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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Out With The New, And In With The...Old?

All too often we’re looking for the next big thing when it comes to home decor. We all want to keep up with the latest trends and have our home keep up with us. But, unless you want to decorate at every change of season, keeping up isn’t always practical. So, how can you keep your home up to date without significant changes at every turn? It may surprise you to find that the answers could lay in the past. Vintage and antique are big business. That’s one thing that never changes. So, getting antique with your decor could be the way to a timeless style. If you’re traveling back in time, it’s important you do it right. 

Here are a few tips to help you find the right style. 
CHOOSE A TIME

To ensure the antique look works, pick a time and stick to it. This will help hold your home together and will give you some direction in your quest. A mix of things from different centuries aren’t going to look right. It may be that you want a Victorian-inspired style. Victorian homes were a lavish affair, with strong, lasting furniture and elaborate wallpaper. Colors were dark. If you’re aiming for a lighter home, think Edwardian. Following from the Victorian period, this century had an emphasis on light colors and fresh homes. It may even be that you want to aim for something closer to home, like a 60s style. Think flower power all the way. Do your research to find out which style would look best. 


KNOW WHERE TO SHOP

Shopping for old style furniture isn’t going to be so easy as you might think. Antique collectors are your best bet. Antique shopping also has the benefit of leading you to things you would never have thought of. You could find Neoclassical style fireplaces or Baroque masterpieces. Chances are, you’ll find a lot of your inspiration during your hunt. Be open to every possibility. As well as antique collectors, it’s worth visiting auction houses. It can also help to know where to source vintage homeware. Of course, where your focus lies depends on which time you’ve decided on. Do you research, so you know what to keep an eye out for. Then, get shopping. Don’t forget, too, that there are fantastic imitation pieces on the market. As long as they fit with your period, this could be an excellent way to save money. 


MODERN TWISTS?

Of course, copying a style from the past won’t work if you follow every aspect of history. You’ll need to add a modern twist to make the style fit in your home. It may be that you use antique furniture and modern decoration, or the other way round. You may want to take the styles of one era, and display them in a modern way. It is the modern twists that will make your home stand out from the crowd. Get creative and decide how you can make the old new again.