One of the hottest trends in interior design is finding creative ways to blend old with new, classic with modern. If you are moving into a new luxury apartment, chances are the architecture will lean towards the sleek lines and functional aesthetic of the contemporary. A great way to add some warmth is to furnish your apartment with antiques and collectables, giving your place a truly eclectic feel. Add life to your space by mixing together textures, time periods, styles, trends and colours with no real theme or motif!
Don’t have any family heirlooms or collectable items from trips abroad? No problem. We’ll give you some ideas so you can keep an eye out on your next holiday or while you’re scouring the antique shops in rural Victoria.
Pair a Traditional Table with Modern Chairs
A great way to work a vintage piece into your apartment is to couple it with modern chairs. Try a heavy wooden table matched with metal chairs. You can even pair a vintage desk with a modern chair for that eclectic touch.
Let the Antique Be the Focal Point
If you’ve found an antique piece that you really love, like an old painting in the living room or a vintage wardrobe in the dining room, try to minimise the surrounding space by decorating with white. That way, the piece will really stand out.
Play with Textures and Colours
An oriental or a Turkish rug is a great way to keep modern furniture grounded and earthy, while at the same time adding texture and pattern. To play up any other modern elements in your home, try liberally adding ethnic textiles for splashes of colour and life.
Mix and Match Chairs
Whether it’s around your sitting room or your dining room, mixing and matching chairs is a great way to add character to a room. You can find a collection of interesting looking vintage chairs or you can alternate between vintage and modern.
Add Vintage Collectables to Your Kitchen
The kitchen is a completely underrated place to add some personality, but if you spend a lot of time cooking, you’ll love adding your own personal touch with vintage kitchenware. Go for gold with cute ceramic or aluminium kitchen canisters with labels for tea, coffee, sugar, flour, etc. Find a vintage bread box in a bright colour and get a vintage kettle and some refrigerator magnets with old ad art. Treat yourself to an antique French cutting board, a retro tray, and a biscuit jar. Find kitschy salt and pepper shakers. Be as creative as you want!
French Wall Hangings
Have you ever been to a French bistro and noticed the adorably haphazard way that vintage French ads cover the wall? The artwork involved in vintage French art nouveau advert posters, prints, lithographs, ads, illustration and fashion prints is stunning and adds so much personality to a room. Get a large range of framed prints and hang them up on your walls next to each other and with no apparent order.
Of course, you don’t only have to choose illustrations of sleek and chic French women in stunning dresses carrying long cigarettes, or of French cheeses arranged in a heavenly manner on a red and white chequered table. However, the entropic way of hanging framed, vintage art is the perfect design complement to a modern home.
Use Antiques and Collectables to Furnish Your Modern Luxury Apartment