You all probably know by now that I have a love for old windows. It started years ago when my dad, who owns a glass company, started bringing home old windows that people didn’t want. They were basically headed for the dump and he saved them. People be crazy, I know. From that point on an obsession was born and it hasn’t slowed down since. Just like old books, I believe vintage windows are unique and special in their own way. Each one has its own story and journey. And my favorite way to use old windows is by merely cleaning them up and letting them shine in all their glory, with nothing changed or added. Today I’m excited to chat about 4 ways to decorate with old windows in your home.
1. Add Instant Character
If you want a little more character and farmhouse charm in your home, try putting an old window on your mantel. It’s just so easy and effortless. Plus if you struggle with decorating mantels like I do, this is a no brainer. It not only fits perfectly, but it’s a great way to show off a particularly stunning window. This one here is my absolute favorite of all the windows I own, so she’s definitely going up on that mantel. Boom. Instant character and a great conversation piece.
2. Fill Empty Wall Space
Old windows are a great way to fill empty wall space in your home. Or even fill in space on a gallery wall or in those hard to fill spots like above the TV or sofa. This window here is long and narrow, which makes it a perfect fit for this space between our window and the door. Plus I really like how it seems to extend the length of the actual window–basically having the effect that a shutter would in the same spot.
3. Budget Friendly
If you’re like me and decorating on a budget, old windows should be your best friend. They’re super affordable, like this one here I scored for just a few bucks at a yard sale. Plus they are pretty easy to find, at least around here. But here’s a word of advice–they will always be more expensive if you’re shopping at an antique or vintage shop. Your best chance of finding cheap windows is on Craigslist and yard sales. Most windows I come across range in price from $5 to $25 depending on the size. And that ain’t bad for such a charming, unique piece.
4. Symmetry for the Win
If you want to add symmetry to any space, start looking for a pair of old windows. Symmetry is calming and peaceful, right? I think so. Start by creating a focal point and frame around it. Adding these large windows to either side of my sign from Magnolia Market did just that. This could also work great in your living room on either wide of the sofa, or even on either side of your fireplace. Easy peasy.
So there’s just a few reasons why I love vintage windows and ways you can use them in your home. If you’re looking for more inspiration be sure to follow my “Old Window” Pinterest board for lots of awesome upcycle ideas. And be sure to track me down on Facebook and Instagram, I’d love to chat!