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Antique Furniture UK
There are many reasons to buy traditional antique furniture:
* Enhanced quality
* Your furniture resonates with history
* It retains or rises in value
Antiques are ageless treasures that can add an elegant touch to any home. Antique furniture can meet a wide variety of tastes, bargains can be had and enduring articles obtained for your home to be cherished. Whilst contemporary furniture is often the cheapest and more prosaic nothing can compare with a genuine antique. Individual preferences can range over Art Deco from the 20’s 30’s and 40’s back to Art Nouveau at the turn of the century. Prior to this furniture can be radically different with the functionality and solidity of Victorian furniture to Georgian, Regency and Renaissance. The further back you go to genuine period pieces, furniture can become representative of sculpture and works of art as well as being useful as furniture per se.
One cannot help feel that present day styles are unlikely to survive whereas the beautifully constructed furniture of a hundred or two hundred years ago has already passed the test of time. As well as superior (and time consuming) methods of construction the materials used were often far better than the mass produced furniture of today. When mahogany, oak and walnut were abundant there was less need to economise in use and application. How do you compare a modern day wardrobe to a beautiful French Armoire of the last century?.
However, it must be accepted that antique furniture an often be expensive, reflecting their rarity and exclusivity allowing you to be confident that very few people will be able to purchase something similar. If a genuine antique is beyond your means, then consider a reproduction piece, the style will be accurate and long lasting also reflect the style in your home.
Antique furniture, whether in the bedroom, office or living room, is the ultimate in recycling and should resonate with the
environmentally aware and provide a welcome contrast with modern furniture, in a kitchen for example. Even the most modern of homes can benefit from a distinction between mid century chairs and tables with say a Chinese lacquered sideboard or heavily carved chest.
Contemporary furniture is unlikely to appreciate in value whereas a matchless antique, if carefully selected, is much more likely to retain or rise in worth over time. Antiques can add
quality, vigour and character to even the most up to date design style and decoration. For example, an antique desk can offer functionality and personality and a beautiful mahogany dining room table can enhance a room and add that touch of class. Old furniture doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, a chesterfield sofa can provide sumptuous luxury in your lounge and can open your eyes to the luxury of antiques.
Where in the UK to buy Antique, vintage and retro furniture?
Antique furniture is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity, both as investments and as beautiful interior design pieces. The solid wood used in antique designs means that each item is unique and becomes a real talking point in any interior, combining style and function, as well as being hard wearing.
Finding quality antique furniture online can seem daunting, but with a money back guarantee any risks are eliminated. Buying from an experienced company takes the stress out of distance buying, and means items can be browsed and bought with ease. However, it’s always worth remembering that the transportation of antiques is a specialist job and can be difficult to arrange, so take advantage of free delivery options. Delivery charges are often a huge part of a furniture order’s cost, so free delivery is perfect.
Another market experiencing real interest and excitement is that of vintage furniture. Many styles suit modern decoration beautifully, for example: choose any chic teak dining seat set from the disco era and team it with a contemporary glass table for a stunning effect. Ensuring items are truly vintage and not reproductions is a key concern of many collectors, so buying with a money back guarantee is essential. It’s imperative to buy from a company that specialises in vintage furniture to be certain that you get what you pay for. It also means that if there’s a specific item being sought they can be your eyes and ears in the business, and source it for you.
The recent explosion in the popularity of shabby chic style furniture has given a renewed lease of life to many antique and vintage pieces. Painted finishes suit the current fashion of muted tones and is an ideal way to incorporate some statement classic furniture into a fresh colour scheme. Although many people like to have a go at distressing furniture themselves, it’s just as satisfying to order online and then simply wait for the free delivery to drop off the dream item. It also removes the risk of taking a valuable piece of furniture and accidentally destroying it with an inexperienced attempt at distressing it.
The rise of inner city regeneration– bringing beloved old buildings to life – has boosted the popularity of retro furniture. A sunburst mirror with a burnished gold finish offsets a deep red Chesterfield sofa perfectly; pair with stripped wooden floors and exposed brick walls for effortless chic. Once again this is where buying a well built original piece will reap dividends for quality and style. Imitations won’t be as sturdy and the overall finish of the items won’t impress. Retro sideboards are a simple way of enjoying one key retro item. Practical and beautiful as they are affordable and indispensable – they hide a multitude of storage sins.
So whether you’re after classic antique furniture, stylish vintage pieces or making a retro statement, buy safe in the knowledge you’re free from delivery costs and there’s the security of a money back guarantee.