Many centuries ago it was believed that the higher the position of a person in society, the more luxurious the interior of his house. Each owner considered it necessary to exhibit all the most valuable things. In the old days, these were walls and massive cupboards, now they have been replaced by display cabinets.
What it is?
Even if you have never seen shop windows, then you will definitely recognize them among other cabinets. Such a product consists of a wooden or metal frame, supplemented with the right number of shelves. The contents of the cabinet are protected from dust by durable glass. Today, display cabinets perform 2 main tasks at once: storage of dishes and small items, as well as decoration of the living room interior.
A showcase designed for placing dishes allows you to store porcelain and crystal in plain sight , which is important for every housewife (a woman loves to be admired by her and her house).
Choosing a wardrobe for the living room is a difficult and important task, since not only family but also guests spend time here.
Showcases differ from other furniture in certain features.
Glass in the cabinets protects objects from dust, temperature changes, moisture, as well as from the feet of your favorite pets. Moreover, all the plates, cups, teapots and other decorative little things will always be in front of your eyes.
A display cabinet will create a feeling of lightness and transparency in the room, thanks to the use of glass, it will make the cabinet visually light. Glass will add light and solemnity to the room without overloading it. Carved patterns and vintage fittings will become an artistic decoration for this room. A separate addition to the interior will be plates and antique services on display on shelves.
If you put a display cabinet in the room, you will no longer have to think about where to put the dishes that you do not use in normal times. All things will have their own place on the shelf, and you will get free space and clean tables.
In the modern market, the selection of all kinds of cabinets is very diverse. You can choose a model that will accommodate both in large halls and in small living rooms. When designing a living room, such products must be selected taking into account the size of the space and the objects that will be in it.
Such products are selected for the full use of the corners of the room. They are medium in size, take up little space, hold a decent amount of things. Such models usually have a semicircular shape, add completeness to the interior. Basically, corner display cases are single-door.
A low showcase is a cabinet that has 3 or 4 glass walls, it is called a chest of drawers. Usually a chest of drawers is placed along the longest wall or near a sofa. Since the chest of drawers is clearly visible, it exposes all the things that the family is proud of (antique sets, plates from the oriental bazaar, exotic porcelain figurines).
The narrow showcase looks quite impressive. It is used as a place to store things that can only be seen on one side. These are mainly painted plates, beautiful Soviet porcelain, elegant crystal glasses. These cabinets are often made narrow because almost all housewives prefer to admire their services, rather than accumulate the same tasteless plates. These varieties are usually two-door: in a broad form they do not produce.
These species are hung on the wall, occupying the free space of a vertical plane. They are placed above the furniture, which stands on the floor. Such display cases add completeness to the interior, adding beauty to it and emphasizing a certain design style. They can be straight, rounded with glass doors, which allows you to admire, for example, a family tea service. At the same time, the fastening must be especially strong so that the cabinet does not fall along with all fragile dishes.
Such display cases are advantageous to use in the living room or in the dining room, if you have one.
Such furniture allows you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of comfort and coziness, because you yourself design the interior of the room to your taste and stylistic preference. It is convenient in that it consists of separate modules, which can be composed in different ways, starting from the existing interior and layout features.
Cabinets showcases are made of different materials. Consider the main ones.
Wood is a traditional material that was used in antiquity. In the modern world, traditions are also not abandoned. The most common color of wood is walnut. Such furniture looks elegant and blends with classic style. Decorating the cabinet with carvings will enhance the impression.
Pleasantly pleased is the fact that each model is made according to individual calculations. The craftsmen carefully process the wood, give it the form that is needed, and at the same time put a piece of their soul into every detail. Wood is a durable material.
Lacquered wooden cabinets can serve more than one generation.
Derivatives made of solid wood cannot be ignored. For example, MDF is produced by pressing the smallest chips under the influence of high pressure and temperature. This material is considered the cheapest, so it is in high demand by customers. It should be borne in mind that these cabinets are not as durable as the counterparts from solid wood.
