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How Do I Choose the Best Vintage Wall Art?

The most exasperating part of redecorating a home or business is wading through the various accessories to add to it. There’s so much to choose from such as antique:

  • Beds
  • Cabinets
  • Chandeliers
  • Chairs
  • Dining tables
  • Dressing tables
  • Mirrors
  • Wall art

It can be so difficult to pick out the art pieces that reflect the décor of the room while ensuring that it matches your personal interests, personality, likes and tastes. It’s important to keep in mind that home accessories like wall art bring rooms together. With that in mind, how can you pick the wall art for your home or business?

What You Need To Consider When Picking Out Vintage Wall Art For Your Home or Business

What Are You Looking For In Your Home/Room?

When you’re searching for wall art to decorate your home or business with, you must ask yourself what it is you’re looking for from your room and how you’ll use that area. Is the room you’re redecorating meant for entertainment? When you choose vintage wall art, you have to remember that the room is going to make a statement. What statement would you like to make about?

When you know what you’re looking for in your space, you can then determine what kind of wall décor would be best in that space. It’s important to not look at the whole space but rather than individual rooms when trying to figure this out.

Pick A Décor You Like

Not everybody will like vintage wall art. However, if you do, then you should know that there are several different wall décor styles to choose from. Thus, you must do some shopping around and not settle on a style just because you’re in a hurry to find something to decorate a room with. Rather, choose a décor such as vintage wall art you really like a decorate it with it.

 Vintage wall art can include all kinds of styles like:

  •  Oil painting
  • Hand-stamped prints
  • Vintage prints
  • Watercolor
  • Photograph prints

You might think that the best vintage wall art is going to be expensive. However, the best vintage wall art could already be in your photo albums. Yes, most photographs are small in size. However, if you’ve got the negatives, you could get them enlarged and printed off.  And, if you only have a small photo, you could always add it to a bigger art piece. A scanner can turn your original picture into a digital one, which you can then have printed larger to create your vintage wall art.

If you do have small photographs, and don’t want to enlarge them, you could always create a collage. You can make a custom collage from your photographs using your computer and scanner. Before you scan them, be sure to choose the photos you like, create your rough-draft collage and take a picture.

Another Vintage Wall Art Option To Choose From

If you really want a unique wall decoration, there’s another vintage wall art option to consider. It’s known as vintage art wall stickers, which are stickers that have an elegant but modern twist. And, these things can save you both money and time. In fact, vintage art wall stickers are much better to use than wallpaper. They are wonderful additions to any living space but, most especially, where you and your visitors can view them anytime.

How To Hang Your Vintage Wall Art – Large Walls, Small Walls

Once you have chosen what vintage wall art you like, you need to determine how the art is going to be set up and hung.  If you have large open walls, it would be a good idea to buy large wall art. Of course, smaller pieces of art can be arranged to design a large vintage wall art.  If you’ve got small walls, choose vintage wall art that’s small to medium, as you don’t want to clutter your wall.

Vintage wall art is a necessity for any home or business. The art should be something you’ll want to always look at so carefully pick the vintage wall art you completely love. When you’re shopping for the pieces, this is something you should always consider. After all, if you purchase vintage wall art that you don’t like just to fit the space it’s going in, you’re not going to like looking at it in the least.

How to Decorate Your Garage in 1950s Retro Style

The 1950s – it’s a time in history like no other. After all, the 1950s gave the world the “King of Rock” Elvis Presley, movie heartthrob James Dean and hula-hoops. And, it’s retro design was an amalgamation of shocking prints, ostentatious colors and modern Retro garage tin signreceptivity. No other era has quite touched the hearts of those who grew up during and those who have been exposed to it. Do you have the longing desire to bring the ‘50s look and feel into your home or, more specifically, your garage?

Several Helpful Tips To Turn Your Ordinary Garage Into A Retro 1950s Hangout

Going 1950s retro isn’t as difficult as you might think. In fact, it just takes some simple pieces and paint to turn a simple garage into a 50’s hangout for all to enjoy. The tips below can aid you during the conversion process of garage to hangout spot.

Determine What 1950s Look You Want and Go Shopping

The first thing you must determine is what look you’re after for your garage. Do you want a diner retro look? Would you rather have the drive-in theater look? Do you want the lodge look? Once you’ve narrowed down the particular retro 1950s look that’s appealing to you, then you can begin shopping around for the needed supplies to transform your garage from grease room to retro entertainment room.

Now once you have your look into mind, it’s time to go shopping. Bear in mind that you’ll need paint. If you’re going for the diner look, then you’ll want white and bright red colors for your walls. Don’t forget materials for your floor such as linoleum, patterned carpets or low-pile carpet. You’ll also need furniture, wall decorations and window coverings (if your garage has windows).

It’s Time To Transform The Garage Into A 1950s Retro Hangout

Once you’ve made your purchases, it’s time to set things up in your garage. No doubt you moved out all the tools, workbenches and everything else that cluttered your garage. Transforming the garage will take some time; but, with a little patience mixed in, you can have a place that reminds you just how good the 1950s really were.

Now, if you’ve chosen to paint the walls, you should get that out of the way first before setting anything up. After all, you don’t want to get paint on the furniture, decorations or floor, do you?

1 – Set Up Your Light Fixtures

Once you’re done painting, the thing to contend with is the lighting. Now, classic 1950s light fixtures tend to produce an immediate retro effect in the garage, which you can find with metal shades or pendant glass lamps.

2 – Set Up The Furniture

Now, when you were shopping for your 1950s furniture, you had the option of choosing original or reproduced furniture to decorate your garage with. No doubt you came across curved loveseats, efficient rectangular couches, wooden chairs with metal legs, heavily stuffed armchairs, retro rocking chairs, etc. Remember, your choices of any of these should have depended on what kind of 1950s retro look you were going for.

3 – Adding Some TV/Radio Entertainment To The Garage

If you’re turning your garage into a haven away from modern life, you’ll still want some of the modern comforts. For example, you’ll still want a TV so why not get yourself a 1950s TV that uses rabbit ears? Or, you can hang a movie screen in the garage and use a movie projector to generate your own 1950s drive-in. If you got a classic car you’ll be storing in the garage, it can really add to the decorations.Black autorama record player

You should also consider getting a jukebox, full of music that you enjoy or music that was made and popular during that timeframe. Jukeboxes can be found in small tabletop sizes or in “stick against the wall” size. You should also consider a 1950s radio or record player to enjoy.

Also, if you don’t mind people calling you while you’re in your 1950s haven, consider the purchase of an old rotary phone and attach it to your home’s phone line. When it rings, you’ll get the nostalgic effect.

4 – Include Some 1950s Games To Enjoy

Now, your garage should include some game/toys to play such as Chinese checkers, hula hoops or tiddlywinks or even bobbleheads. There were many games and accessories of the 1950s so you can find something that appeases to you.

5 – Wall Decorations

Last, but certainly not least, you should have some wall decorations. Consider hanging up 45 records or 1950s movie posters, posters of famous 1950s icons such as the Big Bopper or Elvis Presley, pin-ups or ads. Find some old license plates to hang on the walls Route 66 wall clockor some 1950s black and white family pictures. Go even more retro by hanging up neon signs and clocks such as the Route 66 clock. Consider the purchase of a Coca-Cola cooler that you can load with lots of bottles of your favorite drink (perhaps even Coke).

Bear in mind that your 1950s garage doesn’t have to be done all at once. If it takes more time to transform the garage into the retro 1950s look, then take it. You certainly don’t want to rush a project that you might not enjoy in the end. Have fun!