A Touch of the Old to Make Up the New

There is a certain joy in doing up your home. Choosing a theme and working it into the interiors of your home is a pleasure. A theme that is slowly gaining traction is the use of antiques in modern day interiors. Families are often bequeathed gorgeous artefacts that are passed down through the generations, and there is often the desire to display them. However, this has to be done the right way in order to bring out their timeless beauty.

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The first step to using antiques is to understand them. The term antique is loosely used to indicate something that is old. But just because artefacts, paintings and even cloths are covered with a bit of dust and grime, they do not deserve the classification of antique. There are several antique-like products in the market and you need to be a little knowledgeable about them to make the distinction.

The value of an authentic antique is generally quite high and is in direct proportion to its age and its workmanship. The quality of wood is often par excellence and not easy to get. The craftsmanship is generally on the verge of extinction if not already so. Once you have a collection of antiques to work with, here are some tips on how you can use them in your interior décor:

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Identify a theme: Antique pieces need not be Indian alone. You may be an avid traveller and may pick up ancient artefacts from all over the world. Choose a theme – Moroccan, Colonial British, Spanish, Victorian, just about anything. Build up a collection of artefacts that reflect this theme.

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Build up your space: To display your artefacts in an appropriate ambience, it is necessary that you give it the ideal background. Work out your furnishing, colour schemes and any other element of décor to support the theme of your antiques.

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Understand the application of your artefacts: Good taste in antiques does not necessarily mean you know how to use them in space design. Often the results of such half-baked attempts are disastrous. Analyse your room, for volume and space and examine the area where you would like to place your piece.

Take for example pieces like nutcrackers, spittoons and paan boxes. These are not items of everyday use and therefore make excellent conversation starters. These should be placed in a visible spots such as your coffee table or the side tables in your living room.

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Always educate yourself: Take the trouble to meet with experts and understand the history behind each artefact you have. This will give you a context within which to place it, thus elevating its stature in your décor and in its own right.

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If you are looking to purchase antiques, always do so under the guidance of an expert. Similarly when using antiques to do up your home, it is advisable to bring in an experienced interior designer, who will help you put things in perspective and display them in an ideal manner.