As a lover of all things vintage, decorative lace is a particular material that I find hard to resist! With so many wonderful open weave patterns out there, made from a variety of materials, the possibilities of decorating the home with lace are endless.
Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to produce beautiful lace fabrics; now lace is a more accessible material, often made using cotton threads which are more affordable. Great news for those that like a touch of affordable opulence!
This beautiful, delicate fabric has been used for years to embellish clothes and in home decor. With so many options available, including products inspired by elegant lace patterns and clever paint effects, decorating the home interior with lace doesn’t have to be restricted to curtains and doilies.
Here are a few ideas of how to incorporate this beautiful open patterned fabric into your home – I hope you find something inspiring!
Here a pretty yet practical lace effect wall feature has been created using a stencil, paint and a selection of ornate and vintage style wall hooks.
This vintage, lace effect wall feature panel makes good use of the wall space and the feminine design of lace is ideally suited to the bedroom, creating an eye-catching focal point. However this idea could also be used in other rooms of the house; why not play around with shapes, sizes and hook positioning to create something similar for use instead of a key cupboard or coat rack.
Above: Beautiful lace effect wall feature; the romance of lace is ideally suited to the bedroom – source: madebyemmajane.com
You can buy roller stencils that can be used to create lace effect wallpaper finishes, they are easy to use and great for ensuring pattern repeat; pictured here is an example of a bird design but you could have a lace design made. Create a feature wall to be proud of, or a smaller decorative wall panel or even canvas if you like the idea but do not want to cover an entire wall.
Above: Make your own wallpaper using a stencil roller – source: fabuloushomeblog.com
If you are feeling really brave you could transform your floor with a lavish, lace effect paint finish. Whilst it is probably not advisable to cover original hardwood floors with quirky paint effects, a decorative lace effect floor could be just the thing to brighten up tired interiors. Detailed, paint effect floors look lovely teamed with simple pale coloured walls of a complementary colour.
Above: Detailed lace effect painted floor – source: yvestown.tumblr.com
Rollers and stencils can also be used to decorate furniture with stunning lace effect finishes, experiment with flat surfaces such as tables, doors and drawer fronts; a great way to up-cycle furniture and make it your own. Furniture decorated with lace effect patterns looks lovely in the bedroom, bathroom or nursery but of course could be used to make a statement or to simply enhance any room of the house.
Above: Pretty lace effect, painted table top – source: abeautifulmess.com
Above: Gorgeous sideboard with feature drawers painted in a lace effect using a stencil – source: southcountyaz.blogspot.co.uk
Above: Lace effect painted chair – source: themodernmarigold.com
Pick home wares that are inspired by or finished using gorgeous lace motifs for beautiful decorative touches in the home; from ceramics to soft furnishings such as cushions and bed linens, interior designers have used lace patterns in their schemes for years. The gorgeous grey base colour, and beautiful white vintage lace effect finish is what attracted me to these lovely vintage lace effect ceramic planters, vase and candle pot available at www.pastellane.co.uk.
As well as the option to buy lace effect decorative home wares, you can also make your own little lace goodies! adorn terracotta pots with lace, make lace hanging decorations or you could even make your own lace effect tiles!
Above: Make your own lace terracotta pots – source: diy-craft.com
Above: Make your own lace effect tiles – source: thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com
Or, you could simply add lace to something to give it an instant update or romantic touch. Here’s a picture of a glass shelf that my mum edged with a pretty lace trim, transforming an old glass shelf into a lovely focal point for the bathroom.
Lace is a popular choice for decorating table tops, particularly at weddings; mix lace tablecloths, place mats and napkins with beautiful glass, vintage ceramics and silverware to create stunning table settings that are sure to impress.
Above: A stunning table setting, lace layered over a table cloth to create a sumptuous table covering – source: eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.co.uk
Above: A delicate lace table runner laid directly on to a rustic wooden table, creates a romantic country feel – source: intimateweddings.com
Whether you want to add vintage interest to your home, create a wonderfully romantic table setting or up-cycle your furniture lace is a very versatile friend.