The most common purpose for antique pedestals in decorating is simply to enhance the display of other decorative objects on the pedestal top. The structure of the pedestal may also be used to focus attention on architectural details around it, such as staircases or wainscoting.
The material of which the antique (or faux antique) pedestal is constructed should determine whether the pedestal is used indoors or outdoors. Fragile materials such as wood should be used indoors, while more robust materials such as marble or wrought iron may be used outdoors. Outdoors, antique pedestals are fit for displaying large plants or statuary. Indoors, pedestals can be used to display anything from photographs, small statuary or artwork, smaller plants, and any kinds of collectibles, such as antique toys.