hub and her blog as well.

mary615 (another fellow hubber) has done a lot to her house with antiques and vintage decorating. I love so much about her house that there isn't just one thing I can point out. Her Hubs below show all about it!

There are many different ways to use vintage in your home decorating. It could be used for an old Victorian home or a brand new home. You could do whole rooms in a home or just add the little bits and pieces that make the room come together. The limit of possibilities is endless. Some say these things will never go out of style and that history always repeats itself. Wouldn't it be nice to see the old cars, dresses (clothes), town shops, etc back? I don't think the world could handle it.

Do you use vintage decorating in your home?

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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

My brother and I just moved into a little red brick house. We are now in the process of trying to get it decorated (not the easiest thing for two twentysomething dudes). I may use some of your tips here - especially the throw rug idea. Keep writing and I look forward to learning more how to decorate my house from you!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Awe Robert, thanks so much for such a great comment :) It really is amazing how such a small thing can make a room look and feel completely different! Stay tuned, lots more tips to come in the future! :)


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Your slide show is fantastic! I love the old stove :). I didn't understand the difference in definitions either so thank you for that! Great hub CassyLu! -K


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks K :) Now that I know the differance I can pick stuff out at stores a little better. It is kind of fun being able to show off my new skill to my "old timey" parents too! Thanks for the comment!


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Riverfish24 4 years ago from United States

Nice work! I didn't know the difference either. Also I know what 'doilies' are now, we used to just called them lacey table cloths! Great research in talking to the store owner and the pictures.


jcompton 4 years ago

Cool! Cassy you did a great job on this and I to now know more than I did before I read it so thank for that!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Riverfish24 - So glad you enjoyed my hub :) Love the lacey table cloths. My mom sure does make some really awesome ones! Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Jackie - Thanks for the vote of confidance and taking time to read the hub. Glad I could help ya!


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Chemistry Book 4 years ago

Sometimes, what is required is not that which is so much expensive, but that which is simple and cheap. You've actually made vintage decorating a simple process.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

There's nothing more fun than spending the afternoon browsing antique malls and vintage furniture stores. I've used vintage accessories and furniture in the past and just love the look. I'm glad you explained the difference between antique and vintage. Most times, stores that call themselves antique deal mainly in vintage items. Antique or vintage it's all great. And I love the crochet work from your mother. Brings back happy memories! I enjoyed your Hub!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Chemistry Book - Vintage decorating definately does not have to be a difficult process. Many people thing it is (I know I did) but a little goes a long way. Thanks for the comment :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

lindacee - I LOVE browsing antique malls and vintage furniture stores. Downtown Fayetteville has a ton of these stores and there were a few that said antique and were actually packed full of vintage. Kind of funny how that works. Thanks for the comment :)


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

I too, didn't know the difference. Good that I read this. Great hub. Voted up and useful and Shared.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I didn't know the difference between antique and vintage either. I learned something new today, thank you! I don't do vintage or antique, but your article is very interesting. Voted up! Have a great day! :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I home is 100 years old and filled with antiques which I love. I wrote two Hubs about my old house. I have no more room for anything, so I don't shop anymore for antiques like I did once. Great Hub, I voted it UP, etc.etc.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks great stuff for the comment and votes :)


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

sgbrown - Thanks for taking the time to check out my hub even though you don't do Vintage or Antique :) Thanks for the votes! Hope you have a great day as well!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

mary615 - I remember reading your hubs on your old house :) Would you mind if I added you to my hub as well? Thanks for the votes and the comment!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Nice tips. I really like the idea of covering a table top with vintage postcards. Rated up!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Om - I've thought about doing the post card table before and now that I have kids that have to have a post card from everywhere we go I think this might be the perfect little table in their play room! Thanks for the comment and votes!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

CassyLu, I'd be pleased to have you link my Hub, and I'd like to link this Hub to mine (Part II) where I have furnished my old house with antiques. Goodnight.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Great :) Thanks mary! I'll add you in now!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Neat! I hadn't known about that time difference between vintage and antique goods. That's great to know!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Simone - Glad I could help :) Thanks for reading and the comment!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A well-written hub filled with good advice and stunning pictures! Your mom's handmade doilies & crocheted work are beautiful. Your vintage collection looked uniquely attractive and added a classic touch to your home decor. Also I learnt the difference between antique and vintage thanks to you. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

ishwaryaa22 - Thanks. I don't think I will ever get rid of my mom's handmade doilies and crocheted stuff. Even though it might not go with everything I have in my house, the meaning of it means so much more to me then what other people think anyways. :) Thanks for the comment, votes and sharing :)


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Great hub. I live in an old house, and have filled it with antiques. Many would say I live in a museum. We tore apart my kitchen and back dated it to the 1940's. All we need now is an old stove. Each bedroom is a different era, from the 1800's to the 1930's. It has been a blast decorating it.

I grew up with antiques, so I feel more at home with them. Voted up, and shared.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

cloverleaffarm - Wow, I couldn't imagine having a 1940's kitchen. It would be something really cool to see. Even the different bedrooms. What an amazing house you must live in. Thanks for the votes and sharing and the comment :)

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