Architectural salvage refers to antique materials removed from old buildings and homes that are facing demolition. With the interest in recycled products, many fine old pieces of hardware, tin ceiling panels, wood decorative elements, and ceramic tile can be found at salvage yards and junk stores.
Salvaged materials can enhance many types of interior decoration:
A country style decorating scheme is enhanced with the use of salvaged objects for a rustic appeal.
Minimalist styles, with their clean lines and neutral colors benefit from the addition of unique pieces of architectural salvage. The current trend, influenced by an environmental theme, is underscored by the use of recycled items.
An eclectic, Old World, or Bohemian look just screams for a piece of framed tin ceiling panel, antique woodwork, or old fixtures.
You do not have to be an artist to produce an interesting wall hanging, sculpture, or decorative accessory made with salvaged objects. There are many projects that you can put together yourself using the tools you have on hands and a little creativity.
Tin ceiling panels are easily cut with tin snips and easily bent into new shapes. Fold tin around a frame for a distinctive piece of wall art. Make a box for a plant or pens. Tin ceiling tiles made a quaint roof for a rustic bird house.
Old wooden spindles – mount a bird house or feeder on old wood spindles. Use one as a lamp base or towel rack.
Salvaged ceramic tile make a beautiful back splash for a kitchen or bathroom sink. Lovely old tiles look great in a mosaic piece or mixed with modern tiles for a distinctive look.
Antique metal hardware can be used in sculpture, 3D collages, or mounted on old wood as coat hooks. Replace drawer pulls with old, salvaged drawer pulls to turn a plain dresser into a charming piece of furniture.
An antique sink can be used as a sink or set outside as a bird bath or whimsical plant container.
Once you get the hang of using architectural salvage, new ideas just keep popping up – enhancing your creative spirit and having a bit of fun with environmentally sustainable practices.