Use Vintage Ads to Invigorate Modern Living Spaces

Decorate your home with vintage ads and signs, check out these cool ideas!

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Everyone has a sentimental streak. Something about the “good ol’ days” strikes a chord in our hearts, and we naturally gravitate towards visual reminders of bygone days when life seemed simpler and somehow better (even though it probably wasn’t.)

One type of item that hits these notes is the vintage advertisement. Perhaps it’s a full-page ad out of an old magazine, or an old-school neon sign from the window of a long-gone mom and pop business. Whatever the particular particle of vintage advertising is, the design elements often speak of a distinct era and generate certain emotions.

The reason advertising has the potential to invoke strong feelings is because it was designed precisely for that purpose. As anyone who has gotten their media design degree can attest, the key to creative advertising is successfully communicating very specific ideas to the viewer.

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Colors, patterns, graphics, and a whole host of other artistic decisions are made for maximum impact and influence. Several decades later, these often provocative and sometimes sickly ironic materials can make for very interesting interior decor.

Decorating with vintage advertising fits with any style, whether it’s classic or modern, farmhouse or high-rise loft. Thumb through any home and garden magazine for interior design ideas and you will find vintage advertisements alongside chic photographs or sleek mirrors.

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As modern decor becomes increasingly cheap, plasticized, and mass-produced, finding attractive vintage advertisements can be quite a discovery, in addition to other vintage prints like maps and public signage. They have stories to tell and comfort to give.

They connect us to the past but they don’t feel too distant so as to be out of reach. They remind us of our childhoods and conjure up images of simpler times before the rat race became so hectic, or so it seems. They may not look as pretty as they used to, but that increases their beauty. Decorating with vintage advertisements tells us that newer is not always better.

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Moving In Tips: How to Decorate Your New Home

Nothing excites us more than moving into a new house. But the moment the last box is unpacked, the real work of decorating the home begins.


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Whether it’s a new residential construction or a hand-me-down from a previous owner, your new home deserves a makeover. Here are some of the best ways to go about it.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Add your own flavor to your home by giving the walls a new hue. Especially if you bought the home and decided on renovating it yourself, you need to put a lot of work into making the walls stand out. Normally, using your favorite color is a good way to start, but pastel colors are a trend right now. Go for faded shades of green and blue to give your living room and bedrooms a cooler and relaxing atmosphere.

Cover Your Sofa

In terms of decorating the living room, you should be able to set your eyes on making your furniture appealing to your guests. For that, you can always improve how your sofa looks by choosing a cover that complements the general look and feel of the living room. To give it a more modern theme, give your living room a limited color array and avoid too many intricate designs. Also, look for bigger pillows with cotton or linen fabrics for covers.

Get Creative

Nothing says a lot about creativity than having a few artworks here and there. For sure, a painting or a statuette can add a bit of sophistication to your home. In this sense, you can drop by your local art markets for affordable originals that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Or you can buy a canvas and splash an array of acrylic colors on it. You will have an artwork that has Jackson Pollock’s name all over it.

Reuse and Recycle

Those boxes from the moving company can come in handy, especially when you use them for decorating your home. For one, you can make custom picture frames by cutting them out, painting them with poster paint, and add in a few finishing touches for quirky 18 x 13 frame for your vacation photos. You can also use repurposed cardboard to make colorful trays for candies.

Make Your Bedrooms Sentimental and Romantic

Your bedrooms should always be made for one purpose and that it rejuvenation and relaxation. For couples, on the other hand, the master bedroom can be decorated in a way that enables it to ignite a fire during romantic evenings. It’s only a matter of choosing the best fabrics and lighting to enhance the sensual vibe of the bedroom. You can opt for silk sheets and dim lights on each corner to achieve such a result.


Perhaps that best thing about moving into a new home is that it allows a great deal of space for experimentation. In that case, feel free to explore more methods and combinations to beautify your home and impress the new neighborhood.

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