Are you feeling afraid to add a vintage piece to your modern decorating style? Relax! An antique complements almost any décor and adds your own personality to a room. Best of all, it keeps your rooms from looking like everyone else’s, especially if you’ve decorated in neutral colors!
Sometimes we envision antiques as being overly formal and hundreds of years old. But many antiques are much newer and more relaxed in style. In addition to Victorian furniture and even older, more formal traditional pieces, think:
Sleek mid-century modern pieces
Art Deco pieces from the early 20th century
Casual American pieces from the 19th century and earlier
You can purchase antiques from a variety of sources. Best of all is using a piece you’ve inherited from a dear friend or family member because of the memories of that cherished person. It’s also fun to pick up an antique when you go on a vacation because these pieces bring back good remembrances too.
Some delicate antiques need tender loving care, while others are solidly constructed and may be already distressed, with surfaces that are painted, stained or unfinished, so there are no worries about spills and dents. Someone else has already broken them in for you!
When you think about adding a vintage piece, think beyond just furniture such as chairs, end tables, dining tables, Bombay chests and desks. Think also about beautiful accessories and art works, including mirrors, lamps, rugs, posters and knick knacks.
Don’t be nervous about mixing a vintage piece with your modern décor. A touch of the old will refresh your look!