14 Vintage Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas

Vintage Valentine's Day Decor Ideas

February is coming up quickly, so I’m already thinking about how to decorate for the season of love! My goal is always to incorporate unique items that stand out from the ordinary to express my creativity. I just don’t see the fun in making our home look exactly like everyone else’s! And, if you’re the same, you’ll love these unique vintage Valentine’s Day decor ideas that will add something special to your home for the celebration.

Below, I’ve curated a collection of 14 enchanting items that I think you’ll love, plus a few more bonus ideas to inspire your creativity.

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Pink hearts

What You Should Look for When Hunting for Vintage Valentine’s Day Decor

This year, embrace the beauty and romance of days gone by through incorporating classic elements into your Valentine’s Day decorations. Think reds, pinks, heart shapes, and romantic designs that stand the test of time.

Here are a few enchanting ideas to create a vintage-inspired haven of love:

1. Color Palette: Pinks, Reds, and a Hint of Gold

Start by setting the tone with a color palette that exudes romance. Vintage-inspired reds and pinks can be paired with touches of gold for a sophisticated and timeless feel. Think about incorporating these colors into your tablecloths, throw pillows, and decorative accents.

Unique Valentine's Day decor ideas

2. Heartfelt Elegance: Heart-Shaped Vintage Finds

Hearts are the quintessential symbol of love, and vintage finds featuring heart shapes can add a touch of sentimental elegance to your decor. Look for heart-shaped photo frames, antique heart-shaped dishes, or even vintage heart-themed artwork to adorn your walls.

{ Related: DIY Felt Heart Ornaments }

Love is in the air

3. Love is in the Air: Inspire Romance with all the Senses

To create a romantic aesthetic, consider incorporating textures and layers to your decor that exude flirtation and passion.

Create a warm and intimate ambiance with the soft glow of candles. Use candle holders, lanterns, or candelabras to scatter candlelight throughout your space.

{ Related: How to Style a Vintage Aesthetic Room }

Introduce plush and luxurious textiles such as velvet or satin. Incorporate these fabrics into throw pillows, blankets, or even as table linens. The tactile experience adds a sensual touch to the decor.

And let’s not forget scent! Enhance the romantic atmosphere with the sweet fragrance of flowers. Opt for blooms like roses, lilies, or jasmine. Additionally, use scented candles, diffusers, or potpourri to infuse your space with delightful aromas.

A Curated Collection of Vintage Valentine’s Themed Finds

Sacred Heart Trinket Box

This stunning trinket box is so unique! It’s perfect for your vintage inspired Valentine’s Day or shabby chic style decor. The heart can hang on the wall, opens, and is the perfect place to leave a note of gratitude or a prayer.

What we love
  • Includes a hook for hanging on the wall
  • Makes a wonderful gift
  • Handmade

Pink Glass Candy Dish

Depression glass was made between 1929-1939 in bright colors and widely distributed throughout the US during the time of the Great Depression.

What we love
  • Sweet pink color for Valentine’s Day
  • Can be used for candy or trinkets
  • Vintage

Vintage Pink Plaid Tea Towel

This darling vintage tea towel measures a generous 32″ x 31″, making it possible to use as a table topper, as well.

What we love
  • Beautiful color
  • Lovely linen texture
  • A subtle, but sophisticated nod to Valentine’s day

Vintage Paper Rosette

Made in Denmark, this beautiful paper rosette has a fun vintage aesthetic that will make your decor stand out! The tips of the white tissue are edged in red and perfect for your Valentine’s celebration.

What we love
  • Large 12.5″ diameter
  • Multiple ruffled layers add depth
  • Uniquely vintage

Vintage Quilt Heart Bunting

Old, damaged quilts can be given new life in so many crafty ways. This sweet string of hearts will be truly swoonworthy in your vintage Valentine’s Day decor. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you could even use my printable pattern to create your own!

What we love
  • Upcycled vintage
  • Can also be used as bowl-filler
  • Woman-owned small business

Vintage Terracotta Cherubs Relief Sculpture

Who could resist these sweet faces?! The terracotta finish adds a lovely vintage European feel to the design that will fit in seamlessly with your antiques collection.

What we love
  • Uniquely vintage
  • Old world aesthetic
  • Woman-owned small shop

Vintage Paris Map

A vintage map of the most romantic city in the world will make a gorgeous piece of wall art once framed! This map came from a 1906 copy of the Encyclopedia Americana that was unbound and repurposed to provide beautiful art pieces.

