It's no surprise that in today's modern world we hanker for antiques. Beautiful pieces that have stood the test of time can bring style and elegance to your home.
No matter whether your home is ultra-contemporary or belongs to a bygone era, antique furniture has a charm all its own, and carefully selected pieces can add a unique talking point to a room or enhance the character of an older property.
Plan a cohesive look
While it can be tempting to head out to the nearest antique warehouses and stock up on as many timeless treasures as possible, think about how different pieces will work with your existing furniture to create a cohesive look.
In modern homes for instance, a single piece can have maximum impact – like an oversized railway clock hung in an otherwise contemporary kitchen.
If you're thinking about building a collection of antique furniture, it can be worth focusing on a particular period or style, this way different pieces will complement each other in terms of design and colour. Some of the more popular styles include colonial (from 1788-1901), Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1910). Or you could opt to base your antique furniture on an art or architectural movement like the organic curves of art nouveau, the geometric forms of art deco, or the increasingly popular retro look of the 1950s.
Antique furniture can be affordable
Part of the fun of adding antique furniture to your home is the process of finding and buying each piece, and surprisingly, antiques don't have to be expensive.
Specialist antique dealers located in upmarket suburbs are likely to charge more for their wares than stores in outer suburban or regional towns but some good buys can be picked up through online sites like Gumtree or even at charity stores and garage sales. Builders salvage yards can also be a treasure trove of antiques especially old garden furniture, stonework and quirky one-off pieces like lanterns and signs.
A good investment
As well as bringing elegance to your home, antique furniture has the potential to be a decent investment. This calls for more selective buying and the advice of an expert can be helpful. Truly rare pieces can command big dollars even when they show signs of wear and tear like scratches and scuffs. Antique furniture that is in mint condition or purchased as part of a complete set – like a dining table with all its original chairs, can easily retain its value.
When it comes to finding authentic pieces, one thing to look out for is the manufacturer's label. You can usually find this on the underside of the furniture, and it is something that can distinguish a genuine antique from a reproduction. Once you know who made your antique furniture, you can start to track down other items made by the same team of craftspeople bringing a whole new layer of enjoyment to the process of adding a slice of history to your home.