Certainly, there are many fantastic ways to decorate the home. One classic, and truly priceless, way to do so is with antiquities. Whether you love Egyptian antiquities, Roman antiquities, or others, you’ll find fantastic uses for each piece with these hands-on suggestions. And while most antiquities are quite costly, you’ll reap the benefits in the praise you receive from guests and the pride you take in your new surroundings.
Step #1: Determining Your Style
First, you’ll need to determine your own style. If you already own a number of antiques, take a look at them and categorize them by style and time period. If you’re just getting into the purchase of antiquities, do your research before investing. Figure out which style and time period you love, and search for antiquities that fit with your preferences. This will guarantee that you create one consistent overall look in your home and that your antiques match with each other.
Step #2: Placement of Antiques
Decide where you want each of your antiquities to be displayed. Don’t overdo it in any one room. For instance, if you have 6 vases and two sculptures from the Hellenistic period, don’t place them all in the same room. Usually, for the best impact, the rule of thumb is to have two to three antiquities in each room. Consider where they will have the most impact and where they will be seen most effectively. Mixing and matching is often quite effective. So, for instance, place two vases and one sculpture in the living room and place another two vases and a sculpture in the dining room.
Step #3: Lighting
While your antiquities may be absolutely breathtaking, they are only as stunning as the lighting that you provide for them. The lighting that you install for your antiquities is almost as important at the antiquities you actually purchase! For this reason, either bring in a lighting consultant to work with you, or give careful consideration on your own to your lighting choices. If you have a painting for the dining room wall, make sure to mount a picture light above it. For a series of lovely sculptures or vases that are displayed on a wall, install track lighting or recessed lighting in that area. Furthermore, select overhead and wall lighting that will blend with the overall look you want to achieve. If you’ve created a Medieval look with your antiquities, you certainly won’t want to hang a modern chandelier alongside your antique selections.
Step #4: Podiums, Display Cases and More
Evaluate your specific needs as you find antiquities for sale and make your purchases. Will you need a podium for the Mycenean terracotta cup that you’ve purchased? Will you want a lovely china cabinet where you can display your Roman bronze sculptures? Will your Egyptian antiquities look best in a well landscaped garden? As you make your purchases, consider how you will want to display each item and where you believe it will look best in your home.
Step #5: Paint Choices
Finally, consider paint accent colors that might best enhance the antiquities you’ve purchased. While you can certainly keep your walls as they are, paint choices highlight and emphasize your interior design choices. As you select the location for each antique, consider accent colors that could enhance the look of each piece. Perhaps you’ll want to paint one wall in the living room a deep blue as a backdrop to the Roman gold ring collection that will be displayed there.
Using these five tips, you should be able to create a refined look of elegance in the home with antiquities. Remember, of course, to consider how you display your antiquities if you have small children or animals in the home. With these tips, you may soon find yourself hooked on decorating with antiquities and searching far and wide for more stunning choices to enhance your home.