Picking the Perfect Bedroom Dresser

So you’re renovating your bedroom. You’ve picked out a new bed that fits your color scheme, arranged your curtains, and decided what to do with your wall space-what’s left? A bedroom dresser. Not only are dressers essential pieces of bedroom storage, providing plenty of room for clothes, but they’re a great way to bring your space together. In this post, we’ll talk about what to look for when picking yours out, and show a few pictures of some of our favorites. With so many wonderful options on today’s furniture market, it’s hard to keep track of them all! Whether you’re looking for a chest of drawers, solid wood headboard or other bedroom furniture, you’ve got options. 

For a synopsis of bedroom decor in general, head on over to our post here.

Bedroom Dresser Styles

For those decorating their sleeping space, there are a wide variety of styles available to choose from. We’ve even seen customers decorate their entryways and living rooms with a quality 4-drawer dresser. Below are just a few of the many styles you could consider. 

Victorian

Among our best sellers are Victorian style bedroom dressers and bedroom chests. These will bring a Dickens-ian type of luxury to any space. Many of these were crafted in the early 20th century, a contrast from more modern pieces. A quality antique dresser that has stood the test of time is a great way to spice up your home decor. 

Victorian Inspired Dresser, Jonathan Charles

Mid-Century Modern

For something a little more recent, we’d recommend the Mid-Century Modern. Despite being a vintage movement, some pieces in this style look more futuristic than today’s furniture! You will be drawn to the sleek lines and smooth color schemes. Paired with the right end table or bed frame, a quality vintage dresser could bring your entire space together. Regardless of your preferred size and number of drawers, there is something in this style for everyone! 

For more information on this movement, check out our post about it here!

Rustic

Rustic decor is a natural, old fashioned style that still brings much to the table! These bedroom dressers are a great fit for those with a log cabin, or those who want to create that effect! The warmth and sophistication of these pieces will be the first things you notice. 

Another Lovely Jonathan Charles Dresser

Where to Place Your Bedroom Dresser

Now that you’ve picked out your new favorite piece of furniture, it’s time to decide where to put it! Generally speaking, a good place to put your antique or modern dresser is to the side of your bed, against the wall. You don’t want it to be to close, as it will be hard to get out of bed! But you still want it to be within a few steps. After all, a big reason dressers are so useful is their accessibility! We’ve had customers that find them so useful, they put them in their home office! 

Whether you choose a small dresser, 6-drawer dresser, 5-drawer chest or even an entire bedroom set, we hope this post has been useful to you in your journey of bedroom decor. If you’re in the market for a new piece, we’d be happy to help over at EuroLuxHome.com! You can check out or bedroom dressers on this page. Our new arrivals include other furniture such as bookcases, sectional sofas, dining room furniture and more!

How to Decorate Your Bedroom: A Guide

The average human spends more time in the bedroom than in any other space in the home. Quality interior design can ensure that that time is well spent! Everyone wants to sleep in style, to wake up in an immaculately decorated area. But with so many furniture and lighting options, the process of creating your perfect sleeping  can seem daunting. But if you stick to your style and know how to pick the right pieces, you’ll be living in luxury for years to come. 

Bedroom Ideas: Picking Your Style

If you can imagine it, then chances are a furniture maker has created it. Interior design is an art form that has been honed for centuries to match all sorts of tastes.

Further Reading: Design Styles Defined

Victorian Style Decor

If you’re looking for a regal, old fashioned style, we’d recommend checking out some Victorian pieces. As the name would suggest, this style is inspired by the craftsmanship of 19th century England. This is a great route to go when considering how to decorate your bedroom.

You can consider Victorian design a “revivalist” style- that means that its original creators used motifs from other styles past. A history within a history, if you will, since many of Victorian pieces you’ll find are genuine antiques! Tastes change over the centuries, but this English furniture style has withstood the test of time. As an added benefit, referencing other styles means Victorian furniture can match with most Old World styles too. Versatility, beauty, and craftsmanship from generations ago- what’s not to love? 

