Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor
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Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

A few ways to make vintage shine

We use vintage pieces in nearly every space we design… 

And we love the character, depth, and texture they bring. Like many processes in design, styling with vintage is very intuitive, and often it involves experimentation, adding and taking away, and stepping back to see the vignette as a whole. However, there are a few tips that help bring out the best in your character-filled piece. 

Here’s a few of our favorite tricks for styling vintage: 

Tip No. 1: Give your pieces room to breath

When it comes to vintage, we’re always trying to strike that balance between too much and too little. It can easily go from pretty to too much, and as much as we love going into an antique store, we don’t necessarily want our homes to feel like one.

Give your pieces room to breathe. Maybe that vintage stone object in a built-in needs some modern coffee table books and a pretty candle next to it. Step back and experiment with what feels balanced.

Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor
Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

From our Vintage Collection at McGee & Co.

"You want to treat vintage items like a treasure and let them have their moment."

KRISTINE METCALF, VP OF CREATIVE

See our full Vintage Collection at McGee & Co here

Vintage jars + pots

Create a dimension focal point with a vintage jar or pot to set off your vignette.
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Vintage Handled Brown Pot
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Vintage Aged Jar
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Vintage French Glazed Jar
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Vintage Black Handled Jar
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Vintage Black Dual Handled Jar

Tip No. 2: Mix materials 

Making sure vintage is not too repetitive, but still cohesive is important to achieve a dimensional look. When we’re mixing vintage with modern pieces, we’re still applying the rules of balance. 

Maybe the frames on two vintage art pieces you have in the same area match or the tones work together, or maybe you have two stone objects of a similar texture staggered in a built-in, but they are not right next to each other. 

"If you have two pieces that feel too similar in one vignette, try pairing them together to create a grouping.”

KRISTINE METCALF, VP OF CREATIVE

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Decorative vintage objects

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Tip No. 3: Utilize textiles 

Mixing vintage textiles is a great way to give a space some extra depth and character by grounding the space without distracting the eye too much. We love using vintage rugs everywhere from entryways to kitchens to bring some warmth to new builds or remodels. 

Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor
Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

From our McGee & Co Vintage Collection

Vintage textile pieces

Create a feeling of warmth with layers of vintage textiles.
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