Grandmothers usually know best, and that goes for home décor, too. More than likely, what was “in” when Grandma decorated her house and then “out” when your mom decorated hers is back “in” again. After all, trends are cyclical. But there are certain classics that will never go out of style, and they can be traced right back to your family’s matriarch. So channel your inner granny with these vintage ideas—and when guests praise your decorating decisions, just tell them you got it from your Nana!
Though a more minimalist look has taken over recently, how charming would it be to source a floral wallpaper (vintage or not) that reminds you of Grams?
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Ultra-feminine doilies were a must-have at Grandma’s house. Modernize the vintage pieces by sewing several together into a cute table runner that’s just made for tea parties.
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Forget babies—you’ll sleep like a grandma in an antique cast iron bed.
If she didn’t have a cast iron bed, Granny may have had an equally trendy four-poster bed, like this one from the ’40s.
Pink tiled bathrooms were a huge trend in the ’40s and ’50s, which explains why so many grandmas had them. Now, pink bathrooms might be making a comeback, and there’s even a whole movement to “Save the Pink Bathroom.” As if you needed any more reason to channel your inner grandma.
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Though cedar chests, or hope chests, have their roots in antiquated marital traditions, every grandma seemed to have one, where she stored spare linens, photo albums, and more. To this day, these trunks look great at the foot of beds, and they just make good storage sense.
The only thing more “grandma” than using embroidery hoops is using them to decorate—and we mean that as a compliment.
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Sure, maybe Grandma’s luggage served a more literal purpose, but now vintage suitcases make seriously beautiful decor. And you can also use them to hide your out-of-season clothes, as Grandma likely did.
Store Grandma’s china the same way she did: in a china cupboard.
Or, put her most decorative plates on display—a classic Grandma move.
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A cozy quilt or crocheted duvet likely topped off your grandmother’s bed. We’re all for bringing back the classic look.
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Café, tiered, or simply kitchen curtains: However you say it, they’ll always remind us of Grandma’s house. And they’d look just as cute in a modern-day farmhouse kitchen.
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Introduced during the Great Depression, the then-affordable green glassware gained popularity following World War II, meaning your grandparents likely had a set. Today, it’s popular with collectors and a great way to add a pop of color while honoring another era.
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Whether for coffee, tea, flour, or sugar, decorative metal canisters are fun and functional, and you’ll think of your sweet Grandma every time you bake a batch of cookies or brew a cup of coffee.
Didn’t every kid think these were the coolest? Take inspiration from grandma’s house and add one to your grown-up abode.