Incorporating older pieces of furniture to interiors has become a rising trend in the recent years. (See this infographic for interior design trends in 2014). Having a few vintage or antique pieces can infuse any room with class and elegance. In addition, these furniture pieces are often durable, functional, eco-friendly, and increase in value over time.
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While it does take a trained eye to spot a valuable piece, decorating with antiques doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here’s a simple guide to follow when welcoming antiques into your home.
1. Add antiques to modern-styled rooms.
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The first thing to learn when working with antiques is that such pieces can be incorporated into modern-style rooms. In fact, antique furniture pieces are most often used as the focal point in room decorating.
When placed strategically, antique furniture can work very well with most modern pieces. The important thing is to have a recurring theme throughout the spread of old and new. This can be achieved through the use of color combinations or textures.
2. Don’t limit your options to one style.
A common pitfall beginners make when decorating is limiting themselves to one style. Try exploring other styles of furniture to make the space look less of a showroom in a department store. (Find out other common mistakes beginners make.)
Adding in a few key antique furniture pieces is a great way to enhance the overall look of your room. Not only can it bring out a whole different level of elegance, it can also provide good value for your money.
3. When antiquing online, do your homework beforehand.
Buying antique furniture can conveniently be done online from the comfort of your own home. While it can be very rewarding, it can also be frustrating without proper research and preparation.
Before bidding or placing an order, know exactly what you are buying. Know the real condition of the item; don’t be afraid to ask for photos or exact measurements.
Here at Antiques on Old Plank Road, we provide our customers with photos of the item from different angles and with closer views to ensure its quality.
4. Mix and match.
There’s really no right or wrong way to decorate a home, as decorating involves personal preferences. Rather than restricting yourself to following guides on how to achieve a certain look, follow your own style.
Mix and match pieces of antique furniture with modern ones and play with colors until the outcome ultimately screams your personality and taste. Essentially, your home is your own living space.
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Decorating your home solely with antiques or incorporating a few key pieces such as antique dressers relies on what type of look you’re aiming for. With the right kind of antique piece, there’s really no limit to what you can do in terms of decorating.