Mixing modern items be it your furniture or the general décor style of your home with antiques is a great way to achieve decorating goals because this approach keeps a room fresh, adds contrast and depth, and ultimately creates balance.
To create a blend between the two takes time and patience. We can’t rush and pick up random pieces of antiques to go with your modern style. It needs to create a look that appears as though it has evolved over time.
Decorating with antiques comes from our innate need for a connection to the past, to believe in a story, and create a sense of history in the space we inhabit.
You have to be careful not to overdo the antique additions so as to not make your home look too vintage. Antique pieces can either be something that you have inherited from generations before or even something as simple as a piece you picked up at a flea market.
Antiques are generally categorized to be objects aged 100 years or more, while anything older than 20 years is considered vintage. However, decorating with antiques and vintage furnishings is one and the same, blending the old world with a sense of the new.
While decorating with antiques, sometimes, one piece says it all. This is known as a statement piece. Antique furniture does not always need to be the centerpiece of the room but can instead add subtler character in the form of accent tables, accessories, and rugs.
An antique rug can completely ground your room. Having a rug on the floor is also a great way to add a splash of color to a dull room and make sure your feet stay warm in the winter.
Let’s take the living room as the first example. A living room can have a complete set of modern furniture, but you can add that little tinge of vintage by either adding an old antique rug or even a grandfather clock.
Choose just a few antiques that have the most vintage look and insert them into a more modern or transitional design. A popular option is hanging old photos on the wall or placing them on a shelf. Putting them in a modern looking frame can keep family history alive without overwhelming the overall room design!
Having a unique crockery unit in your dining room is another remarkable way of displaying antiques in your dining room area. If your crockery unit is a modern piece of furniture then you can decorate it with antiques that have a timeless cultural feel to them, like oriental ceramics or Victorian teacups. These teacups are best served in a modern-looking curio so that they are on display in an updated way.
The placement of antique items is one of the most important aspects of decorating while working with antiques. By placing a large antique frame with a black and white photo and using it as the focal point in your living room, it can look like a piece of chic art if it’s large enough.
You can also place antiques in an inconspicuous area, like on a floating shelf. It accentuates the design of the room rather than dominate and clash with it. Ensure that you don’t place antique decors on bookshelves right next to the books as it could get lost in them and wouldn’t stick out as much.
Whether it’s your ancestral ornate chest of drawers or your grandparents wooden rocking chair, some of these furniture’s fill you with nostalgia. These are an excellent way to create a visual focal point in any corner of your home. It’s always wise to use a single piece in a smaller room. If you have a small bedroom, a dining room or any other space that isn’t particularly large, the best thing you can do is to simply add one antique piece to the space and let it really shine.
Chandeliers were the most prominent parts of all respectable homes of the past. To make your home look classier, consider incorporating one of these into your living room. Lamps are another great way you can bring the old into your new space.
All of these ideas will turn your home into an exciting and unique place to inspire you with character! Let us know in the comment section below which one you like most.