Bone inlay furniture is not really new on the design scene. I mean It has been a big trend for the last few years, but this technique has been around for centuries. Although this timeless furniture style is not currently on the top of the design trend-spotters lists, I am still hoping to find a wonderful new chest for my living room.
The technique of inlay on furniture is accomplished by inserting pieces of contrasting, often colored materials in a base object to form patterns or pictures. These inlays are normally flush with the surface. The most common material used is wood veneers. This is a similar look as marquetry but with very distinctive differences. Other materials like shells, mother-of-pearl, horn, ivory, colored stones, precious metals and of course bone are used for furniture inlay.
The authentic bone inlay furniture are very time and labor intensive and as such is reflected in the typically high price tags.
The look of bone inlay furniture is very exotic and elegant, yet they have a sense of timelessness. The technique has been around for centuries and can be found in the world’s finest homes and museums. These days, bone inlay furniture pieces work wonderfully when used as an accent with period pieces. I love the look of a very intricate bone inlay piece mixed in an otherwise contemporary or urban chic setting.
One piece can take a room from just ordinary to fabulous!
Bone inlay furniture often comes in black white and gray, but some gorgeous colors such as the green above and this awesome pink one below are available as well.
In case an authentic four figure bone inlay piece of furniture is not within your budget, there are gorgeous stenciled pieces available on the market today. Stenciling is simply painting the pattern on to the surface of the furniture.
For my living room, I have my eye on a few of these stenciled alternatives.
Here are a few more pieces that just might inspire you to get your very own bone inlay piece of furniture.
As you can see, bone inlay can be applied to any piece of furniture as well as home accents.
What so you think about this decorative furniture technique? Where would you use a bone inlay piece in your home? Leave me a comment!
Wishing you beauty and inspiration!