Think Outside the Box
There is no steadfast rule that says you have to use an item the way it was intended for. In fact, breaking away from the ordinary is one of the most effective ways to create an inspiring space. For example, an antique dresser can make a stunning sideboard in your dining room, and think of all of the extra storage!
Make it Match
While sometimes the worn-down touches on an antique are part of its charm, other times, it’s the bones of the piece that are the prize. In this case, don’t be afraid to repaint, reupholster, or renovate the item so that it fits in flawlessly with your existing furniture.
After you have found the perfect location for your new find, it’s time to make sure it doesn’t look out of place. If you already have a shabby-chic or traditional home, this will not take much work. However, if you are working with a contemporary space, you will need to switch out some of your accessories to make the room more cohesive. Get new throw pillows adorned with flowers or find some antique vases to incorporate into the table’s centerpiece.
Finding amazing antiques is only part of the equation. Once you tweak them a little bit here and update a few things there, that's when they really steal the show.