6 ways I style antiques to create a homey but elegant feel

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With our corporate nesting instincts honed by the pandemic, spartan, White Cube-esque spaces nary longer suit astir of our needs. Homely interiors with warmth and charm are backmost successful force, and what amended mode to get the look than with the affluent patina of antiques? 

Incorporating and decorating with antiques successful your location is besides 1 of the astir sustainable ways to shop. Not lone is exceptional craftsmanship guaranteed, but truthful is timeless benignant to past galore lifetimes. 

Interior Designer

Birdie Fortescue

Birdie’s originative travel started erstwhile she worked astatine Percy Bass, an interiors store and plan work connected Walton Street.  Birdie past went connected to articulation Imogen Taylor’s squad astatine Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s aged premises successful Mayfair. Many buying trips aboriginal and with a decorative antiques people from the V&A Museum nether her belt, Birdie decided to acceptable up her ain antiques business.  Establishing the concern successful Norfolk successful 2014, Birdie initially focused connected sourcing homeware from Scandinavia, pieces that weren’t easy recovered successful the UK, earlier creating her ain designs. From block-printed fabrics to antithetic array lamps Birdie’s discerning oculus enables her to make unsocial designs that beryllium comfortably alongside the antiques and modern creation sourced from artists some section and further afield.

1. Style antiques against a backdrop of color

White and bluish  squared rug, circular  woody  table, chromatic  fireplace

(Image credit: Boz Gagovski)

Antique furnishings is yet making a comeback and bringing with it the intrigue of the heyday of state location living. Rich mahogany, textural rosewood and brushed walnut are each cleanable bedfellows for the bolder colors that are dominating the interiors scene. 

The much-loved jewel toned walls of Georgian designer Sir John Soane are popping up successful modern interiors successful some the metropolis and the country, alongside softer earthy pinks and lukewarm naturals. This caller palette not lone provides the cleanable backdrop for antiques, but besides represents a amended knowing of the ways we are impacted by our location environments. 

One of Farrow & Ball’s apical 5 colors for 2022 is an unflinchingly cheerful yellow, which is peculiarly timely successful airy of the proven transportation betwixt the colors we situation ourselves with and our moods. It turns retired that objective whites and ash greys bash not marque for a blessed location (surprise, surprise).

2. Don't beryllium acrophobic to beryllium eclectic

White chairs with bluish  cushions, circular  eating  table, greenish  and pinkish  candles

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The caller outlook of styling with antiques is each astir embracing quality successful bid to execute an wide strategy that brings pieces unneurotic from a assortment of eras and styles. 

A 19th Century seat mightiness beryllium beneath an abstract coating oregon a polished mahogany bureau could beryllium styled alongside a modern java table. The thought is to usage each item’s unsocial qualities to make a pleasing look that’s affluent successful communicative and personality. 

And this communicative needn’t beryllium confined to location turf. As the satellite continues to re-open, planetary influences are being utilized successful bolder ways than ever. African textiles, Indian rugs and Chinese ceramics are being paired with modernist sculpture, modern photography and sharp, bespoke details for edgy eclecticism. 

Think the Grand Tours of the 18th-19th centuries but with a expansive millennial makeover.

3. Ensure your rooms consciousness homey

Victorian walnut leather armchair, rectangular Kelim covered ottoman

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Modern interiors telephone for a modern attack to decoration which is fresher, much relaxed and homey than successful erstwhile decades. Crucially, aft the detonation of societal media-driven accelerated homewares, this freshness is starting to look much grown up, with a greater conscience and consciousness of responsibility. 

Using antiques arsenic the backbone of a strategy means that less caller items are required for embellishment. Needing little newness gives greater scope for concern successful better, higher prime pieces with trans-seasonal longevity. 

4. Personalize with texture and accessories

Grey sofa and room  land  with woody  top

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Style antiques by contrasting the warmth of aged patinas with textiles and brushed furnishings with plentifulness of eclectic decorative pieces. 

Textural rugs, connection cushions and embroidered throws volition each clasp their ain successful a strategy filled with characterful furniture. Adding unexpected touches and light-hearted accessories volition support the finished look firmly successful the contiguous day. 

Crisp, modern glass, minimalist metallic and on-trend shapes (yes determination is simply a spot for bobbins, bobbles and scallops) tin each beryllium utilized to present a interaction of effervescence oregon humor, depending connected the setting. 

The creation of the premix requires a airy interaction and witticism. A fossilised crab oregon taxidermy pufferfish mightiness not look similar the astir evident of finishing touches, but existent eclecticism is rooted successful property truthful deliberation quality by the bucketload.

5. Contrast antiques with caller pieces

Gold famed mirror, woody  broadside  table, greenish  lamp

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Mixing antique prints with modern creation is simply a large mode to support a strategy updated and connected trend. 

Aim to make bold pairings that interruption the mould – tiny standard checks with intricate Chinoiserie, bold geometrics with accepted damask oregon modern embroidery against gilt and inlay. 

Occasional clever combinations volition elevate your look further. In this drafting country the rug and armchair stock astir precisely the aforesaid trellis plan but successful antithetic styles and scales. 

Don’t hide that antique furnishings is often amazingly versatile with pieces lending themselves galore antithetic uses successful a modern environment. If you request a tiny table that’s chic capable to usage arsenic a console array successful a drafting room, effort utilizing a games table. Equally, a 19th period seat could enactment precise good erstwhile looking for seating successful a constrictive hallway.

6. Complement antiques with modern textiles

White carpet with bluish  tulip design, mahogany eating  table

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As coziness looks acceptable to instrumentality astir for a portion we tin yet commencement appreciating pieces again for their idiosyncratic merits. Gone are the days of buildings filled with movement-based monocultures arsenic we invited a caller epoch for antiques successful the home. 

These rooms were created successful collaboration with Cheffins (opens successful caller tab). The location itself dates from the aboriginal 19th Century and is precise good proportioned though not overly large. This meant that the arrangements we curated could rather easy beryllium replicated successful a scope of location settings. 

The furnishings we chose from the upcoming merchantability was precise overmuch successful the tone of the existing interiors but successful a antithetic vein to our ain items. Much of the furnishings present already is French and is simply a premix of polished and painted truthful it was casual to slot successful the caller pieces and make immoderate absorbing juxtapositions. 

Working with tons of brownish furnishings was a large accidental to amusement conscionable however versatile it tin beryllium erstwhile styled with modern brushed furnishings and accessories. Our Loire collection, caller for spring/summer, was the cleanable equilibrium to bring a caller instrumentality connected antiques for today’s taste. Styling with our modern textiles and lighting enabled maine to curate a bid of spaces that feels timeless, yet amusive and original.

All antiques featured successful this nonfiction are disposable to acquisition astatine the Cheffins Fine Art Sale (opens successful caller tab), 22nd – 23rd June.