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

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!

What to Look for in Vintage or Antique Chandeliers

At EuroLuxHome.com, we know that purchasing vintage or antique chandeliers is an investment, not just for your wallet, but for the decor of your home. After all, we’ve been selling them on our website for years. As furniture experts, we cannot emphasize enough the role that quality lighting plays in making your furniture shine. Quality light, particularly antique lighting, highlights details and enhances the color of your interior design, making it an essential piece for any space. But before you jump in and make a purchase, there’s a few things you should know.

What defines a chandelier?

Believe it or not, a chandelier can be a lot of things. It is a term used to refer to any hanging light with multiple bulbs, which leaves much room for the interpretation of the craftsmen who create them. The image that’s probably in your head is a sparkling, elegant crystal chandelier. This is the style that most of our chandeliers at EuroLuxHome.com fall under. However, it is by no means the only kind that exists. In fact, many of these light fixtures are made of metal such as brass, bronze, silver, and iron. Each style of ceiling fixture has its merits, and the best choice depends on the aesthetic of your home decor.

Why antique chandeliers, and not other styles of lighting?

There are 2 major benefits: elegance and versatility.

Chandeliers, and especially the styles that we carry at EuroLux, have a certain regal feel that can’t be matched by other fixtures. A luxurious antique chandelier is essentially a status symbol. Adding one to your space can bring a Hollywood mansion feeling to any home. For an extra sparkle, we’d recommend going with a piece with pendants (the individual lights)crafted from glass or crystal. These translucent materials reflect light and create a shimmering mirror effect in your space, something that cannot always be said about a standard light fixture.

With such a wide range of styles of chandelier in the world, you have options. This breadth of styles makes it more likely to find the right fit. If a metal finish fits your room best, a piece exists for you. If that’s not your style, many are decorated with paint, meaning that you are able to find a color scheme that fits with the wood furniture in your home.

What types of vintage or antique chandeliers are available?

As mentioned before, you’ve got options when it comes to vintage and antique chandeliers. If you’re looking for quality glass lighting, you can’t do much better than a Murano Chandelier. Murano is a special kind of Italian glass renowned for its quality and durability. This type of glass is essentially the peak of the craft. Murano pieces tend to be some of the more attention grabbing chandeliers.We’d recommend making one the focal point of a large room, such as a living room.

Murano Chandelier

For something a little more understated, we’d recommend going with an antique brass chandelier. You’ll still get the sparkle from crystal or glass pendants that look like crystal drops, but these pieces tend to be a little less aggressove. Pieces like this complement a room rather than dominate it. These are good for your dining room, and would make a statement suspended from the ceiling over your table, casting a regal light over dinner with guests.

There are also a variety of mid century, vintage styles available for both of these categories, such as bohemian chandeliers, if you’d like a slightly more modern vibe. We even offer ceiling fixtures with lights meant to imitate the glow of a candle.

We could write an entire book about the various types of antique chandeliers in the world. There are plenty of styles we didn’t cover available on our website here.

What are some quality chandelier brands?

Some of the most popular and tested brands include Elegant Lighting, Chelsea House, and Currey & Company. EuroLuxHome.com is proud to carry all of them. We’ve been in this business for a long time, so we know what quality lighting looks like. These brands fit the bill.

Nothing accentuates your antique furniture like a quality antique or vintage chandelier. EuroLuxHome.com has a wide variety of vintage or antique chandeliers available for purchase. Visit our chandelier page here, and feel free to reach out with any questions about our products, or antique chandeliers in general. We’d love to help you find your perfect chandelier.

Renaissance Style Furniture and Decor

Renaissance style furniture  is one of the most popular styles of antique furniture in our online store EuroLuxHome.com because it has a timeless elegance and nobility and it is easily adaptable to today’s homes. If you don’t know the history of Renaissance style furniture and how to recognize it, here’s your guide to help you decorate your own home with this refined and classic look.

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's home
Formal Renaissance Dining Room

The Origins of Renaissance Style Furniture

The Renaissance period — meaning “rebirth” — emerged in Italy in the 15th century and lasted well into the 16th century. This period was a pivotal cultural movement that marked a huge shift in thinking, science, and art in Europe. The Italian Renaissance is the most well known, but this cultural shift was evident across the world. This exciting period was a bridge between the medieval period and the pre-industrial modern age and amazing Italian craftsmen and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo rose to fame. The new aesthetic in arts and architecture was inspired by the classical arts of ancient Rome and Greece. Rich aristocrats like the Medici family in Florence flaunted their wealth, good taste and artistic patronage by furnishing their fabulous homes, as well as public buildings, with impressive furniture with ornate carvings in fine wood. The Roman and Greek influences resulted in classical shapes and motifs, including mythological motifs, becoming a common theme in the decorative arts. Many of these works can be still be found in historic places across Europe.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner
Antique French Renaissance buffet in the kitchen

