1. Only Buy what you Love
You might have a long shopping list of specific pieces to source, but always keep an open mind when buying antiques. A piece needs to ’speak’ to you - it needs to stand out and you must be instantly attracted to it. You can then decide if it will work in your space. If you go looking for a certain piece with specific dimensions etc, you can easily end up with something that works but that you don’t love.
2. An Eclectic Look
A mix of furniture from different periods will create interest and originality. Experiment by hanging a contemporary piece of art above an antique commode or equally a 19th Century oil painting above a mid Century piece! Combining both painted and polished pieces will give a balanced look - you don’t want an entire room of either painted furniture or polished pieces. You can liven up a potentially boring brown chair or sofa by upholstering with a contemporary, fun fabric.
3. Shop Carefully
Don’t be afraid to look at the back or underside of a piece of furniture to check that it is genuine. Look inside the drawers and and make sure that legs haven’t been replaced. Check whether the paintwork looks original or if it has been recently done. All of these things are fine, as long as you know what you are buying.
4. Styling with Antiques
Try placing a pair of urns on top of a piece of furniture for a simple, stylish look whether made from marble, stone or ceramic to create impact and style. A good looking mirror might be a cheaper alternative to a piece of art - they are a useful way to break up walls with multiple paintings.