We all need a change of atmosphere every once in a while, and there is no better season to get that change than spring. After you give your home a good spring cleaning, it’s time to do a seasonal revamp. It’s time to brighten, lighten, and refresh. And you can give your home the renewal of spring without spending much money at all. Believe it or not, you’ll find everything you need at your local thrift store.
Choose a Color Palate
The first key to thrift store decorating is choosing a color palate. Thrift stores are filled with treasures, but you don’t have room for everything, so you have to choose carefully. Many people make the mistake of bringing home too many items, and cluttering up their space rather than refreshing it. Don’t fall into that trap.
When deciding on a spring color palate, think pastel. But that does not mean you should use all of the pastels in existence. You don’t want your house to look like a baby shower. Instead, choose two main colors, like yellow and green, or blue and lavender. Then, using those two colors as a base, choose items that are variations of those color tones, or that blend with those colors nicely. Throw in plenty of bright white with whichever color palate you have chosen.
Choose a Theme
When browsing through a thrift store, you will see things from many eras. There are some of the oldest items, from the 1930s and 1940s. These items often have an art deco charm. Then there are items from the 1950s and early 1960s. Many of these mid-century pieces have a “mod” feel. They are futuristic-looking, and use a lot of sleek no-fuss designs. Things from the late 1960s and the 1970s have a distinctive look with which most of us are familiar. This stuff is everywhere. It involves a lot of neo art-nouveau, styling, with swirls and flowers. There is a definite hippie vibe happening with 1960s and 1970s items. Finally, you have the pieces from the 1980s. The 1980s things include a lot of country-style frilly things, ruffles, and lots of ducks. Alternatively, there is the 1980s color-splash paint splatter look.
In order to have a pulled-together home, you should chose one era which you absolutely love, and focus on finding pieces from that time period. So unless you really know what you’re doing, don’t mix a sleek plastic 1950s table with a ruffle-pillow. Once you have chosen your era, you can get even more specific in your choices. For example, maybe you adore the “peace and love” styles of the ’60s. If so, buy things like love beads and hanging plant holders with long fringe.
What Should You Buy?
Once you find something you absolutely love, use that as your inspiration for the rest of your décor. One of the first things you should look for in your thrift store adventure are curtains. New (well, new to you) curtains can give your home a completely fresh look. Take those thick winter curtains down and replace them with sheers or vintage-fabric valances. Next, pick up a tablecloth in bright white or light colors. Transparent glass vases in your color palate are always a good idea. You can fill them with fresh spring flowers. If you don’t see any vases, try a decanter or a tall drinking glass. Used picture frames and framed mirrors abound at thrift stores. Since they are often dark brown, pick up a few and paint them in light colors to match your palate. Then fill them with collages of spring flower photos or sunny artwork from last year’s calendar.
Don’t Limit Décor to Decor
In addition to all of the wonderful home décor items you will find at the thrift store, don’t be afraid to decorate with nontraditional items. Beautiful vintage bags, straw hats, and even dresses and shoes make wonderful conversation pieces. You can hang them from pretty hooks or place them on shelves around the house. Old silk scarves make wonderful curtain tie-backs. Vintage china can be used to decorate your coffee table or mantle. Costume jewelry in big floral baubles can be pinned to the curtains or draped from the banister. Antique coffee table books and spring magazine issues from 1956 could be brilliant on your nightstand. The possibilities are limitless.
Decorating using items from the thrift shop is a satisfying experience. You are exercising your creative and artistic talents. Plus, you getting an amazing bargain, and helping the environment. By reusing something that has already been manufactured, instead of purchasing something brand new, think of all the waste you are preventing. Also, you are giving a new and different life to objects that someone else once loved.