The Old is Now the New. Styling with Antiques.

Decorating a room with fashionable antiques is easy to get into but hard to master. Understanding the basics when it comes to vintage décor will help you make the most of your space and keep it looking trendy.

There are many advantages when it comes to decorating with vintage pieces. Quite often older items are better constructed than items sold in stores today. This higher level of craftsmanship not only adds to the value of the lifetime of a piece but also can save you money in the long run. Speaking of saving money, several vintage pieces can be purchased at nearly half the price of modern day items.

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When it comes to decorating a home with antique items it is important to consider the objects you have on hand verses the objects you wish to acquire. If you are a collector of certain vintage items, the theme of your décor will be greatly different than if you simply wish to utilize items that are family heirlooms. As when styling the interior of a room for the first time, you will first want to establish what sort of theme you wish for the room to have.

If you find you are having trouble with a theme for your decor, Home Design Ideas is a database of theme ideas based upon individual rooms. Dwell is another site that is very resourceful for themes, color schemes, and design ideas.  Based upon the theme and the vintage items that you have you will then want to group like items together within the room.

Remember to use common items in uncommon ways to spice up the aesthetic of the room. Old architectural pieces such as building corbel, makes for great display pieces for frames and plates. Vintage ornate fireplace mantels can be transformed into beautiful headboards. Doorknobs can even be attached to the wall and used as unique hooks to hang coats or artwork.

Feeling inspired but not sure where to start? After evaluating the potential of the items you already have and establishing a theme or color scheme for the room you wish to decorate, begin searching for pieces you wish to acquire. Most often inspiration for a style trend or technique will strike when you lay eyes on that perfect vintage piece.

Be mindful when shopping that just because something is old does not make it vintage; likewise just because something is vintage does not mean it isn't junk. Do your research before making big purchases especially if the purchase is the start of a potential collection.

Photo by Emily Thornburg