How to Create an Old-Fashioned Bedroom

by Jayden Fisher

If you love books like Little Women and Pollyanna, you might also be the type of person who would love to decorate your bedroom with old-fashioned charm. Whether you are building a new home or redecorating your existing one, here are some ideas that might make your room adorable and unique.

Choose Wallpaper. There are so many pretty ones available that the hardest part will be choosing just one. Consider a wallpaper that has tiny flowers or bouquets of flowers on it. Another darling choice would be one with little puppies or kittens on it, or one with little children in old-fashioned clothes. Gingham wallpaper would be perfect, too.

Today's wallpaper is very easy to care for if it gets dirty. All you need to do is wipe it off with water and a gentle cleanser, and the job is done.

Find Matching Decor. For a real old-fashioned look, head to yard sales, thrift stores, antique shops and even your mother's attic.

If you want a king-sized bed, you may have trouble finding one. Be creative! Join two twin headboards to make a single larger one, or don't use a headboard at all.

When you pick out the rest of the furniture, consider selecting mismatched pieces that complement each other. Don't forget to get a rocking chair or two. A standing mirror and a quilt stand would be darling additions.

You can also decorate with quilts, even if they're not antique ones. Besides the one for your bed, put one on the quilt stand and consider using one as a wall hanging. Framed antique gloves, hankies and doilies would be perfect accents, as would rag dolls on a corner shelf and on your bed.

Find the Perfect Window Treatment.  Consider wooden blinds for your windows. They come in different colors, but white or natural wood colors would give a very pretty and authentic look to your old-fashioned bedroom. Resources like Sylvans & Phillips Drapes and Blinds would have lots of options to choose from.

Window blinds are very affordable and so easy to install that you can do the job yourself with very little effort. If you want to add a bit of charm to your window blinds, consider adding pretty stenciling around them.

State-of-the-art blinds are so well designed that they will last for many years. This is due to easy maintenance. Cleaning wooden window blinds is simple. Just go over them with a feather duster when you dust your other furniture. For a more thorough cleaning, use water and a gentle cleanser.