Introducing antiques as part of your interior design can have a tremendous effect by exuding class, elegance, and timeless appeal. The chosen antique pieces must be added after careful consideration and should match the overall aesthetic and desired look of the room or space. Filling every space with antiques may need to be avoided, even if each item is priceless. After all, even a luxury home may start to seem more like a museum if every room is overcrowded with items vying for the guests’ attention.
Make A Statement With A Period Fireplace
While fireplaces have mostly lost their functional element with homes nowadays using far more efficient heating methods, it cannot be denied that they have retained their powerful ability to act as a centerpiece and a focal point in the interior design of a room. Installing an imposing Victorian fireplace will immediately elevate the class of the room and act as a natural point that your guests will gravitate towards. Alternatively, you can create a cozy and intimate area in front of the fireplace to enjoy the warm atmosphere.
Add Accent Pieces
While your initial impulse might have been to go for antiques that can act as centerpieces, do not underestimate the subtle charm and character offered by accent decorative items. With the perfect accent tables, accessories, rugs, vases, etc., you can create a feeling of grandeur in your luxury home without it becoming too overbearing. In addition, the smaller antique items will add to the impression that the home has come together naturally over time instead of being meticulously planned.
Light Up The Darkness
You can achieve wonders with the proper lighting. Consider the particular characteristics of the space you wish to brighten and bring in the right antique piece to help achieve your goal. For example, an antique mirror can make a narrow and darker corridor or passageway appear far more spacious while also enhancing any natural or artificial light that is already present. A couple of Victorian or Edwardian candle sconces can act as a perfect companion to the log fire in the fireplace by being placed on either side of the chimney breast.
Think About The Garden
Antiques retain their appeal even when showcased in spaces that one might not initially expect. If your luxury home also has a spacious garden, why not exhibit the versatility of your chosen antiques by getting some of them out of the house. Attach antique photo frames, old oxidized mirrors, and any vintage wall clocks that have already stopped working to a wall inside the garden. Add a fountain or a dedicated antique birdbath if you wouldn’t mind all of the chirping it might bring. Anything made of metal or other durable materials can become an exciting garden piece.
Don’t forget about the firewood rack. By arranging your firewood in style, you can add a rustic element to the garden. Not to mention that it also facilitates better drying of the stacked firewood. There are multiple styles, materials, and sizes that you can pick from in order to create the perfect complementary piece for that certain corner of the garden.
Antiques are timeless works of art that can completely transform the current style of a home. Do not be afraid to mix and match them with modern items and furniture. In fact, doing so can further enhance and bring out the unique characteristics of the antique. The most important principle that you should always keep in mind is that the interior design should reflect your personal style. Take all the time you need in order to make sure that you love each item being introduced in your luxury home.