What’s old is new when it comes to home dé­cor

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - HOMES & DIY -

THE home in­te­rior in­dus­try has pro­duced many di­verse and os­ten­ta­tious ideas in re­cent years from the quirky to the dar­ing. How­ever, lat­est trends sug­gest a move to­wards more vin­tage tastes is back again and peo­ple are rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity.

An­tique shops and car booth sales is where you can pick up an­tiques at low prices. Col­lect­ing or dis­play­ing an an­tique is all about pos­sess­ing a dream item with char­ac­ter and charm – not nec­es­sar­ily its worth.

Al­ter­ing your home with an­tiques adds pe­cu­liar­ity and charm to home dé­cor. The re­al­ity these days is most home fur­nish­ings are mass-pro­duced and chances are you won’t be the only one ey­ing up that lovely chair, pic­ture or floor mat when shop­ping on the high street.

An­tiques are ex­clu­sive items that give a home per­son­al­ity. Old style prints, sil­ver cof­fee pots and cut­lery, pe­riod chairs and ta­bles, clocks, oil lamps, Vic­to­rian um­brella stands and coat hang­ers, old and or­nate mir­rors – all these add to a home’s char­ac­ter. Even ex­ter­nally, one can find plenty of old gar­den items such as gothic style benches, old style bricks and pa­tio slabs, vin­tage signs, etc.

Some an­tiques may even look a lit­tle jaded and worn but at least they’ll bring the kind of char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity to a home that most stan­dard or­na­ments and fur­nish­ings won’t. And don’t be put off by a ta­ble or chair that looks a lit­tle run down as with a lit­tle sand­ing and a lick of paint it can be re­stored to its for­mer glory. There’s just some­thing more in­ti­mate and re­ward­ing about giv­ing old an­tiques a sec­ond chance in life!

Keep an eye out too for an­tique fairs and car booth sales in your area and pay them a visit. If you’re new to an­tiques don’t feel in the slight­est bit in­tim­i­dated as the best place to start is with some­thing that strikes you. An an­tique that’s for you will in­stantly strike a chord and once this hap­pens there’s lit­tle else to know ex­cept ‘can I af­ford it?’ Don’t be afraid to ne­go­ti­ate a bar­gain as many deal­ers are flex­i­ble on price.

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