We all love to upgrade our homes from time to time, but sometimes it can be hard to know what to do. i f you’re happy with the general discord, paint colours, carpets, flooring and layout – what can you change? Well, you can look at the furniture. Furniture gets tired just like everything else does, and it’s always a good idea to swap out a beaten up table or sofa for something with a little more class and longevity.
One timeless way to do this is to go for antique upgrades, which can sound like an oxymoron – but it just means replacing cheap modern stuff with high quality antiques! And, although it sounds like it could be, it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of ways you can get yourself some wonderful antiques without needing to remortgage the house or dip into your savings. So what are some ideas for this and where can you get your hands on such beautiful things?
- The kitchen
If there’s one room that can benefit from an antiques focused overhaul, it’s got to be the kitchen – an antique kitchen table with decades (or centuries) of cut marks, burns, and stained wood is the peak of atmosphere and allows you to tell a story with your kotech (and add to the story with more burns and stains!). Another great look for any kitchen is to get some antique off white kitchen cabinets for just the right between light and airy and classy.
- The living room
While this room can also benefit from some atmospheric antiques, we’d recommend staying away from heavy old fashioned settees and chairs as they can make a room feel musty and claustrophobic. Instead, opt for an antique dresser or some shelves.
So those are our tips for where to kit your room out with antiques – but now, where do you get them affordably? Luckily there are a couple of ways you can do this.
This first way is to keep your eye out for house clearance sales. When someone passes away, the family are frequently left with the task of selling on any property and clearing away the contents – on their desire to do this quickly and efficiently, most items are sold cheaply, including furniture. Make sure you get to these early as many other savvy shoppers will be there with you to snap up the best finds.
The second way is to find a local junk yard which sells its wares. Many recycling centres or tips actually sort throygh the items dumped there and sell on what they find that is good quality, and this often includes furniture and bathroom fixtures. Antiques from these places would invariably need a little doing up – but they’re very affordable!
So there you have it, if your house needs a little spruce up with some classy antiques but you weren’t sure where to start, we hope this was helpful!