Experts reveal the biggest vintage furniture trends you should be investing in now

Whether it's an affordable vintage find or an expensive antique collectible, it's good to buy used
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  • Antique, vintage or pre-loved, whatever you call it secondhand furniture is having a moment. Sales are booming, and if you want to get in on the growing trend we’ve rounded up the five pieces worth investing in now.

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    Scouring online sites and charity shops to find that perfect piece of secondhand furniture is well worth it if you want to add character to your home, often on a budget. Classified ad site Gumtree has seen a 37% search increase for antiques and collectables since the start of 2021 – and many of those searches are for affordable items that can add a truly unique touch to your interior.

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    Whether it’s that we’re more aware of our throw-away culture or that we simply love the thrill of the search, it can only be a good thing, as items are kept in circulation for longer. Fast homeware is quickly becoming as big a problem as fast fashion in our throwaway culture, luckily you can still be on-trend with a conscious by snapping up these five trending vintage items.

    Top vintage trends for 2021

    Gumtree has teamed up with Instagrammer @Since_1859 to share their tips for the vintage homeware items to keep an eye out for.

    1. Travertine tables

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    Originally gaining popularity during the 1970-1990’s, marble and travertine tables have become one of the most recently sought-after additions to the contemporary home. Inspired by the likes of New York interiors influencers Athena Calderone and Colin King, marble centrepieces should be styled back with neutrals to enhance a chic and classical mood.

    2. Antique fireplaces

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    An antique fireplace can bring character to a space that may otherwise feel cold and empty, and can also add a perceived value to your home.

    The beauty of fireplaces is that there are so many styles to choose from – from marble elegance to cast iron. There are many mantels and trims that can be bought secondhand and upcycled to suit your dream interior. Take a look at our fireplace ideas for more inspiration.

    3. Scalloping

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    Once seen as kitsch and out of style, this fun curved-edged texture has had a huge return thanks to the likes of interior designer Matilda Goad and her signature scalloped lampshades, as well as Phoebe Nicol who uses delicate scalloping on headboards and pelmets. With a little bit of searching, scalloping can also be found on antique pieces too, from drinks trolleys to comfortable living room armchairs.

    4. Burr wood

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    Burr wood (or as the Americans call it, ‘Burl wood’) is a rare cut of wood formed by an abnormal growth on an old tree – it creates an unusual pattern with a wonderful textural surface. Often used to make side tables and also found in interesting crafted antique furniture, what had once fallen out of popularity is now being used by a growing number of interior designers.

    5. Antique lighting

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    Antique lighting can add instant charm to the home. While lighting can often be forgotten, it should be considered as a focal point to a successful design scheme, in the same way, that a fireplace might take centre stage.

    Good antique lights can have a huge impact on the decor of the room, creating zones and taking your home into a new decade.

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