Football fans and those who love them, don’t need to drape a Green Bay Packers flag behind their headboard to show their passion for the game. I'm married to a passionate football fan who loves to add bits of memorabilia to our home, so I've found some tricks to make it work for both of us. Here are 15 ways to tackle gridiron home decor without hitting people over the head. EBay offers everything from team branded vintage collectables, which can look ultra cool in moderation, to subtle touches of sportsmanship. No Fathead® decals included.
This Autumn, a cozy plaid stadium blanket adds preppy warmth to a room, and can be thrown in your bag for an impromptu picnic or actual trip to a stadium. This throw gives a subtle nod the game for those in the know, otherwise it just appears to be a lovely blanket. See? sneaky.
Vintage football photography looks ultra cool in large format over a clean-lined sofa or in a sleek silver frame in an office. It's always fun to see the players jaunty poses and marvel at their old-school protective gear.
Charming football posters to celebrate a favourite team, or even a favourite game are a delightful addition to a hall, bathroom, or children’s bedroom. We love how this illustrated interpretation of a "Chicago Bear" is an interesting twist on the standard logo/mascot.
Search out the newspaper from the day after your team’s championship victory and frame it for posterity. It will make a great conversation piece as people stroll the halls of your home. I might not be the biggest football fan in my house, but I'm drawn in by the history of using a newspaper clipping as art.
Splurging on a pair of stadium seats from your team’s grounds will add a touch of nostalgia to your space. It's very clear that these came from a stadium but surrounded by non-sports decor, they will stand out as an interesting choice. If everything else in the room is sophisticated, your space wont turn into a "man cave."
A kitschy carpet underfoot will add charm to your morning coffee or makeup routine. Again, the key is to not overdo it with football souvenirs in any one space. Don't be a doormat to anyone trying to over-football theme your home. See what I did there?
A cheeky tin rubbish bin will remind you of the good old days and make anyone who enters your home office smile with feelings of nostalgia. By going with the cheerleaders rather than the Refrigerator Perry version, fans of vintage fashion (and hairdos) can enjoy this piece as much as football fans.
These ubiquitous frosted glasses can be found bearing the logo of many teams and would look ultra stylish in a collection despite bending the rules of team loyalty with a variety. Their modern, monotone artwork makes it more about beautiful glassware than announcing your love of the game.
A sleek trophy makes a beautiful mantle piece or can be used as a pretty vase filled with fresh blooms. While this gives a subtle nod to sports, the style-lover is the real winner with this lovely choice.
Sheets of uncut football cards from any era have high-impact as a piece of pop art. It's less about football and more about bright colours, vintage graphic design, and mid-century hairstyles.
Vintage Sheet Sets
Cozy up with some vintage NFL sheets for a pop of colour and bold graphics under the covers. Your football lover will pull back the sheets with a big smile on their face, even if this is the only nod to football in the whole house. You are guaranteed to never go to bed angry.
A throw cushion with a cool retro football illustration shows your love of the game without going crazy. Pair it with cushions in solids and graphic patterns for an overall cool effect.
A felt pennant is the classic way to show your team spirit. Take a walk down memory lane with a collection of pennants from your favourite team. You don't have to be a sports fanatic to appreciate the history of logos, typography and mascots of a team over the years.
Create a gallery wall of football game programs, featuring the artwork of everyone from student artists to famous illustrators. The themes run the range of glamorous, to victorious, to humorous. Your football-lover will be reminded of their team, and you will just see great artwork.
Popcorn! Peanuts! Serve up snacks at your next party in a vintage stadium vendor tray. Better practice your throwing skills! I mean don't the rest of us just go to the game for the snacks anyway?