How to incorporate vintage elements in your home

by HomeDecorBeauty

Home design trends come and go. Give them some time, and they will often return, as the vintage home trend…

Home design trends come and go. Give them some time, and they’ll often come back, as the vintage home trend has shown.

While all-white kitchens and open concept floor plans continue to reign supreme on the wish lists of many homeowners and house hunters, vintage furniture and decor are popping up as interesting and often colorful accents.

Everything Old Is New Again

According to Mary Patton, owner and designer at Mary Patton Design in Houston, the term “antique” is used to describe anything over 100 years old. Vintage, on the other hand, has a looser definition as it relates to shorter trend cycles; Patton says this typically applies to elements that are at least 40 years old.

“With supply chain issues affecting the home industry, we have turned to sourcing vintage furniture and decor as there is no long lead time,” says Patton. “It’s a trend we like because it’s really good for the environment — you’re reusing something in a unique way. Plus, it adds an interesting, comfortable atmosphere to the home.”

Lance Thomas, lead designer at Thomas Guy Interiors in Lake Charles, Louisiana, agrees. “Supply chain issues, furniture price increases and 40-week production times for new pieces have been major catalysts for the boom in vintage and antique markets,” he says.

“The items already exist, so they have a zero carbon footprint,” says Patton. “In addition, the history and uniqueness of vintage items is unlike anything else.”

[READ: Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Sell Your Home in 2022.]

How to add vintage elements to your home

The vintage trend, like many home decor trends, is as much about practicality as aesthetics. “People can incorporate existing furniture into their decor without the headaches of buying new,” says Thomas.

If you haven’t caught on to the vintage trend, here’s something to consider: According to HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner will spend $47,923 on a home renovation or remodeling project. Of course, a more precise figure depends on what it is you’re redoing and the level of finishes you’ve chosen. If all you want to do right now is give your home a fresh look, it’s a lot more fun to spend a little money on throw pillows and a new area rug than a bathroom or kitchen remodel. dive.

Here are some ways to add vintage elements to a home on a budget:

Exchange picture frames. “Look for vintage frames that can be repurposed with some cool modern art that has a nice contrast,” says Patton.

Hang a vintage mirror. Mirrors are a time-honored trick for reflecting light and making a room appear larger. Choose one that evokes an earlier era for your wall.

Replace doorknobs and kitchen cabinet hardware. Even DIY novices can easily swap out cabinet and door hardware in an afternoon.

Add a piece of vintage furniture. Thomas says he likes to include Belgian-inspired luggage in his designs, although you can also easily retrieve Grandma’s china cabinet from the attic.

Note that none of these suggestions involve hiring a contractor and spending a ton of money on an extensive renovation project that you won’t even get to enjoy when you sell your home. The real beauty of the vintage trend is that you can easily pick up and pull down. Best of all, you can take most of it with you to the next location, if you choose.

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Maintain your home’s vintage architectural elements

It’s one thing to pull up wall-to-wall shag rugs that have been around since the 1970s. But if you have features like casement windows and herringbone floors, keep them, says Vickey Barron, a licensed associate realtor with Compass in New York. She says that if your home has “good bones” like this, chances are it will match the vintage vibe and architectural style of both the home and neighborhood — which will attract buyers at resale.

The same goes for vintage kitchens that haven’t been remodeled in decades, says Barron. It’s true that buyers desire updated kitchens, but Barron explains that even homes with original metal cabinets can find a buyer who likes those kinds of things.

This sentiment applies even to the post-war pink kitchens. The recent Barbie core trend celebrates all things pink in fashion, and it’s also making waves in home decor.

And if they don’t, they’ll probably prefer the chance to rip it all out and redo it just the way they like it, Barron says.

Tell the story of a house

“Residential real estate is an emotional process,” says Barron. She explains that when buyers first walk into a space, they may gravitate toward one feature or another without really understanding why—they just feel drawn to it.

Real estate agents may be in the business of sales, but they are also in the business of storytelling.

“You have to understand what’s on the outside to complement and respect what you’re doing on the inside,” says Barron, when it comes to decorating a home or, more importantly, setting it up for the best resale value. She mentions that they work with the sellers whose house was renovated and had beautiful furniture, but they just didn’t fit the overall aesthetic of the house.

“Nobody responded to it because it didn’t tell the right story,” she says.

Barron enjoys vintage and antique decor and is known for helping clients stage their homes using key pieces of decor that catch buyers’ eyes. She says that although many of the objects are only there for staging purposes, the appearance still “speaks” to buyers.

“(Sellers) end up getting a higher price for the properties when it’s done properly,” says Barron.

[Read: How to Stage Your Home to Sell.]

Vintage trends and home resale value

If you’re ready to sell your home, you may have heard that less is more when it comes to staging. While the trend has been more towards neutral colors and decor so buyers can imagine themselves in the space, Patton says that including vintage elements will “absolutely help” a seller attract buyers, especially “if done sparingly and on a cool way that stands out from the sea of ​​all-white houses.”

“You don’t want your home to look like a garage sale,” says Patton.

Barron emphasizes it’s about putting together a look, not buying up a catalog’s worth of vintage furniture and accents.

If you do decide to go bold with color or wallpaper—another resurgent trend—Barron recommends against taking that theme throughout the house. It’s one thing if you enjoy it and plan to be in your home for years. But if resale is on the horizon, the trend or fad may change, she explains.

This is a good reminder for homeowners: You is be allowed to enjoy your home just as you like while living in it.

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