A little while back we did a post about the pros and cons of both old and new furniture and accessories. If you missed it, you should check it out HERE. We concluded that the best spaces include both old and new things. But how do you choose which is which? Here are three tips that can help you mix old and new...
Accessories with Meaning
Accessories are a great way to incorporate old things into your space. Antique trinkets, vases, boxes, and other accessories usually have meaning and tell a story. If you have something old or can find the perfect antique, it is a great way to add interest and depth to your room.
How busy is it getting?
Antique furniture generally has more detail and more going on. If you are looking at your space and wondering whether your next purchase for the space should be from Pottery Barn or the Antique store, take note of all the details and lines going on. Does you space need something interesting to go with lots of clean lines - hit up an antique store! Or, is your space getting busy and you need a clean, plain sofa to ground everything else?
Choosing the Upholstery
Using old upholstery is tricky. Unless you have the budget to put into an old chair or sofa to reupholster and possibly add new foam and springs, you may be better off going new. The exception to this is upholstered seat dining chairs - these chairs are easy to reupholster yourself and can have really unique shapes!