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80 is the New 30: The Ageless Appeal of Granny Chic Design

Dust off your knitting needles, we're diving into a truly OG design trend

Want a home where stepping inside every room feels like you’re being enveloped in a warm hug from grandma? Where memories of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and soft summer breezes carrying the calls of songbirds and buzzing of bees transport you straight back to childhood? Where spaces tell a story and contain a sense of history?

Granny chic is a popular interior design style that takes inspiration from quintessential grandmothers' homes, combining vintage and antique elements with cozy modern twists. This eclectic style is characterized by its warm and inviting atmosphere, its use of soft, muted colors, and its focus on comfort and coziness.

Let’s explore the granny chic style and provide tips on how to decorate your home in this charming and nostalgic way.

The Key Elements of Granny Chic

The granny chic style is all about incorporating vintage and heirloom elements in a contemporary and eclectic manner. Here are some of the key elements to keep in mind when decorating in this style:

Color Palette

Soft and muted colors such as pastels, pale blues, pinks, greens, and yellows are the cornerstone of the granny chic style. These colors create a warm and inviting atmosphere and provide a backdrop for the vintage and antique elements.

Vintage and Antique Pieces

Incorporating vintage or antique pieces is a key element of the granny chic style. Got family hand-me-downs? Perfect! If not, look for vintage armchairs, plates, knit pillows or throws to add character and charm to your space.

Floral Patterns

Floral patterns are a staple of the granny chic style. You can incorporate them into your decor through floral bed linens, curtains, or even wallpaper (which is having a major moment right now).

Textured Fabrics

Textured fabrics such as wool, velvet, and linen are important in creating a cozy and comfortable space. These fabrics add depth and interest to your space and help create the warm and inviting atmosphere that is the hallmark of granny chic.

Unique Accessories

Look for unique accessories that add a touch of sentimentality to your space. This could be china, silverware, or old photographs.

Comfortable Furniture

Choose furniture that is comfortable and inviting, such as overstuffed armchairs and sofas. You want your guests to feel at home in your space, so opt for pieces that are comfortable and cozy.

Attention to Details

Granny chic is all about the details. Be sure to add little touches, such as lace doilies, knick-knacks, or linens, to complete the look.

Tips for Decorating Your Home in Granny Chic Style

If you're interested in incorporating the granny chic style into your home decor, here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Start with a neutral base: Choose a neutral color for your walls and flooring to provide a backdrop for your vintage and antique pieces.

  • Mix and match: Granny chic is all about mixing vintage and antique pieces with contemporary elements. Don't be afraid to mix patterns and styles to create an eclectic and unique space.

  • Add personal touches: Personalize your space by incorporating family heirlooms, vintage photographs, or other sentimental items.

  • Experiment with textiles: Textiles play an important role in granny chic, so don't be afraid to experiment with different textures, patterns, and colors.

  • Reuse and repurpose: One of the key elements of the granny chic style is incorporating vintage and antique pieces into your decor. You can repurpose old pieces by giving them a new coat of paint or by upcycling them into something new and unique.

  • DIY projects: Do It Yourself projects can help you incorporate granny chic into your home without breaking the bank. For example, you could sew your own curtains, create your own embroidery wall art, or knit a cozy throw blanket.

Granny Chic Design Inspiration Based on This Recent Featured Bargain in Ireland

Inspired by the traditional thatched roof cottages dotted across the Irish countryside with an eclectic mix of warm woods, vintage textiles and cozy accents.

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Where to Find Granny Chic Decor

If you're looking to incorporate granny chic into your home decor, here are some places to start:

  • Antique shops and vintage markets: Antique shops and vintage markets are great places to find vintage and antique pieces to incorporate into your decor.

  • Online vintage and antique shops: Online vintage and antique shops, such as Etsy, OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace (or even “old school” Craigslist) offer a wide selection of vintage and antique pieces that can be shipped directly to your door.

  • Garage and Estate Sales: Check online for local private party sales events (and be sure to get up early for the best selection of goods)

  • Thrift stores and consignment shops (My personal favorite)

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