It’s funny how so many people have antique furniture passed down to them and don’t know how to use them. They simply throw them in a random corner of the room and hope nobody will see how “out of place” they look. For example, a person may decide to throw an antique french table in a dump basement because it doesn’t seem to blend in with their contemporary home designs. What they don’t know is that antique pieces are back in style, and the right combination can result in beautiful decor.
Place an Antique Table in the Dining and Kitchen Areas
Being human, we can’t help ourselves from turning ordinary things into extraordinary experiences. And antique tables are one of the easiest ways to do just that.
Take this for an example:
Sarah Blank, a renowned interior designer, placed a European Tailor’s table in a spacious kitchen to make a movable illusionary island. She then placed flower vases under the table to fill up the huge void, and the result was amazing. The brown table stood out surprisingly well against the blue cabinets, and the client was euphoric about how the entire project panned out.
Most tables were made with high-quality hardwoods that have already stood the test of time. However, that does not mean you won’t see a few faults here and there. These imperfections add character to the piece, but if you want to let go of such spots, an experienced carpenter can repair them easily.
When shopping for an antique dining table, be sure to check its height. Most of them are a little shorter than modern ones, meaning you might end up bumping into its edges. Adding clusters can solve this problem, but that comes at an added cost.
Go Grand with a Huge Antique Dining Table
Most antique dining tables are enormous, to say the least. It is easy to find ten-person dining set from the 19th century these days. Maybe the ancient folks was more welcoming than we are today, or the shrinking size of homes is the problem.
However, if you have enough space for entertaining ten or more people, getting an antique dining set could be a great idea.
When shopping for this dining set, you want to make sure it is structurally up to standard. Check for signs of decay, wormholes, and damage before proceeding to purchase the merch. But it is worth noting that you will never find a perfect antique unless it’s duplicated.
Create a Humble Statement With a Small Table
A dining table does not have to be grand. You can go for a humble and intimate look. And a Spanish warming table is the perfect antique for this. This table has a metal bowl that once held hot coal for warming the feet. And, it can fit in tiny spaces and blend in perfectly in most interior designs.
The problem with these Spanish warming tables is stability. Make sure the one you’re buying can stand without getting unsteady. Instability may result from uneven surfaces or loose legs, so you might want to confirm that before paying for the antique table. Crooked base structures are an easy fix, but you might have to consult a skilled carpenter if you think the legs are not the same size and need advanced repairing.
Create Drama With 18th Century Tables
People started getting creative with tables in the 18th century when they started making them for specialized purposes. They were made specifically for a game named Loo, and they came in many exciting styles. For example, they made a loo table that was round and had a tilting mechanism that allowed it to stay against the wall when not in use.
Most designers use the loo table in large hallways under a chandelier to make a statement, but you can also have it by a family room bay window along with two seats. You can place a big bouquet on top or just put it by the bookshelf and use it as a study area.
Whatever you choose to do with this beautiful piece of furniture, make sure people can see it from every point in the room.
Antiques will always be expensive, but for the most part, they have a primacy, especially if you are creative in their utilization, plus the value rarely depreciates if you maintain the antique well and make proper repairs when it disfigures.