How to Decorate With Things You’ve Had Forever

Do you have grandma’s furniture in your storage room? The time has come to dust it all off and give it a new life...

Last update: 16 February, 2021

Trends come and go. Do you keep an eye out for new ideas? The voices of interior designers from all over the world come together to tell us what’s in and what’s out when it comes to decorating rooms. However, we don’t make decisions based only on trends. Read on to find out how to decorate with things you’ve had forever.

To demonstrate this, here are a few examples of furniture and other things that you’ve probably seen in your grandmother’s house and love to this day. Ready?

Things you’ve had forever that you’ll want to decorate with

In the old days, people didn’t pay much attention to trends, and they couldn’t redecorate so easily given their lack of disposable income. On top of this, there were no low-cost options like there are today.

Consequently, people used to decorate just once, buying good quality furniture that would stand the test of time and look good with everything. Personal touches came from pieces that sometimes passed from generation to generation and kept their value.

You probably saw many such objects in the homes you visited in your childhood. So let’s take a look at some of the treasures that you might discover in your attic.

Loose tassels

Believe it or not, upholstery with trimmings is back in fashion. For example, remember that armchair with tassels on the bottom? There is no end of trendsetters who’d love it.

Other places to find tassels are on lampshades or the bottoms of curtains. Check out a few interesting options on Amazon.

A cretonne sofa

Cretonne is a heavy cotton fabric commonly printed with floral motifs. It originated in Lower Normandy in France and gets its name from the designer Paul Creton.

One of its advantages is that it’s very resistant. That’s why your grandmother used it to make curtains and bed linen as well as to upholster a sofa.

Decorate with things you’ve had forever – an antique dresser

Without a doubt, this is one piece of furniture that looks good in any home. Dressers are very versatile – you can put one in a corner to add a little character to any room.

Also, if you’re lucky enough to have inherited a dresser, or you got one at a flea market, there are a few techniques for restoring them. Of course, one of the easiest is chalk paint.

The charm of tableware

As you may know, you can sometimes find real bargains at very affordable prices in the big chain stores. For example, porcelain tableware, the kind that graced the tables of yesteryear, can be a real treasure.

A set will usually have all the pieces you need to enjoy a meal in style, including plates, soup bowls, gravy boats … and if you have some stylish glassware to go with it, your dinner parties will be sensational!

Jewelry boxes full of memories

There is no end of practical and intriguing storage solutions on the market. But a taste for beautiful things, although not new, is in fashion at the moment… jewelry boxes are a fine example.

Our grandmothers used to keep their treasures in beautiful porcelain boxes on their bedroom dressers. So, if you have the opportunity to rescue one, don’t hesitate.

Decorate with things you’ve had forever – a Venetian mirror

The charm of mirrors is undeniable. So if you can find a great decorative mirror, like one of these on Wayfair, you won’t need much more to spruce up your hall.

If you need convincing, you should know that this type of palatial design is very popular. In fact, these mirrors go well in modern interiors where the mix of styles is the main attraction of the decor.

To sum up, there’s a lot of old-fashioned stuff you’ll want to decorate your home with. Take a look at what’s in your grandparents’ house and use your imagination. As you’ve seen, many of these pieces of furniture and antiques are true works of art that can make any room beautiful. Have we given you any ideas?

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