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Top Vintage Home Decor Trends for 2016

Aug 26, 2016

by Diana Keeler handmade and vintage goods

As the fall flea market season kicks into gear, we asked the people who know best — founders and vendors at a few of our favorites — to give us the low-down on the most on-trend pieces in vintage home decor. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Medical and industrial furniture

“A steel cart from high school can make an appearance as a bar cart, an entertainment stand, or a kids’ bookshelf. A repurposed dental cabinet becomes a dresser in a city studio. Those letterboards that showed movie times, Sunday sermons, and menus now offer a place for favorite quotes, birthday highlights and … menus.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris of The Ardent Forager, a regular vendor at the Phoenicia Flea

Search terms to try: industrial decor, medical cabinet, industrial cabinet, vintage signs
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2. Floral prints and tapestry fabric

“Think Mario Buatta 2.0, in fun, mod colors, on couches and chairs, or in blown-up single flowers.” — Sally Schwartz, owner and executive producer of the Randolph Street Market in Chicago

Search terms to try: chintz, florals, tapestry, botanical
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3. Classic sporting goods

“As people yearn for a simpler life, they’re filling their home spaces with analog forms of leisure, like a weathered pair of canoe paddles — especially if they’re painted with this season’s colors. A beat-up golf bag filled with hickory shaft drivers fills an awkward corner. A few leather heavy bags hang from the ceiling, creating an interesting room divider.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris

Search terms to try: vintage sporting goods, tennis rackets, snowshoes, croquet mallets, canoe paddles, wooden skis
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4. Brass collectibles

“For some, it’s the start of a brass pineapple collection — for others it’s a jewelry box, ashtray or candle holder that fits almost any popular home design aesthetic: boho, minimalist or the clean lines of today.” — Valorie Wallace of the Portland Flea

Search terms to try: brass figurine, brass barware, hollywood regency, mcm
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5. Blue Danube china dinnerware

“I think of my grandparents and the time before paper plates — nothing is more reminiscent than serving fresh strawberries and cream in Blue Danube dinnerware.” — Sally Schwartz

Search terms to try: Blue Danube, chinoiserieblueware, flow blue
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6. Camping and cabin gear

“The demand for flags, antlers, and wool blankets just keeps growing. I’m seeing that also branch out into steel ice chests, old L.L. Bean boots and chamois shirts, classic American-made picnic baskets (and bike baskets), and pocket knives. Look out for any of the American heritage brands: Filson, Red Wing, old Eddie Bauer, and Orvis. Oh, and just about anything that’ll hold fire wood: galvanized olive buckets, orchard baskets, steel trash cans, heavy brass or copper bowls, and pickle crocks.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris

Search Terms to Try: Hudson Bay, Pendleton, rustic, camp, lodge decor
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7. Barware and bar carts

“All of my barware has been found at our show. I even scored a Hollywood Regency bar cart for under $100 that has carved porcelain roses — plus, the dealer threw in vintage bottles. Serving trays in lucite and silver are easy to find. A vintage ice bucket is a must for your bubbly. Vintage cocktail shakers and glassware from the ’50s are popular at our show, with many dealers specializing in these collectibles that will have you toasting during the holiday season.” — Sandra Michaan, Show Producer, Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Search Terms to Try: barware, bar carts, hollywood regency, midcentury modern, mcm
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1 Featured Comment

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 1 year ago Featured

    We couldn't agree more with these selections! The brass figures have been growing in popularity for a while, as have the camping gear and medical equipment. We've found that many businesses like to uses these themes to decorate a new store, restaurant or boutique in authentic items, but keeping with a laid back feel. Also deserving to be on the list is anything from the 1980's as nostalgia for that era is skyrocketing!


  • PrimCountryCurtains

    Francine from HomespunHeartofMine said 1 year ago

    Thanks for a great article, Diana! My favorites are the mustard yellow cabinet and tennis rackets!!! I'm extremely happy to know that the vintage croquet set I purchased at a yard sale for my game room wall is "trendy"!!! :D

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 1 year ago

    I really like the Blue Danube china dinnerware and the Brass collectibles. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • garykin

    Kfir from KinArtBoutique said 1 year ago

    Well done !

  • endryu

    Andrii from OakKitchenBoards said 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • csmithwick59

    Constance Smithwick from CtheLightInteriors said 1 year ago

    I think a lot of these items are great but some (antlers) are getting "tired." It would have been nice to see some vintage lighting in the mix and more of a mix of pieces from different eras.