Mid-Century Modern Design

Maybe you’re a more modern person. But not too modern. If that’s the case, then perhaps the Mid-Century would be a better fit. As the name suggests, this type of design rose to prominence in the 20th century. Its sleek, clean lines are a change of pace from more antiqued furniture styles, reflecting the modern, changing mindset of the era. If you’ve ever watched the show Mad Men and admired the layout, this is the design for you! This is a style that will fit well if your desired home decor is more contemporary, but might look out of place among the patinas and veneers of antique furniture. 

A wooden chest of drawers
Mid-Century Chest of Drawers

French Bedroom Furniture

As European antiques dealers, we can’t help but give a mention to a wide array of antique French furniture styles. Many of Europe’s most prominent design movements originated from France. It was customary for many monarchs to popularize their own furniture styles, leaving a creative legacy that still exists today! Whether you’re looking at a Louis XV or Louis Philippe piece, one thing you’ll notice is how each ruler adds a touch of their own personality. For example, if the King was an avid hunter, then the carvings might include animal scenes. 

Whatever your style, just know that you have options. There really is something for everyone in the world of furniture.

A tip about antique beds- most antique beds were made before the standardization of mattress sizes. You’ll probably need to have a mattress fitted for optimal comfort, but we think the luxury makes it worth it. Back when furniture was designed by and for kings, king size was whatever the king wanted it to be. 

Louis XV Bed

How do I tell if my furniture is high quality? 

So you’ve decided how to decorate your bedroom, and now you’re choosing your pieces. The first thing you should look at is the material used. High quality furniture is generally crafted from solid wood such as mahogany or oak. These materials make up most antique furniture, and are a large part of why it lasted long enough to become antique! 

Depending on the age of the furniture, imperfections may be a good sign! Keep in mind that most antiques were crafted by hand. A slight curve or blemish in the construction can signify that the piece is a legitimate antique, not made on an assembly line. A slightly crooked desk may actually be much more valuable than a perfectly shaped one! Not to say that modern pieces aren’t lovely as well. It’s just important to consider the age of your bedroom decor when making any judgements. A slight blemish here and there won’t harm the integrity of the piece- it’s survived this long, after all. 

If you find something in need of refurbishing, don’t write it off just yet! Check out our guide here to see if your piece is salvageable.

BONUS TIP: If you’ve found what you’re looking for, don’t forget to measure your door frame to make sure it fits! This is usually only a problem with larger pieces of furniture, such as sofas and desks. Still, there’s nothing worse than finding your next centerpiece, only to realize you can’t get it inside the house! 

Organizing Your Bedroom Furniture

So you’ve picked your style. You’ve bought all the furniture you need, and have even managed to get it through the door! So now what? It’s time to arrange.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

A few things to keep in mind- first, make sure to consider natural lighting when placing your bed. You may not want the sun shining in your eyes every morning. Or maybe you do. You’ll probably want to choose a lighter color of paint, even if you have dark furniture. This is because dark furniture has a way of absorbing sunlight. The more natural rays flowing into your room, the more spacious it will feel and the more it will complement your furniture. 

Storage Matters

Unless your bedroom is several square miles across, you’ll have to think about space limitations. Fortunately, there are a variety of lovely decor options that serve this practical purpose. Maybe a dresser with plenty of drawers could be the versatile piece your home needs. Nightstands, especially larger ones, are also a great way to meet this need. If you can imagine a piece of bedroom furniture, chances are a storage variant of the piece exists! We’ve even seen footboards with added compartments for your belongings. The more items you can store in your furniture, the more room you have for furniture. 

Further Reading: Maximizing Your Bedroom Storage

Tall furniture such as shelves or tall dressers can also be a great way to preserve floor space. Think vertically!

A square white bed with storage compartments at the bottom.
Storage Bed

Bedroom Lighting 

The lighting you choose for your space will drastically impact the look of your furniture. Whether it’s bedside lighting or a chandelier hanging from your bedroom ceiling, picking the right light fixtures is important. When deciding how to decorate your bedroom, you’ve got to think of the glow!

