How to Choose Antiques for Your Home

Antique fireplace flanked by two Victorian-style chairs
This vintage fireplace adds character and history to a sitting room. (DepositPhotos)

Choosing Antiques to Decorate

Knowing where to place antiques is one of the most important parts of using them to decorate or accentuate an understated area of the home.

You could accessorize a blank wall or floating shelf with vintage or antique photo frames to capture those special moments.

If you have an antique fireplace or mantel, make use of the shelf by adding antique clocks or sculptures to increase the appeal of a roaring fire.

Modern mirror hanging over antique console table in hall
An antique console table is a simple way to mix old and modern decor. (DepositPhotos)

Contrasting Antiques with Modern Decor

Placing an antique against a contemporary backdrop can give your home the wow factor.

If you’re a fan of antique artwork, a 17th or 18th-century oil painting set against a clashing wallpaper print or color will really stand out.

Alternatively, you could contrast an antique console table in a long hallway with a piece of modern art or minimalist decor. Often antiques speak for themselves, especially when set against contrasting colors or styles.

Antique chandelier in powder room
Want to add instant elegance to a powder room? Just add an antique chandelier. (DepositPhotos)

Lighting Up Dark Spaces

If a particular space in your home needs lighting, or you have a room with little to no natural light, certain antiques can be used to help.

Dramatic or statement antique lighting can prove not only practical but may also command guests’ attention. An antique chandelier, for example, will not only bring a dark room to life but will also become its focal point.

Antique wall lighting can help you create the right glow if you have a darkly painted wall or nook that needs brightening.

Victorian or Edwardian brass candle sconces can help complement a log fire when used to light either side of a chimney breast.

Antique mirrors can also bring a dark room or space in the home to life by enhancing any natural light and making a small room seem bigger.

A showstopping Baroque design or gothic fireplace is also a great way to generate warmth and light in your living room; particularly desirable in the colder months.

Reflect Your Style

An attention-grabbing antique may be the finishing touch your home needs.

Antiques should reflect your personality and your interior style, so take your time choosing them.

Do you have tips for using antiques in the home? Share them in the comments!


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