There is really a lot to be said about what kind of furniture a person has in their home: it speaks of their personality more than of their purchasing power. These days, home decor and furniture options have expanded and evolved way beyond the traditional and rigid standards of the mid-50s or earlier; people have much more eclectic arrangements in their homes today than they would have had back then. This is liberating for a lot of people, since the feel of a home is really heavily influenced by the furniture, and therefore they can give their abode the unique vibe they want for it, and not have to live up to other people’s expectations (though that surely happens for some folks still).
Knowing how to properly select furniture is an art of its own, and having a good eye and knowing a bit about the industry are both prerequisites to mastering that art. Among the most notable pieces that the average person has in their home would have to be the dining room table, the book shelf, the chest cabinet, and-perhaps most importantly-a display cabinet. Having a good cabinet to put all your most valued possessions on display (at least the ones that will fit inside), like trophies and fine china, or even paintings or memorabilia, really will give your home that personal touch that shouts out to guests and visitors that your house is unique, unlike any other.
With a display cabinet, the general idea is that “the bigger the better,” yet you also want to make sure you are getting a quality product, and not some second-rate piece. After all, this particular piece of furniture will probably attract more attention than just about any other kind of furniture, so you really want to make sure it is appealing to the eye and solidly built (after all, you may be jam-packing it full of stuff!). Consider the ambiance in your home before choosing your cabinet, and study the colors and lighting wisely. You want to have a cabinet that stands out, but in a good way-not like a sore thumb. If the lighting is poor in the room where you want to put it, then you may want to consider a display cabinet with a lot of glass (to allow in as much light as possible), or otherwise install a lighting unit inside it (some come with this feature tastefully and discreetly built in to the cabinet). Make sure you have enough space in the designated room for a cabinet, and measure everything precisely so that you don’t end up having a colossal piece of furniture that, for less than an inch of difference, can’t be squeezed into the place you want it to be.
Of course, the wood itself should be very strong, as these pieces need to be able to withstand quite a bit of weight (also, the risk of it collapsing isn’t just a bruised tush, but potentially thousands of dollars and/or memories smashed). Go with classics like cherry wood or oak for your display cabinet, which are very reliable as well as having very appealing colors and grain designs.