Antique fireplaces are the perfect accompaniment to one of the big interiors trends of Autumn/Winter 2017: nostalgia.
In an interview with Ideal Home, Nadia McCowan Hill, Resident Style Advisor for digital home furnishings marketplace Wayfair, revealed that a touch of the past is going to sweep through homes as we cuddle up against the cold weather.
Pieces inspired by vintage travel will be especially prominent, with travel-worn trunks, old clocks, antique globes and old, yellowing maps making an appearance on mantelpieces far and wide.
In addition, folky prints and dark, inky paint pallets will add a sumptuousness to on-trend living spaces, complementing the sepia-toned look of the objets d’art.
McCowan Hill’s forecast chimes with Love Your Room’s Shoshana Gosselin’s trend predictions in The Morning Call, which also anticipate vintage pieces dominating interiors, as well as wood finishes, which bring a warmth to a home that we all crave in the cooler months.
And if artful arranging is something that does not come naturally, McCowan Hill had some excellent, expert tips for curating a beautiful display to catch guests’ eyes.
The key to clever placement is arranging ornaments in staggering sizes and putting objects together in odd numbers.
“For some reason, items arranged in odd numbers are often more appealing than even-numbered groupings,” she mused.
McCowan Hill added that even though the focus is on nostalgia and antique, organic elements help to breathe life into an interior, so it is important not to forget to bring plenty of vibrant blooms in to juxtapose the vintage and ancient.