living room with antique furniture

Antique furniture is a collectible interior furnishing of considerable age. It may be classified according to its age, rarity, condition, utility, or other unique features. Therefore, it makes it a piece of furniture desirable as a collectors’ item. Vintage furniture is on-trend, and there are several reasons for its popularity.

Buying Antique Furniture

If you love antiques and find it hard to know how or where to shop for them, you might be under the impression that you’ll just have to live without your dream vintage furniture.  Antique furniture pieces that reflect the style and features of the time they were made are called the antique’s “period.”

antique table with checkerboard pattern

Vintage Pieces

Within the vintage category, pieces dating from the 1950s to 1980 are generally considered retro. Meaning, newer used pieces or those dating from the mid-1980s and later, are simply regarded as used furniture. All furniture in the mid-century modern style that has been popular since the first decade of the 21st century are labeled as both vintage and retro.

Simply being old does not make any furniture vintage in the technical sense, even though most people use the term old and vintage interchangeably. To earn the title vintage, the piece should also be an example of what defined a particular style of that period. For example, an Eames chair is a good example of vintage (or retro) furniture of the mid-century modern era. The piece does not have to belong to a well-known line or the best-known manufacturer. In fact, it simply needs to exhibit the best characteristics of that era.

Vintage pieces become less common as time goes by—even pieces that were once mass-produced and ubiquitous. As they grow more unusual, vintage pieces give your decor individuality and style, maybe even creating a “cool” factor that can’t be achieved when furnishing entirely with new pieces.

Decorating Antiques

Since the vintage category covers furniture over several decades, you have two choices when decorating with vintage pieces. Choose pieces all from one vintage/retro era, such as mid-century modern, using them to re-create that style right down to the accessories. Likewise, carefully curate a collection of vintage pieces from different eras. This makes a combination that makes a harmonious and cohesive look. If you combine pieces from several eras, make sure to tie the room together with color and a level of formality. Then, even if the pieces are from different times, they all share certain visual elements.

You are being a friend to the planet when you buy vintage pieces. It is one of the most environmentally conscious methods of furnishing your home because you are preventing old furniture from going to the landfill. And furnishing with vintage pieces is healthier for your home. Because the furniture has already finished off-gassing whatever formaldehyde or other toxic substances are present in the finishes and glues. If these pieces need to be refinished, you can use non-toxic finishes.

Affordable Decor

If you appreciate fine-quality furniture but your budget is limited, buying vintage pieces gives you the ability to indulge your fondness for the better things in life. Vintage pieces are less expensive than buying new furniture of the same quality. In fact, older furniture was better made and used finer materials than new pieces costing many times more.

Furniture often gets little use, which makes the “vintage” seem more authentic or “classic old fashioned”. Garden furniture of the cottage style find their way into the interior of the home. Also, they are used as cosmetics chairs and side chairs in the bedroom or dressing room.

We hope you found this blog post How to Get Maximum Value With Antique Furniture useful. Be sure to check out our post Is Antique Dying? The State of Antique Furniture Today for more great information!


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