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Choose quality over quantity when hunting for home design finds

May 21, 2014

Hardwood FloorsHomeowners often want furnishings that give their homes character, but without sacrificing the comforts of a contemporary house. Finding a way to integrate antiques and collectibles into a new design scheme is a particular challenge. The best starting point may be choosing permanent elements like the wood floors in Anderson's Vintage Copper Creek collection that fit both modern and traditional home design.

One way to bring together the collectible look and modern items is through smaller accent pieces. Casa Sugar recommended looking for popular finds like vintage mirrors and unique lighting fixtures because they're frequently a good choice for bridging the gap between different styles.

Textiles that have modern durability but a period motif can be put to good use in pillows, curtains and upholstery. Vintage fabrics that cannot withstand the wear of everyday use may have a place as wall art, framed or hung without a frame.

According to A Beautiful Mess, consumers should focus on quality rather than quantity when selecting collectibles so they don't go overboard in their decorating scheme. Even the best-intentioned accent pieces may overwhelm a room design if there are too many of them.

Be a savvy shopper
It's easy to get caught up in the array of collectibles available at antique shops and flea markets without noticing that some pieces need a considerable amount of work to get them into optimal shape. HGTV designer Emily Henderson recommended that homeowners begin their shopping trips by creating a buying plan and sticking to it. Only when the basic construction of such finds is good will they be worth the time and effort to refinish them.

Particularly at an antique flea market, where there's usually a jumble of interesting items for sale, a list of essential purchases helps consumers stay focused on the things they need for their homes. Henderson advised shoppers to always bring a tape measure to make sure they're purchasing furniture that will fit through their doors. Paint chips and fabric swatches also help make the best match.

Figure in the cost of renovating a piece, because it may need a lot more than a paint job. Even someone who's handy may not be able to shore up the support of a sagging chair or table without professional help. Some flaws can be hidden, while others aren't worth the expense it will take to camouflage them.