Not every room is wired properly for a ceiling light, and not ever ceiling is tall enough for a chandelier! This can seem like a barrier between you and your bedroom lighting ideas. Fortunately, there are still plenty of great choices, such as floor lamps, table lamps, wall sconces and more. Remember, lighting has as many different different styles as furniture, so make sure the piece you get matches the rest of your interior design! Victorian style overhead lighting probably wouldn’t be a very good blend with a Mid-Century Modern bedroom. 

For a more in-depth look at one of our favorite lighting choices, check out our chandeliers guide here!

And of course, we can’t forget natural light. A few well placed mirrors can amplify the sun coming through your windows, providing a warmth only nature can offer! 

Combine the right ambiance from natural light sources with quality lighting fixtures and your furniture will thank you for it! 

Nickel Chandelier

Picking the Right Bed

Most standard furniture rules apply to your potential bed. You’re looking for something made out of a solid, high quality wood. Whether it’s a modern bed or antique bed, the bed frame should be sturdy. If you’re going with a piece that has an upholstered headboard, make sure it’s crafted from leather, faux leather, or a durable fabric. The last thing you want is a scratch or tear in your brand new king bed! 

Here’s an example we couldn’t help but mention. We delivered this Louis XV bed to a customer in Ocean Springs, MS. Notice the level of detail in the carving. It may sit low to the ground, but it’s certainly not low profile! The bed design features an ornate wood frame, carved on every inch. There is not a single space on this piece that its creator did not decorate. 

This bed is a lovely intersection between the Rococo and Louis XV styles. French Rococo is a tried and true movement in home decor. It often features these sweeping curved lines, adding a sense of elegance. This particular bed is crafted from walnut wood, guaranteeing its stability. After all, that’s why this piece has lasted since the early 1900s! 

Don’t Forget Platform Beds!

A platform bed may provide a “sleeker” look than a traditional box spring, if that’s what you’re going for. These can still offer all the lovely upholstery, tufted headboards and modern design you could want! Platform bed frames come in all shapes and sizes, with different slat types to suit your needs. You could even consider a metal platform bed for added stability. Contemporary beds are often crafted with specially engineered wood to produce the same durability. 

A flat platform bed.
Platform Bed

Don’t forget about storage beds either. These are a great way to improve storage space in a small room, making even more room for your furniture! 

Keeping Your Bedroom Decor Personal

At the end of the day, everything comes down to your own personal taste. We can help point you in the right direction, but home decor is an art- it reflects who you are. There’s no “correct” headboard to choose, and there’s no accent lighting that will work in every situation. You are the master of your own master bedroom. 

If you’re a minimalist person, then choose a minimal style! There’s no need to overdo it if you don’t consider yourself a fancy person. 

Whether you have a modern style approach, or an antique bed that fits into neither the king size or queen size category, there are options. 

Don’t Forget Bedroom Accessories

Once you’ve got your fundamental pieces in place, it’s time to fill in the gaps. This is where you can really let your personality take over! For additional floor decor, maybe an area rug could be the splash of color you need! These can create a focal point, and enhance a small space or piece of furniture. A set of throw pillows could make a daybed pop! 

A light brown throw pillow.
Throw Pillow

A bookcase could be great for any readers out there, and has the benefit of storage space to organize your belongings! It also opens up even more decorating ideas, giving you the option to display all your favorite trinkets.

With these tips, you’ll be sleeping in luxury! Don’t forget that your home decor is a reflection of you and your tastes. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, so get creative!

Upholstered Bench Done Right

Nothing can add comfort and style like a quality upholstered bench. Whether you’re in the market for a tufted piece for your living room or a storage bench for entryway, you’ll be impressed by the versatility of this furniture type. Picture this scenario: you’re having company over, and are trying to figure out seating. You’ve got a set of chairs that matches with your interior design, but they’re too small, or not comfortable enough. A bench with upholstery is a great solution. 

