Nothing tells the story of an era better than vintage bedroom wall decor, which encapsulates the dreams of past generations. To create a vintage ambiance, opt for vintage colors, wall decor and wall treatments that embody an era’s defining imagery. From the 1930s to the mid-1960s, period styles often overlap, containing references to preceding eras but maintaining time-specific characteristics. Feel free to filter in some items from a previous decade to increase the authenticity of your vintage bedroom. For instance, though the Jazz Age was its heyday, Art Deco works in ’30s and ’40s bedrooms, especially less opulent Deco items.
Create a Depression era-farmhouse bedroom, while filtering in some Dime Store Deco accents. If WPA posters aren’t your preference, hang an assortment of pink, Depression glass plates, which often feature Deco motifs. Painted, white decorative plates correspond with a white iron bed and a white, popcorn chenille bedspread. Choose simple floral wallpaper or paint your walls in the favored muted hues of the era: dove-gray or grayed lilac. A white, glass oil lamp on an embroidered, skirted table adds a vintage touch.
Bring post-war optimism to bedroom walls with the ’40s jewel-tone palette. Deep reds, blues and greens enliven walls, or use floral wallpaper and floral prints in simple frames, which echo the era’s emphasis on home and hearth. Your Colonial-style poster bed with a ruffled canopy top pairs with a skirted dressing table stool and a glass lamp with a scalloped-topped, melon shade. Use carpet, the increasingly popular 1940s alternative to wood flooring. For plainer bedrooms, opt for ’40s Deco furniture, a gymnasium clock and ’40s travel posters.