Antiques tell a story, hold a bit of mystery to them and always add character to a space. That’s why it can usually add to the beauty of your home to add a bit of decor to it from time’s past. Whether large or small, commonplace or unusual, antiques can draw the eye and be a conversation starter. Collecting items for your home can be very exciting and you may want to start incorporating things right away but your best bet is to do a little research first. Find out what styles you prefer by visiting a few thrift shops, flea markets and antique stores. A pattern may emerge and you might notice that you are drawn to a distinct time, styles originating from a certain country or pieces produced by a popular designer of the past. Once you know what you’re looking for, the process can begin!
When it is time to introduce older items into your home’s design, a gradual approach is always best. While you may be a big fan of certain pieces, you also want to be sure that they will look appropriate in your home once you’ve purchased them. Sprinkle items throughout the space to create flow and allow their placement to look more natural. Simple ideas can be an old-fashioned spice rack in the kitchen, a gilded mirror in the bathroom and matching antique lamps for your bedroom nightstands. Larger furniture pieces can be used in guest rooms in the form of a dresser or in the dining room with a buffet.
While some of these suggestions are more functional in nature, it is still a good idea to add artistic pieces to your home. Miniature statues, delicate vases and beautiful artwork will only add charm to a living space. When properly spaced, guests will be able to appreciate all the modern amenities in your home, while enjoying the old-world appeal of your decor. So, get out there and explore the antique world to find out which pieces best evoke your sense of style!