Armoires, while so practical, are often bulky and can be hard to style. I have seen them pushed in the corner of a room, often used as catch-all wardrobes, towering over everything, like a giant living in Hobbiton. Being into sleek, low profile furniture myself, I did not think I was up to par, styling one.
Or so I thought, until Chairish invited me to style an armoire for their Spring Refresh challenge. After looking around their armoire collection (and doing some soul searching “can I do this?”), I replied with a nerdy “challenge accepted” and actually got so inspired that made not one but, four style boards to share with you.
Let’s style an armoire (or four)!
Furniture need company. Armoires are no exception and they look in place when they are surrounded by frames, baskets and plants. Imagine: a set of framed pictures on the side, a plant on the other side, baskets on top of the armoire.
Flanking the sides of an armoire with complimenting decor like frames on top, round hat boxes on one side and mirrors on the other side (I imagine a set of starburst mirrors), will ground and connect the big furniture with the rest of the room.
Style board no 1 “Spring Refresh“:
My *entry* for the Spring Refresh challenge plays with hues of pink against refreshing white. Spring brings in mind nature awakening and colorful flowers bursting into bloom.
Spring is youthful, playful – and in my version, very girly:
Armoires are also great for hiding books and I will tell you about that, further down this post. Keep reading!
Style board no 2 “Nature Drifting“:
With gentle, light earthy colors, complimented with brass/gold details. Succulents and a quirky chandelier that can go in a family room, a kitchen or even a sunroom.
Style Board no 3 “Boudoir Pastels“:
A completely different approach for the following composition, inspired by the same carved white armoire I used for the Spring Challenge and a gorgeous fainting sofa (also from Chairish). Soft pastels to compliment (but not match) the sofa, and crystals (from the ornate chandelier to the jewelry box).
The setting is a feminine boudoir, for a romantic owner with a lavish vain. I bet this armoire is hiding muslin & silk dresses.
Style Board no 4 “Because…Books“:
This is my favorite because, well…books. Why hide the books away you might ask. Sometimes, dedicated bookworms, have reasons to keep some of their books out of reach and out of sight but still within readable reach. They might have:
- Rare and unique books that are irreplaceable
- Children at a page-tearing age
- People with bizarre (and perhaps very personal) book collections
- Too much sun. Sun can fade covers and make pages brittle.
- All of the above (that’s me!)
Armoires can make excellent bookcases! Imagine…Warm wood, leather and mixed metals. A sturdy armoire in warm wood color (mahogany and cherry are favorites), full of precious books. A tall plant on one side, a set of prints on the other side. A comfy leather chair (or a pair) in front of the armoire and leather foot stools.
Or/and a contrasting modern sofa to lie down and immerse yourself in a good book. Add mixed metals (a very hot trend right now), perhaps a comfy throw and grab a book!
All the styled armoires are from the Chairish armoires collection. I already was a signed member of their site, long before I was invited to participate in the challenge. I like the diverse items one can find there and I am glad they invited me to take part in this fun challenge.
Large (but cute) pinnable image:
Hubby liked the 4th style board the best, because of the masculine feel and the elements of”warm wood and leather”.
Which style board speaks to you the most and why?