Enhance your home with these display cabinet ideas
Since 1823, when Henry Bishop’s opera Clari (or The Maid of Milan) first proclaimed the famous words “There’s no place like home”, this phrase has been taken to heart. In general, we love our homes, spending an average of £83 billion each year on home improvements in the UK alone.
The styles of each home are as different as the people who live in them. We shape our homes around us, making them comfortable in styles that suit us, adding to them over the years as tastes and fashions change.
One way in which we make our homes unique is through acquiring antiques and collectibles; items that appeal to us because of their nostalgic or sentimental value. They don’t have to be expensive – though they can be – and they aren’t always to other people’s tastes. But they are ours, and we love them. Even so, it is often the way of things that these prized pieces and collections are kept in boxes under the bed, or in attics and sheds. Sometimes, space is limited, and our beloved heirlooms and treasures are stashed safely wherever we can find the room.
However, there are ways of enhancing our homes, by selecting a stylish piece of furniture that will allow us to display our collections with pride. This way, we get to enjoy them each day, as well as adding flair to our homes with a beautiful new cabinet.
Here’s a selection of display cabinet ideas as an example:
Antique French Style Display Cabinet
With its ‘Queen Anne’ style cabriole legs and elegant scrollwork, this cabinet is an excellent way of displaying prized objects. The clear glass doors will ensure that the contents are displayed to their best effect and kept safely, reducing the need for frequent dusting. Antique-effect brass fittings add to the overall feeling of class, while the lower drawer offers extra storage.
Telephone Box Display Cabinet
If a more classical style is not for you, then perhaps something a little quirky might pique your interest? This display cabinet is modelled on the traditional red British telephone box, making it a conservation piece in itself. Any collection displayed within it is sure to be protected while being shown off to its best. A truly unique way to enhance any home whilst saving space, this expertly-crafted cabinet also brings an element of fun and nostalgia.
Antique French Style Kitchen Cabinet
The keywords when it comes to this style of furniture are “Simple Elegance”. If you prefer a look that speaks of good quality that is more reserved or understated, then you could not choose a better cabinet. Even though it is extremely practical, with four double-height, glass-fronted compartments, complemented with the four lower compartments with solid wood doors, the style is not compromised. The ‘antique white’ finish, as well as the professional craftsmanship, will add to the ambience of your home, making this cabinet an heirloom in its own right.
Antique French Style Large Liberty Bookcase
Once again, simplicity is the key to this cabinet’s appeal, but don’t be fooled; when you look closely you become aware of the attention to detail that has been invested in this stunning piece of furniture. Classical elegance is combined with practicality, with fifteen shelves and three extra storage drawers beneath, each with an ornate gold-effect handle. Also with an ‘antique white’ finish, this time with the top panel left unpainted to provide a contrast, this cabinet is sure to impress.
Fleur Shabby Chic Display Cabinet
This cabinet is ideal for those homes where space is more limited. As well as the two glazed cupboards, this well-proportioned piece of furniture also has two enclosed cupboards and two centrally-placed drawers. The eye-catching handles are of faceted glass, complementing the grey ‘shabby chic’ finish to great effect.
Black Antique Style French Cabinet
The black finish with silver detail sets this cabinet apart. It has four shelves in a tiered design that boasts elegance and style. The open-back design will ensure that any collections displayed will be seen clearly. It will add character to your home, while at the same time not detracting from your decor.
This selection of display cabinets is a fraction of what is on offer, but the only limit is your imagination. When displaying antiques in your home, it seems a shame to place them in or on something that doesn’t do them justice; they deserve better. You deserve better. Displaying your collection in a beautiful cabinet will help, but there are other ways of enhancing this by giving some thought to how you display them with these display case decorating ideas:
- if you collect glass or items that are in distinct colours, consider separating them by their colour. This gives a pleasing effect that adds to their appeal.
- as much as you love your collection, a cabinet filled with white ceramic may not be the most exciting. By adding good-quality dried (or fake) flower arrangements you will instantly add a dash of colour and brightness that won’t take anything away from your collection.
- perhaps your collection is a little ‘eclectic’? No problem! Buy a cabinet with multiple compartments and fill each one with an interesting and quirky item.
- where possible, place items to give a symmetrical look. This will greatly increase the aesthetic appeal and bring harmony and connection between the items.
- a display cabinet works so much better when a connection is established to other furniture in the room. By purchasing another item of furniture in the same type, you will instantly bring balance, establishing the sense of style you desire.
- when tastefully (and safely) done, a rustic lamp or even some types of ‘fairy lights’ can add an extra dimension to any display cabinet and its contents.
Whatever your tastes and whatever your collection of treasures, there is a cabinet out there to suit your needs. By selecting the right one you will be able to display your treasures as they deserve, and enhance the place where you live. After all, there’s no place like home.
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