A home office can be an odd space. It has to be a functional room in order for you to work productively, but is also just another room in your home. You want it to be a good space for concentrating, but you don’t want it to be incredibly bland. Sometimes it can seem like quite a difficult task to decorate such a multi-functional space. There are many different styles you can turn to for help with this. For me, the one type of décor that really screams productive, elegant, and stylish is finding a way to incorporate antiques.
Antiques can look fantastic in any space, especially a home office. Adding an antique into your home office can also add extra layers of personality. Modern décor of course adds personality, especially specifically curated pieces, however on occasion it can feel like everybody has the same style and furniture. This possibility is diminished if you buy an antique, as it is typically more of a unique, one-of-a-kind object. Moreover, purchasing an antique usually involves a lot more searching than when you buy a modern piece, meaning you have a greater love for it.
Here we are going to give you some helpful little hints and tips, and reasons why you should style your office space with antiques.
When it comes to antiques sometimes having one feature, focal piece is the way forward. Look for unique, weird and wonderful objects or furniture that will fit well within your office space. It’s even better if they come with a well-known maker, brand name, or has some historical significance. However, it ultimately comes down to the look you want to go for. If you are leaning towards an antique accent feature that isn’t necessarily brand-centred then just go for it- what is important is that you like it! How about a large antique silver vase, perfect for a beautiful flower arrangement?
Mix and Match
People sometimes think that once you’ve got antiques in your home office, you then need to stick with that theme for the rest of the room; meaning that you have to go for a library-style décor throughout. Of course, this is a good choice for some. However, also don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. Modern decor and antiques actually go really well together. In fact this eclectic style of vintage/antique and modern is making a revival in recent years. So now is the perfect time to mix your styles, especially with your home office. How about a mixture of antique paintings and frames with modern prints or illustrations? Or, even an antique desk, paired with a modern desktop.
Adding an antique lamp or authentic antique chandelier can be the perfect way to fit an antique into your home office. Try to focus on floor and wall lights as these can really benefit the space, without overwhelming it or being too distracting during your working day. If you aren’t quite ready for a grand chandelier then do consider getting an LED filament bulb; this gives the feel of antique and vintage, but without too much of a commitment.
If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, then you’ll definitely know about up-cycling, it is certainly a major trend at the moment. For those of you who might not be aware, up-cycling is when you take a piece of furniture, typically antique or vintage. Usually the object might be a little scruffy, and so is in need of a little tender loving care. This is where you come in to spruce it up, whether that is with paint, wallpaper, or re-upholstering the item. In this way you can add your own twist on a classic antique object, and can alter the piece to perfectly fit in with your office décor.
Perhaps you have a particular era that you prefer for example the 1970s, or the 1920’s. Trying to incorporate a specific time period in your home office can be the perfect way to fit antiques into your office space. Sometimes, your building might already have an era specific story to tell, it may have been built in the 70s and therefore already has an exterior era style. It is best to keep in mind that some era’s, especially those that are close to one another, fit better together, and other eras definitely feel like they are competing for space.
So, there we have it: 5 tips and tricks helping you to find ways of fitting antiques into your office. Hopefully this has provided you with enough inspiration to take the fantastic leap into the wonderful world of antiques!