Whether you’ve inherited a bunch of cheap antique furniture or you’re an avid collector, part of the fun of having antiques is finding places to use them. Whether it’s an old chair or a majestic dining table, there are ways to do it justice and make them stand out as antique pieces furnishing your home instead of tacky add-ons that you bought from a bargain furniture store.
It’s possible to make your antiques stand out without using too much money on decorating your house. All it takes is a little repositioning, decluttering and smart usage of space.
Give your furniture functions
Many people simply put their antiques in their home to show off and not actually use. It might be an antique side table that hasn’t got anything on it or a rug in a place that people rarely walk. Whatever the case may be, a great way to do your furniture justice is to simply give it a purpose. If you have a Victorian era fireplace, then consider contacting a company to help you refurbish it and repurpose it so it actually works and isn’t just for show. If you have a fantastic antique couch or sofa, then clean it up and actually sit on it instead of using it for show.
Design your rooms around antiques
When you have major antique pieces such as a dining table or chandelier, make sure they are the centrepieces in those rooms and give them the attention they deserve. Don’t bury your antiques among modern IKEA furniture and don’t hide them away. Be proud of your antique furniture collection and let people know that you’re an avid collector by putting your furniture in spots that are begging to be seen. You also don’t want to pile up too much antique furniture in the same room because it’s distracting. Place them sparsely around your home and let them speak for themselves.
Keep the rest of your furniture minimalistic
If you really want to show off your antiques, then make sure the rest of your furniture is kept to a minimum so that your antiques actually stand out. Don’t worry so much about mixing your modern furniture with your antiques, just worry about not drowning out your classical furniture pieces with modernised items.
Build character by contrasting
A fun way to make your antiques pop out is to mix them with your modern furniture. For instance, if you have a dining table with a lot of room, then mix antique chairs with your modern chairs and don’t worry so much about throwing the theme off or having chairs that feel different to sit on than the ones next to them. Don’t try too hard to mix your antiques with your modern furniture either. Many people paint their antiques to make them fit seamlessly into the house, but that just ruins a great piece of historical furniture. Let it speak for itself, let it stand out, and don’t do anything too fancy to ruin the original work of art you bought.