Home decorating fads may come and go, but antiques are forever. There are so many great reasons to incorporate vintage finds and antique treasures into your home. Finding the perfect piece to compliment your personal style can be such a rewarding adventure. And, unlike the items you find at a big box store or popular online retailer, antique décor is one-of-a-kind. Every piece tells a story, and brings character to your home.
If you’re looking to start using antiques in your decorating but aren’t sure where to start, let some of our favorite trends serve as your inspiration.
If you’re looking to create an impact with your home décor, you can’t go wrong with something vintage. Hand-carved wooden tables, antique fireplace mantels, and stately sofas are great pieces to build an entire room around. Use a hand-painted hope chest in your living room to store board games and blankets for cozy nights in, or add a gorgeous 1890s standing mirror to your guest room for a touch of elegance.
If you’re looking to take a more subtle approach, you can use antiques to add a pop of character to any room in your home. These pieces add texture and personality to a room’s design without stealing all of the attention. Vintage lighting is a great option because it’s both beautiful and functional, which is why we love an industrial light fixture over a dining room table or in the kitchen. Repurposed windows and stained glass panels make for unique wall art.
Giving something old a new lease on life is one of the best ways to save perfectly good treasures from being discarded. There are so many creative and useful ways to repurpose everything from old tools and vintage houseware to parts of deconstructed houses and vehicles. Ornate iron panels, once used for decorative gates, railings, and fencing, look stunning hung on walls. Wooden doors reclaimed from barns, garages, and houses make for durable coffee tables with tons of personality.
Blending antiques with newer pieces is a great way to add layers to your interior decorating by creating a break from the expected. Vintage furniture, art, and other décor bring depth and character to any room. We love seeing old wooden chairs at a sleek modern dining table, or vintage picture frames and mirrors from days gone by gracing walls painted in trendy hues.
Using collections in your decorating is a fun way to add personality to your home. It’s always a work in progress as you seek out and discover new pieces to add. Antiques are perfect for collecting: all you need to do is choose a niche that speaks to your home and personal style! Fine china plates and teacups are popular collector’s items, as they can be used as is or mounted for display. Vintage tin signs make unique wall art that tells a story.
Whatever your personal style is, there’s always an opportunity to bring an antique touch to your home decor!