Let's face it: there's really no such thing as too much storage when it comes to a home. Closets are most often too small to hold much, and built-in cabinets and drawers are quickly filled to capacity. Here's where decorative chests, cabinets, and credenzas are worth their weight in gold, as they provide valuable storage capacity while elevating the style quotient of a room.
The wide range of available finishes and varieties of cabinets, chests, and credenzas means that there's a great-looking piece that will complement the existing decor of any room. In addition, many of these items feature intricate workmanship to the degree that one of these pieces can serve as the room's artistic focal point. Inlaid cabinets, for example, highlight the rich grain of natural wood such as cherry, maple, and palissander; the contrast of the handcrafted wood inlays elevates the cabinet to the status of a work of art.
A Transitional Inlaid Credenza is another excellent example of how one of these pieces can act as an artistic and decorative focal point within a room; from the walnut burl veneer and floral boxwood and maple inlay to the exquisite marble top, a piece like this deserves a place of honor to showcase its beauty and exceptional Italian craftsmanship.
You'll find cabinets, chests, and credenzas to be perfectly suited in formal rooms, but don't be hesitant to think outside of the box when it comes to their placement. In the front entry area, for example, Italian chests provide a stunning statement when visitors first enter your home, but they also serve as the ideal place in which to stash keys and other items that inevitably accumulate near your home's entrance.
A home office makes another great location in which to locate an inlaid cabinet or an Italian credenza. These pieces can highlight your personal sense of style while offering functional storage for papers, books, and other office supplies. The flat space on the top serves as the perfect location to place your most-needed items, as well.
Let's not forget the decorative impact that a hand-painted cabinet or chest can contribute in a bedroom, either. For a more sophisticated feeling than a traditional dresser or bureau, consider how an exquisitely-painted piece in ivory, gold-leaf, or antique silver could provide an ethereal look and offer a handy place for storage, too. You could even use one of these pieces next to your bed since the top provides space for a lamp, favorite books, and a vase of fresh flowers.
No matter where you decide to place a cabinet, chest, or credenza, you'll be delighted at the level of elegance and style that the piece will contribute to your room.