Decorating With Old Architectural Elements

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:

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In a day of sleek, simple, modern design and “cookie-cutter-like” subdivisions, homes can be given an extra boost of character, warmth, and uniqueness with historic architectural elements.

Whether you are building, remodeling or just looking to refresh your home decor, implementing historic elements into your decor can add a fabulous dimension to the entire look and feel of your home.

Trash vs. Treasure

We’ve all heard it said that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  This mantra couldn’t be more true.

Here are a few tips to decorate your home with old architectural elements.

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1.  Fabulous Architectural Elements

The possibilities are endless, but my favorites include:

  • Old, chippy windows
  • Weathered wood
  • Worn corbels
  • Shutters of all sizes
  • Paneled doors

2.  Finding Old Architectural Elements

Local thrift stores, estate sales, and Craigslist are wonderful places to pick up architectural treasures.  Also, be sure to check out Habitat For Humanity ReStores and salvage yards.

I’m often found digging through someone’s trash on the side of the road because I just know there are fabulous items to be found.

My #1 tip is to visit these places regularly because their stock changes every day, so it’s always a hit or miss.  Try not to have expectations and just enjoy the hunt. When you find a treasure you will be thrilled!

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3.  Using Architectural Elements As Home Decor

You can’t go wrong when decorating with old architecture.

  • Old windows look beautiful hung on the wall individually, in a grouped gallery wall or even leaned up on a mantel. Vinyl wall quotes can be be applied to them as well.
  • Aged and discolored or chippy wood is incredibly beautiful and warm…embrace it.
  • Tall shutters make amazing headboards or room dividers.
  • Fabulous old doors can be used as simple wall decor, headboards, or even as an organization station for your family.

One word of caution when using old architectural elements, always check for lead paint — especially if the piece is going to be within the reach of children.

Architectural elements are a wonderful and potentially inexpensive way to add beautiful character and history to your home!

Do you decorate with old windows, doors, or re-purposed items in your home?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design, is an allied-member of the American Society of Interior Designers and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.
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