Antiques are not meant to live in your attic or garage, collecting dust. From the elegantly carved wood wardrobe your grandmother cherished for decades to the tiny glass sculpture you found at a second-hand store, vintage pieces can give your home a unique sense of character. There are several ways you can incorporate antiques into a home with modern furniture and decor for a stylish and eclectic look in each room of your house.
A Romantic, Whimsical Bedroom
Mixing traditional comfort with contemporary style will give your bedroom a whimsical and romantic ambiance. Overpowering wood antiques can make your room seem cluttered and outdated. Instead, mix one or two pieces with contemporary wallpaper for a stylish mix. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using a large piece for something other than its original purpose or using it in a room you wouldn’t normally place it. You can use a glass-front china cabinet in the corner of your bedroom to display books or photos. Antique chairs aren’t restricted to dining areas or living rooms. Stage your chair strategically in your bedroom with a small bookcase to create a cozy reading corner.
An Industrial-Era Kitchen with Modern Flair
Don’t fall under the misconception that your kitchen has to be rustic or modern. Incorporate vintage industrial elements into your kitchen for a hip yet functional cooking space. Home Stratosphere suggests using exposed bricks, joists, beams and lighting fixtures to transform your kitchen into a sleek industrial space. Decorate with antique copper pots and vintage bar stools. Mix low-hanging vintage-inspired lighting with contemporary track lighting for an eclectic complement to your industrial look. Complete the room with final touches like minimalist metal countertop surfaces or hang avant-garde pieces of art on the walls.
An Eclectic Living Room
Don’t be bashful—get creative with your living room decor. The living space should be a warm and inviting reflection of you and your family. In an interview with design and architecture magazine Freshome, Toma Clark Haines, an antiques specialist living in Berlin and antiquing across Europe suggests the most boring thing you can do is decorate a room all in one style.
“If you’re not an artist but a scientist, approach mixing antique periods and styles as if it were Newton’s third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” Haines said.
Contrast light with dark, glitzy with sleek. A curvy antique chair or sofa can be paired with minimalist side tables or a tall, angular lamp. Traditional long, dark drapes should compliment wide, bright contemporary windows.
As Haines recommends, a home should be collected, not decorated. “Our homes should tell a story—where we’ve been and where we’re going—and what moves us,” she said.
A Luxurious Vintage Bathroom
Create the ultimate relaxing bathroom with modern luxury and vintage style. Modern hardware is ideal for functionality, but the simple addition of a large vintage mirror or porcelain claw-footed bathtub can add a sumptuous, elegant look. Take a cue from designer Paolo Moschino, who paired an elegant freestanding tub with an antique secretary desk against the backdrop of a large window. This combination of light and dark creates a unique focal point that also provides storage and functionality.
A special thank you for this article written by guest author Maria Springs.