Give any room more character and function with an armoire. This queen of antiques is also a storage workhorse.
Armoires weren’t always synonymous with clothing storage like they tend to be now. They actually started out as a clever way to store weapons and tools. That makes sense because “armarie” is an Old French word that refers to a closet for tools and arms.
The average armoire has a little bit of everything when it comes to storage options, from lots of hanging space to shelves and drawers. If you’re interested in using this type of elegant furniture to improve your bedroom, here’s what you need to see.
OVER THE TOP
An antique armoire is also usually placed at home in the living room, where it can provide visual interest and a focal point that might have otherwise been supplied by a fireplace.
The painted Early American in this dining room is very appealing. You could fill it with you collection of antiques Chinese or even turn it into bar storage.
Armoire fitted with glass doors that beautifully inlaid iteration can hold and display books, collections, ceramics and art objects. Fit for a home library or study room.
As you’ve known, the main purpose of the armoire is for storage. So to put it your walking closets will be ideal. Add a sense to your traditional home.
SET THE TONE
And speaking of setting the tone, example of the elegant and ornately carved armoire as shown here, paired with a graceful antique chandelier, creates a refined atmosphere in this dining room.
BEAUTIFY YOUR HALLWAY
Of course, antique armoires aren’t all French and fancy. This primitive painted and distressed example graces an entry hall, where it offers a multitude of storage options.
In another example of adaptability, here an antique armoire has been expertly incorporated into bedroom closet storage. It definitely adds great character.
If the inside of the armoire is not configured the way you need, you can likely retrofit it. Turn it into a home bar just like this one. Ideally, retrofitting would be done in a way that allows the piece to be returned to its original condition, so as not to diminish its value as an antique.
Something simpler can still make a powerful statement in a very differently conceived living room. The armoire softens the hard edges and adds just the right touch of warmth. Very cool!
DECORATE TOP OF THE ARMOIRES
Another arrangement for styling on top of your armoire that is lovely is to use a cluster of almost identical, but varied-height, items like they’ve done here with bottles.
If you’re looking for a decorative yet practical way to store your clothes, look no further than an armoire. This pretty piece of furniture is essentially a large cupboard that is most often used for keeping clothes organized and out of the way, much like a movable closet.