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A Few Tips On Decorating With Antique Furniture

A Few Tips On Decorating With Antique Furniture

A living room decorated with antique furniture.

In the past, most people ditched their antique and vintage pieces of furniture and went for something more modern and contemporary. Although there is nothing wrong with that (after all, we all have different tastes and styles), we cannot argue that antiques are making a huge comeback. However, people are not decorating their homes in an antique way. They are just incorporating a few antiques into their current style.

Let us tell you something right from the start – decorating your home with antiques is not as easy as it may seem. You can make your home look like a museum or your old grandma’s house with just one wrong decorating decision. But do not worry – we are here to help you out. So, if you need some advice on decorating your home with antiques, keep reading.

Consider the Size 

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A living room with vintage pieces.
Always consider the size of the antique furniture you want to incorporate into the interior.

Once you decide that you want to decorate your home with antiques, you first must consider the size (scale) of the room where you want to put it and the size of the existing furniture you are keeping. One of the most common mistakes is seeing something you like and making a hasty purchase without even considering whether that will fit into your interior.

Thus, first, make room! Second, clean your home effectively (trust us, it is better to clean it before bringing your new furniture inside than after it). Third, measure the free space where you want to put an antique piece of furniture like some old luxury sofas. Be sure to bring those measurements with you when you go furniture shopping.

Let Antique Piece be your Focal Point 

If you were lucky enough to inherit an antique piece of furniture or some other household knick-knack, do not hide it in your basement, attic, or storage. Call statetostatemovers.com and let them help you bring that antique piece back into your home. Of course, just as previously mentioned, be sure it can correctly fit into your living space first. If it can, make it a focal point.

Place it somewhere in your room where it can be seen appropriately – do not hide it away behind other pieces of furniture. Antique items such as TV stands, dressers, shelves, coffee shops, dining room tables, chairs, and some sofas and couches always fit, no matter what style you already have. Make sure you find a good place for them in your room. Everybody will be amazed once they walk in.

Mixing And Matching 

When you have your style, modern, for example,  you usually buy furniture and accessories that match that particular style and pair them with freshly pastel-painted walls and bright floors. When it comes to antiques, you cannot but mix and match. Just think about it – how would your home, or how would one of your particular rooms look like if it consisted of only antique pieces? Well, it would look like a museum. Thus, forget that rule about not mixing and matching different styles in your home.

An antique wooden cabinet.
Forget the interior design rule book and play around with different styles.

When it comes to antiques, mixing and matching is the way to go. Do not be afraid to introduce an antique piece (or two) into your modern, contemporary, minimalist, eclectic, or any other interior design style you have going on. In this case, mixing and matching can only elevate the room’s look.

Quality of the Piece is Important! 

If you did inherit or buy some antique piece of furniture that perfectly matches the free space and the overall vibe of your room, do not display it before you check its quality. Of course, just as previously mentioned, an antique piece f furniture will elevate the look of your home, but an antique piece in a lousy shape will do the opposite! In some cases, the paint may be chipped off, and some things might be missing in others. Whatever the matter is, restore the antique as much as possible before displaying it.

Antique sideboard.
Be sure that your antique piece is in immaculate shape before you display it.

You may need an empty garage (or attic or basement) to work. Trust us, restoring antique pieces means a lot of sanding and painting, among other things. And, both sanding and painting are chaos-causing and not something you should do inside. If you do not have a place for restoration, transfer your piece to your friend’s garage or even rent one. Just be careful and use some tricks to simplify the process of moving the antiques. Put some effort into restoration and increase your antique piece’s look and value!

The 80/20 Rule 

Once you ensure that the antique pieces are in great shape and can fit into the chosen room, there is just one more rule to follow: the 80/20 rule. This 80/20 rule states that, when decorating your home with antiques, 80% of your room should be modern (or contemporary, eclectic, etc.), and 20% should be antiques.

Of course, this applies to furniture pieces, accessories, and other things in your home, including windows, doors, walls, and floors. For instance, if you want to add an antique touch to your kitchen with all-modern elements, consider incorporating antique kitchen wall art or even an antique kitchen table and chair.

Final Words

I hope the above tips on decorating with antique furniture are helpful to you. It’s great to have a house in such style, bringing comfort and relief. Are there any other tips you want to suggest to me? Let me know in the comment section below! Thanks for visiting Greenhouse Center!