The furniture in your dining and living area can say a lot about you, and can set the tone for the whole house. It is therefore worthy of careful consideration when the time comes to replace your old cabinets or to furnish for the first time. Countless generations of furniture buyers have trusted oak as their starting point as it always sets the standard for durability, reliability and stability.
Over the years, fashions in furniture have changed dramatically, and oak incorporates the inherent qualities to change with it, lending itself to so many different finishes, construction methods and styles. Better Furniture Norwich has a large cross section permanently on display, usually in room sets, to give our customers the chance to see, feel and try the products and to get a first hand impression of scale.
The way you furnish your house is usually subject to two alternatives. Either to blend in with the period of the property or to contrast with it. Both can work extremely well if consistency is maintained throughout.
An older property usually suits a traditional style of oak furniture, substantial and dominant. For the more adventurous, the contemporary styles of today can really look spectacular in a traditional setting.
Traditional dining and living room furniture is often deep grained with a wax finish. Deep drawers and large cupboards with heavy oak shelves are typical, signifying a robust build quality and longevity. The cabinet maker's skills have always been well represented here, with timeless dovetail, tenon joints and tongue and groove rear panels and bases featuring in every cabinet. Door and drawer handles are either oak or aged metal in various designs.
Dining and living room oak furniture designed for the more modern home is typically finished in a lighter stain, and lacquered for protection. The lacquer also serves to accentuate the natural oak grain. The raw oak is planed to a silky smooth tactile finish which gives it a lighter fresh look although the build quality and craftsmanship involved remains constant. The handles supplied with this category are invariably metal with a satin or bright chrome finish.
Within this category, painted or part painted ranges are rapidly gaining popularity. Flawlessly painted sideboards, tables, bookcases and occasional furniture can really brighten up an otherwise dull room, with their soft neutral colours and satin finish.
The part painted furniture ranges feature natural oak tops over painted bodies, providing a restful but contrasting break.
Farmhouse and rural designs in oak are feature in our displays, with reclaimed oak proving popular, exhibiting a real rustic quality. The finishes on these cabinets range from smooth planed to extreme deep grained, often displaying signs of their previous use in the form of inserts, patches and knots.
As you browse round the different room sets in store, you will come across displays of what can only be described as industrially inspired furniture. Using heavy oak slabs and cast iron frameworks and mechanisms - the sector is commonly referred to as”loft style” or “urban living”. However you tag it, it will certainly make a statement in your dining room or living room, looking really at home against exposed brickwork or old oak panelling.
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