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Despite oak being used for furniture throughout the ages the most famous period for Oak furniture was during the Tudor times and lasted for over 160 years up until around 1650. This period is more commonly known as the ‘age of oak’. Designs were copied from the characteristics of furniture found in the Catholic churches and circular characteristics were also added and were often painted with the Tudor rose.. The furniture during this period became larger and more ornate and were seen by many as a sign of wealth.
When you think about which wood would be good for furniture for your home, one of the first things you must consider is what kind of wood suits your home’s style and ultimately your taste. You will also have to consider factors such as strength, toughness and durability.
Eco friendly furniture is furniture that has been created with a minimum negative impact on the environment. This basically means that the wood used to make the furniture has come from renewable and sustainable sources and any chemicals used in the production process does not pollute or harm the environment.
The huge popularity of oak for building furniture stems from the fact that it is in plentiful supply and therefore much more affordable than other less plentiful woods. It is also durable, hard wearing. a heavy hardwood with a beautiful grain. Furniture made from oak is usually heavy, solid and simplistic in design.
From the mid to late 17th Century oak was mainly used for the frame and drawer linings of furniture. Oak was a popular wood used heavily in the Georgian era and made a comeback of sorts in late Victorian times.
What is shabby chic and why has it become so popular?
Shabby chic is used in interior design to describe furniture and furnishings that have the appearance of aging and the signs of wear and tear or is used to describe newer items or new items of furniture that have been distressed or treated to achieve the appearance of being antique or what has become to be as known as ‘shabby chic’.