Love antique but you’re scared using too many will transform your chic New York City loft into a time warp instead of a cozy hideaway from busy city life? You’ve come to the right place. Check out these tips on how to make your new space fabulous or how to spruce up your old space with a few key antique pieces.
Experts have proven time and time again that mixing and matching is key with any home decorating. You may not want to overwhelm your space with a ton of antiques in one space. Harper’s Bazaar’s expert coined the concept as, “modern contrasts.” Caleb Anderson of the interior design firm Drake/Anderson notes that “As a contrast to [your] antiques, hang a modern piece of art. The harmonious pairing enhances the distinct characteristics of both pieces.” A clever contrast, don’t you think? That’s right – combine your styles to make one genuine, playful mix and match of old and new. What could be better?
In fact, Anderson’s partner-in-crime and right-hand-man, Jamie Drake implores you to “Bring in some glamour with gilt.” For example, those tacky, golden chairs in your grandma’s attic in Connecticut? Maybe they’ve never been tacky at all. Add the glitz and glam to your living room for an absolutely beautiful contrast to everyday style.
Caleb qualifies, “Breathe new life into antique furniture by re-upholstering pieces in fresh, new fabrics.” So, remember that chair we just talked about? Maybe the original fabric makes you sick, but it is easy to fix that. Hustle down to the nearest craft store and pick up a bolt of your favorite fabric and spruce your space. In fact, later in the Bazaar article, Caleb continues by noting that, “Antiques can be given new life with bright, bold fabrics.” So, maybe go for a more vivid fabric. He comments that “I love the warmth, history, uniqueness and grandeur that antiques can bring, yet feel compelled to juxtapose them with a minimal approach.”
In an article from Elle Décor, Elle author Jessica Anderson attempts to show how to decorate with antiques “without turning your home into a museum.” This article, overall, implores designers not to hide away their antiques. Interior designer Rebecca Robertson claims that your antiques should be front and center as “This way it is always in view and makes for great conversation over cocktails.” Robertson also advises concentrating your antiques to one point in the house so that your antiques seem like “a special focal point.”
Robertson too agrees with Drake/Anderson when it comes to mixing and matching. She suggests, for example, “An 18th century floral painting can look striking next to a contemporary Etsy artist’s creation.” This stunning pair seems to be just what the antique lover needs to make the perfect space!