Thinking about incorporating some thrifted or vintage pieces into your home? The pros are all for doing so, and we spoke with a number of secondhand-loving interior designers to gather their most useful takeaways for what to keep top of mind when decorating with preloved finds.
Below are eight tips that you'll want to remember when shopping for secondhand items and styling them in your home.
Desiree Burns Interiors
According to Chrissy Hunter, an interior designer and founder of Harlowe James, it's best to avoid purchasing large furniture pieces without knowing where they will go in your home simply because they appear one of a kind or are a great deal price-wise.
«It happens more than you would think and people end up with a bulky cabinet or side tables where the scale is off, forcing it to work in a space,» Hunter says.
She explains that in reality, sourcing vintage pieces is often an ongoing process, but taking one's time with sourcing will pay off. «It is so worth it in the end to get something that fits properly and feels thoughtful, not impulsive,» Hunter says.
Before you scoop up a chair with good bones to reupholster it professionally down the line, be mindful that this process may cost a pretty penny.
«That $50 chair can end up costing you upwards of $1,000,» Paige Kontrafouris, the founder of Paige Kontrafouris Interiors, explains. She recommends researching upholstery costs in your area beforehand to be well informed when making this kind of purchase.
Erin Williamson Design
Purchasing secondhand items just because they're less expensive than newer pieces of furniture may not always be the best bet.
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