Trying to distinguish your home from others is about taking risks and sourcing your furnishings from places other than the obvious big box stores. Adding in carefully thought out antique pieces gives your home visual interest and makes it feel cozy and lived it. Eclectic touches are a great way to experiment with your style and all great designers know this and do this often.
Think in terms of differences to play off of each other by mixing hard and soft textures, square and round shaped pieces and thick and thin sized items. The room will be anchored and yet elevated by the contrast between the antiques and modern items in the room.
If mixing and matching furniture having a consistent colour palette is what will unite the dissimilar furnishings. It can look jarring when furnishing do not match so consider finding items in the same colour family or refinishing pieces or reupholstering others that do not fit.
When you have selected a theme for a room find one antique piece to fit in with it. For example the country charm of this room incorporates an antique dining table mixed with newer pieces that are made to look aged.
For an unconventional room pick different chairs and mix and match them. Due to the fact that you do not need to find matching pieces you can hold out for more interesting looks and consider tying them together with the previous tip regarding color.
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Start small and slowly add in considered pieces. Buy antique candelabras in need of refinishing, to put on the top of a rustic mantelpiece or table or display an antique camera, if you are a photographer.