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New Memories in Old Chests

Jul 21, 2008
Modern and stylish furniture flood the market today. Yet there are still many people who are mesmerized by antique chests. Hunting for these old pieces often becomes a passion for antique lovers.

Why do people flock antique shops and collect these materials from the past? There is no doubt that these antiques are valuable and serve as great investments as well. But these treasured items give antique collectors a deeper appreciation of their ancestors' rich past.

Present owners consider these old chests as priceless gifts from the past.

Blast from the Past

The 17th and 18th centuries are considered as the golden era of chests. During these times, these large boxes made of wood or metal are constant fixtures in the homes of both the rich aristocrats and poor people.

These chests are made of sturdy materials. They were generally made of oak. One of its main features is its hinged lid. Lifting its lid will show its interior space which can be subdivided into smaller areas. Carvings were also done to decorate these chests.

Considered as one of the oldest furniture, chests serve a variety of purpose. They were used to store clothes and valuable possessions. Weapons during these early times were also kept tightly in chests. Besides storage, chests were also used as chairs or benches. Taller chests were even used as tables. Others maximize this versatile furniture by using its interior as storage for various materials and its top as a writing surface.

In England, "ship chests" were the early version of suitcases. They were used to store and transport clothes and other belongings of early travelers. Dowry goods for early marriage ceremonies were stored in painted chests called cassones. Up to the present, chests are closely associated with precious jewels and treasures.

Old Chests, Modern Times

Can an antique chest find its niche in a contemporary house? Though antiques are often well-placed in old houses, putting them in modern houses is also possible.

In creating that contemporary design, a focal point for each room is necessary. Usually antique chests are used to add brightness in a living room. How can an old chest bring brightness in a room? Only antiques can create that sense and look of timelessness. Its enduring beauty makes it classy and sophisticated. Its priceless value blends well with the simplicity that contemporary interiors aim to achieve.

Interior designers must deeply think how to place antique chests properly in modern homes. Make sure that its beauty blends well with the rest of the furniture in the room. If not properly planned, these old pieces may fail to accentuate and create the look that you want.

Besides serving as accents, chests remain their main function as storage in modern homes. Instead of the usual plastic containers, antique chests can solve storage problems in a very eloquent way.

Chests are made of sturdy wood which make it durable storage areas. They can also be double-duty furniture which are best for small spaces. They can serve as tables in bedrooms and storage for pillows and beddings as well. Truly antique chests are timeless pieces that today's people should cherish.
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This article was written by Benedict Yossarian. Benedict recommends Judge Ceilings and Roof Bond for your home improvement needs including Roof Insulation and Suspended Ceilings
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