Distressed sky blue on an antique sideboard adds the only strong hit of color in this serene, rustic space. The room is all lines and angles, and the sideboard dovetails perfectly. Upholstered armchairs provide a needed touch of softness.
Black wall paint gives this traditional room an instant edge. Dark finishes on the Windsor-style chair and the hutch keep the look streamlined.
My favorite approach to antiques: Seek out elements from other countries and cultures. This Indonesian rain drum pulls double duty as a side table.
An old office desk transformed into a vanity is a genius touch. The drawers provide extra storage for toiletries.
Although this antique chest is the focal point of the wall, a grab bag of chairs and a collage of eclectic artwork keep it from feeling fusty.
Sometimes, it's all in the accessorizing. A patinated wire basket, an assortment of old-fashioned glass bottles, and shelves full of crisp white towels give this painted cabinet a cottage-chic update.
Wow! Just add Prussian blue, and this antique chest sizzles. Leonine drawer pulls complement the carved detailing and the regal color.
The vintage file cabinet and cowhide chair both layer texture into this space. Thanks to the spareness of the décor and the chair's modern lines, the cabinet feels contemporary rather than cast-off.
I love that this homeowner not only embraced a very old-fashioned desk, but also had the moxie to pair it with a totally mod chair. The contrast makes for a beautiful balance.
Who couldn't use another spot to display books? If you have a chair that's too rickety to sit on, here's a great way to give it new life.