A renewed interest in antique is building, which bodes well for the finely crafted furniture of the decorative past. "Brown furniture" is sharing stage again, so get on the hunt for your one-of-a-kind items while they are plentiful and affordable! Paired with modern elements and set against a palette of minimalist neutrals, antiques are experiencing a new, chic life.
I tagged this article from the New York Times a few years ago, wondering (hoping) the author was on to something! Read on for ideas to create this fresh new (old) look, and check out my Antique Chic board on Pinterest!
In the images below, Washington, D.C. based designer Darryl Carter, master of "The New Traditional," breathes new life into the the classics with skillful use of brightness and contrast. Here, whitewashed walls and floors showcase the craftsmanship of the dark gateleg table and armchairs. Sophisticated drama. (photos by Simon Upton for Elle Decor)
Designer William McClure presents a fantastic and refreshing mix of old and new. (source)
In 1stdibs' founder Michael Bruno's Tuxedo Park Mansion, classic architecture is sparingly paired with traditional and modern elements. Minimalist beauty. (source)
In this arrangement, an antique portrait and vintage wood dining table are paired with sleek blue velvet bucket chairs. Golden touches add glamour to the eclectic mix. (source)
An updated take on a traditional silhouette creates instant chic too. Check out the refreshing looks below, where unexpected color and funky accents are paired with classic frames. Fresh and wonderful!
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