Linen Upholstered Bench

These pieces are generally upholstered with brown or black genuine leather/faux leather. This gives them the ability to blend with all sorts of color schemes and styles. Any style can benefit from more comfort, whether it’s Mid-Century Modern or Victorian. You could also consider a storage bench, perfect for making good use of a small space. The cushioned seat of a leather bench allows for more comfort than your standard seating options.

A durable, attractive Upholstered Bench

There’s one example of this type of furniture that we couldn’t help but mention: this reproduction upholstered bench. There’s a lot to love about this piece. One thing we always look for when collection furniture is durability. This bench meets that standard. Its solid wood legs and construction ensure it will last for generations. After all, there’s no sense in crafting a lovely upholstery if it isn’t supported by a sturdy wood frame. 

Reproduction Upholstered Bench

As you might have noticed, this wood bench is easy on the eyes. We can guarantee that any guest who lays eyes on it will be impressed. The deep black color of the leather was crafted using a technique known as an antique blackwash. Not only is the finish beautiful in its own right, but it also gives you options. A piece like this has the ability to blend with more color schemes than others, so you’ll find all sorts of great places to put it! Whether you want an entryway bench, bedroom bench, or even a dining bench, this piece fits the bill. This bench features a leather upholstery on the seat for added comfort, in addition to its durability and beauty. For something similar, check out this King Henry bed bench!

Upholstered Benches Enhance Every Space!

Just imagine how a piece like this could blend with your coffee table, dining room furniture, or other bench seat! You could also consider putting one in your home office, enhancing both your work and home decor. From padded seat cushion to sturdy legs, you’ll be impressed by this bench.

French Country Counter Stools

We sold a customer a set of French Country counter stools and this is the result! Lisa from Sarasota, FL put them to good use. We love what she did with her kitchen area. Notice how well these counter stools match with her kitchen island countertop! The styling of these wooden bar stools blends well with her existing setup. Lisa, we are impressed by your home decor chops! Thanks for sharing. 

We always love to see the designs our customers make with our furniture. Especially when it’s a design with one of our favorite styles, French Country!

The French Counter Stools

Quality French Style Furniture

These handcrafted counter or bar stools are truly a sight to behold. From wood frame to backrest, it’s hard to imagine a kitchen, bistro, or dining space where they wouldn’t look spectacular. Notice the luxurious carving in the wood bar stool’s wooden seat. These bar chairs are among some of our most popular pieces because of how they allow you to connect with friends! Not only is their construction beautiful, but these stools are built to last. The solid wood frame has stood the test of time, ensuring durability and class. 

One thing we look for in fine furniture is versatility. The more purposes a piece of home decor serves, the better! These French Country bar stools meet that standard. They could bring a new vibe to your home bar, adding elegance as you share drinks with close ones.

Whether you’re looking to decorate a Rustic dining area or a Farmhouse style breakfast bar, you won’t be disappointed by these stools. 

More French Country Furniture

French Country Writing Desk

If these pieces of furniture have piqued your interest, you might be interested in other French Country decor! Simply put, the French Country style is a joining of worlds. From one end, we can see Rustic influences in the designs: carved wood legs, old-fashioned wood finishes, etc. The other side of this style is its European influence, with clean lines and gentle hues that are easy on the eye. Rattan and beige, ladderback and rush seats: this is a style with many options. 

You can always expect quality materials to be used with French Country products. Whether it’s walnut, oak, mahogany making up the frame, it will be durable. And whether it’s a wood seat or faux leather seat, it will be comfortable! 

If you can imagine it, it exists in the French Country style. From dining chairs with elegant linen upholstery, to pub tables with a lovely oak finish, this style can impress anyone. From your dining room to your kitchen counter, you’ll see why this style is one of our best sellers.

There are always more options!

If you like these stools, we have some other recommendations! Perhaps a swivel or backless piece could provide a more casual accessibility to your space. A counter height stool, or something with an adjustable height, might be more suited to your needs if you’re pursuing a Mid-Century Modern space. The options are limitless.

Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com  with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique  furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture  to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves  her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Biedermeier Furniture

Not only is Biedermeier furniture an enticing style of home decor-its history is pretty interesting too! Like many forms of antique furniture, the Biedermeier style reflects the time in which it was built. Even though it originated in the early 19th century, expert craftspeople and cabinetmakers have kept the tradition alive by using its techniques to create lovely modern pieces. 

Biedermeier Chest of Drawers

The History of Biedermeier Furniture

This type of furniture became prevalent in Germany in the early 1800s. The rising German middle class began to invest more in their interior design. Demonstrating that typical German efficiency, they turned toward practical yet attractive forms of furniture. And so Biedermeier furniture was born. At EuroLuxHome.com, we believe that furniture tells a story. In this style of furniture, we step into the shoes of a 19th century resident of Berlin. And frankly, those folks had good taste in furniture. 

Prior to this period, the only people who were able to afford high-quality furniture were rich nobles. They preferred luxurious, regal styles such as French Empire, Empire Style, Napoleon II, etc. The Biedermeier style takes influence from these, but offers a more understated, simplistic approach. It is luxury ornamentation combined with working class charm. Over time, this type of furniture design spread to Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden! The addition of Austrian and Swedish craftsmen during the Biedermeier period helped the style flourish! 

Simple, Elegant Style

This type of furniture features solid woods such as fruitwoods and birdseye maple. This is because the original craftsmen of this style did not have access to material such as mahogany. You will find that a secretary desk, side table or dining table is as sturdy as they come. More advanced pieces, such as armoires and cabinets often feature inlays, and are among the most decorative pieces in this style. That’s because the original craftsmen took influence from from Neoclassical and Art Deco designers. 

Upholstered Biedermeier Chair

Many seating options, such as dining chairs and Biedermeier sofas, feature quality upholstery for added comfort. 

Each piece in this style features a simple yet elegant beauty. The craftsmen who made these works of art clearly have an aesthetic touch- but they don’t feel the need to overdo it. This style is the middle class mentality, brought to life through elite carpentry. From writing desk to center table, Biedermeier chairs to a Biedermeier chest of drawers, this style is bound to impress. 

If you’re interested in this style, you can check out our selection of Biedermeier pieces here!

Furniture Spotlight: Antique Sideboard

Every once in a while, we get a high quality piece of furniture that we can’t help but write about. This antique French sideboard is one of those pieces. This oak sideboard has everything we look for in a piece of antique furniture. It’s sturdy. It’s made of quality material. Its craftsmanship has withstood the test of time. For a piece to survive long enough to become antique, it takes skilled carpenters. Whoever crafted this Henry II Buffet Server clearly knew what they were doing. With the aged wood, it likely looks better than the day it was created! 

Henry II Antique Sideboard

There is something commanding about the presence of an antique sideboard. Maybe it’s the hours of work it takes to create one. Or it’s the attention to detail that a quality piece demonstrates. Maybe it’s the sheer scale. There are many types of quality pieces of furniture in this style that could make a great addition to your home. But we are particularly impressed by this one.

Quality Craftsmanship

Crafted around the late 19th century or early 20th century, this wood sideboard provides shelving for storage space in addition to its style! Using solid woods such as solid oak make it able to store heavier items. You’ll find that a piece like this is a great way to store collectibles! You will notice the intricately carved oak cabinet doors of this antique buffet, making you feel like 19th century royalty. Most antique oak furniture has this effect.

Here’s the Hutch!

Like most antique and vintage sideboards, we’d recommend you place this in your dining room or living room. We can set you up with dining furniture such as a dining table, or a bookcase or credenza to match! A quality buffet could also look great in your entryway or home office. Regardless of whether you choose to put a 2-door sideboard like this one, it’s going to impress. Use it for style, use it for storage, or use it for both! One thing is sure when you’re shopping for antique sideboard buffets: you’re getting versatility.

