Vintage Home Decor Ideas for Your Apartment That Won’t Break the Bank


Looking to add a touch of vintage style to your home décor? There are many ways to do it, and you don’t have to break the bank. Balancing out sharper, modern edges with older, more traditional pieces can give your apartment an edge, charm, and warmth. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

1. Repurpose old furniture by painting it a new color or adding a fresh coat of wax

 This treatment can give any piece of furniture a new lease on life. The best way to go about this project is to start with a piece of furniture with good bones but needs a makeover. You can find many unique pieces at thrift stores, yard sales, or online auction sites. San Jose has many wonderful antique shops you can browse to look for affordable, unique vintage furniture. Check out @Montebello Road on 2045 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, just a short drive from Plum Orchard Apartments. They have a vast selection of pieces that need some TLC to make the perfect addition to your room.

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Try whitewashing the wood if you’d instead change a piece of furniture you own into a new vintage look. Whitewashing is when you mix white paint with water and then apply it to the wood using a brush, sponge, or even a cloth. This will give your furniture a beautiful, distressed look. Whitewashed furniture also looks gorgeous on your balcony or patio!

2. Hang antique mirrors or framed family photos on the walls

This is a great way to personalize your space and add a bit of history. Framed pictures always give the room a great touch and can be a great conversation starter when having guests.

You can do a few things to make your family photo look more like it was in the 1800s. First, try adding a sepia or black and white filter to the image. This will give it an antique feel. You can also try adding a vignette or darkening the photo’s edges. Finally, consider adding Victorian-style elements to the picture, such as a frame or border. With some editing, you can quickly turn your family photo into a unique and beautiful Victorian-style work of art.

Antique mirrors are also a great way to bring in some vintage style. You can find them at antique stores, online auction sites, or thrift stores.

Antique mirrors usually look best when hanging on a wall adorned with another antique décor. If you have an antique dresser in your bedroom, hanging a mirror above it can give the room a statelier look.

It is best to avoid hanging antique mirrors in places where they will be subject to direct sunlight. This can cause the mirror to fade over time. Instead, try to hang the mirror in a spot where indirect light will illuminate it, such as from a nearby window. The Antiques Colony in San Jose has many different styles to choose from.

3. Add rugs – and distress them

Rugs can add an extra layer of character to any space and flooring. Spruce up the room with an essential accessory to any vintage space: a worn rug. Distressed rugs are trendy in the bohemian, vintage style. You can either buy a distressed rug or make one yourself! You’ll need an inexpensive rug, some fabric dye, and a little elbow grease to make a distressed rug yourself. First, create a design on the rug with the fabric dye. You can either freehand it or use a stencil. Once you’re happy with the design, begin to distress the rug by sanding it down in areas. This will create a beautiful, vintage look unique to your space.

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4. Use lace, doilies, and other vintage fabrics to create window treatments, pillows, and tablecloths

This is a great way to add some charm to the room. Doilies can be found at thrift stores, antique stores, or online. You can also find many beautiful vintage fabrics at any fabric store.

If you want to add a touch of elegance, use lace. Use lace to trim window treatments, pillows, or tablecloths. Lace can also be used to create beautiful curtains.

When using vintage fabrics, be sure to wash them before using them. This will help to preserve the material and keep it looking its best.

5. Buy used lamps and light fixtures from thrift stores or online auction sites. 

Going to Thrift stores or participating in online auctions is a great way to save money and get unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. You can find many beautiful antique lamps at any thrift store. Just make sure to check that the light works before you buy it! Have you checked out The Willow Glen Collective on Lincoln Avenue? 

You can liven up apartments with large plants and worn rugs or add bar stools in your kitchen to warm up the space. Use different textures and colored furniture to add a rich uniqueness to your living space. By following our tips, you’ll be sure to add a touch of vintage style to your home décor that is both stylish and budget-friendly. Have fun decorating!

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