Decorating for Smaller
A Guide to Home Furnishings
by: Richard Romando
Function, form, fitness and fashion are the key
guiding factors in choosing home furnishings. Function
is the first and foremost criteria for a person
to go for bare-minimum furnishings. A person buys
a table, chair, bed, cupboard, settee, sofa, bookshelf,
curtain, carpet, wallpaper and so on, primarily
for utility or function. A bare home, bereft of
furnishings, is like a stable or a warehouse, unfit
Mankind's journey from cave to condo, from hut to
villa, symbolizes the progress of civilization.
Home furnishings also have undergone dramatic changes
over the millenniums. But some basic furnishings
such as bed, chairs and tables have remained with
civilized man, though their form and style have
been changing with the times.
The lifestyle of a person gets reflected in his
or her home furnishings. Technology, which has a
direct bearing on a person's lifestyle, also plays
a crucial role in the form, content and style of
wood, cane, stone, metal, textile and silk, and
now plastic, are materials people have used to make
furniture and furnishings so that they can have
a comfortable life at home and work place. Generations
have experimented with material, form, technique,
technology and design to come up with innovative
and improved quality of home furnishings.
Home furnishing is similar to building a nest. Just
as a bird collects bits of thistles, pebbles and
mud to put together its nest, a person brings in
pieces of furniture to make living in home comfortable.
The art and craft of home furnishing are passed
down from one generation to another, with each generation
modifying the fixtures in tune with the times, setting
Craftsmanship, materials, and style determine the
value of any home furnishing. Once you learn what
to look for, you can buy wisely at auctions, estate
sales, or straight off the showroom floor. Doing
your homework before and during the purchasing process
will pay off in a furnishing that will retain its
function and looks far into the future.
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