Cup­board love

An ar­moire looks as dec­o­ra­tive as it is use­ful.

Belle - - Belle Loves R I Ght Now - Edited by LUCY MCCABE

INTE RIOR DE­SIGNER JUS­TINE HUGHJONES be­lieves ar­moires have de­vel­oped from be­ing merely stor­age fur­ni­ture to a fo­cal point in the home. “Ar­moires were named and cre­ated cen­turies ago by the French as a large cabi­net used for stor­ing weapons and ar­mour. To­day they can be fab­u­lous cen­tre­pieces in a room and are a beau­ti­ful stor­age al­ter­na­tive to built-in join­ery. Adapt­able to dif­fer­ent liv­ing spa­ces through­out the home, they are used for a mul­ti­tude of stor­age needs – dis­guis­ing un­sightly TV and en­ter­tain­ment units, stor­ing linen and crock­ery, con­ceal­ing of­fice equip­ment and, more ro­man­ti­cally, as open bar units. They are best po­si­tioned cen­trally against a wall or op­po­site a fire­place. The ar­moire should be se­lected for its beauty and how it sits aes­thet­i­cally within the room space and with the rest of the fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tion. The shape, size and fin­ish of the ar­moire is as care­fully cu­rated as a piece of art­work and be­lies its true func­tion­al­ity as use­ful stor­age fur­ni­ture.”

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