How to Decorate with Antiques- Interior Design Tips
Each of the five divisions in this hub will include:
- At least one quality tip for antique decorating
- One video
- One or more pictures
- Helpful links to get you on your way to implementing that particular tip!
Tips for Interior Design and Decorating with Antiques
Decorating your home with chic antiques is easy to get into but hard to master. Knowing how to get a plan in place, group particular items together and accentuate certain features of your design will all help you to make the most of your space and adorn it with beautiful antiques.
In this article I will share the top five interior antique decorating tips along with videos for those who are more visual learners. (All videos come from an antique enthusiast on YouTube who also owns a Leesburg Virginia antique store.)
In Case You Want More
If you want more great antique information and tips, here are some top-notch resources:
(Many useful antique decorating videos can be found here)
(A small but growing group on facebook that overloads on antique photos to help you visualize your decorating ideas)
Determine Your Objective (Tip #1)
If you have a schedule vacation to PARIS, FRANCE would you just show up in Paris hoping to make the most of your vacation? Or would you plan ahead so that you could maximize your time abroad?
Well, the same is true of interior decorating with antiques. A little bit of planning will go a long way.
The best way to do this is to get out a pen and paper and organize your thoughts. Determine what it is that you want to accomplish with your antiques.
Do you want to incorporate antiques into your existing décor? Maybe you have a few antiques that you want to make as the focal point of a room. Maybe you want to do your entire room decorations with antiques. Or perhaps you want to target a particular color, mood or antique era for the room.
Figure out your goal and run with it because without goals in place you will never know when you have "arrived".
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Put Thought Into How You Group Antiques Together (Tip #2)
One of the first things people need to know about antique décor is to group antiques in odd numbers. Let's take a look at why that's important:
When you have a cabinet with a top and bottom shelf, group items into an odd number of rows (maybe three depending on the size). Now, imagine if there were only two rows. Or think of what it would look like if there were six rows? With two rows the shelf would feel look and "empty" and with six rows it would probably appear too crowded!
But there's a more important reason why antiques should be grouped in odd numbers: odd numbers are more appealing to the eye!
Marketers know this and that's why they price things at 3.99 instead of an even 4 dollars. Landscapers also know this and often group trees, bushes and other shrubbery into groups of 5, 7, 9, etc. It is simply more appealing to the eyes.
The second thing I'll say is this: don't scatter antiques and don't crowd them together.
If you have antiques from the baroque period don't crowd them together and don't simply "toss them together" in a corner of the room. Make a smooth flow of antiques from left to right.
Put differently: Don't crowd too many antiques together and don't scatter miscellaneous antiques throughout a room. Crowding similar items together is often hard on the eyes- so don't do it!
The third thing I tell people is to group similar objects together. If you have ironstone antiques displayed on the shelves, don't have one shelf full of antique dolls, then another full of ironstones, then another full of....well...you get the idea. Don't split shelves up with unrelated items.
Stick with the theme of the room. Don't have one portion of the room be dedicated to Baroque pieces then another portion with antiques from the Elizabethan period! It would disrupt the flow and feeling of your room.
Remember: Put thought into how you group your antiques together!
- Home and Garden | Display Art - Home Interior - Decorating
Tips and guide on display that helps you to decorate your home in various styles of decoration. Includes advice on decorating with odd numbers.
- Why Being Odd is Good: The Principle of Balance
Lists a number of reasons why odd numbers of things are a good thing!
Find Creative Uses for Common Antiques (Tip #3)
Beware: This tip requires some creativity on your part. You will have to really think outside the box.
So get those gears turning. Try finding a quiet place, or grabbing a cup of coffee. You could also get out into nature (one of my personal favorite ways to get my creative juices flowing) or search online for what others have done with their antiques.
Here is a short list of creative useful ideas for antique décor:
- Use a vintage wooden mold as a stylish organizer on your dresser
- Frame an old poster on the wall
- Store your remote controls in an antique tin dump truck
- Use a vintage apron as kitchen window toppers
- Turn a tin bread box into a plant pot in the garden
- Take glass, marble or metal doorknobs and mount them on the wall to hang pictures or clothing items
Get inspired and have fun with it!
What will you create?
Creative Uses for Antiques (Resources)
- Decorating with Antiques - Country Living
Looking to freshen up your home décor or decorate for the season? Get quick fixes, holiday ideas, easy decorating tips, and inspirations here.
- 27 Ideas for Bargain Decorating with Antiques
Midwest Living Senior Home Editor Carol Schalla loves the offbeat discoveries she finds at rural antiques markets. Try her tips for easy decorating with overlooked "junk."
Display Antiques Creatively (Tip #4)
There are two great ways in which you can creatively display antique décor in your home.
The first way to display antiques creatively is to use another object to showcase your antique items. You could use a cabinet, a frame or even a cork board.
The second way to display antiques creatively is to call attention to your antique décor with intentional lighting. Look at the example picture to the right: a ceiling light can really draw attention to the wall! A wall mounted antique would look great under this lighting.
There are tons of other ways you can use lighting to your advantage when decorating with antiques. Try using track lighting, cabinet lights, small spotlights, an antique lamp or even a chandelier to draw attention to your room decorations.
You might even consider using special paint colors in the room to compliment the décor!
Whether by lighting or using display furniture or objects, find ways to creatively display your antique décor!
- Types of Lamps - Incandescent and Fluorescent Lighing
Great piece on lights/lamps and the differences between each kind.
- Lighting Tips to Brighten Your Rooms- Home Interior Decorating
Helpful tips and ideas on how to use natural and artificial light to brighten your rooms.
Don't Be Afraid to Mix Old With New (Tip #5)
Pair Antique with Sleek...
Why should you pair antiques with modern decorations?
Although there are many reasons, here are three primary reasons:
- It transcends time periods
- It adds richness and depth
- It frees you up to begin decorating instead of waiting for "all the right pieces" or extra funding.
Now let's take a look at how we can do it:
1- defy tradition and be spontaneous
Remember: The only rule is that there are no rules!
2- Cover antique furniture with fabric
Antique chairs and tables are perfect for this
3- Combine an antique object with a modern object
Take a look at the picture to the right for an example of this. See how the mirror is installed into the inside of a washbasin and then mounted on the wall? Pretty cool, huh?
4- Simply use antiques in a contemporary room
Don't make things overly complicated. It could be as simple as having a modern headboard in your master bedroom and integrating antique lamps and nightstands on either side.
If you wanted more great ideas, try googling the term mix old antiques with modern. You are guaranteed to find lots of alternative ideas and pictures.
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- How To Mix Old and New - Photos
Contrast modern furniture with rustic, vintage finds for a look that has richness and depth.