Chinese Furniture – Creating an Oriental Oasis in Your Home to Bring Love, Luck & Happiness

March 16, 2010

Chinese Style Decor

Create the perfect Chinese oasis in your own home through simplicity, energy flow and nature. For centuries now, the Chinese have been inviting luck and love into their homes by following simple design rules that allow positive energies to move freely, encouraging harmony and good fortune.

They believe that simplicity is the key. To the Chinese, a cluttered home is a stifled one. Energy flow is restricted and blockages are created to love, finance and happiness. Removal of this clutter will they believe, free up the stuck negative energies, allowing the positive energies of love and good fortune to circulate freely around the home.

Far from being hidden from view, valuable objects and objects of beauty should be displayed prominently as this will encourage more of the same to flow toward you and to facilitate this flow, room sets should be designed with calmness, good lighting and simplicity.

Chinese Style Wall Coverings And Interiors

Having decided upon a Chinese style of décor it is important to get the colours right. Colour, in Eastern symbolism, is extremely important. Choose the right colours and fortune, luck or love, whatever you desire, will be yours. Choose the wrong colours and whatever you do, it wont be.

Of course, it’s not just down to colour, they’d have sold out of those particular shades by now, if that were the case, but it’s as good a place to start as any. The colour red is said to represent the sun, bringing with it, luck and power. Green brings with it a calming influence and blue represents the gentility of the host.

Having chosen your palette, it’s time to select your soft furnishings and wall coverings. Silks are widely favoured in Chinese décor and you can never have too much of it. Silk in the wallpapers, silk in the drapes and silk in the throws and cushions.

Screens are ideal and commonly used within an oriental interior scheme. They are both decorative and functional. They can create cosy intimate corners or be used to hide any clutter. They are great room dividers too and can lend beautiful textures to a room.

Chinese Style Furniture

Authentic and ancient Chinese furniture pieces are very rare, expensive and highly prized, hence the popularity of the more modern replicas. These newly created pieces, based on design copies, are both affordable and more readily available.

In most cases, the newer pieces share the same style as the ancient Chinese furniture, but the dimensions and other small details are adapted to complement the modern western home.

Although the styles have varied over time, the manufacturers of the newer Chinese style furniture have tried, as far as possible, to stay true to traditional manufacturing techniques. In this way and by using the same strong, durable, good quality hardwoods, they manage to replicate these ancient pieces, making them available today, for our modern homes.

It was back in the 1700’s when King George IV introduced Chinese furniture to Britain. Such was his fascination with it, he began collecting pieces and his sizeable collection is now on view at the Brighton Pavilion. International trade routes opened up in the 1900’s and this led to Chinese furniture becoming more popular and also more widely available.

Oriental furniture is visually appealing and creates a beautiful and lasting impression in any home. There are a number of different styles available, taking antique Chinese simplicity as their base and blending it with modern western design to create sleek, stunning and eye catching furniture which is just perfect for any room in the modern home.

Perhaps the most recognisable feature of this style of furniture and the reason for its now, international appeal, is its lacquered finish. This lacquer is derived from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum or “Varnish Tree”. The sap is processed adding iron oxides to colour it red or more commonly, black and this is then painstakingly applied, in many layers to build up the coating. Once hardened the finish is very durable and resistant to water, acid, alkali and abrasion.


A Tip For Moving Furniture Around the House With Plastic Sheet

March 16, 2010

If you are rearranging furniture in your house and your beautiful England Plants, or even moving it to a new location, professionals have a few tricks of the trade to make moving easy and smooth.

The sheet I use is clear heavy duty sheet. It is four times the thickness of those flimsy ‘one use’ furniture covers, and more like the ‘scuff proof’ grade used by sofa manufacturers.

Indeed furniture shops / warehouses may be the place for the amateur mover to scrounge some old sheet.

If you are moving a wardrobe, refrigerator or chest of drawers, plastic sheet is a useful tool:
Fold up the sheet so it is a least 4 folds thick. You should end up with a long rectangle, and the piece to be moved will be placed on one end of it… You will pull on the other end. The sheet should be of a width sufficient to take the piece but also pass through doorways without scrunching up and jamming.

You may not even have to move the furniture to get the sheet underneath: You can tip up one end of the piece (just a few degrees), and shovel enough plastic underneath it, then put the piece down and tip up it’s other end to pull the plastic out.

Not only can tall objects be easily moved through doors, but tight right angles in corridors can be optimally traversed.

Heavy fridges become easy to move.

We also use plastic sheet to move pianos: When a piano has to be up-ended 90 degrees to get into a doorway from a tight corridor…

We usually remove the bottom frame (kick board), the desk (the panel the written music sits on) and the key cover. Take care that the piano’s top lid does not overhang the sides… If it is so constructed, the lip of the top may collide with metal carpet edging… in which case a cushion (well placed) between the plastic sheet and the upturned side of the piano will keep the lip off the ground

The process of pulling on the sheet is smooth and controlled, so a lot of bumping is avoided: It is kind both to your furniture and to your house.

Mostly two people are needed: One to tip up the furniture whilst the other arranges the plastic. One person should push the piece while one pulls on the plastic. Two to watch both sides and call out to avoid bumping and scraping.

On the other hand, the technique can at a pinch allow single handed maneuvering in some circumstances.

I always use plastic sheet for soft furnishings, like sofas and mattresses. Sofas that have to be up ended to get through doorways can scuff or even tear. Use heavy sheet secured with parcel tape to encase the piece.. and always take the feet off first.

Mattresses are heavy and pick up dirt easily. The heavier they are, the more certain it is that they will touch the ground.

Another trick my clients enjoy is to pick up a single mattress, sheets, pillows duvets, cuddly toys and all, and wrap it up tight in sheet. After moving, we then unwrap it and place it back on the bed ready for use with a minimum of redressing.

Plastic sheet can really make moving easier.