I have a neighbor who loves antique furnishings. She is an elderly lady and everything in her house seems to be centuries-old. I once made a mistake and mentioned to her that the word antique is explained in a dictionary as something or someone that is obsolete or out of date. At this point of the conversation I learned a very valuable lesson about antiques.
She told me that every piece of furniture in her home had a story to tell. This is something that modern or new furniture cannot do.
Antiques are pieces of history from our past that talk about obsolete etiquette, customs, and long ago forgotten conversations. They are reminders of the luxuries and hardships from past eras.
People who have heirlooms in their home maintain a connection to their ancestors, which is a link to their heritage. We live in a throwaway world where material things are discarded without a second thought. The same even can be said of people. Children put their aged parents in rest homes and never spend any further thought or consideration about them.
Antique furniture is also environmentally friendly. An antique chair and table set can be passed on from generation to generation. The material is used over and over again. The parts and pieces were often manufactured without the use of environmentally unfriendly fossil fuels. There are very few things in the world that compare with the longevity of antiques.
Antique furniture is usually extremely well-constructed. Most antiques are made by hand. They were built with techniques that we do not see in today’s home furnishings. These age old techniques are the reason why antiques continue to last year after year. When an antique piece of furniture receives a scuff or has an imperfection, it is better appreciated and not dreaded.
Antiques stand the test of time in style and beauty. They are not trendy like many pieces of furniture that we see today. They offer the homeowner furnishings with beautiful curves, lines and construction details. An antique piece of furniture will fit into any home and any decor. Most pieces of antique furniture have textures that offer exciting personality to the home.
Many well-known interior designers will often incorporate antique pieces of furniture into a contemporary room to offer interesting contrast. For example, if you have a living room with modern furniture simply add a unique antique chair or table for distinction. Incorporating antiques into any room can provide the room with a unique perspective that would not be possible without the antique piece of furniture.
Finally, as time passes on, your antique piece of furniture will increase in value. This is quite the opposite when purchasing most new items. New purchases such as cars, electronics, and furnishings decline in price as they get older. A car for example will lose a lot of its original price the moment that you drive it off the car lot. Therefore, if you have the opportunity to purchase a beautiful antique in West Palm Beach, you should jump at the opportunity. That is the lesson that I have learned.
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