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It could be the spring-like weather this past weekend that got me thinking about florals, in particular vintage flower paintings. Whatever got me going, I spent the better part of this Sunday past trolling a couple of country flea markets looking for them. Often vintage flower paintings are not technically good, in particular the oil paintings, and therefore cheap on the pocketbook. But when displayed either in combination with other florals (think real flowers) or when displayed en masse, they are surprisingly effective. The overall look becomes less about the kitschy technique of the artist and more about the colour and vibrancy of the subject matter. What a treat for the eyes after months of grey days.

If you like this look, check out online vintage shops like those on Etsy — it's a quick way to get a grouping of paintings. I like Thimble 'N Thread.

These two paintings from Thimble 'N Thread would add just the right amount of colour to a room.

For more floral patterns on the cheap, check out our photo gallery of 10 Floral Accessories Under $50.

Photo credits:
1. Hemingway & Hepburn blog
2. Decor8 blog
3. The Life of Riley blog
4. Still Life Oil Painting from Thimble 'N Thread, Etsy
5. Still Life Oil Painting from Thimble 'N Thread, Etsy


Meg Crossley

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