  • Recy

    Recy from Recy said 1 year ago

    I think basketry is on up there too.

  • kndamico

    Kaleigh Mathurin from PaperMoonCollective said 1 year ago

    Loving those tea cups. Great finds!

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 1 year ago Featured

    We couldn't agree more with these selections! The brass figures have been growing in popularity for a while, as have the camping gear and medical equipment. We've found that many businesses like to uses these themes to decorate a new store, restaurant or boutique in authentic items, but keeping with a laid back feel. Also deserving to be on the list is anything from the 1980's as nostalgia for that era is skyrocketing!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 1 year ago

    Great selections! I especially like the tennis rackets:)

  • 1225vintagestreet

    Debra Gilstrap from 1225VintageStreet said 1 year ago

    Thanks for such a good article I loving all of these beautiful vintage finds especially the blue china cups, yellow cabinet and the brass!

  • meyer2267

    Schelle Meyer from FireglowVintage said 1 year ago

    Great, I have been buying brass lately. I will have to make sure to start listing these. Thanks for your article.

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    cheeky vintage closet from CheekyVintageCloset said 1 year ago

    Love it all!

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 1 year ago

    Love Rustic Vintage !! That old cabinet is delightful ! And I am always up for anything to do with old books ~ even if its just as photos props Nice picks ~

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane from TreasuredMemoryLane said 1 year ago

    Lovely rustic vintage collection! Thanks for sharing.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 1 year ago

    Nice selection! Great article!

  • caramelapplebooks

    Niki from CaramelAppleBooks said 1 year ago

    This is really cool! Thanks for sharing.


    Simone from Relikology said 1 year ago

    Great article--and informative. Thank you for sharing.

  • loribethclark4

    Loribeth from MomentsOfArt said 1 year ago

    So many great finds, it's hard to pick a favorite. Although, furniture is always a big it with me. Ask my husband, he thinks I buy too much!!! LOL

  • lambater

    Greg and Mary from LightingAlchemy said 1 year ago

    Amazing vintage decor ideas and shops! Love them!

  • teerasakborkam

    Teerasak Borkam from TribalAndHarem said 1 year ago


  • infinitlit

    Farideh Nouri from FlairPaintings said 1 year ago

    Lovely items, specially blue cups. I love vintage items there are lots of character and memory in them from old times. Good luck!!!!

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 1 year ago

    Great article! I love rustic home decor.

  • hpabate

    ღ Heidi Abate ღ from AbateVintage said 1 year ago

    Love the brass and blue!

  • handicraftafrica

    Jafeth Moiane from handicraftafrica said 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for your tips!


    Book Clutches Store from BookClutchStore said 1 year ago

    Very nice and useful treasury! Thanks for new information :)

  • carolwagner1

    Carol Wagner from VintageBettyLuke said 1 year ago

    Great ideas to think about. Love selling the vintage sports, camping and cabin gear and industrial pieces. I have a hard time with brass items. Will definitely try to incorporate some of your tagging ideas.

  • DivineOrders

    DivineOrders from DivineOrders said 1 year ago

    GLORIOUS! Thank you for highlighting vintage treasures. Vintage finds for decor, props and more are always wonderful. - Peace.

  • ponyhoney

    Debi from MadGirlRetro said 1 year ago

    A house comes alive when you, at the least, pepper it with some vintage. There are so many different styles to choose from; you don't have to have the "grandma look." Vintage is reasonably priced, plus it obviously withstands the test of time. I decorate with vintage because I want people to come into my house and say, "Wow." It's no cookie-cutter house. This can be done when decorating with vintage. There are some great ideas here.

  • 1StopSteampunkShoppe

    One Stop Steampunk Shoppe from OneStopSteamShoppe said 1 year ago

    Great article! Thanks

  • allwood1

    allwood1 from AllWoodToo said 1 year ago

    Great ideas..Thanks for sharing!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 1 year ago

    The bar carts are pretty neat.

  • YourFineHouse

    Joyce from YourFineHouse said 1 year ago

    Thanks for the insight on the current vintage trends!! Definitely going to visit this page often.

  • cherylbrand1805

    Cheryl Brand from WilmaJeansCreations said 1 year ago

    Really nice article......florals are always trendy with it.