Antique Sideboards at EuroLuxHome.com

At EuroLuxHome.com, we’ve got all sorts of antique furniture available. From Victorian walnut sideboards, to antique English dining room furniture, to marble top mahogany sideboards with a hutch and more, we’ve got the furniture to meet your needs. From Louis XV to Mid-Century Modern, Arts and Crafts, Queen Anne and more, each piece from our collection is sure to become the focal point of your home. With quality materials like rosewood, pine wood, teak and more, this furniture is built to last.

The Joys of Nesting Tables

If you’re looking for versatility from your dining room furniture, look no further than our selection of nesting tables! Whether you’re looking for some smaller nesting side tables or a larger style statement, we’ve got the home decor for you. From home office to entryway or even as a piece of living room furniture, a quality nesting table is sure to impress.

What defines a nesting table?

A nesting table is different from a coffee table, nightstand, accent table or dining table. Unlike these other furniture types, a nest piece has an adjustable tabletop. Simply put, it can be large or small! This versatility makes it great for a variety of situations. Use it for casual lunches, or formal dinners. With one of these pieces of furniture, the world is your oyster! From large space to small space, you can’t go wrong with these. You get all the benefits of a small table while still having space for company! 

A standard nesting table set usually features the glam of a quality solid wood top. This is because a glass top or marble top does not lend itself well to adjustment. Don’t worry though- whether you choose a large or smaller table, you’ll find our wood nesting tables to be sturdy. The styling on these pieces, just like the rest of our home furnishings, are sure to enhance your living space.

Quality furniture design

Theodore Alexander Tables

Just check out this set of tables from one of our favorite vendors, Theodore Alexander. This is certainly a different take on this concept. Notice the fascinating shape. The creators used a unique technique, gradual tapering. This is why the shape seems to be so striking. They’re triangular, but not only triangular. There is a complexity to this furniture that makes it an enticing find! We think these could be a great fit in a contemporary or Mid-Century Modern room. This is the type of craftsmanship you don’t want to miss out on!

Nesting tables and more at EuroLuxHome.com

We have many other quality tables available for purchase! We offer round tables in addition to rectangular dining tables. Other furniture options include antique and modern style console tables. These pieces of furniture feature quality materials such as metal frames, metal legs, white marble, firwood, and more. Other best sellers include nesting end tables, coffee table sets, and end table sets. Browse our selection of quality dining and nesting tables today to find your new favorite piece of furniture!

Antique Sideboard, Louis XV

Lavishly carved and very substantial, this superb antique Louis XV Rococo style antique sideboard is a direct import from France from one of our recent antique buying trips. Dating to around the late 19th century/early 20th century, the antique French piece of furniture in the Louis XV Rococo style is crafted in oak wood and it boasts the handsome patina of age. It also displays the carving skills of the French craftsmen who created it more than a century ago.

What a lovely setup!

A Perfectly Carved Antique Sideboard

The shell carving on the back of this lovely antique sideboard is typical of Rococo styling. The face of the doors and drawers are also covered with gorgeous frilly carvings. Don’t they look wonderfully pretty against the dark aged wood? The sideboard offers plenty of storage space in the cabinet and drawers. You will have everything you need when you are entertaining friends or sharing a family meal. Measuring nearly 7 feet long and standing proudly on sturdy and attractively shaped feet, the antique French sideboard in the Louis XV Rococo style will look great in a Traditional dining room, living room or hallway.

Jodie found us on Ebay and the sideboard certainly looks amazing in her gorgeous French chateau-inspired entryway. Notice how the piece blends with her beautiful rose-colored rug, the hand-planed parquet floors, the stunning crystal chandelier, the pair of iron sconces and of course the huge arched doors allowing light to stream in. It looks almost like a Gothic Cathedral! This incredible piece of antique furniture could be a great fit alongside your other solid wood furniture, a high quality addition to any style of room, whether it’s French Country, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, or Victorian.

