While quilts may remind you of sleeping at your grandmother's or bucolic summers spent horseback riding and playing in the barn, "they're anything but dated," Anne Hepfer of tells ELLEDecor.com. And we couldn't agree more. In fact, the fall season is the perfect time to bring your heirloom quilt out of storage.
Still, it can be hard to mix a beloved, vintage quilt into your space without it beginning to look, well, old-fashioned. Fortunately, Hepfer, along with Lacey Chaus of , have a few tricks up their sleeves for blending your cozy quilt into your contemporary home:
1. The more prints, the merrier. "Quilts lend a touch of history, pattern and texture to any space as a warm detail at the foot of a bed or as a throw on a chair. You can also incorporate another classic textile," Hepfer says. "I love to mix eclectic ethnic prints – think Indian or Susani. John Robshaw features incredible patterns that would mix beautifully with a vintage piece."
2. Stick with geometric patterns. "Using color coordinated geometric patterns in modern bedrooms is one way to add interest without feeling too old-fashioned," Chaus advises.
3. Turn your quilt into an unexpected statement piece. Hepfer notes, "We have seen quilts framed in a shadow box and hung on a large wall as an art fixture. Stunning." Other repurposed options include pillows, placemats, and seat cushions.
4. Find a balance. "When decorating with vintage quilts it's important to keep a visual balance," Chaus says. "I love mi subtle traditional elements in contemporary spaces to add an unexpected layer." The juxtaposition of old and new will make your quilt feel fresh, and adds a touch of warmth to a more modern room.
5. Think of it as a piece of history. With it, you're not just decorating but immortalizing an age-old craft. "Quilting dates back centuries and is a true art form," Hepfer points out. "Begun out of necessity for bedding and warmth, skilled quilting became a social event with groups of women working together to create beautiful pieces to decorate their homes."