Creating Dynamic Duos with Antiques


Even when antiques are grouped together by style, it's not always clear which pieces would pair well together. Interior styles contain many nuances, causing distinct differences between items of the same style. For example, these two chandeliers are considered to be art deco, and yet would not be seen within the same space.

To pair antiques within our store, we start by finding pieces similar in material, line, shape, and color (or just go with our gut!). Below are some examples of our favorite antique combinations according to style.


There are many factors that make these chandeliers and mahogany bar a match made in heaven. The most obvious is the vertical line that is seen in the rods suspending the chandeliers, and in the glass rods built into the bar. This repetition of line creates a visual connection between the two pieces, forcing the eye to travel from the ceiling to the back of the bar. Additionally, the horizontal curves in the bar top and chandelier bowls intersect the vertical lines, introducing variety to the scene. Lastly, the metal structure of the chandeliers reflect hints of the mahogany tones found in the bar.

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Shape plays the biggest role in the harmony of these two pieces. The prominent circles and curved shapes within the window are reflected by the circular base of the Tudor sconce, making it an extension of the window's design. The sconce and window are further tied together by their single, strong horizontal lines and pastel yellows.


The colors and symmetry of these two windows truly make them shine as a pair. While the size of the arched window would make it a clear focal point in any space, the smaller rectangular window would accent and emphasize its bright yellow, purple, and blue hues. The windows also showcase similar curved shapes that are indicative of classic Victorian style.


These industrial style antiques complement each other because of their opposite materiality. The reflective surface of the pendant balances the visually rough wood and metal of the table, therefore creating interest through opposing textures. In terms of similarities, the horizontal bar that connects the two lights mimics the long horizontal lines of the table, further harmonizing the two pieces.


These arts and crafts lights are one example of identical pieces within a specific style. The shades on each fixture exhibit the same material, shape, and color, making these antiques an undeniable match. In instances like this, the most important design decision will be where to place the fixtures in relation to one another. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that both pieces are visible from most vantage points. For example, if this chandelier were centered over a dining table, the sconces should be installed on the walls adjacent to the table. This way, your conscious lighting choice will be acknowledged.  

Architectural Antique's Gothic Arts & Crafts Sconce with Leaded Glass Shades

Architectural Antique's Gothic Arts & Crafts Sconce with Leaded Glass Shades