In can be extremely difficult to know what to look for when buying furniture, particularly if you do not go into a furniture store with a guide to buying furniture or at least an idea of the types of styles that you like. Deciding furniture stores to visit will greatly depend on what types of furniture styles you are interested in. Though not all stores are are going to sell specifically one type of furniture, you will probably be able to find better selection if you go to a store that specializes in English furniture styles or Adirondack styles if that is what you are more specifically looking for. Here are a few facts you should know before you start looking more seriously for a guide to buying furniture in your favorite style.
Because of the fact that furniture has been around for almost as long as humanity has, there are a lot of styles and aesthetics that you can choose from. In fact, a entire range of unique stone furniture has recently been excavated in Skara Brae, a Neolithic village located in Orkney. According to archeologists who are working on the dig, the site dates from 3100…2500 BCE. The reasons for the fairly rare use of all stone is likely due to a shortage of wood in Orkney. Though you are unlikely to want to furnish your entire home using stone, imagine trying to watch television comfortably, you may want to look into furniture styles that are influenced by this time period.
After this time period in ancient history, the Middle Ages to be a little bit more specific, The furniture was usually heavy, oak, and ornamented with carved designs. Though this aesthetic is a bit less popular these days, many people are looking for a more modern and streamlined design, it can be great to again use some of the more interesting elements that are present in your own home decor. Finding beautiful furniture that is modern but has a bit of a twist of the medieval in the form of intricate carvings could be just the way to spice up a fairly boring room in your home.
After the days of the huge, solid, and heavy furniture, with a few interesting periods in between, more advanced technology made it possible for entirely new materials to feature in furniture design. Starting in the 1950s, plastic and fiberglass became increasingly common furniture materials and continued to influence the Mid Century Modern aesthetic made extremely popular again by the television show Mad Men.
Though it might not be necessary to know that the word table is derived from the Latin word tabula or that the word couch originated in Middle English from the Old French noun couche in order to buy new furniture for your home, you should invest in a guide to buying furniture so that you know a little bit about the styles you are interested before you invest.