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How to tell if your furniture is on point or old fashioned

- Written by | realestate­view.com.au in buying

VINTAGE, retro, antique are words that are thrown around in the interior design world. And, when done correctly, adding pieces to your home can do wonders to the overall look and feel of your living space. However, when done incorrectl­y, you could turn your home into something that just looks like it needs to be upgraded.

So, how do you make sure that you’re picking stylish retro, vintage or antique pieces that are on point and not just old-fashioned?

stand the meaning behind the different styles:

Vintage is anything that was created less than 100 years ago

Antique is anything that was created more than 100 years ago

Retro is anything that was created between 1950-1980

Over the last few years, we’ve seen retro make a huge comeback. With brand new, modern furniture being created to mimic the famous styles of the retro era. But whether you’re looking to buy original pieces from long ago, or new pieces from the modern day, there are things to look out for to ensure your furniture looks on point and not just old fashioned.

Does it have good foundation­s You want to make sure every piece functions in the way it should. Do the drawers open smoothly, does it have a good and sturdy frame, or is the plastic still smooth and uncracked. Pay close attention to the details as these are what can turn something from good value to cheap and nasty.

Pay attention to the quality

What materials have been used to make it and was it good workmanshi­p. As with any purchase, it’s a good idea to do some research into brands that have produced pieces in the era you’re interested in.

Think outside the box

Don’t think that you have to have to always stick to the status quo. The beauty about mixing old pieces with new is that you can mix it up a bit. Maybe the coffee table from the 50’s would actually look really good as your bedside table. Or maybe those three old trunk suitcases from the 30’s would look great as a coffee table. By mixing and matching, your home furniture will feel like a designer collection, rather than just someone that’s brought everything because it was part of a matching collection.

Make a statement

Choose statement pieces that add something to the room. Like oversize lighting or an antique dresser in your bedroom. And don’t be afraid to have fun with colour, especially if you’re looking to go retro. Adding colours and patterns to furniture can brighten up any décor.

Only buy things that have a place

It can be easy to get swept up in the love for pieces of furniture. Big beautiful bookcases or bright and colourful sofas. But don’t ever buy on a whim. Each piece of furniture in your home should serve a purpose – whether that’s functional or aesthetic – and most importantl­y, it should be able to the item you’re shopping for before you leave the house.

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