When it comes to antiques anything goes!
Antiques have been a hot topic for years. Many want to preserve the past and so they collect as if to hold onto another place in time. Antiques and interior design have also been a hot topic for many years. Interior designers seem to always incorporate antique items into their designs and with good reason. There is something so alluring about combining the old with the new and when you visit your local antique shop or antique mall, you can only begin to envision how these items will fit into your own home décor in the Philadelphia area.
With antiques and design, anything goes. Make no apologies and find what works for you and your home. Many designers have decided that the only rule for antiques and home design is that all the rules are off. Mixing and matching pieces together to build a unique and individual look that defines you, makes you feel good and gets a second glance from friends and family is definitely the design to follow.
Quirky is cool. Set those 1970s glasses on a sideboard from the 1790s! Take those Victorian prints and arrange them asymmetrically on a stark white wall. Why not! Anything goes! Become confident in combining the old with the new. Merge stylish modern designs with unique, antique statement pieces. The point is to create your own style. You are the one who will be living in your home so it’s important to find a style that suits you. If you are interested in antique shopping go to antique fairs, dealer shops, antique stores. Establish a good relationship with dealers in your area and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you see something you love, buy it when you see it. If you don’t you will only regret it later when someone else swoops it up.
One trend that is taking on speed is a style called “Chinoiserie Chic.” More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. Clean-lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add to your modern furnishings without going over the top. People will use antiques in unexpected ways and in unexpected places like placing a chandelier in the bathroom.
The green movement, repurposing, and reusing items remains en vogue. Antiques are considered “green” as millennials are just on the wave of re-using. Repurposing is seen a lot with many generations from those just starting out to those who have been collecting for years. There is something about antique collecting for everyone. And in antiques and home décor, anything goes.