Renaissance Revival Furniture

The Renaissance era had such a deep impact that even hundreds of years later, craftsmen were still trying to emulate its accomplishments. This furniture style became popular again in 19th century France. People in the newly affluent middle class after the Industrial Revolution were keen to furnish their homes with large, opulent furniture with heavy carving to display their new status. The antique Renaissance style furniture that we sell today is from this Revival period, dating to the late 19th and early 20th century and imported from Europe. This is the same era as the Victorian age (sometimes called the 2nd English Renaissance) in Great Britain, which shared a lot of the same looks, values, and art. If you have a Victorian Renovation home, you can happily decorate with Renaissance Revival furniture!

Antique French Renaissance style server sideboard, with a queen’s face carved into the top and a marble counter.

Typical Renaissance Style Furniture Features

When browsing this style of antique furniture you can expect to see:

When browsing this style of antique, revival style furniture, you can expect to see:

  • Large proportions and sturdy silhouettes are a key part of this furniture design.
  • Mostly hand-carved, heavily-carved ornamentation, and beautiful ornate carving across the fronts of cabinets and buffets.
  • Classical motifs included scrollwork, arabesque designs, flourishes, garlands of flowers and fruit.
  • Greek and Roman mythological references carved into the wood-these include mythic creatures, plus lions, cherubs and human faces, as well as grotesque faces that remind us of gargoyles.
  • Classical era decoration, such as arches, pediments, cornices and columns on furniture hark back to ancient Greek and Roman architecture.
  • Galleries of spindles add to the architectural style and also serve as plate racks on buffets and servers.
  • Finials on buffets and chair backs add a regal finishing touch.
  • Furniture wood is most often dark oak or walnut.
  • Veined marble is used in heavier furniture making, like for tops on buffets, servers and sideboards.
  • Brass or metal handles sometimes adorn the backs of dining chairs.
  • Rich upholstery includes tapestry style fabrics, silks, jacquards and brocades. Also leather and embossed leather upholstery on dining chairs, like this set of six antique French Renaissance Henry II style dining chairs dating to 1900.

Different Renaissance Furniture Styles

Several distinctive styles emerged during this Renaissance Revival period. The most popular with our customers are:

Renaissance Henry II style

With a focus on classical symmetry and architectural influences, the dignified Renaissance Henry II style often boasts carved arches and columns, imposing pediments and decorative finials. This regal style especially appears in dining chairs and in buffets and servers. See more details in my blog post What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Furniture?

French Hunting Style

Antique French Hunting style furniture was also a key look in this Renaissance Revival era. Our Guide to French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor shows you more details of this trend which was originally designed to furnish royal hunting lodges and chateaux. This French furniture often features carved wild animals that you might see on the hunt, game birds and fish, mythical creatures such as griffins, as well as fruits, flowers, leaves, entwined vines and grapes.

Bring the Renaissance Style Into Your Decor

In addition to heavily carved antique Renaissance style furniture, you can also bring the Renaissance look into your home with decorative accessories (available at EuroLuxHome.com) and interior design elements such as:

  • Renaissance style vintage and new chandeliers
  • Decorative tapestries and wall hangings
  • Arch shaped mirrors to evoke classical architecture
  • Richly hand-woven throw pillows
  • Cherub sculptures
  • Brick or tile floors in earthy brown tones, patterned in geometric style
  • Wallpaper that looks like a mural fresco
French Renaissance Buffet with carving of knight on horseback

Renaissance Style Furniture in Today’s Homes

You can see how some of our customers have added antique Renaissance style furniture to their homes in our “customer spotlight” blog posts:

This style is perfect for a Victorian Era home and for anyone who enjoys traditional decor and beautiful craftsmanship and who wants a comfortable but classical look.

If you are shopping for Renaissance style furniture you can browse our large selection of exceptional antique furniture at the link. 

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French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor

French Hunting style furniture and decor became popular in the court of King Francis I in the 1500s. Yet four hundred years later, it looks just as good in today’s homes. An impressive yet comfortable and welcoming style of decor, the French Hunting style is a great choice for people who enjoy an elevated rustic look. And no, you don’t have to be a hunter to appreciate this fine craftsmanship.

The Origins of French Hunting Style Furniture and Decor

Antique French Carved Henry II Buffet
Antique French Hunting style buffet in our customer’s home

The French Hunting style was made popular by King Francis I (1515 – 1547) who ruled in France at around the same time as King Henry VIII ruled across the channel in England.

