Complement your cornice and ceiling rose with modern and vintage furniture


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You should always consider how your original period features such as plaster cornicing, ceiling roses, and fireplaces in your period-style home will blend with your furnishings. Every home requires  storage furniture, and mixing old and new is a clever way in which to blend practicality with personal appeal. No matter which rooms you are considering and the furnishings you intend to arrange in them, both antique and modern can be useful in your daily life.  The mix can also make an invaluable contribution to a home with period decorative elements.

In a period home, it is possible to complement existing period features by combining old and new by introducing brand-new storage furniture pieces. Plaster mouldings such as elaborate Victorian cornicing and ceiling roses can be offset with plain pared down cupboards or units in wood veneer or metal.   Sleek surfaces contrast quietly with the decorative nature of the surroundings. A modern design sideboard could easily become the focal point of a Georgian dining room,  while a minimal Scandinavian chest of drawers would look at home in the bedroom with a Shaker four poster bed.   Whether you shop at a bargain chain store or a Chic boutique offering the latest European designs, keep your eyes open to storage furniture that would work well in your living arrangements.  If budget minded, keep in mind that some shops have regular end of line sales, and it is also definitely worth looking for bargains on the Internet.

An instant interest addition to a house that has minimalist white painted original cornice and warm wooden floors is achieved by providing a bold oversized period storage furniture piece. It may be carved, painted or adorned by an imposing scrawling outline.  Several styles would create an impact in a room when set against plain walls or exposed brickwork or original fireplaces. You could consider a Renaissance chest, 19th century Italian wardrobe, an Indian cupboard, a decorative French armoire or a lacquered Oriental cabinet. These would provide storage for all sorts of items, such as wineglasses, towels, drinks or special office equipment.  Grand statement pieces such as these tend to be inherited or found at fine antique shops and auction houses.

Less imposing and less expensive pieces can also enrich a room in a more understated way.  The country style dresser, utilitarian filing cabinets and simple Pine blanket boxes harmonize well with modern pieces. These can sometimes be picked up at house and office clearance sales or in second-hand shops, and tend to be relatively good values, especially if they need a little TLC and minor refinishing. An imaginative approach will reap rewards.

At the heart of the old and new look is a willingness to experiment with the unexpected, and this is really what generations in the past have done. Georgian homes incorporated state of the art glass chandeliers to hold paraffin lighting with the Rococo and neo classical designs of Thomas Chippendale. The Victorians created the process of lamination and this technique, along with their new concept of mass production, spawned new styles of furniture that contributed very well to embellished cornicing and masculine Gothic furniture of the day.


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