As regal as the day it was crafted

Other Buffets and Sideboards

Sideboards are a great addition to any space. Whether it’s an inlaid Jacobean sideboard or a Carved Walnut/Oak Buffet, they bring an element of versatility to any room. Whether you need shelving, an oak sideboard with a hutch, or a mid century modern piece, we’ve got the large antique furniture selection to meet your needs. Feel free to browse our collection of sideboards, including Art Deco Sideboards, Credenzas, Georgian pieces, and many more! Maybe a piece with a marble top is what you need. Maybe you’re in the market for a carved oak vintage sideboard to complement your bookcase. The point is, you’ve got options. 

10 Expert Tips To Give Your House a Makeover On a Budget

Living room with brick walls and antique furniture pieces

July 16, 2020 by Julia Weaver

Since a lot of us are spending more time at home than ever before it’s easy to grow tired of the interior, no matter how much you used to love it. But whether you’re living in Atlanta or Dallas, or anywhere else, remodeling doesn’t come cheap. So sometimes small, low-budget upgrades are the best choice, and can even make the most impact. Don’t know where to start? We’ve asked experts to share their best budget-friendly tip on how to give your house a makeover on a  budget and make your space feel like new.

Living room with brick walls and antique furniture pieces

Create a space that supports your goals and dreams

During the pandemic, we’ve all spent more time at home and are now beginning to recognize spaces in our home that we otherwise would tolerate or ignore because of how busy we are. Everyone has “that room”, the one that operates as a storage room. Think about creating a home office, your own movie theater, or a wellness room. The possibilities are endless and can be tailored to your needs, wishes, wants, and desires. – Aaron B. Duke

Decorate with photos of your favorite memories

Displaying photos of great moments is always a great way to freshen up space and give your house a makeover on a budget. Try framing photos of a trip or an important event. Minimalist, modern frames can really help make a room feel not just new but also personal. – Frameology

Enhance the beauty of old furniture without overshadowing it

Old furniture can have great bones that are overshadowed by a tired and worn finish. A few inexpensive ways to update dated pieces are to clean them and wipe away years of neglect, swap out the hardware for something a bit more modern, or give them a fresh coat of paint. A little elbow grease goes a long way. – Eight Hundred Furniture

To protect and enhance the beauty of a wooden piece you first must wipe away the years of dust and old polish. Then using a colored wax wipe it into the grain. The colored wax will not show up as much as if you used an aerosol polish. –Furniture Medic by Bespoke Restoration

Add a pop of color

A bit of eye candy in the form of bright colors can freshen and bring vitality to a tired interior. Try a red lampshade for instance. It’s one way to give your house a makeover on a budget that won’t break your color scheme and will build a focal point of interest. – The Reflective Designer

Restore the beauty of your antique pieces

Many people believe that antique furniture must be stripped and refinished, but most antiques just need to be thoroughly cleaned and waxed in order to restore their beauty! -Aimee Talbot, EuroLux Home

Bring back the shine

If you have a metal object that has lost its shine, and normal cleaning methods won’t work, try Amaco Rub N Buff. It’s a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way and can make a huge difference. – Nostalgia Antiques And Collectibles Store

Wood stains and finishes are your best friend

Refinishing or repainting old wooden furniture gives you the option of restoring the piece to its original condition or updating it with a new color or wood stain that better matches your interior decor. Furniture restoration professionals can help give your house a makeover on a budget one furniture piece at a time by safely removing the current paint, stain, or finish from your furniture and they adding a wood stain or paint color. – RestorationMaster

Updating old wood furniture usually requires stripping off the old finish, sanding the surface in preparation for the new finish, and then of course applying the new finish that gives an updated look. Traditional finishes are applied in multiple layers, each layer requiring time to partially cure and then sanding before the next layer. Thankfully, updating your old wood furniture and giving your house a makeover on a budget can be done easily thanks to wood finishes that allow you to add color and finish in one simple application. – Rubio Monocoat

You’d be surprised at how dramatically you can rehabilitate that old wooden piece with some wood stain. Always sand your piece before you stain, so you can remove blemishes and scratches first – otherwise, the stain can emphasize those flaws. You can also use stainable wood filler in any chips, sand your surface smooth, and apply stain afterward. For an even easier, no-risk way to revitalize and preserve wood surfaces, lightly apply Old English Scratch Cover oil with a rag. With these simple steps, you can get your furniture to fit seamlessly into your décor, rejuvenate an old piece, or simply update your aesthetic. – The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Oakland

Antique Armoires, and Why They’re Awesome.

