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The Proper Way To Display Antiques Items in Your Home

The Proper Way To Display Antiques Items in Your Home

Antiques are old, valuable items, often pieces of furniture. Not everyone knows where to put their antiques. You can have an antique car in the garage, while an antique picture can go in a frame on a wall. Read on to learn the proper way to display antique items in your home.

Antiques Are Fragile

The most important thing to remember when displaying antique items is that they are fragile. Antiques are typically made of finer materials, and they are even more fragile when considering their age. Because of this, you need to display them safely. That means potentially putting them in a curio cabinet or other display case, on a shelf that is not disturbed very often, or up high somewhere.

That said, you don’t want to put your antiques so far away that no one can appreciate them. You must find a balance. You can start by weighing the personal importance of each antique and then take inventory of your home so everything can have a place of prominence but remain safe.

Show the Items Respect

Some antiques hold cultural significance, so it’s important to show these items respect. It can be difficult to know exactly what that respect may look like since everything is different, but do some research and find out. For example, if you have an antique clock, maybe take it to an expert to find out the clock’s age or function and if you can have it repaired and cleaned. Hanging up a working antique clock is monumentally better than sitting a broken one on a bookshelf to collect dust.

Similarly, if one of your ancestors passed an American flag down to you, figure out how to frame it and fold it properly. There is a strict code about how flags can be handled and displayed, and you must follow that code. If you hang up a historical flag improperly, it won’t look great, and you will dishonor the flag and the person who gave it to you.

Create a Theme

Another important consideration you must make when displaying antique items is whether to keep them as one-off items or create a theme around them. For example, many people collect older jewelry or even silverware like spoons, and they’ll create display cases for them. Display cases are terrific because the case itself can serve as a decoration, and it’s also a terrific way to keep pieces safe.

This strategy is a great way to display antiques, but many other antiques don’t fit into a theme. If you don’t have many of the same kinds of antiques, you can create an antique shelf and display them all together! They might not all look the same, but the overall aesthetic will look great in any room.

A home typically needs some decorations to look and feel beautiful, and when you properly display antique items in your home, that beauty is easy to achieve. It is your home, and you can do what you want with it. Antiques are a beautiful way to give a space charm, but you must display them in a way that accentuates their beauty and history.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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