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7 Tips for Decorating with Antiques

Decorating with antiques can be tricky. If you have the right style and taste, it can do wonders for your home. If you do it poorly, it can make your home into a museum. To avoid the latter, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind.

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Consider the size

When it comes to decorating with antiques, never forget to consider the scale of the furniture you plan on purchasing. It helps if your first picture which part of your house you want to place the furniture, making sure that it looks good. An all too common mistake when it comes to buying antique furniture is making a hasty purchase just because something looks good but failed to consider if it will fit with their existing furniture. Antique furniture or accessory that is out of place is only going to pull focus on the age of the item instead of its classic beauty.

White vintage enamel bucket on a green antique table

Pick a Focal Point

If you were lucky enough to own several pieces of antique furniture, the last thing you want is to keep it hidden and in the background. Show it off through accessories and specific placement of other furniture. How everything is arranged and organized should highlight the focal point of the room - the antique piece.

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Mixing and Matching

Going big and bold with home decoration seems to be the dorm lately. The bolder and out-of-this-world it looks the better. But if you plan on integrating antiques, you might want to consider how you're going to match them with other pieces. At the very least keep it at the minimum. Adding textures and patterns together can make the room lively but going overboard won't be flattering to the room. Don't be afraid to be bold with the color of your accessories, however. As a general rule, pick one bold color and decorate based on the different hues and tones of that color.

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Consider the Quality

Going into antique furniture, you have to expect some level of wear and tear considering some of these pieces have lasted for many decades. The appeal of antique furniture is in its durability which means choosing those quality pieces. It's very important that the antiques you buy can be handed down to other generations. Prices of antiques, however, vary greatly. 

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Try a Rustic Flare

We've heard of the term "rustic" being thrown around these last few years, especially when people are asked about their decorating ideas. Rustic is warm, earthy, yet special and functional. Rustic pairs nicely with vintage as it pertains to heirloom pieces handed down by the previous generation. Antiques have a little more character than your average factory-made furniture and it is one reason why they are a crowd favourite.

farmhouse table in a dining room full of antiques

Follow the 80/20 Rule

When it comes to decorating using antique furniture, keep in mind the 80/20 rule. It simply means that when decorating, you want 80 percent to be made up of modern elements and 20 percent are antiques. This is not limited to furniture as this rule applies to other small accessories as well. 

Show your style

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Lastly, the idea of home decorating should be to reflect your own personal style and taste. The kind of furniture pieces you choose as well as how you arrange them in your house speaks volume about how you interpret design. In antique furniture, it's best not to overdo it with traditional classics by mixing in some modern elements to achieve balance. Pepper it with small personal items like picture frames, travel souvenirs, and green plants.

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