  • riagiegel

    Ria Giegel said 1 year ago

    Looking forward to receiving Hobby Horse Hill, a book I've searched for for over 50 years, it was my childhood favorite, especially the one with the Paul Brown illustrations.

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 1 year ago

    Great article!

  • riorita

    Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry said 1 year ago

    I loved the items you chose for home decor best. Lately I've become a miniature freak and the items you chose are stunning!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 1 year ago

    The china is lovely!!!! The mustard cabinet is awesome too!

  • aseling17

    Ashley Seling from MyGardenOfJewels said 1 year ago

    Great article and I love the brass elephant!

  • lesliewaltz1

    Charlotte from KasteelJewelry said 1 year ago

    Fun and informative, thank you! I keep hoping against hope that my over-priced floral sofa purchased in the late 1990s will come back in style! Recovering it will cost a fortune, and it's so well made and comfortable, I can't bear to part with it. Thanks again!

  • deborahemory

    Debi Emory from VintageMeetsUrban said 1 year ago

    I'm betting (and hoping) that when 2020 rolls around, there will be a huge trend of all things art deco <3 I'm already trying to incorporate some of that now in my home.

  • natashashy

    Natasha Coulter from Wired2BDesired said 1 year ago

    Blue China will add charm to any home decor. Love it!!

  • teerasakborkam

    Teerasak Borkam from TribalAndHarem said 1 year ago


  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 1 year ago

    Wonderful selections! Thank you ♥

  • TonawandaCreek

    TonawandaCreek from GhianniModBarWare said 1 year ago



    JOANNA from BUSTANI said 1 year ago

    Great finds! ♥

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 1 year ago

    Lots of great vintage ideas in this blog. Awe, the brass décor, the other settings are all inviting. Thanks for featuring the trends for 2016.

  • weeklytreasurehunt

    Jess from WeeklyTreasureHunt said 1 year ago

    So fun to see a vintage trends article! Industrial, brass, sporting, floral fabrics - thanks for being the great excuse I use to my husband when I tell him I went to the thrift store two days in a row. :)

  • elisabergstrom1

    Elisa from FleurDeLisArtGlass said 1 year ago

    The camping gear does seem to be huge right now - lots of "themed" events with camping decor.

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 1 year ago

    yay vintage! these trends are cute, thanks for sharing!

  • OceansideCastle

    Laura from OceansideCastle said 1 year ago

    Excellent design tips! Vintage adds personality & history to a home. Love mixing old & new to create inviting spaces with a story to tell. Well done!!

  • BeeJayKay

    Beverly from BeeJayKay said 1 year ago

    Adding a few antiques to a home really adds some interest and reaps the all desirable eclectic look. Love these suggestions!

  • umeone

    Linda Sapp Long from umeone said 1 year ago

    I am thrilled to be reading an article on trending vintage! I am drawn to the vintage sports gear and the vintage bar-ware!

  • vancheva74

    Minka Vancheva from TheVintageEurope said 1 year ago

    Great Vintage items. Thank you for sharing.

  • Labosnakties

    Labos Nakties from LabosNakties said 1 year ago

    The first pick looks amazing. So warming and cozy view!

  • RyanLucierCeramics

    Ryan Lucier from RhynoClayworks said 1 year ago

    We have been needing to up our bar cart game for a while. I think it's time.

  • plantastic

    Jen from Maudetown said 1 year ago

    That pillow! That blanket! As a lover of vintage textiles, I may need to do a fall refresh around the house. :) Thanks for the inspiration. I shared it with my Facebook followers!

  • kateshephard1

    Kate Shephard from CraftyCowDesign said 1 year ago

    Love the florals!

  • addyzeid

    Addy Zeid from VintageArtForLiving said 1 year ago

    Thank you for your lovely selections. I especially enjoyed the bar carts because they brought back memories of useful pieces of furniture from years past. I learned about them from the past generation and even enjoyed one of my own for years. Vintage items in good condition add so much interest and quality to our modern home decor!!!

  • mcchloe

    Peggy from makeroom4greta said 1 year ago

    I have noticed an increase in "brass' sales too. It reminds me of the 80's.

  • zenacroydon

    zena croydon from AcornCottageStyle said 1 year ago

    I found that my antique Danish Royal Copenhagen china design by Furnival in England has had a lot of views, but no buys yet.

