2021 the year to mix vintage and antiques
In an era of sustainability, there’s an ever-growing pressure to lower our carbon footprint. One of the most rewarding and yet economical ways of doing so (at least on the personal level), is through the purchase of vintage and antique furniture, along with other unique pieces one tends to find in the most stylish of homes.
If you’ve never considered purchasing rare vintage or antique furniture before, 2021 is the time to start. When hunting around for that unique piece to diversify your home décor and give your interior an air of timeless warmth, it might be worthwhile keeping a few things in mind.
Firstly, you have to consider your current home: is it a traditional period-type place or a modern (or relatively modern) design? This is a good base on which to start, enabling you to identify the blend of furniture you already have and how this might combine with the purchasing of additional vintage or antique pieces.
But can you mix antique and vintage furniture together, or indeed vintage and antique with your current contemporary furniture? The answer: Yes, you can.
The downside of purchasing only contemporary furniture, is that every home ends up with a familiar aesthetic – making it necessary to replace or refresh to gain that ‘something’ different. Such disenchantment with household items can result in the need to replace all – or perhaps individual – items of furniture and fittings (usually at considerable expense). Most of the old stuff you don’t want is ultimately discarded, only to become waste or excess material.
This is where the beauty of vintage and antique furniture comes into its own.
Vintage and antiques provide a home with the feeling it has been well-lived in: a place of comfort, your own unique living space. Interiors that develop holistically over time, through the layering or blending of antiques and vintage furniture (with or without a contemporary setting), help foster a more personal vibe – a place you’d genuinely want to call home.
Ultimately, all vintage and antique furniture comes with a story. This makes for great conversation with visiting friends and family, as well as an opportunity to personalise your home by experimenting or move things around, until you find that perfect spot for your unique antique or vintage piece. Adding a touch of nostalgia or history to even the most modern home can give it an entirely different look and feel, as opposed to ‘drab, uniform and contemporary’ or simply transplanting designs from past eras.
From the standpoint of environmental issues, as these relate to the purchase of furniture, vintage and antique pieces – all of these items are part of the circular economy. This model reduces our need to continue the costly cycle of throwing away unwanted items of furniture and continually replenishing them with new ones.
On the contrary, money can be saved: vintage or antique regularly hold their value and in some cases, may even increase in value with age. Buying and layering your home with a mix of both – plus other fittings – can therefore be good for the bank balance (not to mention, the fact that they are made to last, with a superior build quality), while also being kind to the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
The choice is yours, so start searching and be inspired.
PS. Don’t follow the crowd for ideas, use your own intuition and most importantly purchase and arrange your pieces in a way that suits your own tastes and style. In other words, in a way that makes your house a unique home!