Monday, July 10, 2017

How To Choose Antique Pottery And Glassware For Your Home

By Gregory Stewart

If you are just starting to collect antiques, you may be wondering how to add these beautiful links to the past without emptying your bank account. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use when shopping for smaller items such as antique pottery and glassware. Many of the same principals will still apply when it comes time for you to add bigger ticket items such as furniture to your home. By then, you will know what to look for and how to choose the best spot in your home for any antique.

There are many different styles of ceramics and glassware and these can range from clean and simple designs to ones that are much more ornate. Therefore it is important to think about the style of the room where you will be putting your antique piece.

One thing to think about is whether you want the piece to be functional or decorative. Functional pieces may go well in bathrooms, kitchens or bedrooms and can be used to hold small items as well as simply look beautiful in their own way. If you know that you want a piece to be used for storage, think about how large you will need it to be and look for pieces that will suit your needs. They should also be sturdier and able to handle being moved, touched and cleaned without breaking.

You may also want to think about how easily a piece can be cleaned. If it is going to be mainly used for decoration and will not be touched on a regular basis you may find that a particular piece does not get as dirty as one that is being handled all of the time. If you will be touching a piece to take items in and out of it, you will often need to clean it more thoroughly.

Glass items, especially ones that are hand blown will often have colors worked right into the piece. This means that they will not wash off over time. The surface of a ceramic piece may fade if it is washed a lot or if it is washed in a dishwasher instead of by hand. Keep this in mind if you find a piece you like and are thinking about using it for practical purposes instead of decorative ones.

You should look at the design of a room and the other items that are in it when deciding what style will suit you best. Many modern spaces have very clean lines. Finding antique pieces that are similarly designed may be something you should consider. That way the entire room will continue to flow nicely even after your new piece has been added to it.

Some individuals choose to work with interior decorators or antiques dealers when they begin collecting. This can be a good idea especially if you want to find pieces that will appreciate in value. Otherwise, you should be able to find beautiful items in many places such as antique shops, estate sales and private collections that are being liquidated.

Once you have a piece in your home, don't be afraid to move it around a little to see where it looks best in the room. You may be surprised and find that it ends up in a spot that is not where you intended it to be. In the end, it is up to you to find the perfect place for your new piece.

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