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.