If you are anything like me, you are always looking for new vintage or vintage inspired pieces to add to your 1950’s style home. I have been wanting to add a few to my vintage decor, so I have been researching items on Amazon, Etsy, Target & World Market. This prompted me to do another post on how to make your home vintage with some simple items to add to your space. Hopefully these items inspire you to take your mid century decor a bit further.
Please go and check out my first post How to Make Your Home Vintage. This goes into more detail about furniture, textiles and dishware.
Wall decals are an easy item to add to any room or wall and they make a big impact. They come in all colors and many different designs. I want to add some of these to my living room and possibly my bedroom. They are also great if you rent your home and cannot paint the walls.
I found some great atomic wall decals that are fairly inexpensive. The decals above are from Amazon & Etsy and you can choose the color you want them to be. They come in panels and they have sizing information included with each so you know how many panels to order. The gold retro atomic starbursts on the top are $45 for a 24″ x 84″ panel, which includes 17 stars both large and small as shown in the photo. The geometric wall panel on the bottom is $37 on Etsy for a 24″ x 88″ panel. Both of these styles are great for mid century modern decor. The decals below would pair well with a 1950’s styled home.
Retro Planet has quite a few wall decals on their website. These are very fun and colorful atomic designs based on actual vintage patterns such as the Franciscan print. These specific decals come as is for color, but you can choose from two different sizes, medium or large. The atomic boomerangs are my favorite that I would like to possibly add to my kitchen. Retro Planet is also another great online store to find any reproduction household items such as clocks, retro kitchenware, wall signs and tiki decor.
Atomic Starburst Mirrors
Starburst mirrors are a fairly easy reproduction item you can find at stores like Target, Amazon & World Market. These mirrors look great in just about any place in your home. Above a dresser, your bed, sofa or that one wall you just aren’t sure what to do with, this will give any space an instant vintage mid century feel.
I found these three inexpensive mirrors from World Market and Target. The one on the top is $49.99 and the one in the middle is $112.00, both from World Market and the bottom is $31.00 from Target. As you can see they are easily accessible and affordable.
Here is some quick inspiration below.
Starburst & Vintage Inspired Wall Decor
Similar to the starburst mirrors above, you can also get smaller versions typically in sets of 3 that look great for a smaller space on your wall. I also found some great diamond shaped mirrors (center) that look vintage and would be perfect for any space. The round gold mirror on the bottom left is more mid century modern and would pair well with a vintage credenza in your entry way or bedroom. The gold geometric wall decor on the bottom right is just a great piece that can add some mid mod to your home office or dining room.
Here are the links to the mirrors pictured above from left to right.
The gold starburst sets I was able to get my hands on below were very inexpensive and I purchased them locally at Gordmans and TJ Maxx. You never know where you may find something vintage inspired. You always have to keep your eyes open when you are out and about. I always happen to find something like this when I least expect it. Homegoods is another great place for items like these as well.
Atomic Shadow Boxes
Vintage shadow boxes from the 1950’s and 1960’s are a great way to add that atomic feel to your living room. These range in size but are usually a larger piece that you can find on ebay, craigslist or etsy. Since they are very fragile, sellers will only do local pick up instead of shipping. If you are lucky and you search craigslist quite often you will more than likely find one locally, as I did.
This is a photo of my lovely Illinois Molding Company vintage shadow box from late 50’s early 60’s.
Below are some different types of shadow boxes you may find that look amazing as well! I would love to be able to find another one a bit smaller for my bedroom or office. These are a great way to display any small collectibles you may have such as lady head vases, tiki or retro nic nacs.
The atomic red shadow boxes below are very special to me since my father made them for my daughter Cherry when she was born for her nursery. My husband pinstriped the ivory starbursts on the corners. I like how it was a small collaboration between both my dad and husband. We have now moved them into my kitchen so they can be on display and we can enjoy them everyday. I may get together with my dad to see if we can put together a tutorial on how to make these. I will keep you all posted.
Atomic Lamps and Fiberglass Tiered Lampshades
Vintage lamps and lampshades are usually an easy find if you know what you are looking for. Also, there are places that sell reproduction fiberglass lampshades you can order in any color and print you choose. These can also work if you have a vintage inspired modern lamp and you add a tiered shade.
The lamp below is a vintage 60’s 2 tiered paper lampshade and metal base. I happened to find the matching set on craigslist for $80. I have these in my bedroom on our nightstands. I feel they bring the room together and make the space feel more cohesive since we also have matching nightstands.
Below are some examples of fiberglass shades with vintage lamps. They can be 1, 2 or 3 tiered depending on what your preference is and your style. I feel the more tiers you have the better!
To get some great inspiration photos and ideas on how to decorate your home look on Pinterest! They have amazing decor ideas for vintage homes. Check out my board called the Rockabilly Dream here and all of my other Rockabilly Mama boards here.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Good luck in creating your own vintage home!
Jessica Rockabilly Mama
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