How to Easily Mix Vintage and Modern Decor

How to Mix Vintage and Modern Decor

Today I’m excited to be joining a talented group of bloggers to bring you a fun home tour all about mixing vintage and modern decor. If you’re new here and joining me from another blog, welcome to Little Vintage Nest! And if you’re a regular around here, you already know I’m crazy about vintage decor. Obsessed is actually a more accurate description. I love bringing old things back to life and I see so much beauty in frayed and tattered covers, chippy paint, and rusted edges. And although decorating with vintage style can sometimes be a tricky balance, I’ve found the best way to do this is by selectively choosing antiques that compliment your style and space. Today I’m sharing a little tour of our master bathroom, which is a great mix of old and new, as well as a few tips that will help you create a similar look. And don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers on our tour, their links will be listed at the end of the post!

Old Window in Farmhouse bathroom

The first thing you’ll notice when coming into the bathroom is this awesome old window. How cute is this?! It came off a 100-year old house in Colorado. It was as a gift from a few sweet friends and I looooove it in this spot. A simple focal point like this is a quick and easy way to bring vintage style to any space.

Vintage Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

Farmhouse Bathroom Old Dressers used as Vanities

Both of the dressers in this bathroom were thrifted finds that I transformed into vanities. This is an extreme example, but painting old furniture is one of my favorite things to do. And it’s a great way to incorporate more originality and vintage style into your home.

Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

I kept it classic and modern here with a simple white vase, candle, and metal tray on my vanity.

Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

I wanted our bathroom to have a vintage farmhouse feel, so these affordable light fixtures from Amazon work perfectly. I also used an old picture frame and shutter to spruce up this corner of the bathroom and add a touch of vintage charm.

Vintage Farmhouse style bathroom--mixing vintage and modern decor

Vintage Farmhouse Style Bathroom

Can you spot that square bowl there under the white pot? It was a vintage find I came across for just a few bucks. I simply painted it white and distressed it. Easy peasy. And it’s a great layering piece that adds the perfect amount of texture.

Vintage Farmhouse style bathroom--mixing vintage and modern decor

I love using this old washboard as the focal point on the shelves. It really draws your eye up and the neutral color blends seamlessly with everything else.

Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

Farmhouse Bathroom Decor Vintage Jar for Soap

I have a slight obsession with vintage jars. This one here belonged to my Granny and has been around for years and years. Using it to store soap gives it a practical use, all while adding a ton of charm to these shelves. Definitely bring out any old jars you have and put them to use!

Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

I love these industrial style shelves, it’s a perfect fit for this space. You can find it here on Amazon.

Vintage Decor Old Books Painted Clock

Yep, old books for win–even in the bathroom. This little stack is perfect for displaying my old clock, which is another one of my favorite finds ever!

Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

There you have it! Using vintage decor is really a very simple thing to do, it only takes a few key pieces to completely change the feel of any space: an old window, antique jar, a few old books, and a vintage washboard–it all works together to make a statement. And the contrast between the old and new is what pulls it all together in my opinion. I hope you enjoyed this post! Be sure to check out the next blogger in our tour, Shannon of Coffee Paint Repeat, and of course all the other awesome bloggers in our blog hop:


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The Comments

  • Kellie
    August 8, 2016

    So beautiful! Great inspiration in this post and my personal favorite way to decorate ????

    • Sarah
      > Kellie
      August 8, 2016

      Thank you my friend! I know it’s near and dear to both of our hearts!

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  • Kristen
    August 8, 2016

    I love all of the different layers and those vanities are beautiful!

    • Sarah
      > Kristen
      August 8, 2016

      Thank you Kristen!

  • Rhonda
    August 8, 2016

    Your bathroom gets me every-time!! I love this

  • Dawn
    August 8, 2016

    A perfect balance 🙂

    • Sarah
      > Dawn
      August 8, 2016

      Thank you Dawn!

  • Ashley Hale
    August 8, 2016

    Stunning space Sarah!! I love it all!

