SOME of the very best and most ex­cit­ing in­te­rior de­signs in­cor­po­rate fur­ni­ture pieces from dif­fer­ent eras pro­vid­ing an eclec­tic mix rather than a static en­vi­ron­ment.

In an age of mass pro­duc­tion, it is quite alarm­ing to see the pro­lif­er­a­tion of cheaply pro­duced, badly de­signed and man­u­fac­tured “trendy” fur­ni­ture items which will with­out doubt soon be added to al­ready over­flow­ing land­fill.

Of­ten for a sim­i­lar price point, qual­ity pieces can be sourced through garage sales, sec­ond­hand stores, sell and swap sites or auc­tions.

This then poses the ques­tion of how to com­bine older items into mod­ern homes and pro­vide an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing de­sign.

Firstly, con­sider the piece and de­cide whether you want it to be a state­ment fea­ture of the room or to blend with the fur­nish­ings al­ready in place.

Are re­pairs, re­fin­ish­ing or re-up­hol­stery re­quired?

Do you wish to main­tain the cur­rent style or up­date it?

State­ment pieces are of­ten from an­other era and pos­sess ex­tremely dif­fer­ent de­sign el­e­ments.

They can be quite or­nate and of ma­te­ri­als not al­ready found within the room.

If you would like the piece to blend seam­lessly with your cur­rent dé­cor, try to weave the colour pal­ette in vary­ing tones and tex­tures through­out. You can achieve this by up­dat­ing the up­hol­stery or adding cush­ions and throws to so­fas and chairs, per­haps re­paint­ing tim­ber on hard fur­nish­ings and the ad­di­tion of dé­cor ob­jects in sim­i­lar tones and styles to ta­bles and flat sur­faces. Re­pairs, re­fin­ish­ing of woodwork and re-up­hol­stery are jobs best left to pro­fes­sional trades­peo­ple or ar­ti­sans un­less you are quite con­fi­dent of your skills.

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