Chipboard is a board made of compressed chips with the addition of all kinds of resins. The most common option is lacquered particleboard. The varnish, applied in one layer, protects the surface of the boards from various damage, gives the cabinet a light shine.
Products from this material are quite heavy, but also durable. However, if moisture gets on the material, it will begin to swell and deteriorate.
Tempered glass display cases are the perfect complement to the modern interior and room, decorated in the style of art deco or classic. They are also relevant in other styles. Glass surfaces due to their transparency seem weightless, do not occupy free space. It is advantageous to use such containers for dishes made of tempered glass in rooms where there is especially little space.
Shelving with metal shelves is also worthy of attention. Metal racks are made of steel, they are painted using powder enamel. Elegant display cabinets with a characteristic glossy sheen will fit into the interior of minimalism, loft, modern or hi-tech styles.
Cabinets showcases are made in different stylistic directions.
Modern style is a full-fledged and diverse combination of several trends. Living rooms in a modern style seem to be the same only at first glance. In fact, it is precisely this direction that allows emphasizing individuality. In fact, modern stylistic trends are quite free. But there are important points to keep in mind.
To design a room in a modern style, you should choose simple plain materials. It can be glass, wood or stone. Light plastic shelves are also appropriate, on which you can significantly save. One of the most interesting branches of this style is the loft. It is characterized by the use of improvised tools as a decor, the lack of decoration, the abundance of stone and metal in the design. The loft style is perfectly complemented by metal shelves or display cabinets made of dark wood.
The next style is hi-tech. Here, designers adhere to simple rules, use a lot of metal, modern technical innovations and minimalistic details. A cabinet with a glossy sheen will decorate such a room better than other models. Due to the gloss, the room will appear visually larger.
For the living rooms in a classic style, wooden display cases are suitable. Such models are luxurious and majestic, which indicates the impeccable taste of the owner, his conservatism and the desire to adhere to the rules in the design of their rooms. Classic furniture is made from expensive wood, often decorated with gilded decor and various patterns. At the same time, the dishes are needed. For example, classic porcelain suits antique-carved legs.
Art Nouveau style appeared at the beginning of the last century, but remains relevant to this day. It includes furniture with straight shapes without decorations. These are light wooden shelves decorated with dark patterns and gilding. On the shelves of such display cabinets you can place antique trinkets, collection books and even expensive alcohol, which young people indulged in in the “golden” twenties.
Depending on the size of your apartment, display cabinets are also selected. For small living rooms, narrow display cases that are most often semicircular are ideal. They are put in a corner: so they save the space of the room. To make the furniture look appropriate and not overload the interior, it is better to choose a model with durable shelves made of tempered glass. Due to the transparency of this material, the cabinet will not appear bulky.
The height of the windows is different. Most often, cabinets are selected low, 40 cm deep to accommodate all the necessary things (sometimes in two rows). If the room is small, there will be enough cabinets with shelves with a width of 30 or even 20 cm. A standard display cabinet has a height of about one and a half meters. If you have an apartment with high ceilings, you can safely take the model higher so as not to think about how to occupy the space between the ceiling and the edge of the cabinet. Hanging display cases or low chests of drawers, as a rule, are made very small: their height varies from 40 to 60 cm.
It is important that the color of the display cabinet is combined with the palette of shades used in the room where you are going to put it. If you live in a bright room, it is better to complement it with furniture in contrasting dark colors. Recently, the noble shade of wenge has been especially demanded. Dark wardrobes in this shade are ideal for a classic-style living room with bright wallpaper. If you are designing a dark living room, you should pay attention to the metal shelving in dark colors (black, dark gray or blue).
Dark rooms sometimes seem too gloomy. To dilute this gloomy atmosphere, designers recommend using light furniture in the interior. For small or dimly lit rooms, a white showcase or ivory shade is suitable.
If you want to add a bright accent to the interior, use furniture in bright colors (for example, turquoise, pink or green). Against the background of beige walls, this will look appropriate and harmonious.
