Lamontagne. Curio Cabinet. September 24th , 2017.
Miniature Curios are exactly as they sound. They are smaller version of standard wall curios, usually shorter. They tend to be better suited for compact or higher trafficked areas. Console Tables are similar to miniature curio cabinets (especially in size); however they take on a more traditional, four-legged table design. Hanging curios are small curio cabinets that are light enough to be hung. The great thing about these curios is that most are also wall mountable. Now that you have a good understanding of what a Curio Cabinet is and the different types, time to find the one that best suits your home. Curio Cabinets are going to add the extra beautiful brilliance that your house and collectables deserves. Whether you decide on a traditional curio cabinet or modern, just know that your home is going to look great and your valuables are safe and sound.
Shelf type glass curio cabinets are usually not made entirely of glass, with heavy frames made from a sturdier material and only the actual shelf space made from glass. They are similar in use to wall mount glass cabinets, but are larger and thus able to take heavier items but consequently being bulkier. One thing about shelf type glass curio cabinets that sets them apart from wall mounted ones is that they often come with a pair of sliding glass panels on the front that can be locked to keep your little toys secure. Realistically speaking, this wont deter a determined burglar, who can simply smash in the glass, but these sliding panels go a long way towards keeping your kids and snoopy relatives from casually pawing your collection.
You might look at a wall mount curio cabinet and wonder, just what will I do with that. Well, there are many things you can do with a wall curio cabinet and in this article; we will discuss the various uses. Wall curios are excellent for displaying your valued treasures. However, remember the saying "One persons treasure is another persons junk". We each have our own treasures for our own different reasons. One might collect shot glasses. In fact, many people collect shot glasses. I collect them myself from every place I visit. I do not use them, but they just look great and serve as a bookmark of my travels. I have shot glasses from several states, as well as one each from Canada, Australia, and Spain. Even Disney World is in my collection. I am not alone in the world, many people collect shot glasses. A wall curio is great for these collections, as they are small and on the wall, they are out of harms way.
The other question to ask is - Do you want to match the look of your curio cabinet with the other furniture in the room?If you want to maintain a traditional look, then you might want to choose from grand old fashioned designs with bevelling, hand-carved details and dark timber finishes.If the room is contemporary, then you might want the clean lines and lighter timber finishes of a more urbanized curio cabinet with lots of mirror and glass.If affordability is a consideration and you do not mind the look of MDF or engineered wood, then you might choose a curio cabinet made of strengthened pressed particle board and topped with timber veneer or laminate.If you feel that a solid wood curio cabinet sounds like a good investment, then you should get a curio cabinet made from the more popular oak or maple - hardwoods that can only gain character and charm as they age.And last but not least, what is your budget? Are you prepared to splurge on a Louis XV-inspired Pulaski curio cabinet selling for $2000 so that you can have a spectacular accent piece that can transform your entire living room experience?
Changing sizes between panels to alter the overall shape of the cabinet is another idea. For example, with a centerpiece glass curio cabinet you can use progressively smaller sizes of circular panels the higher up you go to make it look like an archetypical christmas tree, for example, or progressively smaller perfect square layers to make it look like a pyramid. Lastly using stained, etched, or frosted glass panels are just some of the other ideas you can apply. Why limit yourself to regular glass, after all? You can increase the artistic visual appeal of your curio cabinet by using different types of glass. All you need to do is find a local glass worker who you can hire to make specialized panels for your cabinet, and youre good to go.
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