Oriental furniture is aesthetically pleasing in appearance and is designed to evoke a feeling of calm, harmony and balance. So if you are choosing oriental furniture for your home, the key to achieving this look is to declutter.
Whether you have a small household or a large family, clutter will inevitably accumulate, and this can include anything from magazines, books, notebooks, receipts and slips of paper, bills, bank statements, linens, clothing and ornaments.
As William Morris said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” – and this is a great guideline to keep in mind when decluttering!
When you start decluttering, choose to display or keep only the things that you love, need or which have sentimental value. Anything that does not fall into these categories should be sold, donated to a friend, family member, given to a charity shop, or thrown out for recycling. Have four bin bags in hand (make sure you label them correctly) and go from room to room to bag up these items accordingly.
It pays to be brutal and take decisive action, and edit and re-edit as much as possible. It may be that you can sell the items you no longer want and this will give you extra cash to invest in something you do need. If you are finding it hard to let go of some items, store them somewhere out of sight and then revisit them in 6 months or a year to see if you want to give them houseroom again, or whether, in fact, you realise you didn’t miss them and are ready to let them go.
The next step is to look at the types of oriental furniture you can use to display your finest items or hide the things that you need to put away. Puji sell a wide range of oriental furniture such as white lacquered and black lacquered furniture as well as eastern-inspired solid wood furniture for the dining room, bedroom, office, kitchen, sitting room and hallway.
Our oriental furniture collection includes chests, beds, wardrobes, dressing tables, side tables, cabinets, display cabinets, book cases, chests of drawers, coffee tables, console tables and shoe cupboards. Oriental furniture is designed not only to look beautiful, but can transform even the most chaotic of households into a space of calm and tranquillity.
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Oriental Furniture: Getting it Right
If you are choosing oriental furniture for storage, take a good look at your home and decide whether you have enough room for it. It may be that by moving your furniture around, you can create more space for a book shelf, or a small storage chest. Don’t clutter the room with furniture but choose items that best suits the space you have available, so you create a place of calm and beauty.
Plan your storage. In the bedroom for example, if your drawers are overflowing and you want to keep the items that you have, then think about getting a larger chest of drawers or a larger wardrobe with drawers under.
If you have a kitchen diner it may be that you will want a display cabinet to show your most beautiful items. Or perhaps open shelving with a combination of drawers would be ideal for tidying away items that you want hidden from view such as napkins, placemats, coasters, napkin rings and serving bowls. In this case, the Indah natural display cabinet may be just what you need.
Oriental Furniture: Making the Most of Your Space
One way to make the best use of space is by using combination furniture, such as a chest that doubles up as a coffee table.
If you have a small room, furniture that doubles up as something else will be well used and works to maximise space. Other storage solutions include a chest that can also be used as seating, or a bookcase that also works as a display cabinet. Another storage option is to buy pretty boxes that you can store either under the bed, or on top of the wardrobe for smaller items such as belts, ties and jewellery etc.
Oriental Furniture: Think About Small Touches
If you are looking to achieve an oriental look, there are a variety of useful and sometimes unexpected options that may provide the solution to your storage problems.
For example, Puji has a range of attractive shoe cupboards that can be used to prevent cluttering up the hallway. Shoe racks can usually store between 12 to 16 pairs of shoes and as these are generally quite narrow items of furniture, they can be placed in the hallway to hide these items from view.
Think about all the small touches you can make too. For example a beautiful handmade bowl on the top of a chest or cabinet, such as the teak serving bowl or teak longboat, could be used to put keys or sunglasses in. Or you could use the top drawer of the shoe cupboard (if it has one) to store these little essentials. But be careful to keep the space clear around these items to prevent them looking like just more clutter.
The key to the oriental look is that its quality and beauty is to be admired. If you declutter your home, these stunning objects will be shown to their best effect and you will be surrounded by furniture that you truly love and adore.