Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:26 AM
Are you searching for long lasting solid wood furniture? Mahogany could be an excellent choice, as it is a hardwood and known for its durability. Not only that, but it is also a very attractive timber that will be a beautiful focal point in your home.
All about mahogany
It should come as little surprise that mahogany has been a popular staple in interior design schemes for generations, being used for everything from sleigh or four-poster beds to roll-top desks and bookcases. Part of its attraction is its deep red colour and another is its strength.
This timber originates from the Americas, where the trees grow around 150 ft high and the trunk can boast a staggering diameter of 6 ft. This makes it an exceptionally hardy wood. However, it also looks shiny and beautiful, thanks to the straight and smooth grains that often interlock to create both strength and a polished-looking finish. The fact the wood can so easily absorb stains to give it the ideal finishing touch is the icing on the cake.
As with most hardwoods, mahogany can be expensive, but this investment is worth it as its durability means you will not need to worry about replacing it for many years. Because of this, it is a purchase worth making as you will have the peace of mind your furniture will stay looking almost as good as when you bought it.
Style and colour
Mahogany is perhaps best known for its crimson tint that can range from a deep blood red to a warm autumnal shade of reddish-brown. This makes it a striking choice in any home, and you may even feel tempted to stick to a neutral colour palette for the room you are placing this furniture in. This way, the wood will be the main focal point and can be admired in all its splendour.
Often simple and classic in design, the style of this furniture frequently takes its lead from periods through history and, by choosing an elegant piece like, this you'll know it's timeless, rather than faddish and prone to looking dated.
Some of the styles available include Queen Anne, Regency, Louis XV, Baroque, Victorian and Chippendale. If you live in an old house, you could select your furniture based on the age of your property, or you could simply pick out the pieces that appeal to you most.
It is said that many carpenters enjoy working with mahogany as it is so easy to carve, so you will discover a lot of the products made from it have intricate features like smooth curved legs ending in a claw foot, or ornate frames with cut-outs. Brass handles are another common feature as the metal complements the polished wood perfectly. While most of the furniture has beautiful details like this, they are not overwhelming and the overall look of the items is classic and simple.
This means you have the freedom to redecorate as often as you please, without worrying that the look you choose will not match your home furnishings, as your table, chairs, bookcases, desk and other pieces should fit in seamlessly.
You may even feel tempted to kit out your whole home with mahogany furniture, from placing a striking four-poster bed in your master suite to a reproduction dining table and matching chairs in your dining room.