Lovely Modern Living Room Ideas
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If you think antique furniture only works for traditional decorating styles, it is time to think again. Antiques can certainly be part of a contemporary decoration scheme, especially if you choose pieces with clean lines and lots of visual appeal. Antiques can be used to create a clear, modern look with a touch of retro flair. If you have never considered using antiques in a new and exciting modern way, here are some ideas you can use to add contemporary styles to any room in your home. Part of the fun of decorating with antiques is to use the pieces in new and interesting ways.
Using this method, antiques that may look strange and old-fashioned will look stylish and fresh. For example, add a pillow to the top of the antique blanket chest to create an attractive seating option in the living room. This same chest can also be an attractive coffee table. An incomparable dining room chair can be used in the living room, or beside the fireplace to display an interesting statue. You can even turn an antique door into an attractive living room table, with a little carpentry skills. In most cases, you want to choose antiques with clean and simple lines, as opposed to rolls of ornaments, carvings or grooves of decoration.
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Try to find the pieces that are not plated, because they tend to have a more modern look. In most cases, using one or two carefully selected antique furniture items will be more effective from a design standpoint than using all antique furniture. Try to find some common design threads to tie your antique pieces with other furniture items. For example, try matching wood colors, or opt for a low profile antique coffee table to fit a low profile contemporary sofa. It can also help match the color of wood and other furniture design features to help integrate some selected antiques with other contemporary furnishings. Some antique furniture furnishings, such as those with Art Deco flair, can even double as works of art. In some cases, you may not need to look further from your attic for great antiques that you can use.
It’s also worth a try to see if any of your relatives have old family antiques that they will give with pleasure. If not, there’s always an antique store, a used store, a flea market and even a garage sale to peruse. It can pay to be a little selective while shopping for antiques, especially when you’re trying to find the perfect part to accentuate the design of a modern living room. Instead of buying the first part you find, shop a bit until you find one or more pieces of furniture that seem perfect for what’s on your mind. Since you only need one or two items to create great visual effects, you can pay a little more for perfect antique furniture.