Though antiques may carry special emotional relevance, randomly throwing them up on the wall risks making a home look outdated — or worse, trashy. But there are several ways to decorate with antiques to keep your house looking timeless.
Below, we’ll cover how to tastefully decorate with family heirlooms in a way that doesn’t make your home look haphazard. Learn how to construct a retro look, how to choose the most timeless antiques and how to place old items to accent a room instead of detract from it.
Create a retro look with antiques
The most direct approach for decorating with antiques is an overall retro design. The photo above shows some creative ways to place old retro pieces. The worn luggage in the corner adds a traditional travel theme; old centerpieces highlight the coffee table; classic art adorns the walls; retro floor lamps add to the vibe.
Also, remember fabric styles and opt for retro patterns like large, ornate flowers. Throw pillows with vintage designs can work as well.