What we love
  • Pink city center is perfect for Valentine’s Day
  • Wonderful French Country decor item
  • Upcycled and salvaged

Pair of Vintage Cupid Prints

These petite framed prints of mischievous Cupid will look beautiful tucked into your bookshelves. Adding a subtle and sophisticated touch to your vintage Valentine’s Day decor, these are truly unique!

What we love
  • Uniquely vintage from the 1930s
  • Neutral Valentine’s Day decor
  • Woman-owned small shop

Vintage French Brass Candlesticks

These gorgeous French candlesticks are circa 1920s and have beautiful ornate details that exude romance! A beautiful addition to your vintage Valentine’s Day decor.

What we love
  • Authentically French antiques
  • Romantic, ornate design
  • Can become family heirlooms

Mercury Glass Hearts

These adorable glass heart ornaments will look lovely no matter where you choose to display them. Hang them from knobs, tuck them into shelves, or fill a bowl for your coffee table–gorgeous!

What we love
  • Available in two sizes
  • Can be strung together to make a garland
  • Makes a sweet gift

Vintage Wilton Armetale Bread Tray

Developed in 1963 by Ralph Wilton, Wilton Armetale is a food-safe aluminum-based alloy that will not chip, break, or crack.

What we love
  • Can also be a display piece or trinket dish
  • Beautiful heart-themed design
  • Vintage Americana

Vintage Valentine’s Themed Handkerchief

Every lady should have a beautiful hankie, right? Each of these was designed with a Valentine’s theme that could look lovely tucked into a vignette for the celebration.

What we love
  • Authentically and uniquely vintage
  • Handmade
  • Woman-owned small business

Brass Heart Trinket Box

With its charming floral design, this trinket box could be the perfect place to keep your jewelry, or simply display it among your collection of vintage items.

What we love
  • Makes a great gift
  • Handmade
  • Woman-owned small business

Petite Cherub Statue

This sweet pair of angels, circa 1970s, will look just adorable as they frollick and play on a shelf or amongst your Valentine’s decor.

What we love
  • Hand-carved wood
  • Exquisite detail
  • Uniquely vintage
Love letters

A Few More Ideas for Your Vintage Valentine’s Decor

Looking for a few more ideas to decorate for Valentine’s Day with vintage style? Try getting creative with these:

Ephemera: Love Letters and Vintage Typography

Incorporate the art of handwritten love letters or vintage-inspired typography into your decor. Frame love letters from a bygone era, or find vintage-inspired prints that celebrate the beauty of love. Make a garland with vintage Valentine cards to celebrate the beauty of love over the years. These subtle touches add a layer of nostalgia to your Valentine’s Day ambiance.

Vintage romantic placesettings

Romantic Table Settings: Vintage China and Lace

Create an intimate dining experience with a romantic table setting that transports you to another era. Use vintage china with delicate patterns, lace table runners, and antique silverware to evoke a sense of timeless romance. Consider incorporating candlesticks or candelabras for a soft, warm ambiance.

{ Related: Vintage French Tablescape }

Vintage inspired floral arrangements

Floral Nostalgia: Vintage-Inspired Arrangements

Flowers are synonymous with love, and a vintage-inspired bouquet can be a focal point of your decor. Opt for the timeless, classic blooms like roses, peonies, or carnations arranged in vintage vases or Mason jars. Consider adding a touch of greenery for a fresh and timeless appeal that gives your arrangement more fullness and depth.

{ Related: Vintage Floral Picnic Basket Arrangement }

For the love of books

A Cozy Reading Nook: For the Book Lovers

Create a cozy corner for you and your loved one to snuggle up in. Decorate with vintage books bearing romantic titles. Make these simple heart garlands from old book pages. Incorporate vintage-inspired throw pillows and blankets. Look for fabrics with classic patterns, like florals or damask, to infuse your space with a sense of timeless comfort.

Decorating for Valentine's Day with vintage style

Decorating With Love

What’s really most important when it comes to celebrating this season of love is that we include all of the things that delight our hearts. It isn’t important to follow any rules, or fit in with the crowd. What matters is expressing your own affections and thoughts about love through your decor choices.

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas for decorating with vintage items this Valentine’s Day. But more than that, I hope you use these ideas as a starting point. Let them inspire your own creativity so that your home (and decor!) express what’s in your beautiful and unique heart.

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