Few pieces add a regal feel to your decor like antique armoires. A versatile type of furniture, an armoire can bring a sense of elegance to your room, while also providing the practical benefit of ample storage space for anything you choose, be it clothes, linen, jewelry, or even weapons. At EuroLuxHome.com, we have a wide selection of these sturdy, time-tested pieces, and over the years, we’ve learned the finer points of the style. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll be an expert on them too.

What exactly is an armoire?

The first thing to understand is that the term can mean a lot of things. An armoire is essentially a large cabinet or wardrobe. Most feature at least one paneled door on the exterior. Many of the pieces we carry also feature a shelf for more storage space. Antique armoires are generally crafted from sturdy wood such as walnut, oak, or mahogany. This structural integrity is why so many of these pieces last long enough to become antique, as most of our armoires were created circa the 19th century. 

Depending on the antique piece, you may also find a few with a glass door, giving the piece the ability to be used to display valuables. For those who wish to use them as a wardrobe, some armoires also contain a beveled mirror. Many people also use them as a bookcase, perhaps even adding a shelf to create more room. With the versatility of this style, chances are that every home could put one to good use.

Many of these pieces could be used as storage cabinets, many featuring a chest of drawers. Some folks use this one-of-a-kind furniture as a wardrobe armoire.

Where should I place my antique armoire?

Depends on what you want the piece to do! We’ve had customers place them anywhere from bedroom to dining room to living room. Many customers use them as an antique wardrobe, giving a rustic charm for their bedroom that can’t be matched by a traditional linen closet. As mentioned before, the storage space provided by an old armoire lets you store more clothes than you could reasonable wear. Some of our armoires also contain a drawer to build on this benefit. Sturdy, quality wood enhances the decor of a bedroom while also serving a practical purpose.

Antique armoires are also a great choice for anyone looking to enhance their dining room decor. Some feature a mirrored door, which can create a sense of more space in the room as you dine with guests. We’ve even seen people use them as cupboards Pieces that feature a glass door and shelf allow for the display of valuables, such as dishes or fine china. The ability of an antique armoire to blend with other pieces of antique furniture while providing more storage space ensures that your beautiful piece is also practical.

What are the different styles of antique armoire?

There are too many to count, so we’ll just discuss the common styles, and the styles we carry at EuroLuxHome.com. Our personal favorite is the antique French armoire. Simply put, the French have a certain knack for creating antique furniture. These pieces feature immaculate carvings, demonstrating an elite attention to detail. A standard antique French armoire features 2 or more wooden doors, and sometimes a glass door. The wood used to make these pieces is usually oak or walnut-something sturdy. However, we have also carried antique French armoires crafted from mahogany.

Another popular style of antique armoire is the classic Farmhouse style. These pieces are all about rustic charm. They tend to be less dramatic than other types, creating a more home-style atmosphere. Like other armoires, these usually feature one or more wooden doors, with the capacity to have a glass door as well, depending on the craftsmen. These pieces usually feature a wood finish, making it perfect for any cottage. Other styles include French ProvincialArt DecoFrench CountryVictorianArt NouveauRococoLouis Philippe, and Louis XV style. No matter which you choose, it is sure to demonstrate master craftsmanship.

From cabinet door to pediment, you can’t do much better for your home than by picking up your own antique armoire. This style of antique furniture is timeless, and provides the boost to your decor and storage space that interior designers drool over. We have a wide selection of these beautiful pieces on our website here, so check it out!