    • Sarah
      > Ashley Hale
      August 8, 2016

      Thanks so much Ashley!

  • Pam
    August 8, 2016

    I agree layering of textures makes everything pop!! Love the neutral colors with a touch of sunshine!! I love your style girlie????????

    • Sarah
      > Pam
      August 8, 2016

      Thank you so much, you’re such a great supporter Pam! 😉

  • Summer
    August 8, 2016

    Sarah! I’m still drooling over this bathroom!!! I always mix vintage pieces in my home but I don’t know that I’ve done that to any of my bathrooms yet in this house. They are the last rooms to be finished (once the kids go back to school). This totally inspires me. Pinning it now! You are crazy talented and have a gift and a vision for seeing how a room should be and what it needs and then styling it. I’m so glad you joined us on this blog hop! Thank you so much for sharing!!! xoxo

    • Sarah
      > Summer
      August 8, 2016

      Summer! You’re too dang sweet! Thank you so much for putting this all together, you are awesome to organize it all! And I’m just honored to be a part of such a great group of talented bloggers, it’s been a lot of fun!

  • Deborah
    August 8, 2016

    Beautiful Sarah! I have a very similar clock 😉

  • Sheila Irwin
    August 8, 2016


    LOVE this so much! I think adding vintage to a bathroom is wonderful and you’ve done it with such style. Your tub is gorgeous – and I love your sink too!

    Great post my friend!


  • Ann
    August 9, 2016

    You have totally inspired me to make my house farmhouse style. I love how you decorate. Your house is goergous. I can’t wait to see your next post.!????

    • Sarah
      > Ann
      August 9, 2016

      Thank you so much Ann, I’m so glad it has inspired you! xoxo

  • Shannon Ingle
    August 9, 2016

    Everything is beautiful Sarah!!

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  • Kristin
    August 31, 2016

    Can you please tell me the name of the paint you used? I love it!!!

    • Sarah
      > Kristin
      August 31, 2016

      Yep, it’s Smokestack by Behr.

  • Mandy
    December 21, 2016

    I love those curtains!! Where did you find them?

  • Sophia
    January 22, 2017

    I love everything about this bathroom! Could you please tell me the name of the floor tile you chose?


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  • Tracie
    August 5, 2017

    Sarah, you always make things beautiful. I love the yellow touches so much I felt inspired to get two yellow lamps (with white shades) as my bedside table lamps. I have been adding in little yellow items into my bedroom and have a throw my grandmother had that has the same yellow shade as the lamps in it. You did the most cheerful yellow in your home, and it is so beautiful how you put everything together. Your home is always full of charm!

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  • Melissa
    November 22, 2017

    What color paint is this?

    • Sarah
      > Melissa
      November 22, 2017

      It’s Merino Wool by Sherwin Williams

  • Stacey
    December 30, 2017

    Hi Sarah,
    I just found your blog and it’s beautiful! Can you tell me where you purchased your shelves? Not the industrial shelves but the ones you have your Granny’s jar on. Thanks!

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  • Hilary
    February 17, 2019

    What is the color you used on your walls?

  • Cindy
    February 24, 2019

    I love your design and decor of your master bathroom. The mix of new and vintage finds is just my style. My favorite weekends are spent antiqueing and junking with my husband and daughter. Thanks for sharing!!

    July 15, 2019

    Hey Sarah, where did you get your curtains in this bathroom?

  • Tina Crawford
    October 20, 2019

    I am doing this right now and am trying to decide what side to place the sink on. You have yours close to the electrical would you recommend putting on other side so you can use plugs not having cords over the sink?

  • Ann
    August 29, 2020

    Those are some awesome vintage and country mixes. Thank you.

  • Holly
    July 10, 2021

    This is just what I have been looking for! My husband likes modern and I love vintage, so we can blend the styles.

  • Arleen
    July 16, 2023

    Great! Very me! Love it!

  • Judy
    July 22, 2023

    I’ve been having trouble decorating the shelves in my bath. I saw your post and went right away and changed up some of my decor. Thank you for the ideas!