How To Use Antiques In Your Modern Home Décor
We love antique and vintage furniture and home accessories in our home. There is a Victorian chest of drawers in one room, an art deco sideboard in another, and an old army officer’s day bed in another. None of these are valuable but they all look amazing. I think there is something special about owning a piece of furniture with history behind it.
Antique fairs and antique markets are great fun and can be an interesting day out. You will find lots of small business owners selling unusual objects and a range of traders. We find the hooray-Henrys just as entertaining as the market dealers. You soon learn the difference between the serious traders and the house-clearance teams who just want to turn a quick buck and move on to the next lot. We are always looking for a bargain, so we steer clear of anyone who wants market value for their items.
Anyone can start buying and selling antiques, so it has become a popular past-time in the UK. Antiques Roadshow has been on TV forever and more recently Flog It, Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt have captured our imagination. This number of shows means that many of us are interested in identifying and buying antiques. For those of you who are more pleasure than profit, we suggest you look for old items at car boot sales, charity shops and house clearances that are advertised in local newspapers. You will be amazed at what people give away just because they don’t like an item any more and don’t realise it’s value.
Antiques even look great in modern houses if you mix older, solid pieces in with more frail modern ones. Even just a single statement piece will be a great addition. For those of you who come out in hives at the thought of owning someone else’s hand-me-downs, just go for two pretty china tea-cups so that you and your girl friend can have tea and cake in style.
Once you start collecting antiques, you get to choose how you want to use them. You can either preserve them in mint condition, cringing every time someone goes near them. Or, you can let them turn into a more beautiful, lived-in version of their former selves.
If you keep finding great deals and want to find out more, you can always take a course at your local college. Or, start spending time with like-minded people and see what you learn. Most of all, we recommend that you only buy pieces that you aren’t afraid to use. There is no fun in buying a new piece of furniture that you cannot use.