It might sound like a contradiction, but antique objects and furniture are fast becoming something of a must have for all the best contemporary interiors.
Designers such as award-winning interiors architect Róisín Lafferty, Image Interior’s designer of the year 2018, are very much in favour of this practice.
According to the experts, mixing pieces from past and present can be the perfect way to create a fresh and fashionable new look.
“For me, interior spaces should tell a story, antiques add depth, interest and originality and they come with their own story. I love being in a space where the longer you are there, the more you notice. Antiques give you that depth, because they are full of interesting forms, delicacy and detailing,” Róisín, founder of Kingston Lafferty Design. commented.
Róisín encourages home decorators, and indeed those decorating a work place, not to be daunted by the idea of including pieces from times past.
“Antiques can be similar to art in that people can feel a bit intimidated by them. However, like art, antiques are about what moves you. So, pick pieces you like and things you to which you are drawn,” Róisín noted.
Self-described furniture nut Killian McNulty of The Vintage Hub and Mid-Century Online would also encourage those in search of stylish homes to take a trip to their nearest antique dealer.
“With the right touch, an eclectic mix of pieces from different periods can instantly achieve a very contemporary yet timeless interior,” Killian, who is a member of the Irish Antique Dealers Association, remarked.
Interiors expert Róisín advises looking at the shape of your rooms and what you already have, then considering what would complement them.
“Make sure that the scale works, for a normal family home think about including smaller elements, items like console tables, chairs, light fittings and accessories are great for adding touches of individuality,” Róisín emphasised.
Antique accessories are another great way to add a touch of eclectic style to your home, but most of all, Róisín says it is about finding beautiful things that you love.
Both Róisín and Killian agree less is more when it comes to the eclectic interiors look.
“Don’t clutter, you don’t want a room to look like an antique shop. Use antique items sparingly so each piece stands out and is visible,” Roisin advised.
Killian’s advice is to start by engaging with your local antique shop, a list of which you will find at IADA.com Another great place to visit is Timeless, The Irish Antique Dealers Fair at Dublin’s RDS in September.