Using antiques is a great way to achieve a colourful effect in your home. Age and patina bring texture, creating a softness and show beautiful colours aged by time. We tend not to worry about wear as a lovely weathered patina can be a lovely addition to a piece.
Soften any hard edges of industrial pieces or dark wood items that you have with pale fabrics in tactile materials. Contrast is key. A soft linen makes what was once an industrial work bench into an elegant dining table. Similarly, beautifully shaped ceramics add softer layers to a room.
With mixing-and-matching of styles and shapes, it’s easiest to stick to a one or two colour theme. Lively colours such as brick orange or muted green will add warmth; wheat cream or light grey will create a muted backdrop for colourful accents.
When you are curating a bookshelf of memorabilia, put things together that work in harmony so that the look is eclectic and personal.