In with the Old
Give your rooms a new lease of life, with these handy tips on adding antique furniture to your home
Feeling like a New Year spruce up, but don’t have the time to completely redecorate? Why not use a piece of antique furniture to change the look of your room, without having to get the decorators in…
Making a statement with an antique coat stand is a great way to impress any visitors that walk through your door, or a vintage wooden bench makes a great place to store shoes, with a place to sit and put them on too. If, however, space is tight, an alternative option is to hang up your favourite family photos in antique gilt frames. Black and white photos work best as they mix modern with vintage.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, but can be expensive to renovate, so complement your modern cupboards and drawers with elegant and ornate light fixtures. If you have space, a chandelier will make a powerful statement and it’s certain to become a talking point when you have visitors.
If comfort is more important to you than style, then antique dining chairs might not be a great option. However putting modern chairs around a rustic wooden dining table creates terrific contrast and style, without the discomfort. Also an antique carriage clock or candelabra make eye-catching centre pieces on any table
Add a little bit of elegance to the boudoir with an antique chair – don’t be put off by the upholstery as this can be changed for a modern fabric. Instead look for stylish legs, or extra filigree work on the arms, these will really stand out in a modern setting. If you don’t have room for a chair, how about a gilt frame French mirror: they add instant style without taking up any floor space.
An antique free standing bath is something most homeowners dream of, but good quality ones can often be expensive and hard to find. So if budgets are tight why not opt for a modern bath with vintage fittings. Brass taps, towel rails, and radiators can add a splash of vintage style in a clean white bathroom.
Rather than spend big on a vintage sofa, which while looking fabulous isn’t always the comfiest place to snuggle down, invest in an elegant side table or dresser instead. They offer great storage solutions as well as adding style to your room, but when you’re shopping make sure to have accurate room measurements, so you know what will fit. Don’t be put off by handles and hinges either, as these can always be swapped for modern alternatives.
ABOVE:Make a statement in your entrance hall
RIGHT:Vintage taps are in demand
LEFT:A chandelier can add the wow factor in a kitchen