Thinking Outside of the Box with Decorative Boxes
More than just about any home decorating item, our choice of accessories expresses our personality and gives visitors to our home a sense of who we are. From the wide variety of decorative accessories from which we can choose, decorative boxes offer much in the way of both style and functionality.
Decorative boxes are made from a variety of materials; while options in wood boxes are quite likely the most abundant, you'll also find these boxes made from porcelain, ceramics, lacquer, and other natural materials. If you favor an ethnic look in your decor, boxes that reflect the art of a specific culture provide a warm touch that adds interest, and since you can place things inside of the boxes, a side bonus is that you gain additional storage. It's rare to find a home that doesn't need a place for keys, mail, office supplies, the remote control, and the variety of odds and ends that are a part of our busy lives.
These accessories are also very effective in a grouping to make a statement; for example, several decorative wood boxes of varying sizes and shapes on a side table make for an interesting display that adds stylistic interest to a room. And remember, the storage capacity inside these decorative wood boxes can always be put to good use.
You can also think about displaying a single decorative box in a special place like a recessed wall niche; this treatment turns a box that might otherwise be unassuming into a treasured piece of art. Wood boxes made from precious woods such as mahogany can serve as an artistic focal point, highlighting the beauty of the natural wood grain as well as the artisan-level workmanship.
As attractive as decorative boxes are, it's also important to remember that they can be useful in storing items, as well. Picture a striking wood box on a table next to your favorite reading chair; it's the ideal place to stash your reading glasses and your favorite novel. Or how about a decorative box perched on a buffet near the dining table; it would be perfect for storing the salt and pepper shakers and perhaps a few napkins. For functionality and decorative impact, boxes cannot be beat.