Decorating your home with antiques

Though antiques may carry special emotional relevance, randomly throwing them up on the wall risks making a home look outdated. But there are several ways to decorate with antiques...

Though antiques may carry special emotional relevance, randomly throwing them up on the wall risks making a home look outdated. But there are several ways to decorate with antiques to keep your house looking timeless.

Create a retro look with antiques: The most direct approach for decorating with antiques is an overall retro design. Worn luggage lends itself beautifully to a traditional travel theme; old centrepieces can highlight the coffee table; classic art for adorning walls and retro floor lamps will all add to the retro vibe.Also, remember fabric styles and opt for retro patterns like large, ornate flowers. Throw pillows with vintage designs can work as well.

Decorate with antiques with the most timeless appeal: An alternative is to choose just a few select antiques that have the most timeless look and insert them into a more modern or transitional design. A popular option is hanging old photos on the wall or placing them on a shelf. Putting them in a modern frame can keep family history alive or celebrate a past era without overwhelming the overall room design.

Placement of old items is key: The placement of old items is one of the most critical aspects of decorating with antiques. There are a few potential directions when placing antiques. One option is to make an antique the focal point of your room. Alternativelyyou can also place antiques in an inconspicuous area, like on a floating shelf. There they accent the design of the room rather than dominate and potentially clash with it.

Make use of a rustic or vintage craft project: Choose a deliberately rustic piece, shelving perhaps to house antiques and combine them with distressed furniture. Old heirloom furniture could also receive a distressed paint job.