Francis I was a great supporter of the arts, especially Italian Renaissance art and architecture. He even tempted Leonardo da Vinci to move to France to create art in the King’s court! King Francis spent a lot of money building and renovating castles and grand stately homes, including Château Fontainebleau, Château d’Amboise and Château de Blois.

Whatever the king did, the royal court followed. Aristocrats also began building châteaux and hunting lodges in the countryside near Paris in the rural Loire Valley. King Francis established a style of decorating these new buildings in a way that was inspired by the hunt and rural life, as well as noble mythological beasts that reflected the regal power of the monarchy. The aristocrats picked up on the look too, of course, following the taste of their King. Thus the French Hunting style was born. Whether this style is featured on a sideboard, buffet, or any other piece, the charm of this antique French style is truly special.

Antique French Hunting Bed
Antique Hunting style bed in our customer’s home.

Renaissance Revival Hunting Style

Hunting style returned to popularity centuries later in France during the Renaissance Revival era in the late 19th century, when the newly wealthy middle class was keen to buy large, ornate and heavily-carved furniture to show off their rise in status. The Hunting style checked all the boxes, boasting fine craftsmanship in the carved details that was sure to impress. It was a very decorative look adorned with carved foliage, vines and animals, as well as handsome barley twists, yet this ornate style was still practical and comfortable to live with, focusing on dark woods rather than glitzy or gilded finishes.

Antique French Hunting Desk
Antique French Hunting style desk with carved griffins… the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. 

Typical Features of French Hunting Style Furniture

To decorate the interior of aristocratic French chateaux and lodges, Hunting style furniture makers turned to symbols of the hunt to create an interesting theme in these luxurious pieces.

  • Carvings inspired by the hunt included stags, fish, birds, dogs, foxes, rabbits and boars.
  • Carvings of mythical creatures included winged griffins, dragons and serpents.
  • Noble lion heads were also frequently used to adorn furniture, with the carved heads roaring out of the wood. Metal lion heads decorated door or drawer handles on cabinets.
  • Carving of flowing forest foliage such as leaves, berries, acorns, fruits and flowers, or maybe even a barley twist.
  • Decoration in the shape of grapes and vines were also popular, as would be natural in this wine-making region of the Loire valley.
  • Barley twists often frame cabinets or serve as support posts on nightstands, adding more visual texture and design interest.
Antique French Hunting style nightstand
Antique French Hunting nightstand repurposed as a side table in our customer’s home.
  • Dark woods such as walnut, oak, and mahogany are featured strongly, and now boast a beautiful patina on the antique furniture.
  • Warm colors
  • The heavily-carved woods were sometimes enhanced by stained glass in the upper doors of cabinets.

Hunting Style Furniture and Decor in Today’s Homes

French Hunting Style antique furniture is still one of our most popular styles in our online store, proving that you don’t need a fancy chateau or hunting lodge to enjoy the look in your own home! Our customers love these hand-carved antique pieces as they add great warmth, character and decorative appeal to a home.

Victorian Home dining room restoration

The lavish carvings of foliage and fruits brings a noble but rustic look to any home, and makes Hunting style a great match for a dining room. Carved vines often trailed down the backs of dining chairs. Today, Hunting style dining chairs with vines and grapes are a great choice for wine lovers who enjoy opening a great vintage when they host dinner parties. For example, our antique French Hunting chairs in the customer spotlight of our customer Sal’s dining room look amazing with their vines and grapes and also barley twists that create a bold silhouette.

Animal lovers will enjoy the realistic carvings of wild animals of the hunt (deer, moose, etc.) that bring a space to life and add tons of personality to a home. For example, carvings of roaring lions and other beasts are fierce protectors of your home! The animal faces are also sure to be a wonderful talking point at your next party.

The carvings of forest animals are the stars on this round antique French Hunting table, dating to 1880 and hand-crafted in oak wood. The vividly realistic details of the fox, boar, stag and hunting dog, all leaping out of the pedestal, are superb emblems of the royal hunt!

Nature is your muse for smaller home accessories too, including animal statues and figurines, or antler mounts on the walls or in light fittings. You don’t have to buy real stag antlers. Our collection of new OK Casting antler wall mounts are hand-crafted in resin, and each one is made in America. They look very authentic and have a nice weight to them.

We also have OK Casting chandeliers and other light fixtures featuring stags, boars, foxes and other Hunting inspired motifs. Bookends and boxes are other nicely crafted pieces to complete the atmosphere.

Mechelen antique furniture is the Flemish version of French Hunting Style, named for the city of Mechelen in Belgium. These rustic pieces are also heavily-carved with splendid lion heads, human faces and figurines. Our blog post What is Mechelen Style Antique Furniture tells you all about this look, including photos.

