The main features of the furniture used in Spain are the cabinets, chests, and chairs with broad legs. Importance is given to the detailing and size. The difference in this design and others can be marked by the wood turnings, colors, and decorations used. The decorations include the depiction of courtship, bullfighting, etc.
The specialty of chairs of this style is that they are more spacious, with a wide and high back for resting. The wood obtained from walnut tree is mostly used, while cedar, mahogany, chestnut, and oak are also used occasionally. A good thing about this kind is the strength and durability it possesses.
The different types are the chests, varguena, decorative chairs, and papalera.
It is a writing desk commonly found in Spanish homes. A useful item in their daily lives, it is used for storing stationery items, like letters, ink, pen, and paper. It is a portable item and is similar to a lap desk.
It is used to store precious things, like jewelry, mostly silver items. Its structure encompasses a big cabinet with 6 to 8 drawers on either side. It is decorated with intricate carvings. The 'pull' of the drawers are colored in gold. It's legs are round in shape and short in length. Short legs make the it appear low and very close to the ground.
Influences of the Renaissance Period
It was in the renaissance period that the Spanish decor got influenced by various other styles including the English, Moorish and the Italian. The carvings of wood were more intricate and articulate during this period.
Lacquer was used to give the furniture a shine, and the colors used were mostly red or gold. The use of lacquer for styling was inherited from the English. Another change that took place was, the chair legs became more slender and carved.
Thus, this style has created a niche of its own and a strong customer base. It is liked by many and has its presence in many homes, the world over.