Many times I go into a house to do a consult and I hear “oh, that piece was my parents”, or “I inherited that.” Followed by “it really is not my style or, it does not fit the space.” When people downsize or unfortunately pass away, we inherit furnishing. Many of these pieces are usable in the home spaces, but most people just don’t know how to incorporate them.
What to do when the newly brought home piece “does not fit” into the space? If you really love the piece and you cannot find a place in your space, it would be well worth your time and money to call in a professional stager. For a minimal cost they can help you with placement and flow in your rooms. When the flow of a room is not quite right, subconsciously it can play as a discord in our minds every time we enter into the room. We forever feel like the newly acquired piece is a misfit, when actually it might enhance the space.
Consider the condition of the piece. For upholstered furniture ask yourself does the fabric work, does it look tired and worn, are the cushions in good shape? The fabric may looked tired and used, not coordinate with other items in the space, sometimes the seat cushions need to be replaced. The finish on the wood or metal might need some “help.” You can find many products to restore the wood and metal at hardware stores, there is a wealth of fabric on line, or in nearby stores to help get the look you desire. Find a good professional upholster that can help with fabric selection and cushions to reupholster and revive and harmonize with what you do own.
Here is a great example from myhomeideas.com
Wood pieces can be refinished with stain, wax, painted, varnish, lacquered, new hardware can be added. Metal pieces can be refinished and painted. Home design stores, magazines, furniture stores can be a wealth of inspiration. The best thing with hand-me downs is the cost- typically they are free, and sometimes better quality . If you lack the do-it-yourself confidence, call in the pros to help. For minimal cost you will have a treasure to pass on to the next generation.