Antique furniture is all the rage right now. With inexpensive modern furniture so often poorly made and non-durable, people are increasingly enamoured with the skill and craftsmanship of older pieces from a bygone age. In many cases, a beautiful antique piece can come cheaper than high-end contemporary furniture, so its popularity is easy to understand. But how do you prevent your home from looking like a museum? There’s a certain knack to blending old and new seamlessly and, whilst a lot of it has to do with having a good eye for interiors, there are tricks you can use to make it a reality in your home.
Mix It Up
When it comes to modern and antique furniture, it almost always works best to mix it up. For example, contemporary coffee tables tend to look best when they are styled with antique books and ornaments, whereas a traditional coffee table or bed stand can be brought up-to-date with a modern lamp. Likewise, a vintage dining table can look great with a set of modern chairs or vice versa.By utilising the juxtaposition between contrasting styles, you can create texture and vitality in your interiors that makes the antique pieces fit right in.
Work With Your Home
The architectural style of your home should have a big influence on the direction you choose to go with your interiors. Whilst modern homes have a distinctly contemporary feel which may be at odds with traditional interiors, older homes tend to have the high ceilings and windows that are made to complement antique furniture. Contemporary furniture tends to be clean and compact, as compared to less practical antique statement pieces, so for newer homes, modern furniture is simply more practical. However, by adding in some smaller antique flourishes, such as chairs, books and ornaments, you can give your modern home some character. If you are searching for the perfect piece of furniture for your home, Wallrocks sells antique furniture in Brisbane with a wide range on offer to suit every style.
Whilst you can combine a mix of both traditional and modern pieces, it is advisable to opt for the style which best fits your home and then integrate other pieces in. Oriental rugs are timeless pieces that can work well in almost any space and they are great at bringing a room together and attaining that old-world feel.
Keep It Minimal
By using monochrome colours and a minimal style, you can bring antique furniture right up to date with the modern age. Throw in a couple of statement ultra-contemporary pieces, such as a lamp and coffee table, and you can get away with a room full of antique chairs and sofas. Likewise, in a modern-styled room, you can make use of antique accent pieces to give a sophisticated edge. If you opt for traditional artwork, keep it to a minimum to avoid looking like an ancient art gallery.
Give It New Life
Antique items that may no longer be useful in their original purpose can be given new life by being used as something else. A vintage dresser can become a TV stand or an antique wardrobe can provide shelving in the kitchen. If you’re creative, then you can even try your hand at some upcycling; projects like these are a great way to make use of items that were destined for the tip and can be the perfect way to modernise a worn piece of antique furniture to achieve shabby-chic style.
Antique furniture can be the perfect thing to give your home interiors the edge. By using these style tips, you can create blend of old and new flawlessly and show off your sophisticated sense of style.
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