Useful Tips for Decorating with Vintage Pieces

Are you one of those romantic souls who are in love with the past and wish they had been born in a different era? Even though you can’t actually go back (sadly, the time machine hasn’t been invented yet), there are things you can do every day which will make you feel like you’re living in the past. Buying and wearing vintage clothes is one thing you can do, but decorating your home with vintage pieces gives you an array of possibilities too. If you’re thinking about decorating your home with vintage pieces, here’s what you should know.

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Vintage luggage

Old baskets, hat boxes, and suitcases are incredibly popular today, but people rarely use them for traveling. Instead of being used for transport, these lovely pieces are now focal points of many homes. If your grandma has a luggage case she loved and cherished and traveled the world with, why not use it to decorate your bedroom. Living room, or even your bathroom? Old suitcases can be lovely towel holders, or they can hold your lamps and books on a nightstand by your bed. You can also use them to store your out-of-season clothes and simply keep it on display in the bedroom.


Even though decades ago they were indispensable, typewriters today are rarely used for writing things, and instead, they have become charming decorating details. Typewriters always make a statement no matter where you display them: in the corridors, in your living room, using two as lovely book holders, or turned into planters displayed in patios. If you’re fond of writing and actually have a typewriter, you can perhaps use it to type something up from time to time, and not only keep it as décor.

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Metal canisters

An important part of every household long ago, metal canisters and tin cans are replaced with glass and plastic ones today. Still, if you find old canisters which were used for coffee, flour, tea, or sugar, you can use them to decorate your living room or your kitchen. Not only are they adorable to see, but they are functional too, so you can use them to keep your coffee or tea inside and lovingly think of your grandma every time you use them. If they are in good condition, these lovely metal canisters are great storage for any dry goods which stand as a genuine reminder of past decades at the same time.

Lamps and chandeliers

There is nothing more luxurious than getting your hands on a crystal chandelier or a small crystal lamp. These pieces speak volumes about the home and have always been seen as a status symbol and a sign of wealth and prosperity. Antique crystal, brass, and gold chandeliers are still popular today, and you can easily buy an antique-looking piece in a store, but if you find a genuine one, you’ve hit the jackpot. Still, you are going to need professional help to install them, as these old pieces need special care. You can hire a reliable electrician in Sydney who will be able to help you install the piece and make sure it’s fully functional.

As a lover of all things vintage, you probably already have a stash of old furniture, toys, and trinkets which you can’t wait to place around your home. If, however, you find it difficult to combine vintage pieces with your modern life, you can always use a single piece as a focal point in one room, or you can take them to your cottage and decorate it so that it shows your passion and love for antique pieces, past days, and shabby chic décor.