  • TheOrdinaryBeauty

    TheOrdinaryBeauty from TheOrdinaryBeauty said 1 year ago

    So it looks like there is a departure from things being desired because they look neglected and abused -- chipped, scratched, frayed, and shabby -- and that more things are being chosen which have the "patina of time" -- treasures that are "polished" from frequent or long use. This is refreshing. Industrial items -- in my view these should always be popular. They are tangible connections to the daily toil of those who lived before us, or whose lives were much different from ours. When I choose these things I feel like I am honoring the lives of those who made so many things possible for me.

  • whimsy52

    Theresa from whimsy52 said 1 year ago

    I loved reading all the new vintage home trends! Quite interesting & I learned a lot of useful info. Thank you for sharing all of this with all of us! I see many shops to visit too!

  • dagmarpollack

    Dagmar Pollack from WearableartByDagmar said 1 year ago

    Like Blue Danube

  • muryeltomme

    Muryel Tomme from MaisonMT said 1 year ago

    Awesome finds !

  • SewTrendy

    SewTrendy from SewTrendy said 1 year ago

    Very cool stuff! Great article, informative and eye candy!

  • laneyburde

    laneyburde from RusticAndFine said 1 year ago

    Old sporting goods, pretty china, and old books always do it for me. Always so many choices in each category. and add baskets also. L.

  • teerasakborkam

    Teerasak Borkam from TribalAndHarem said 1 year ago


  • ZanyViolets

    Cat Walsh from ZanyViolets said 1 year ago

    Great article! Love the vintage home decor. Don't forget the up cycled vintage made into something new.

  • Susiartquilts

    Susi Soler from Susiartquilts said 1 year ago

    The "steel" ice chests of the 1950s were actually aluminium! I can't imagine having to carry a steel one down a forest path to the campsite. As a kid we had to carry our ice chest and even being aluminium, when there was a block of ice in it and was darned heavy! Wish I had our old had fasteners on the lid like the old suitcases had that snapped shut tight ,but with a rubber gasket to keep the cold in. Now that would make a great storage box!

  • LisasCraftiques

    Lisa Hogan from LisasShabbyCottage said 1 year ago

    Love this article. The 1980's was my decade. I have so many fond memories of that time. Love the tennis rackets!

  • slipperyreef

    William and Tianna Johnson from slipperyreef said 1 year ago

    Im a big fan of the blue Danube and a big brass and blown glass fan. Of course I work with glass all the time so it comes naturally

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 1 year ago

    Great choices!! Thanks for the fun article!

  • Ketsum

    Marcel from SmalandVintage said 1 year ago

    I hope this is correct. I have allot of the mentioned items type for sale. :-) Good article

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 1 year ago

    Vintage items in my gallery bring visitors who end up purchasing my gift items: Family Tree Charts, Notebooks and also printable art files. Antiques, photo prop supplies and collectibles make the Etsy such an interesting place to shop.

  • leerazz1

    Vintage Gypsy Studios from BohemianGypsyCaravan said 1 year ago

    Nice to see brass is in. I LOVE it !

  • mudyomthai

    Sudarat Sungkaew from mudyomthai said 1 year ago

    I'm gonna give it a try สวยค่ะ

  • heroux

    Caroline from ArtbyHeroux said 1 year ago

    Love the brass! I have the same elephant in my home :)

  • GracefulAntiquesVtg

    Graceful Antiques from GracefulAntiquesVtg said 1 year ago

    Love, love and love that camping blanket. Currently shopping for vintage for our vintage Airstream. So like the idea of camping items trending. Yeah..

  • CameoDancewear

    Amanda Henderson from CameoRoseCreations said 1 year ago

    I love the boho vintage style school furniture or old pieces from hospitals or you can even find pieces on the side of the road during council pickup days . Tapestry fabrics or old textured fabrics make great cushions covers and sewing your own is very satisfying . My favourite vintage kitsch are wall vases -I now have 11 thru are amazing

  • isuardana

    Ida Ayu Suardana from BrunnStudio said 1 year ago

    Love !

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 1 year ago

    love this feature...the barware and the industrial style piece are divine!! beautiful picks...great ideas!! tfs!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 1 year ago

    Great pictures of vintage items incorporated in the home decor. Brass always adds sparkle

  • fulghumlouise

    fulghumlouise from fulghumlouise said 1 year ago

    I'very found this oil painting signed by Reynolds Wallace.Just wondering if it is worth any thing.?

  • fulghumlouise

    fulghumlouise from fulghumlouise said 1 year ago

    How can I view Rey Wallace oil paintings

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