In with the Old (But Not Old-Fashioned): Antiques in Decor

Best of 2011

Many people are afraid of antiques as fusty and dusty, outdated and old-fashioned, or too formal and serious. But to me, incorporating a few antiques pieces into your home is an essential step in building an eclectic, vibrant and authentic home.

Nine Reasons To Consider Adding an Antique (or Two or Three) To Your Home:

1. Antiques tell a story, and are a tangible link to the past and sometimes your own heritage.

2. Antiques are green! Antiques are inherently recycled and reused. Very few products can claim such longevity.

3. Antique furniture is generally very well made -- and made by hand.

4. Antiques are trendproof. If you buy a piece with beautiful lines, curves and construction it is unlikely to offend even the trendiest of trendoids.

5. Antiques are the key to eclecticism. Antiques can add texture, energy and personality to even the most modern or contemporary decor. If you don't want your home to look overly styled or to resemble a chain store's showroom, a few carefully chosen antiques will do the trick.

6. Antiques retain or increase in value.

7. Reupholstering or restoring an old piece is a satisfying process with often wonderful results.

8. Antiques are often more appropriately scaled for older or smaller dwellings (unlike, say, Restoration Hardware pieces).

9. Antiques can lend a room character, personality and charm.

Antique-Related Posts from 2011

FIRST ROW
1 Better With Age: The Allure of Antique Sofas
2 Classically Serene: The New Traditional
3 Bridging The Divide: Old & New in The Dining Room.
4 The Charm of a Vintage Chair.
5 A Gallery of Vintage-Inspired Living Rooms.

SECOND ROW
6 Bright, Bold & Old: Antique Dining Chairs With a Twist.
7 What You Need to Know: Furniture Shopping at Antique Stores.
8 Beautiful & Practical: Upcycled, Vintage & Antique Hall Trees.
9 Aged Gracefully: Antique Dressers For Any Room (And Any Decor).
10 Stylish Storage: Vintage and Antique Armoires.

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Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2011 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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