Lehua Kyllikki. Furniture. September 07th , 2017.
The Empire style furniture is massive, in grand scale and very masculine. It has a severe, heavy, masculine look with no carving. The wood carving which is very common in the previous styles of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI is generally replaced with wood veneers polished to a high sheen. To equalize the bareness of wood veneer, metal gilts are used to adorn the furniture. A good clue to identifying the Empire style is the vulgar use of ormolu mounts. Ormolus are gilt-metal decorations usually in different decorative motifs. These are usually drawn from antique sources or patriotic inspiration. There are motifs derived from Egyptian archeology. Falcon, sphinxes, cobras, obelisks, winged lions are just some of these Egyptian inspired decorations. Napoleon's fascination with his conquest of Egypt and later on the excavation of ruins by the French Egyptologists created so much interest in everything related to Egypt.
Some people prefer to get the peeling and distressed paint look of antique furniture. This style is suitable mostly for the kitchen and the family room. The usual colors are white, red, green, yellow or blue. First, start with sanding the furniture, and then apply latex paint. When the paint has cured, sand it once again in certain spots to get the worn out look. A slight touch of dilute paint here and there on your painted furniture will improve its visual appeal.
Yet, attractive and sturdy though it is, natural rattan has a series of traits which may potentially put home-owners off purchasing furniture made out of it. Specifically, the material is notable for fraying easily and requiring a significant amount of care. While said care is not at all hard to undertake, and will more often than not simply entail basic maintenance, it may nonetheless be a deal-breaking factor, particularly for home-owners shorter on time or who wish to use the rattan outdoor furniture in their summer home or another space where they will not always be present. Still, for those who do have the time and patience to spare, furniture made out of this material will undoubtedly make for a striking, eye-catching addition to any garden, patio or deck.
Perhaps the biggest reason you should consider a leather sofa for your home is for the natural warmth it offers. There is a tactile appeal with leather that is really second to none. If you have ever sat on a piece of furniture covered in leather you know what I am talking about. The smooth, soft feel is comforting and warm to the touch. There is just something about it that makes you feel like you are in the lap of luxury. Nothing scratchy, and no irritating feel.
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