When I am browsing through magazines or websites, I will often find that a particular interior just makes me stop mid-page turn (or scroll). And many times the reason why I've stopped is an old, shiny piece of wood furniture.
Whether it's a chest of drawers, a secretary, or a console, if it's old with some patina, I will almost always like it. If it's inlaid or burled, that's even better! I do typically like pieces with some shine to their finish -- it just makes them stand out even more in a room. And they look great in all types of interiors, from very traditional to more modern. Every room needs a little bit of nature and some age, and these furniture pieces bring that.
A few examples:
Emily Todhunter Group, via VT Interiors
Scanned from a book - sorry, can't remember the publisher!
Tommy Smythe - Canadian House & Home
Deborah Needleman's office - Lonny Mag
If you have a lot of pattern in a room, the wood surface gives your eye a place to rest, and if you have a room with a lot of solid surfaces and colors, the antique wood adds an interesting texture to the room. Perfect either way!
Sorry I don't have the original credits for a few of these pictures; a lot of these are images I saved just for my own use before I started writing a blog. If you know the designer/photographer/publisher, please let me know and I'll update the post. Thanks!