Pull Off 2016 Design Trends with Antiques
A-list interior designers share their tips on staying current with period charm
At This Old House, period charm never goes out of style. The desired style may vary, but the aim to marry said style with modern amenities is seen throughout the houses we feature, like sidelights with a prehung door or a modern fridge hidden behind cottage-look paneling. After zeroing in on paint trends for 2016, we reached out to the honorary design chairs of this year's Winter Antiques Show to get their takes on using vintage pieces from this year's exhibitors with today's top design trends.
George II mirror, Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
Unless you're up there with the Gilded Agers, bringing antiques into your home entails mixing high and low. For example, designer Alexa Hampton envisions this ornate walnut and parcel gilt mirror above a William Kent console. But, she notes, that doesn't rule out including it in a more budget-savvy staging. "Pairing this formal piece with one that is more understated—as in a painted console and not a gilded one—would make it more nimble," she says.
See Hampton in action on episodes of our TOH TV Carlisle House project.
Peacock sculpture, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
On-trend decor updates with period flair can venture to outdoor rooms, as well. Ellie Cullman calls out this detailed bird as a potential focal point for a dramatic garden. "I would be proud as a peacock to have this glamorous statue as the centerpiece of a client's garden," she says. "The form is so unusual, and with a height of 68 inches and a wingspan of 77 inches, this would surely make a statement!"
Samuel Marx chair, Liz O'Brien
It's easy to OD on pattern, texture, and color when you're aiming high for period style. But, as Markham Roberts points out, a well-designed piece of furniture can be a blast from the past—in a good way. "This handsome chair, with its cantilevered back by Samuel Marx, is a perfect example of cool, modern American mid-century design," he says.
Introduce other elements of this style with our mid-century-modern style makeover for a flat-pack dresser and a bright, traditional-meets-modern dining space.
William and Mary-period credence table, Robert Young Antiques
Sometimes vintage furniture requires maintenance, but if you've watched our friends on Antiques Roadshow, you know that strong-armed repairs can decrease a piece's value. Nate Berkus spotlighted this English, circa-1690 table as one of his top picks, scratches and all.
Learn how to care for antique furniture from the guy entrusted with President George Washington's desk, or fake it till you make it with our painted-on patina tricks.