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Alperstein's Furniture Store
(202) 783-0100
1015 7th Street NW
Washington, DC
 
Four Star Inc
(202) 554-2370
441 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC
 
Andy Sterns Office Furniture
(202) 296-6800
1050 17th St NW
, DC
 
Jackson Upholstery
(202) 529-2348
1225 18th St NE
Washington, DC
 
Henley Bill
(202) 387-3073
1616 16th St NW
Washington, DC
 
Cort Rental
(202) 223-9241
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC
 
P & P Office Furniture Supply
(202) 299-0644
913 U St NW
, DC
 
Georgetown Refinishing & Antique Resto
(202) 333-3311
1819 14th St NW
Washington, DC
 
Century Home Furnishings
(202) 488-4400
300 D St SW
Washington, DC
 
Baker Home Furnishings
(202) 488-4700
300 D St SW Suite 709
Washington, DC
 

The Art of Fine Furniture Design

by Nora Diaz Bretherton on February 17, 2011

in Design Studio

Understand The Importance Of Planning, Placement And Value Before Selecting New Furniture.

Homeowners seek interiors with fine furnishings and accessories. Whether enlisting interior designers or doing it themselves, many are turning to a popular trend of using traditional furnishings in a range of juxtaposed décors.

“With emphasis on comfort and personal style, many homes include varied elements of aesthetic form and practical function,” says Mike Howarth, president and owner of Englishman’s Fine Furnishings . Planning spaces boasting this combination has challenges but is attainable with some insider knowledge. Having designed English- and European-style reproduction furniture for many years, Howarth provides the following Q&A advice.

Q. How can rooms be decorated to maximize form and function?

A. To get started, decide how a room will be used. For example, consider if a dining room will be for formal or casual dining, or both. Determining if the room will host adults or children helps greatly with furniture selection. We recommend solid wood tables as they are resistant to permanent scratches. As dining rooms tend to be formal spaces, tables, chairs, china cabinets and sideboards can serve as a home’s finest furnishings. Yet, choosing comfortable pieces is essential.

Q. What makes a well-furnished room?

A. Begin with style and design; then follow with size and placement. Rooms should have space for traffic paths with unblocked openings. Use heavier pieces in larger rooms. It is good to scale spaces with layout plans, or even tape out the sizes of the pieces onto the floor to visualize placement. Customization is also an ongoing trend. We’ve customized furniture in most every size and style according to specific space constraints. Layout drawings based upon dimensions, like those our in-house designer Anita Vreeland creates, can help delineate well-made arrangements. 

Q. How can reproduction furniture and antiques be differentiated?

A. Only a trained eye should be able to tell the difference between reproductions and antiques. The thickness of veneers can be a sign, since antiques generally have more layers. Using the correct style of fixing blocks, drawer joints, screws or nails and hardware is critical. Most important is a finish with style-appropriate shading in the polish and patina. Many of our customers select our furniture because it is designed with realistic markings as if sourced from English country homes. A particular favorite is our Age of Oak Collection dresser and rack with a rustic oak finish to give the authentic appearance of age.

Q. Should furniture match interior colors?

A. This can be very much a personal choice, but there are a few things to consider. Warm color palettes for walls, flooring and fabrics can dictate the use of warm tones for wood finishes. Likewise, a room’s foundational cool tones are best pai...

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