Vallee. Sideboard. November 02nd , 2017.
An antique oak sideboard is quite a find. Good construction of the nineteenth century sideboard has permitted the opportunity of collecting these excellent pieces of furniture. They are now found from coast-to-coast among thousands of antique dealers. Furniture makers are still making the oak sideboard. It is a popular selling piece among many of the great furniture houses in our country. Some factories are now specializing in reproduction furniture and can provide you with style choices from early American, Victorian, and European designs.
Since contemporary dining rooms typically have a clean, modern and sort of minimalistic look, sideboards are not seen often in modern homes. They remain a standard feature of traditional dining rooms as they emphasise the overall traditional style and give the dining area a touch of warmth which in turn creates a unique atmosphere. But in the recent years, sideboards are getting increasingly sought after for contemporary dining rooms as well. Renewed interest in sideboards can partly be explained with the change in dining room furniture trends which put a greater emphasis on functionality.
When shopping for the right antique sideboard furniture, you must always be sure you are getting what you pay for. The very definition of antique is something that is one hundred years or older. Buying any antique tends to be costly and the furniture requires delicate upkeep. A more popular trend is to go with an antique replica of a sideboard. Replicas are much, much cheaper and to the naked or untrained eye they look exactly like the originals. An antique sideboard is a must have for any room that needs the special piece to really pull the room together.
Sideboards were always part of dining in the grand Victorian houses, and if you want to dine with that kind of style then there are some reproduction pieces that will serve you well. Oak sideboards offer you plenty of storage options and there are some that have drawers and cupboard space so you have a place to store everything. You may have an idea that oak will be difficult to care for and look after or that it only comes in its natural shade, but you would be wrong. Oak sideboards come in so many different hues from the darkest almost ebony to the lightest bleached look. Oak as a wood is very easy to care for. It will take a lot of hard knocks and plenty of everyday wear and tear.
Sideboards were very popular after the Second World War and a good, solid oak sideboard in a medium stain was de rigueur in many households. In the 1970s, teak ruled supreme, together with a fashion for long, low sideboards with three simple compartments. This was followed by the desire for unstained pine in everything, until folk got tired of the propensity of pale pine wood to turn rather orange on contact with sunlight after a sustained period of time. This is easily solved by buying pine with an "antique" stain already on it to cool it down.
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