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Decorating Inspiration – How Antiques Can Bring Out the Best in Any Home

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021
by AMAC, D.J. Wilson

antiquesDefinition: Antique – a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has high value because of its considerable age.

Decorating with antiques is a fantastic way to introduce warmth and history into a home. While some older objects have great monetary value as rare artifacts, others have high sentimental value. Seeing a vintage watch, typewriter, doll, or toy tractor might trigger a special memory, or simply remind folks of days gone by. Antiques are timeless pieces, ironic since most objects can be dated. But, by timeless, it is understood that antiques remain special objects despite the passage of time and changes in fashion. In fact, they possess value in both the past and present by means of being special. What’s more, antiques can be used to add ambiance to any décor.

Fittingly, a country home is a great place for antique displays. Wooden objects such as bowls or baskets and collections of vintage clocks can seamlessly meld into the atmosphere. Old-fashioned checkerboard games, vintage dishes, embroidered doilies, and old pitchers can be placed around the home, as well as an eclectic mix of wood furnishings, softened by quilted throws and hand-woven pillows. Art can be as simple as an old portrait hung over a beadboard wall or a set of copper bowls stacked on an open shelf.

Many people find it easy to picture antiques in a country home. However, some find it challenging to imagine antiques in other settings. Since vintage pieces can range from small to large, from rustic to elegant, and from dainty to industrial, they are versatile and can be incorporated into any style home. For example, antiques can be used as art statements in both modern-style and contemporary homes. Simply think outside the box and choose display pieces or a single piece that will enhance the home’s design, become the focal point, add warmth, or create a theme.

The term modern design commonly refers to a distinctive architectural style that features crisp and sharp lines, neutral colors, and an earthy and natural balance of design. Modern generally refers to a period from the early to mid-twentieth century. Contemporary, in comparison, leans towards modernism, minimalism, and “the now,” and is without fuss. In each of these styles, antiques can be used wisely. In modern design, go for antiques that are natural; items made of wood, stone, or natural textures. In the case of contemporary, the key is to use antiques sparingly. For example, a vintage black and white map in a solid black frame can become a focal point. Or a striking set of three milk glass vases placed on square pedestals of varying heights with underlighting can become the main focal point of an all-white room.

The bottom line is that antiques can be easily incorporated into any home, no matter what the style. However, the individual pieces must be chosen with attention to detail to enhance the décor. In some cases, it is best to group similar items together and showcase them as a collection. Examples include groupings of mirrors, nature prints, vintage cameras, and so forth. Groupings usually work best with a common theme or element such as color. In other instances, single pieces, such as an antique statue or a Native American artifact, can be displayed to gain attention and complement the clean lines of a contemporary home interior. Antiques not only tend to make people feel reflective and nostalgic, but they are also a great way to introduce history, deliver warmth and meaning to a home, and provide high-impact visual interest.

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