The Sunday News
“EACH and every room in your home should tell a certain story, portray a unique personality and have soul. There is no better way to do that than to use antiques,” said Ms Nokuthaba Ndlovu, a homeowner based in Gwanda.
Ms Ndlovu said an antique can be any object with sentimental value, particularly a domestic item or piece of furniture or handicraft esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.
“Instead of getting rid of your old furniture or other items, use them to create a beautiful sanctuary in your home,” suggested Ms Ndlovu.
To someone a tree branch may be seen as nothing or a piece of firewood but to Ms Ndlovu it can bring a new sophisticated look to her home.
“Imagine the look of a tree branch hanging on your wall in your living room, the colour of the tree branch accentuating the shade of the wall. Just exquisite!” she said.
Ms Ndlovu added that in order to have a museum look that you have always desired you need to be creative and plan carefully.
“The simplicity of a singular sculpture inside a fireplace makes this display extremely elegant. They can accentuate certain architectural features and adorn your home décor with unique items. Use a diverse mix of old and new finds (especially accessories) in various materials, like antique metal candlesticks and an artsy stone bust.”
“If you have always wished to have an antique-style kitchen, then you will love the distressed-looking cupboard doors. Select any door style and opt to have the corners rubbed off or have other distressing techniques done for that vintage vibe. By so doing you will be giving your cupboard door an old-fashioned yet stylish look,” she said.
She said vintage design offers a more feminine, soft and subtle touch.
“It has furnishing which is often distressed or appears to be, paints tends to have antique-style finishes. The colour palettes include white and cream. Light fixture and wall hangings are elaborate and it continues with the feminine vibe.
Ms Ndlovu said antiques can match with any design style as they are timeless.
“For example, the Victorian design style is a dramatic style, perfect for homeowners who like to make a statement at the same time showing off their personality.” She continued: “It tends to be luxurious and sophisticated as it incorporates velvet furnishings and antiques. The colour palettes are bold such as purple, red and turquoise.”