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 January 2017

Fresh Ideas for Your Home

An antique design element can
update your home decor.

Adding a vintage item to almost any decorating style will create depth and personality.

Have you inherited an antique from a favorite relative or purchased a vintage piece from a local flea market or on a foreign vacation? Not sure how to integrate it into your home design?


Don’t despair. A touch of antiques can add to most any decorating style beautifully – and you’ll be saving a family heirloom or preserving a special memory. The surprise influence of an antique adds depth to a room and helps make the decor more beautiful and interesting.


Here are some tips about incorporating antiques into your decorating plan:

  • Adding just one or two antique items will make a room feel layered and personal.

  • Adding too many pieces can make your room look chaotic or junky or even like a museum,
    instead of a home!

  • Collections of vintage objects can make a beautiful art display, on walls, shelves,
    tables or in specially designed cases.


Think about using antique items for a different purpose or putting them in an unexpected place. 

  • A vase can be repurposed as a beautiful lamp.

  • A large serving dish can be made into a planter.

  • A buffet table can be used as a bedroom dresser.

  • A couple of dining chairs can be moved into the bedroom to create a reading nook.

  • A bedroom bureau can be repurposed as a beautiful entry room anchor piece.

  • A dressing table mirror can be hung in almost any room.

Adding a vintage accessory or antique element to a room will update your décor to make it more intriguing and personal.

© 2017 Hunter Douglas

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