Antique furniture can really give a room a unique look. But deciding which antique to decorate a room with and how to integrate them can be a bit confusing for many homeowners.
Antique furniture, whether it's a turn of the century, a Victorian lad or an unusual art deco lamp, can really make a room pop. Correctly done, the addition of antique furniture and decor can transform the entire character of a room.
There are two basic instructions you can go with antiques. You can either use them as accents to a room decorated with more traditional or modern pieces. Or you can go out and recreate the past with a room entirely in antiques.
If you want to walk the accent road, you want to start by carefully choosing the antiques to enter the room. Each room has a point of contact, and the right antique can become the point of contact for your room, so you can build it so that it appears. For example, an antique grandfather clock can act as a focal point in any room, as well as an antique curio closet or antique body.
An antique can also play a supporting role. You can add a single antique piece to a room that is otherwise decorated in more modern furnishings. To do this, you want to adopt a single horizontal theme or color scheme that binds the pieces together visually. For example, you can add an antique fake sofa that has a complementary or contrasting color of fabric.
Establishing relationships is the key when you decorate any room with antique furniture. You want antique furniture to stand out for the right reasons, not because it looks out of place.
If you have no bits that will act as a point of contact, you can still integrate them by making them that support bits. An antique sideboard can work well as a coffee table or as a bar in your room. Giving your antique furniture a purpose can make it look more at home in any room.
If you want to make an entire room in antiques, it takes a little more work. The best way to tie the pieces together is through color, fabric, period or style. For example, you can go with a room decorated with nothing but Queen Anne furniture or Chippendale. You can also choose a favorite cloth and have furniture from different periods repolystered with it to give the room a uniform look. The same goes for the finish. You wouldn't have to add an antique cherry desk in a room with oak. Staying together with fabrics and wood can help keep a room coherent.
Just because you want the room filled with antiques does not mean that the furniture must be old today. You can buy beautiful reproductions of period pieces for less money. You can also mix new antiques with genuine antiques to create your look without having to empty your bank account. You can find the only cleaning piece that is really a valuable antique and complements it with newer pieces that just look old.
Finally, you can make your own antiquing. This is a smart idea if you have an unusual piece that works as a contact point and you want some of your favorite tables or accents to match. You can do some faux antiquing using finishes, paints and disturbing techniques that can be found online.
When working with antique furniture in your room, don't overlook the accents that really make a room look complete. It can be antique books, antique china, unusual knickknacks from another time and spot or period lamps. An antique room can have an eclectic appearance, from the furniture to the window. Depending on the period you are gravitating against, it can even be difficult to go overboard. Admittedly, the Victorian era is proof of this.
The best strategy is to slow down when decorating with antiques. You want to shop carefully and safely, as antiques can be expensive. If you are on a budget, take into account reproductions. They can add beauty without slowing down your budget.