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Classic ways to use antiques in your home
By Payless Decor
4/16/2013 5:44:00 PM

Tasteful antique furnishings are coming back in a big way. Whether it's European-style woodwork for furniture or detailed mirror frames that remind us of the days when practically every item in the home was like a work of art in itself. Here are a few items that you'll want to to have in your home this year.

Wood
Although it faced a decline in popularity in recent years, this old standard for furniture and accessories is coming back. Items ranging anywhere from chairs and tables to cutting boards and wood blinds will be a strong presence in home decor this year, notes Homes.com. Even items that mimic the grained and weathered appearance of genuine wood are becoming more popular, so consider faux wood blinds or other imitation accessories to pair with real ones. 

Antiques made from this material have long been considered to be good taste but are now experiencing an influx of popularity due to their undeniable craftsmanship and price. While antique furniture seems like would be the most expensive, it can sometimes cost much less than newer items of the same quality. It's true that modern items are often cheaper than antiques, but it's also true that they don't make them like they used to.

Another great aspect of wood furniture is how easy it is to paint. If an antique has the right shape and texture but has the wrong color for you, don't be afraid to give it a fresh coat of paint. Changing its color to something totally unexpected can completely renew the item and make it fit in with a decor you already have. The old-meets-new aspect of painted antiques will be sure to catch the eye of friends and family.

Mirrors
Though now commonplace, these items used to be much harder to come across, so homeowners typically took an all-or-nothing approach. Mirrors from the late 1800s and early 1900s often feature unparalleled craftsmanship and style that are now extremely hard to find. 

One of the advantages of antique mirrors is that they often will match existing home decors, according to Home Design Handbook. Antique mirrors and frames are available in so many shapes, styles and colors that, with a little searching, you'll likely be able to find one that suits your needs. Like wood furniture, these items often turn up in unexpected places, try searching outside antique stores in places like thrift shops and flea markets. 


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