The abundance of furniture in the modern market will amaze even the most sophisticated buyer. Display cases can now be found for every taste and budget, which is good news. Showcases of Italian manufacturers are considered one of the best. Almost all the major furniture companies in Italy do not skimp on materials, so they choose only the best for production: solid mahogany, strong oak, cherry that has been tested for years and other types of wood that are of high quality. The most popular manufacturers in the country and abroad are the Prestige and Rococo brands.
Italian furniture is distinguished by resistance to mechanical damage, deformation over time, which is important when buying furniture. After all, every owner wants the product to stand for more than one century. The Italians, wanting to earn a good reputation for their customers, certify products. By purchasing their products, you can be completely sure that do not waste money. No one will deny that such furniture is quite expensive, but, thanks to the manufacturer’s warranty, it will last a long time
Stained-glass cabinets, which are produced in Belarus, are considered low-cost. The basis of Belarusian modern furniture is oak and birch. These materials are also quite durable, so the products of these brands are appreciated around the world. Brands such as Krynichka and Gomeldrev are widely known.
A large assortment of modern and classic display cases and relatively low prices can be offered by Russian companies. Despite the fact that Russian-made furniture is not so popular, they are actively buying it. Russian firms offer to place orders on an individual order, and also give a guarantee on their goods. Therefore, such showcases fully satisfy all the wishes of the customer.
The most common furniture company (especially among young people) is the furniture company Ikea, which has Swedish roots. The owners of one of the world's largest furniture retailers produce stylish display cabinets. Many do not like the furniture of this company, but not everyone can resist the low prices, as well as the European atmosphere. These display cabinets are also not inferior to Italian furniture in the original design.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The first example is a room in a modern style. It is based on light colors: the walls are white, the floor is beige. This combination looks harmonious and visually increases the space. To store dishes here, cabinets are used. Two of them are mounted, the third - floor. They are protected by a layer of durable dark glass.
In contrast with the white base, this combination looks interesting. In this case, through the dark glass, you can see the contents. Dishes should be selected, one that does not violate the rules of high-tech style. If you have old Soviet services, it is better to hide them in another place. Plain white plates and vases of an unusual shape look better in a modern display case. You can fill the space with interesting figurines.
The second example is a room in Khrushchev, decorated in a classic style. The main room of the apartment deserves to be the most beautiful in the house. Due to the fact that the wallpaper is glued with stripes, the room seems to be higher. Therefore, you can even put a tall cabinet in it, while the corner display will save space and show your dishes in all its beauty. The main cabinet consists of three sections, in which there is a place for dishes and for decorative trifles such as figurines, artificial flowers or vases with sweets. The furniture is made of dark wood, so it harmoniously combines with wallpaper.
The interior is complemented by a picture in a massive dark wood frame.
The next room is decorated in baroque style. Therefore, the furniture here is selected appropriate. The cabinets used to decorate this room, despite their large sizes, seem to be the embodiment of fragility and grace. Light wood frame complemented by a huge amount of glass. The surface of the tree is decorated with elegant carvings and dark patterns. Such wardrobes themselves would have looked luxurious, here they were successfully complemented by a chest of drawers and a table in the same style with the same decor. The entire furniture set will advantageously shade wallpapers that are suitable in color and style. They resemble fabric wall coverings that were used as early as the eighteenth century. The floor and ceiling in this room are also bright so as not to disturb the harmony.
From the inside, the display cabinets are filled with far from the simplest dishes. Of the tiny tea cups and painted teapots that stand on transparent glass shelves, the queen herself would not disdain to drink. Among the elegant dishes there are beautiful decorative details: antique-styled candlesticks, vases, cup holders and even patterned photo frames. When you enter such a room, you involuntarily admire the sense of style of the one who lives in it.
Wardrobes are far from a thing of the past. They can be used in modern living rooms. Choose a product with a suitable texture and color, it will be a great addition to the interior of your living room. You can fill the shelves of the rack with beautiful dishes and enjoy it.
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