Using Antiques in Your Home Decor

Using Antiques in Your Home Decor
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    One of the best ways to add charm and personality to a room is by incorporating vintage or antique pieces.


There’s something special about a room when it contains a one-of-a-kind element; it tends to draw the eye and encourage conversation, especially if it’s a particularly unique or interesting item. There are so many ways to utilize antiques in your home, whether you want a piece that will stand out as a focal point, or blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

Here are some of the ways I use antiques in home decor; I hope that they inspire you to go out and buy something distinctive for your own space.


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One of the best ways to bring attention to the antique items in your home is by contrasting them with modern elements. If you have a home that is rustic and comfortable, adding a modern chair or lighting fixture can bring a surprising visual interest to the room, and the same concept applies conversely. A modern room full of stark whites and greys, functional furniture, and bare walls can benefit immensely from vintage items that are a bit more down-to-earth and comfortable. Pairing styles together that are entirely different from one another is a stylish and sophisticated method of adding attraction to a home.

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Get Inspired

Before you go to the antique store and buy that beautiful wooden dresser or cool vintage concert poster, make sure you know what you’re going to be doing with them. You don’t want to spend money on an incredible piece of furniture only to realize you have no clue where it will go, or how it will be integrated with the rest of the room. Take a look at different home design and lifestyle blogs first, especially ones that are known for using antiques like Weston Table, and get an idea of the specific styles, textures, and color palettes you are a fan of so that you can take your time searching for exactly what you want, rather than looking for a space for that antique coffee table you fell in love with.

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If there’s a lamp you love the shape of but the color is garish, don’t just walk away from it! Take a good look first and decide if there’s anything you could do to make it work. Could you buy a can of spray paint and make it perfect? It may be worth it to spend the extra time rather than settle for something less than stellar. If an old chair is sturdy and the wood is lovely, but the cover is stained and has been sat on by who knows how many people, deliberate upholstering it using a new fabric. This is also a great way to combine modern and antique styles like I mentioned previously, because you could easily update a piece with a new color, texture, or pattern.


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Use Restraint

It’s so easy to get to the antique store and want to buy everything you see, but older elements work best when they’re used in moderation; if you buy everything vintage it can stop looking chic and start looking dated quickly. I know it’s difficult, but try to pick out a maximum of 3-5 antiques per room.

Setting a rule like this for yourself makes it easier for you to shop, and ensures that you’re only picking out the absolute best of the best. If you have to go over your limit, decide if there are ways to upcyle your purchases before you buy them so that the room doesn’t end up looking too outdated. If not, maybe it’s time to put down that rug.

Decorating your home is always about contrast. It’s so easy to go overboard if you’re in love with a particular style, but using restraint can help to avoid a look that is too matchy. If it’s too late and you’ve found yourself in a clinical home that’s more uncomfortable than you’d hoped, or in a shabby space that isn’t so chic, it’s not too late.

Paint the walls, stain the TV stand, or add a unique painting to the wall. Switch out that metal chair and acrylic table for an antique piece of furniture to add comfort and cozy to a room. Do something new and unexpected and get out of your comfort zone a little bit; the home that you are left with may pleasantly surprise you.

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