You can find French Hunting style antique furniture and home decor in our online store, where there are plenty of options to pick a unique heirloom piece to bring this handsome look to your home.

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Hollywood Regency Style Furniture and Decor

Everyone feels like a movie star in a room featuring Hollywood Regency style furniture and decor! This cool, classic and classy style looks as good in today’s homes as it did when it first emerged during Hollywood’s heyday. It is closely related to the Art Deco style, as you can see in my Guide to Art Deco Style Furniture but it is a distinct decor style of its own.

Hollywood Regency is a luxurious look that sparkles with glitz, glamour, and opulence. This type of furniture piece features a focus on clean lines, geometric shapes, glossy surfaces, and opulent textiles. The dramatic style has a sense of the theatrical, creating a chic stage for people to socialize and look fabulous while doing so.

What are the Origins of Hollywood Regency Style?

It is not surprising that Hollywood Regency style has an Art Deco feel as it developed during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, the same years when Art Deco was a major new trend in interior design.

Movie-goers across the country were star-struck by Hollywood’s leading ladies and gentlemen, and were influenced by their opulent homes. Interior designers such as Dorothy Draper and actor-turned-designer William Haines were two of the taste-makers who established the look, which stayed popular through the 1950s. This photo of a foyer in the Greenbrier Hotel, designed by Dorothy Draper shows exactly why the style grabbed people’s attention!

Hollywood Regency at The Greenbrier

Typical Features of Hollywood Regency Style Furniture and Decor

Typical features for Hollywood Regency style furniture and decor include:

  • Sleek and streamlined shapes are a hallmark of Hollywood glam, with a clean look to the silhouette. No fussy frills!
  • Glossy and reflective surfaces and finishes, including lacquer, gilding, crystal and mirrors galore. The minimalist lines of the furniture let the shine do the talking!
  • Lots of metals continue the sharp-edged and glamorous shine, including chrome, gold, brass, and polished nickel.
Mirrored Console Hollywood Regency
Volos Mirrored Console Table by Cyan Design
  • Patterns include blocks of contrasting color, animal prints, bold and oversized florals, chinoiserie, and also geometric patterns such as zig-zags. The Greek Key design is especially important.
  • Color schemes of Hollywood regency decor usually have a base of black and white or other neutrals such as ivory, cream, warm beige or camel, accented by pops of pure and vibrant color.
  • High contrast colors and a bold pattern (picture a cerise pink sofa against a black and white checkerboard floor) add to the drama.
  • Opulent fabrics soften the hard-edged mirrors and metals. Velvets and plush fabrics such as faux fur invite the touch. Sensual satins and crepe-de-chine are buttery soft and slinky, and fringes and tassel trims add to the lavish mood.
  • Spaces are intended for socializing and entertaining, so floor plans are open and furniture arranged so that people can gather for a gossipy chat, surrounded by fine Hollywood glamour.

Hollywood Regency Interior Design Tips

Hollywood Regency style furniture and decor lets you bring out your creative side with an elegant but lighthearted look that puts people at center stage. This style doesn’t take itself too seriously and you can go brave and bold. Life is a cabaret, old chum!

  • The living room is an easy place to start for this style but the look is also great for a bedroom to create decadence in the boudoir! Or glam up a powder room where you can make maximum impact in minimum space.
  • Start with a neutral base for your color scheme: black and white is always a winner, or elegant creams or beiges. Then choose one bold jewel color to create a bold contrast in soft furnishings, sculptural pieces, lighting or other home accents.
Tobi Fairley Ellison Cocktail Table
Glossy black and white Tobi Fairley Ellison cocktail table
  • Choose glossy and lacquered surfaces to create lots of shine and reflection.
  • Add a beautiful mirror then add a couple more mirrors! One way to amp up the shine is in mirrored furniture, which can also create the illusion of a larger space as it reflects the room back to you. If you place a mirrored chest against a wall, it looks as though the floor extends further.
  • Soften the clean lines and hard edged mirrors and metals with sensual fabrics such as velvet or faux fur.
  • Hang a large black and white print of a famous movie star on the wall, or pick a statement piece such as a big sculptural vase or a statue as a focal point.
  • Keep the space clutter-free to maintain focus on the dramatic silhouettes and contrasting patterns and colors. Only use one or two patterns such as an animal print or Greek Key design, so it doesn’t look busy and kitschy.
  • Keep the floor plan open so it’s easy to circulate and socialize, and focus on smaller scale furniture with low lines so that the emphasis is on the people in the room, not the mammoth size furniture!
John Richards Wiggins Bench
John Richards Hollywood Regency style Wiggins bench

Have you taken a shine to Hollywood Regency Style furniture and decor?  If you want to shop the look, browse our EuroLuxHome.com website for the perfect piece.

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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.