Even the most modern houses can benefit from something from the past, so to coincide with National Old Stuff Day on 2nd March, here is our guide on how to make your home stand out and feel more special to you…
“Every picture tells a story,” a famous writer once said. Or possibly it was sawdust-throated rocker Rod Stewart on an early 1970s album.
Anyway, the point we’re making is that each room in your house is actually a 3D picture, and that too should tell a story; a story about where you’ve been, where you are now, and also what really gets to you (in Rod’s song, incidentally, it was a lady called Lil).
The shiniest, newest pieces in our homes don’t often appeal to the heart – they’re ‘head buys’, all very practical and, although they may look very nice, lack a dash of genuine personality. For character, you need unique pieces – retro, vintage and antique pieces – which have stood the test of time and have a real tale to tell.
You don’t have to flood each room with antiques, though. One rule is to go four fifths modern and one fifth old – a fine or quirky antique can fit perfectly well into a mainly contemporary setting.
And ‘antique’ doesn’t have to mean stern and Victorian; something that embodies the plain ‘40s, stylish ‘50s, colourful ‘60s, hippy ‘70s or even chunky ‘80s will still work well.