Some people go to work every day, some of them write books and articles, some make money at the stocks, some travel by air every day, some cook perfectly, some of them just smile and cry, think and innovate, some sing and make an advertisement…This list is endless, it speeds to eternity. For all of us there is something in our life which is crucial for us, which creates unique features of us. So there are activities which become significant part of our life, they are particles which build the “whole construction” – our life. That is why when we talk about home decorating it is very important to know that it is also a way of life for some people. We actually spend more money on decorating our home than on buying clothes and other goods. As you’ve guessed our nests weren’t always so well furnished. May be you can not imagine but in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, furniture was so scarce that it was moved around from room to room. During the Gothic period from the 1100s to 1500s A.D. furniture was heavy and without any hint of beauty. Toward the later end of that period, the style became quite decorative and ornate-borrowing from church design. The furniture at that period could be found mostly in churches and it was rare case when it was in home. Chairs were rigid and chests were massive and almost immovable because church discipline decreed that furniture was to be formal not comfortable.
The Chest, Trunk or Bed
The most popular piece of furniture was the chest. It was a multifunctional piece of furniture because at day time it played the role of a seat or bench and at night it had the function of a bed or a couch. But it not only could be a piece which was playing the role of surface on which somebody could have a rest but also a place where all household goods were stored in, thus implementing an option of a trunk.
For the first time chairs were found in churches (during the Gothic period) where they were used as seats for clergy. The ornate designs came directly from Mother Nature. With the introduction of fabric covers the prevalent pattern was the fleur-de-lis. It resembled local foliage. As time was passing more attention was given to details and design. In the Victorian era, Queen Anne furniture ruled with ornate wooden furniture in curved lines. However Oriental motifs were dominating at that time because the Victorians loved the exotic designs from China and in many wealthier homes the furniture was decorated in accordance with specific Oriental patterns.
As the furniture was made of wood In Medieval times the comfort was at the minimal level. That is why in order to ease the hardness of a wooden stool or chair, cushions or chair pads were used. Chair pads came in colorful patterns-adding color. By the way it did not matter whether these pads were used in poor or wealthy homes.
Some historical facts discover that in wealthy homes in 18th century England, tailored slipcovers were used to protect fine furnishings. Slipcovers were also used in order to protect rare and expensive silk brocades. By the 19th century slipcovers were commonly used in all households, in both America and Europe. The functions were the same: to serve a shield against dirt and sunlight and to add the interior with more colorful and bright tints.
Interior design in the 1920s went toward the extravagant and romantic. In 1920s electricity and the era of TVs came, so changing the life of many people on Earth. With the development of technologies the way of life also was under great changes. Consequently the interior design had changed a lot. At this time colors were muted. Soft tone Oriental rugs and cheaper factory produced imitations came in soft blues, greens, and taupe. Walls were painted or paneled in wood. Wall-to-wall carpeting wasn’t around. Instead, beautifully wooden floors were covered with Oriental-style rugs. And in some homes, linoleum was used in the living room.
The 1970s to the Present
As the time passed the more comfort were coming to our life, to our homes. Wall-to-wall carpet was also becoming popular. Comfort was a major factor in furniture design. For example you could go barefoot at home and walk on a shag rug in the 1960s and 1970s. As we spend more and more time at home working, watching TV or having a rest at front of entertainment center we pay more attention on furniture comfort capabilities and its options. The setting can be elegant, but it has to be comfortable as well.
Article taken from http://blog.theurostyle.com/2011/04/11/some-funny-facts-about-furniture