Architectural Salvage Adds Interest to Home Decor

Add a unique feature to your home decor or garden design by incorporating a piece of architectural salvage. These old building materials can be used as stand alone pieces or recycled to create an interesting piece of junk art.

One of the best things about using salvaged materials for art, crafts, or home projects is that once you get started, you keep coming up with new and ingenious ideas.

Country decor is enhanced with the addition of architectural salvage. The antique pieces of building materials and hardware fit right into a country style and add rustic appeal.

A minimalist decor with neutral colors and clean lines can be livened up with the addition of architectural salvage. Add a note of whimsy, or a splash of vintage flair to an austere room to create a conversation piece or a focal point. The use of antique materials or antique hardware can make a statement. You are reducing waste and recycling old items to give a room an environmentally friendly appeal.

Architectural salvage can be found at demolition sites or architectural salvage yards, antique shops, and junk shops. You can locate and use such things as:

Antique ceramic tile that has been removed from entry halls, kitchens, vestibules, and bathrooms. Old tiles can be strikingly beautiful, and are often embossed with geometric or natural designs. The glaze, crackled with age, adds a note of antiquity to these attractive pieces. Mount on bathroom or kitchen walls, or incorporate into mosaic designs for artistic projects, tables, seats, trays, or anything that you can come up with.

Antique ceiling tile or embossed sheet metal is inexpensive, versatile and attractive. It can be mounted behind a stove for a vintage flair or easily cut with tin snips to make unique objects or ornaments for the home.

Old metal and wood can be made into birdhouses, frames, sculptures, or used as stand alone decorating items.

Old sinks and bathtubs are readily available and can be reused as they are (with a bit of cleaning) or remade for another use. An old pedestal sink makes a whimsical planter. A claw foot bathtub can be used as a small garden pond.

Incorporating architectural salvage into a home decorating scheme is a wonderful way to preserve history, live a sustainable lifestyle, and add an interesting look to your home.