Some of the best things in life improve with age – whether that is a vintage wine, a smelly cheese or your favourite pair of faded jeans – and in our eyes, furniture is no exception to this. It is often unexpected contrasts – of vintage and modern – sitting happily together that creates a lovely ‘lived-in’ feeling. Our homes are our sanctuary and sourcing vintage furniture is a great way to incorporate heritage into your home. Just in case you weren’t already convinced, we’ve come up with a list of ten reasons why you really should buy vintage furniture. Believe us when we say – once you’ve gone vintage you’ll never go back!
1. Create your home not a showhome
Too much shiny and new is not always the best option when you are striving for a comfortable and restful nest. Carefully chosen preloved, vintage furniture pieces are the secret to a space with heart and soul. It is this thoughtful layering that can transform your home into something unique and beautiful.
2. It can be cost effective
Furnishing a home can be an expensive exercise – that said, try to avoid the mass-produced, off-the-shelf ‘quick fix’. Take a breath as there are some great vintage and pre loved bargains to be had if you make thoughtful choices. This can often free up extra cash for a couple of standout vintage pieces that will really make your space sing. A painted authentic Anglepoise floor lamp in a traditional study will be a showstopper or a large French vintage distressed overmantel mirror in a subdued modern living room will be your centrepiece.
3. Take the blinkers off and go for eclecticism
Opting for a ‘matchy’ vibe will feel cold and contrived. Choosing some cool vintage 20th century design pieces and blending them with your newer pieces will set you apart from the rest.
4. Heritage pieces are made to last
There is so much to be said for vintage and pre loved furniture in terms of quality – this is often lacking in today’s disposable world. By choosing a piece of furniture or decorative item with some provenance you are offering new life to something that has been crafted lovingly by hand.
There are no rules that you have to opt for modern, new furniture and decor just because you happen to live in a newly built space. Create drama by adding totally contrasting vintage and antique furniture in to a super sleek modern home and the effects can be breathtaking.
6. A decorative autobiography
Our homes are our sanctuary and should reflect who we are as people and individuals. Being discerning and choosing timeworn pieces that we connect with, will turn a house into a home. Choose vintage pieces that you love and there will always be a place for them within your living space.
7. An opportunity for creativity
How utterly satisfying to find a beautifully designed vintage chair or even antique for that oh so special place. All that is required is a new swathe of carefully chosen eye-catching fabric to transform it in to a statement piece.
8. Vintage accessories can be a game changer
An easy and affordable way to change the whole atmosphere – for example, by adding some beautiful mid century vases, a French antique distressed mirror or a pair of vintage Art Deco lamps in any scheme.
9. It is environmentally responsible and it makes sense
We are all aware of the wider issues in terms of the environment we live in and the impact we are are having. There are so many ‘things’ in the world already which have been painstakingly designed and built by master tradesmen that were intended to survive the test of time.
10. Don’t forget the art
A home without art will always feel incomplete – moreover, blending vintage (often inexpensive) art with more recent pieces can be jaw dropping. Try a bold gallery wall with 20th century vintage art mixed up with some bright fun contemporary designs.
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