In with the Old

Give your rooms a new lease of life, with these handy tips on ad­ding an­tique fur­ni­ture to your home

EDP Norfolk - - ANTIQUES - WORDS: Ju­dith Palmer

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

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