Styling an Armoire (or four…)

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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:

Spring Refresh challenge for Chairish style board by TwoPlusCute
Spring Refresh challenge for Chairish

 

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.

Nature Drifting Style Board by TwoPlusCute

 

 

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.

Lilac pastels, armoire, romantic, Style Board by TwoPlusCute

 

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! ImagineWarm 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!

Because BOOKS style board for armoire, leather, books by TwoPlusCute
The books are inside the armoire, safe from little hands and sunbeams.

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:

Styling an Armoire. 4 inspirational style boards, inspired by the Chairish spring challenge. Post by TwoPlusCute

 

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?

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20 thoughts on “Styling an Armoire (or four…)

  • April 15, 2016 at 4:27 am
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    The closest to our home is the 4th one, accept that instead of brown everything is jarrah coloured – more red I guess. We steer clear of brown as much as possible and use black for our chairs and tables and red for our curtains. It can be a bit much though, I look at all the light, bright stuff and wonder if I wouldn’t be happier.
    Stella Lee @Purfylle posted…Pinbellish 33

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    • April 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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      I had to google jarrah and it’s a beautiful hue. Certainly goes great with red. 🙂

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    • April 13, 2016 at 11:07 am
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      Hi there Alina!
      Nature drifting has this serene quality that I like too. 🙂

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  • April 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm
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    Thanks so much for featuring our armoires in these fabulous style boards! It’s a close call, but I think I like the forest theme best 🙂

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    • April 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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      Thank you for the fun challenge Holly and I am glad you liked the boards. 🙂

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  • April 2, 2016 at 8:53 am
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    Hi!
    Can you believe we have more snow coming?!? I’m so done with winter…..c’mon warm temperatures and sunshine!
    Sally posted…Good-Bye March!!

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    • April 2, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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      I keep reading about the snow all week and still nothing! I was hoping for a few days of heavy rain and some snow to get some grass seeds in the ground.
      Instead we got lovely warm weather and my periwinkle blossomed. Not bad I’d say. 🙂

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  • March 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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    I can’t find your latest post. When I click on it I’m directed to a page that says the post isn’t there……
    Sally posted…Graceland

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    • March 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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      I messed up and had it scheduled without having finished it. So, I took it down until I finish writing it.
      Thank you for letting me know, Sally!

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    • March 29, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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      Place reserved!
      Oh, you are a dangerous lady if you prefer no 3. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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    Number four is my favorite too, because books and plants and browns. 🙂 I also love the chair in number two.

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    • March 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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      That chair is pretty architectural and impressive in its curved calm.
      Love it, too.

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  • March 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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    They’re all awesome but, I like the first one. It’s light and airy. Reeks of happiness!
    Sally posted…Graceland

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