“You don’t need to have an antique house to have antique items,” said Bob Bates, who has more than 30 years of experience in the antique market and is a partner at The Rock House Antiques, a Greenville-based shop.
Bates has seen a variety of creative ways people use antiques and collectibles in their homes, yet mid-century modern pieces are the most popular items with customers.
“While some customers may want colonial or French furniture, the overwhelming majority love mid-century modern pieces. They are wildly popular, even in the most contemporary of homes,” said Bates.
A 2015 headline from the Washington Post declared “Why mid-century modern is forever” and five years later, the same headline still applies. So when it comes to decorating your home with antiques, you’ll likely find a vast array of mid-century modern pieces, from chairs to coffee tables to glassware, most anywhere you look.
Here are some tips from Bates for decorating your home with treasured antiques and collectibles, whether they are mid-century modern or from another time period.
Figure out what you like
“See what intrigues you,” Bates recommended. Many art museums have antique shows or collector clubs. Bates recommended visiting these shows to get an idea of the pieces that draw you in, that you have a connection with and enjoy. The Greenville County Museum of Art has its signature antique show in October; the show is open to the public.
There are several antique shops in the Upstate, including Rock House Antiques in Greenville, that have a variety of mid-century modern pieces that may fit perfectly in your home. Bates also recommended checking out the occasional resale shop and estate sale since remarkable antiques and collectibles could end up anywhere.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match
Bates said that pieces don’t need to match and they certainly don’t need to match the same decor as your home. This goes for all types of antiques as well. Get creative and find what you love.