As a society, we put too much emphasis on youth and newness. That is understandable; youth is beautiful. What we forget is that being older in years is beautiful, too. Older adults exude an air of maturity and wisdom that can only be attained through the years; a value that only increases with time.
The same can be said of antiques. These well-loved, time-tested pieces imbue your living space with a sense of history. They add texture and timelessness to even the most contemporary of homes.
Antiques make for beautiful and ageless decorations and furniture. Here are a few reasons you should get antiques for your home:
Antiques are Environmentally Friendly
Antiques are inherently sustainable, reusable, and highly resalable. If you want to be environmentally friendly, you should go antiquing. According to a study done by Carbon Clear, buying antiques is the ultimate in eco-friendly shopping since these pieces have less greenhouse gas emissions during its lifetime than new furniture. Additionally, buying antiques reduces the amount of landfill, as the furniture is not thrown away and is instead recycled.
Antiques are Trend-Proof
Trends come and go, but antique pieces are timeless. When you see a vase made from Barovier & Toso Murano glass, you see a classic piece of art. Antique designs never go out of fashion and are less likely to look dated after a year, unlike the latest trendy pieces of furniture.
Antiques are Unique
Antiques can come from many time periods. When you get a side table from 18th century France or a statement vase from the 1940s, you’re acquiring a piece of history that no one else can buy. A good antique piece can highly individualize your space. Each antique tells a story — when you own that antique, that story is now yours to add your own tales, through the years.
Antiques are Usually Well-Made
New furniture is made every day. Unfortunately, these new pieces can break down after only a few years of use. Not so with the majority of antiques. Though antiques can sometimes break and some pieces, like art made of Barovier & Toso Murano glass, come with their own set of rules for maintenance, antiques are durable and hardy. This is because, more often than not, these pieces were handmade from sturdy material. They were created for longevity and durability.
Antiques Increase in Value
Antique pieces have seen the passage of time and are valuable since they were created by talented craftsmen. Though the appreciation and depreciation of antiques depend on the market, antiques, when properly cared for, tend to go up in value over time.
Antiques Give Personality to Your Space
A lot of modern furniture look alike. When you acquire an antique piece to spruce up your home, you break away from the mold. If your living room is full of contemporary furniture, adding some antique decorations can add that much-need contrast, and make your space look more original and fun.
Though antiques are “old” in years, they have much to add to our modern lives. It is time for us to realize that “new” and “young” don’t immediately mean “good,” and that some things truly do get better with age.