For most people, giving their living space a much-needed overhaul is no easy feat as there are a number of deciding factors to consider: one of which is budget.That being said, this alone should not stop anyone from giving the home a makeover.
With the rise in appeal for anything vintage (not just in fashion) during the last couple of decades, incorporating salvaged or repurposed items is the best option to save up on money when redecorating. Not to mention, adding vintage pieces gives your space a sense of uniqueness as well as the freedom to experiment and display your personality. Below are some tips on how you can incorporate vintage and salvaged finds without breaking the bank.
For starters, home is the best place to source for items which you can use. In most cases, these pieces are usually stored or kept away for a long period of time. Perhaps now is the best time to display that old printed couch once owned by your parents?
Nowadays, it's easier to purchase one of a kind vintage pieces as a number of shops (both online and physical shops) have been popping up and offers a fine selection of items from collectibles to furnitures. Although online shops is all about convenience, it is best to check actual shops from time to time as they give you the chance to scrutinize the items being sold. This also gives you a firsthand experience to check their condition or possible defects. Tip: Always bring a measuring tape if you're planning to buy furnitures or large pieces.
Can't find something you like at shops? Why not create it? Browse through magazines and websites for possible inspirations and exercise your creativity. Little details from a number of sources can create something fresh when combined. There are also a number of shops which offers custom-built furnitures according to your design specifications.
This is another way to exercise your creativity as you get to create things from discarded items. An old shawl can be used as a table cover while old obi belts makes great table runners. Remember that imagination is key! Who knows what you can come up with using that old door stocked in your basement for quite some time now?
Shopping for vintage items is an exciting experience as there's always an element of surprise in every trip and at times, it's the little and strange looking pieces that create the biggest impact. For instance, an accent chair made from old car parts makes great conversation starters. While collection of vintage framed posters or postcard can liven up a bare wall or corner.
This is perhaps the most exciting part when redecorating using vintage flea market as pieces which may appear a bit off with your personality may actually work in the end. Who knows, those rustic pieces found at shops will work just fine with your industrial-inspired space.
In the end, bear in mind that when decorating using vintage or flea-market finds, it is always important to let your personality show. After all, it's your space that you're working on.