Living Room Essentials: Decorate your Space with Art and Antiques

Moving to a new house, condo, or apartment? One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new place is personalizing it with paint, furnishings, and other home décor elements that suit your personal taste and style. If you want to get away from cookie cutter design elements from big box stores, and you’re willing to do a bit of searching, you can find some amazing, unique items in antique stores, local shops, and of course online.

Your living room should be a good balance of form and function. It’s a space for you, but it’s also a room that will likely be seen and used by others. When it comes to styling your living room, find art and décor items that reflect your personality, which also match the aesthetic of the room. Here are some suggestions on where to find these special pieces.

Wall Art

Whether you’re looking to match the colour scheme, or make a statement – art really adds personality and punch to a living room. Wall art should either blend in with the room, giving it a cohesive flow, or stand out and make a statement. Want to support local and emerging artists. Buy original pieces or prints. Stores, such as Natasha Bradley Home in Niagara-On-The-Lake, carry paintings and prints by local area artists.

Wall art doesn’t necessary have to be a picture or painting, you can decorate with mirrors, clocks, signs, and more!

Pottery and Glass

If you have some shelves and cabinetry that you’d like to add some visual interest to, consider adding some beautiful pottery or glass pieces. From colourful vases, to abstract sculpture, you can really dress up a bland space with some dynamic home décor. If you’re into vintage stuff, antiques stores are a goldmine for these types of items. Visit some local places such as Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures in Niagara-On-The-Lake, or Granny’s Boot Antiques in Vineland.

If local is what you’re after, check out Lakeside Pottery in Niagara-On-The-Lake, whey design and make all their pieces in-house! They also sell a lot of unique pieces at Lincoln Interiors in Virgil, Ontario.


While some knick-knacks can be tacky, if displayed right you can really incorporate some small, non-essential décor items into your living room. From an antique birdcage to a vintage butter churn if well placed, these items make great conversation pieces, and can really tie together the theme of the room. A hanging knick-knack shelf is a great way to display some of your favourite little things without taking up too much space.


While lighting is essential to any 21st century home, you don’t have to settle for a generic fixture. While overhead lighting is good, living rooms always feel cozier when lit using table and floor lamps. A lamp is useful, but it can also be art. You can literally find lampshades in every colour and pattern imaginable. The base can be modern, vintage-inspired, antique, or thrifted.


While your larger furniture needs to be suitable for the size of the room, and the purpose of the space, it too can add visual interest to your living room. You can visit Bartlett House of Antiques in Virgil and find some beautiful tables, chairs, and other fine antique furnishings. If you would rather buy new, visit The Furniture Gallery in St. Catharines and browse their unique selection of couches, chairs, entertainment units, shelves, and more!

Make your living room a beautiful reflection of your personality. Whether you buy new, antique, or previously enjoyed – you can customize your space to make it feel like home.

By Allison Webster

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