11 Apr 2021
September 11, 2010 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — Harriet

When collecting and furnishing your home with antique furniture, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing too heavily on a particular era, style or designer. Only collecting and furnishing your house with Queen Anne walnut for example would create something oppressively uniform in both colour tone and style. The trick is to mix and match. There is no reason at all why you cannot mix traditional country oak with fine Regency mahogany for example. Although both styles of furniture are at opposite ends of the cabinetry spectrum where the oak is certainly not finished to the degree of fine Neoclassical pieces, a balance of the country and the town can produce a very satisfying result. Any furniture made between the mid 17th and 19th centuries will naturally go very well together and it would follow that well made revival pieces of these periods would do the same where Edwardian Sheraton mahogany would mix very nicely with Arts and Crafts oak.

There is always a danger of catching the collecting bug particularly when you have already bought some really good pieces and want to show them off. Antique furniture, unlike ceramics and glass, is not placed behind glass but is there to be used. However a predominance of one style can turn a sitting room into a showroom if you are not very careful.

Furnishing your home with antiques therefore may initially require some expert guidance. When buying antique bookcases, dining tables and antique dining chairs , Preston antique dealers will be happy to suggest ways of getting the balance just right.

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