How to Match Vintage Home Decor with Your Style

Colleen O'Morrow

Posted on April 01 2018

For those who are not favorable to disarray in home decor or an eclectic style, walking into an antique store can be a nightmare. But when done right, antiques are a great way to add charm and a history of life to your home. Our love of history is what prompted us to start Cultivated Candle Co. and launch our business in Columbus, a city where we cherish the history.

The perfect mix of history and your style is key to making antiques work in your home. If you’re considering a vintage piece, here are a few questions you should ask before heading out on an antique treasure hunt:

What colors are you currently incorporating in your home?

Antique pieces are a great way to add some sparkle to a basic home. Truly showcase the piece by choosing antiques that blend well with your current decor. Always consider color to make sure the piece isn’t going to look random.

What era of history do you love?

If you want to be a pro antique shopper, think about the decades you’re drawn to from the 20th century. I mention 20th century because that’s a more realistic find at your everyday antique store. For example, Jeremy and I are very drawn to the groove of the ‘60s and ‘70s. You’ll find that many of our colorful, vintage candles are from that era. When it comes to large decor pieces, we love the gold tones and marble used in pieces from the late 1800s - like the clock below!

How to style your home with antiques

Where are you placing the piece?

Avoid a cluttered look by planning ahead and deciding where your desired antique decor will go in your home. This will prevent random placements that can add an eclectic look, if you’re trying to avoid that. Consider mixing antique pieces with subtle modern decor for balance. For example, I keep a fun, photo booth photo of Jeremy and I on our mantle to keep our home special to us. The antique marble mantle clock the photo is next to is from decades before photo booths were a “thing”. Mix vintage and modern for the perfect balance of what you’re life is today, with some of your favorite home decor pieces of the past.

At the end of the day, you know what works best in your home. Ask yourself these questions and go with your gut. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a “new” find at an antique store, vintage pieces make a house a home.

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