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Genuine antiques are often gorgeous and have an undeniable appeal, but they can be expensive. Instead, try using items that mimic the look of antiques in terms of style and craftsmanship, or even restore older items that are in poor condition to create the same cultured look.

Mix your antique items with new ones
While many people may be antique purists, you can easily mix old and new pieces together, especially if your antiques are modern renditions of classic styles. Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggested using a vintage or reproduction dining room table surrounded by modern chairs. The two styles will complement each other well, and you can add other accessories, like switch plates and old framed items, to create another layer of antique decorations.

Combine rooms
If you have a small home or just like to mix your pleasures, combining rooms can be a great way to implement antiques into your decor. Country Living magazine featured a beautiful room that was both a library and dining area. Simply by installing shelving on the sides of the doorway, the room immediately took on a brand new air while still being perfectly functional for gathering to eat.

You can use old-fashioned mahogany wood for the shelving and match it to a solid wood table to create a material theme. Try adding other wood pieces in the same room, like picture frames and end tables, to create the vintage vibes. Match this with some verdigris switch plates and other metal wall items to make the entire room have a weathered, perfectly aged look.

Show heirlooms that represent your own history
When it comes to decor, family items have always been a tradition. Try hanging old photos of grandparents and other relatives. They'll look distinguished and serve the double purpose of making the room feel refined and giving you a way to remember your elders. The same goes for decorations other than pictures as well - antique kitchen ware can become wall decorations, while old college degrees can work in the office or study.

One of the best parts about antiques is that nobody needs to know where they came from. You can easily mix purchases from high-end vintage stores and ones from thrift shops without your guests knowing the difference, so feel free to grab whatever catches your eye.

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