Get the Look: Vintage Modern Fall Decorating Guide
Vintage modern decor is a stunning mix of classic, charming and modernized decor. I love mixing vintage and modern pieces and this year’s fall decor is no exception. Today I’m sharing how to get the look with this vintage modern fall decorating guide!
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Seasonal Simplicity Fall Home Tour
Today I’m excited to be joining dozens of talented bloggers, each sharing their fall home tours with you. Krista from The Happy Housie is kind enough to host this wonderful tour, so make sure to check her out as well as each of the bloggers linked at the end of this post.
If you’re joining me from Jen at Rambling Renovators, thanks for stopping by! Isn’t her fall home tour beautiful!? When you’re done with my tour, make sure to head next to Nina Hendrick for her beautiful subtle fall decorations.
If you missed my first fall home tour, you can see 10 tips for affordably decorating with fall neutrals here.
What is Vintage Modern Design?
First, let’s start with answering the basic question: what is vintage modern design?
Vintage modern design is easy to accomplish because it is such a broad design style. It is (quite obviously) a combination of vintage and modern decor. Since the time span is so far-reaching, it is a very easy style to accomplish.
There are a few ways to accomplish this design:
- Adding vintage pieces to a modern home.
- Incorporating modern pieces to an older, more storied, home.
- Combining large furniture pieces that are in a contrasting style to smaller accents.
- Mix and matching architectural elements in the two styles (ex: rustic barn beams with a clean lined staircase design).
Get the Look: Vintage Modern Fall Decorating Guide
Now that we have laid the groundwork for what this design style can look like, let’s add in a fall decorating guide!
In my opinion, this design style is extremely versatile. Fall is also one of the easiest seasons to decorate for.
Vintage Modern Fall Decorating Guide | Step 1: Edit
The first step to achieving this look is to get your room in tact with this style.
- Edit out the items that don’t work with a modern vintage vibe.
- Remove non-fall seasonal decor.
- Strip the space down to only what is needed or loved dearly to have a clean slate to work with.
By removing first, you then create space to add in new fall decor without it feeling overwhelming or cluttered.
For example, in my bedroom I removed a spring-feeling art print from above my bed. Next, I took out the light pink and green blankets I was using for summer-weight bedding. This allowed me to swap in heavier bedding for the season and switch up the color scheme at the same time.
In this room, I create a vintage vibe with a vintage-style rug, highly textured linen and cotton blankets, and leather accents on my DIY headboard.
The modern elements in my bedroom are easily spotted with a mid-century modern style nightstand and lighting, and a modern bench.
Step 2: Consider Your Color Scheme
Next, decide what color scheme you want to use for your fall decorating.
I usually prefer neutrals with pops of earth tones for my seasonal decorating. This year, I’m sticking to mustard, plum, browns, greys and taupe.
It isn’t overtly fall. And that’s what I love about it! It gives me the freedom to continue using my neutral decor year round while popping in seasonal colors here and there.
Vintage color schemes usually include lots of earth tones. It is heavy on raw woods, browns, and creams. Modern color schemes usually are more clean with lots of white and black. When you combine the two, it creates a beautiful juxtaposition of stark and cozy.
You end up with a happy medium that isn’t too harsh or too soft.
Step 3: Add in Seasonal Elements
The last step is to add in fall decor elements. This can be whatever you love, but I prefer simple pumpkins and dried florals or leaves.
In my entryway, I have a vintage look-a-like bench mixed with a modern mirror for my everyday furnishings.
Adding in a pile of pumpkins and some dried hydrangeas is an extremely easy way to create a fall entryway without a lot of fuss. You can see more details about my fall entryway in this post.
In the past, I’ve gone much more dramatic with a cascading fall leaf display. I love both! Sometimes I crave simplicity and sometimes I crave drama. The cool thing about seasonal decorating is that you get to experiment with different options each year.
Fall Decorating Guide
Once you’ve edited your home of items that are outside the decor style you’re trying to achieve, or not the correct season, have fun playing around with adding fall decor elements!
Fall Kitchen Decor
On my kitchen shelving, I added a simple sign and one fall stem and that was it! But those easy additions make enough of a statement that it feels like autumn in this space.
You can shop my favorite sign maker here and use code GRACEINMYSPACE for 15% off their signs, like this one in my kitchen!
In other areas, I just added some dried hydrangeas and a few pumpkins and called it good!
By the way, did you catch this cupboard DIY? You won’t believe what it looked like before, and what I went through to get it looking like this!
Ironically, my kitchen is one of my favorite spots to decorate for seasonally, and holds the least amount of decor!
Since my kitchen design is mostly modern farmhouse, I added in a vintage-looking rug to cozy it up and add some charm. I also incorporate vintage pieces like my antique mortar and pestle collection to add in some character.
Vintage Modern Fall Living Spaces
In other areas of my home, I’ve added seasonal decor sparingly.
One pumpkin here. Dried florals there. Nothing too over the top.
This year, I’ve just really honed in on color and texture. You can learn all about the strategy behind that mentality in this post on how to decorate for fall without pumpkins.
Want More Fall Decorating Ideas?
I hope you enjoyed this simple guide on how to get the vintage modern look with fall decor! If you’re looking for more ideas for fall decorating, check out my posts below. Then, make sure to visit my friends and see their beautiful fall home tours! If you’re following the blog hop, head next to visit Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life Blog!
- Cozy Bedroom Colors for Fall
- Modern Farmhouse Fall Decor Ideas for Every Room
- How to Style Fall Porch Decor in 10 Minutes
- How to Decorate for Fall Without Pumpkins
- Full Fall Decor Archive…
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So beautiful, Sarah, and great tips! Your home seems to suit fall so perfectly – so warm and welcoming yet fresh and light! Gorgeous tour, thanks for being part of this series:)
Thank you so much Krista!
Your home looks so lovely for Fall, Sarah!
I loved everything about your tour.
Grateful for you dear friend.
Thank you so much Brendt!
Sarah your home is SO beautiful…I especially love your kitchen! You’ve done such a lovely job decorating for Fall too…cozy and fresh!
Thank you so much Jo-Anna!
Such a warm and beautiful home. It’s so bright and inviting!
Thank you so much Jen!
Sarah I just love your home and your style! You do such a good job of teaching…it’s fun to read your Fall tips. Pinned!
Thank you sweet friend!
Beautiful! I love the mix of white and wood tones in your kitchen. Wishing your a wonderful fall!
These are all great fall decor pieces! I have a question that doesn’t pertain to this particular piece, but it pertains to your discussions about organic home decor. I.have to paint a room in my house soon, and I am concerned about VOC’s in paint. I was wondering if you use a no VOC pain like Sherman Williams Harmony? If you have, did the paint go on well, and how was the coverage? I was just wanting some of your insight on this. Thank you.
Love the way you mix modern and vintage in your home xx
The way you decorate things and explain it to others is truly amazing.