Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Antique Booth Intervention: Mixing Up The Color Combinations Of Collectibles

Drastic Measure For Kitsch n Stuff Antique Booth

The time had come to go to my shop "Kitsch n Stuff" at The Colllinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT and take some drastic measures to make the booth look different. For me a radical change is mixing up two unlikely or interesting color combination of kitchen collectibles or creating a vignette with objects that are are little quirky.

Trying A New Color Combination In Your Antique Booth

Of course many of us who sell kitchen collectibles  we have tried lots of different common color pairings such as red and white, blue and yellow, orange and blue, black and red etc. Sometimes it is helpful to use a piece of fabric or a vintage textile to help you decide on what colors to combine or to highlight. When I get sick of the tablecloths or textiles I use as props in my booth, I usually stroll the others booths at Collinsville Antiques Company and buy as new runner or tablecloth to get my creative juices going.

Start Off With A New Textile Or Tablecloth Color Pattern

On Sunday, I found a colorful piece of barkcloth that was just what the antique booth design doctor ordered. It did the trick. I draped it over a chippy painted narrow table and completely changed the look of this Shabby Chic country console to a funky retro 1950s look. Wow, the power of imagaination.

My advice to my readers who are suffering from winter doldrums and cabin fever is to think COLOR. Come up with some new color combinations in your booth. Let me know how you do?
Tell us what you paired together and how it looked. You can even email me photos of your booth at

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. From a shoppers perspective this is great advice I've probably missed a ton of fabulous finds, but I find myself avoiding dark cramped spaces ... btw your booth and color combo is lovely E

  2. I would definetly make a bee line straight to your booth! I love the bright sunny booths!