Decorating your home with antiques is a fantastic way of creating an original look that is so different to the mass produced style which many homes have gone down these days. But if you have never decorated your home with antiques before, it is worth bearing in mind a few key rules to stop the place turning into a museum.
Before you do anything, you need to brush up on your antique knowledge. You can do this through internet research of interesting topics like the world’s most expensive antiques, as well as visiting your local antique fairs and speaking to some people who are more experienced in the area. When you have decided on some pieces that you think would look fantastic in your home, here is some advice on how to decorate properly with them.
Place the Antiques Carefully
One of the most important points to start off with is to place your antiques in the right place around your room. You can try to make an antique the focal point of a room if it is large enough, though you may feel a little unconfident doing this as a beginner! A less bold option is to position your antique in a relatively inconspicuous area like a floating shelf. Placing an antique on a bookshelf is also a nice way of starting off in your antique decorating hobby.
Colour Code Objects
One of the simplest ways of grouping your antiques together is the simple act of colour coding. Once you start putting together pieces of a similar shade and hue, they instantly start to gel together in a way which doesn’t make them look like that have come straight out of a museum. Of course, you may not want to do the colour coding technique in every single room of the house or it could start looking like a Crayola factory! Start in a bedroom to experiment with how this looks and move on from here.
Use a Focal Point
A simple but often overlooked piece of decorating advice is to choose a focal point and concentrating your decorating efforts around this. In a living room, this could be a grand fireplace or a beautiful piece of artwork. When you have chosen your focal point, you can start grouping your antiques around this area. In the future when you are more confident in decorating with antiques, you could even make one of the pieces a focal point in itself.
Keep Them Nearby
We have already touched on this point somewhat, but it is a nice idea to have your antiques nearby so they feel more like a living part of your home. A ming vase up on a pedestal still has the feeling of being in a museum. Why not put some of your favourite pieces on display on your coffee table? Not only are your pieces more likely to get noticed by guests and visitors, but you also have a conversation started as well, which is always useful if you plan on hosting a dinner party!
Mix Old and New Styles
Rather than keeping all your old-fashioned pieces together in a single place, you could instead mix old and new styles together for a more interesting effect. Perhaps you have invested in a piece of 19th-century artwork. There is no reason why you can’t display it next to some modern art. Ultimately, this blending of the old and the new can have a very pronounced and interesting effect in your home, and you aren’t in danger of making your home seem too stale.
Choose Antiques with Timeless Appeal
If you are very unsure about decorating your home with antiques, you could always select the pieces which have the most long-lasting and timeless appeal. A highly popular option is to take some old photos and hang them up on a wall or place them on a shelf. Putting an old photo in a modern frame can play a big role in keeping your family history alive without overwhelming your room. And again, this provides a nice conversation-starter whenever you have guests over.
Decorating your home with antiques can feel like a major challenge to start off with, but over time, you will start to become used to it and realise that it is a less challenging task than you initially thought. Hopefully, these simple rules and guidelines will help to get you started in this area.