Contained Decor: Use storage chests trunks in home decor: Sonia Sumant

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Sometimes we find some old treasures in our locked garage or perhaps in a loft. Do you recall exploring something like that? And discovering a mysterious storage chest!

Whether you have had this experience or not, there is a wonderful mystery and comforting feeling surrounding trunks and chests. Apart from their storage value, most trunks and chests are also dramatic pieces of furniture and coupled with an interesting story, make for a great conversation starter in any room. Use it as a coffee table, a mini-bar or just as storage with a decorative element.

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Any which way, these pieces never disappoint in their value addition. Here are some of my creations where trunks have been decorated to add an aesthetic appeal while retaining their functional value.

A storage trunk can be used as a rustic style seating bench by a window, perhaps covered with antique dolls and stuffed animals to provide a comforting appeal. It can be placed in your spare room or a study where activities like reading take place.

Another option is to paint an ordinary trunk in a bright colour with motifs and use this as a storage box for pictures, books, board games, or toys and stuffed animals for the kids. In one of my projects, I made a pretty colourful trunk with locking castors which could not only be used as storage but also served as a bench or a chair. It slides perfectly under the study table, consuming absolutely no floor space.

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A decorative trunk can be used as a side table to place a lamp, coasters, and a book on beside your favourite chair. You can also store out of season items inside, such as curtains, blankets and sheets, or holiday decorations. When used as a table, a storage trunk gives you a quick and convenient access to storage without sacrificing style.

In the bedroom, the best way to save space, make it look different and have a good amount of utility, make your trunk a stylish side-table. If you drink water at night, be sure to place your glass on a coaster so you don’t cause any damage. Inside, you can store out of season clothing which are sorted out just once in a while.

Get that decorative box on castors and have a mobile bar anywhere in the house! In case you do not like to have your liquor displayed, a wine trunk or a mini-bar serves best!

A trunk is flexible enough to correspond well with any home décor, whether you prefer antique and classic or contemporary and modern.


Sonia Revankar loves colour and it inspires her the most. An everyday scene — the mélange of colours  on a hand-cart of a guy selling fruits or vegetables or a villager wearing a bright red turban against his brown skin— makes her want to create and apply it to design in her own fashion. The saga of colours is everywhere and that’s the base of her inspiration. The reason why she started furniture designing and painting is to be able to share and make people understand the power of colour and realise how much of it affects our mood and ambience in the one place we find ourselves comfortable – our homes.

Her website : Lively Wood 

2 responses to “Contained Decor: Use storage chests trunks in home decor: Sonia Sumant”

  1. Kanchan says:

    liked the box with wine bottles. where is this available ?

  2. akash says:

    I have an old chest. Should get it polished and use it

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