Merry Kitschmas! 10 Tips for Working Vintage Elements Into Your Home's Holiday Decor

Merry Kitschmas! 10 Tips for Working Vintage Elements Into Your Home's Holiday Decor

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Adrienne Breaux
Dec 7, 2014
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If you fell in love with crafty mom and queen of kitsch Jennifer Perkins' Halloween decorated house tour, you'll love the peeks of her home all decked out for Christmas! But this time, she's shared her best tips for successfully adding holiday-themed kitschy vintage elements to your (probably more contemporary) home's decor.

1. Mix seasonal items in your year-round vignettes

Styling a sleek etagere during the holidays should not be any different then the rest of the year. Mix in items you would have up year round with sparkly seasonal items. In the photo above, the juxtaposition of these tribal rope bowls against the shiny colorful ornaments is perfect.

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2. Use your tree as a canvas for vintage items

Use your Christmas tree as a way to display. Not only do my kitschy retro ornaments look great on my green tree, so does my vintage Fisher-Price toy collection.

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3) Group wacky colors with more traditional ones

Grouping pastels, traditional colors and jewel tones together gives your tinsel tree forest more bang for the buck. Mix your trees by varying height, fullness and width for added interest.

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4) Color coordinate with your existing palette

Match your colorful tree to the room. My vintage Thayer-Coggin chairs were upholstered in a colorful fabric by Waverly. I chose my hot pink tree because it is the exact same shade of pink as in the material. I even took matchy-matchy to the next level by making custom fabric ornaments and gift boxes to go underneath the tree. Hot pink trees seem a lot less kitschy when they match your furniture impeccably.

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5) Change out your every day items

The items in your shelves and on your walls are not glued down. Change things out seasonally so that the co-exist with your everyday things.

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6) Paint over vintage items for a more modern look

This summer we learned that neons up the hip factor of almost anything, even your mother’s 80’s Christmas village. I’m a firm believer in the fact that there is not much a can of spray paint can’t fix.

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7) There's power in numbers

With any collection one can look out of place and tacky, but a giant collection can make almost anything look good. Even retro kitschy fabric and bead covered ornaments.

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8) Go monochromatic to tone down

Monochromatic decorations tone down the kitsch factor of anything. This gorgeous champagne colored tree was perfectly accented with more metallics and my vintage Christmas angel collection all in the same color way. These angels went from tack-a-liscious to tasteful in a jiffy.

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9) Pick a color theme for each room

Pick a color combo for each room and roll with it. Use tinsel trees, Santas and anything else you might have in your garage collecting dust that fits your color theme. Grouped all together by color even the kitschiest of collections looks sophisticated and well curated.

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10) Just go for it!

The holidays are my time to really unleash my love of kitsch. With a good foundation already established in your home kitsch can look like a fun accent and not like bad decorating judgement call.

For more of Jennifer Perkins' rad and kitschy style (plus more holiday decorating ideas), visit her website! (And credit for this post's cute title goes to Jennifer, as well!)
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