Each home needs some statement decor pieces that will provide some contrast to the simplicity of the modern design and that’s why you should turn to antiques. However, you have to be careful not to overdo it. Just because antiques are trendy they don’t have to overwhelm your home. Here’s how to do it right.
‘90s furniture is back
The ‘90s were just full of different and odd things. There were some good ideas and designs, but there were also some unfortunate pieces that should definitely stay buried in the past. Luckily, the ‘90s furniture is trendy again and is considered to be somewhat vintage. There were plenty of comfortable leather sofas, armchairs with a truly unique design and plenty of dining chairs of interesting colours. So, if you want to provide some fun contrast to your modern design, you should consider reintroducing some of the classic ‘90s pieces.
Mismatch some things
If you want to change the dynamics of your home a bit, you should mismatch some pieces of furniture. For example, you can opt for a traditional desk for your home office or living room and pair a modern chair with it. Also, you can match your contemporary coffee table with an old-fashioned armchair or some other chair from the ‘90s. Another idea includes incorporating a vintage sofa with floral patterns in your modern living room. Possibilities are endless; you just need to be creative and introduce a bigger vintage piece to your modern interior.
Combining different rugs can also create a nice contrast in the interior design. You can contrast two different vintage runner rugs in your hallway, for example. Also, you can nicely visually divide your living room and dining room with different area rugs. You can place a simple square rug in your living room, while round rugs of various vintage-like designs and colours can be placed in the dining room. Rugs that are so different will visually divide the space and create an interesting dynamics in your home.
Another great way to elevate your modern design with some antiques is by using mirrors. Search the antique shops for some old elegant mirrors that will fill your plain walls. Search for some mirrors with curvy frames or some other interesting shapes and ornaments, and you will manage to instantly change the atmosphere in the room. What is more, you can place these mirrors anywhere; from the living room and bedroom to hallways and bathrooms.
If you have a vintage dresser, don’t close it in your bedroom or worse – your basement. Rather, give it a fresh coat of paint and place it somewhere where everyone can see it. You can easily place it in the living room and use it as a console for your TV and other entertainment devices. Also, you can place it in your dining room and display all the crystal glasses, old plates and other ceramics. As soon as you move the dresser into some of these rooms, you will feel the instant change in dynamics since you’ll get both a nice decorative piece and a great storage solution.
Decorate with small things
Some people are not fans of decorating with big vintage pieces. That’s okay because there are other ways to incorporate antiques into your interior design. The secret is to go with small things. For instance, you can use some vintage planters and add some new plants. Then, you can easily arrange those plants in your living room or on the dining room window. Also, you can do this in your bedroom, and pair antique textile pillows with some brand-new bed linens. Finally, you can combine some antique lamps with a brand-new nightstand in your bedroom or a new stylish sofa in your living room. Whatever your decision is, remember not to overcrowd your room with vintage details, to avoid overcrowding it.
Decorating a home can be a tough task. However, if you think something is missing, then you probably need to add some character to your place by using some vintage pieces. These can be a great decorative piece and change the dynamics of your entire room; you just have to be careful not to make your home look tacky.
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