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There are many advantages to living in older homes. They are aesthetically pleasing, full of character, and offer a great bang for your buck.

Although these homes are beautiful on the outside, they can be difficult to decorate. Some have exposed wood arches, walls, and ceilings; others have exposed or painted brick and large mantels over wood-burning fireplaces. All of these elements are gorgeous on their own and make a beautiful home, but decorating them in a way that accents all of the home’s antique characters can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are 3 antique home decor styles that you can use to transform the decor in your home.

Getting Started

In order to create a timeless decor style in your home, it’s important to have a good idea of what your style is. Everyone has their individual likes and dislikes within every style. From the colors you prefer, to the furniture that looks great in someone else’s home but that you would never have in your home.

A great way to determine what does and doesn’t work for you is to look through other people’s pictures. Pinterest and HOUZZ are great options for this, as they are two of the easiest ways to search for good images on the internet. But another great way would be to check out the gallery on our website. We’re a home remodeling business and love taking before and after pictures of the work that we do.

After you’ve determined some of your likes and dislikes, it’s time to choose the style that you’re going to use within your home.

Farmhouse Decor

Dining room with farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse decor has been one of the fastest-growing home decor trends in years! It’s quickly become extremely popular and has begun to influence many elements of popular design trends. If you’re looking to create something warm and cozy with a modern flare, farmhouse might be the right style for you.

Common elements of farmhouse decor include:

  • Freestanding kitchen furniture
  • Open shelving within the kitchen and throughout the home
  • Stoneware crocks and dishes
  • Painted floors
  • Clawfoot bathtubs
  • Painted furniture in place of exposed wood

In no way will you need to use all of these elements, but they are very popular farmhouse decorations and are often used in this style.

Vintage or Retro Decor Styles

Vintage/Retro decor with plants.

If you’re into vintage or retro decor style, then your style will fit well into the vein of antique home decor. One of the main reasons for this is because vintage and retro items are often antiques in themselves so they match up well to an older home.

Here are some of the elements that are common within vintage and retro decor:

  • Hairpin legs
  • Houseplants
  • Globe type lighting
  • Wood paneling on walls or ceilings
  • Pastel colors throughout
  • Chrome accent pieces
  • Wallpaper in certain rooms or on specific walls as an accent

A retro home has a feel all of its own and is a great way to decorate. If you really like this type of decor then be sure to check out some of these pictures on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Rustic Decor Styles

Rustic decor

Rustic decor takes elements from a few different styles. You will notice that some things are similar to retro, while others are similar to farmhouse, and still, others are completely their own. Rustic decor is often found in log homes or other similar styles. You’ll notice right away that it feels a lot like a log cabin or lake home, but it can be a great style in many different areas as well.

Here are some of the common elements of rustic decor:

  • Rough, exposed, reclaimed wood beams.
  • Exposed rock or brick.
  • Weathered materials or decorations – things that look worn.
  • Earth tone colors are especially popular.
  • Textured fabrics and area rugs.

When looking at this list, you might think of a lake home, ranch home, or other similar types of homes. It’s a really great style for older or antique homes but also has a great spin on modern styles and works in new homes as well.

Decorating can sometimes only be half the battle, if you’re looking to renovate your home so that you can better decorate it in the future, then we’d love to help you. At Thomas Buckborough & Associates, we specialize in bringing older homes back to life. Reach out to us today to get started on your home renovation or remodel project.