late 18c fruitwood enfilade four door buffet in later paint

Written by lantiques.

Feng shui fans say it is bad feng shui to have two or more doors directly aligned – which is precisely what an enfilade is about. It seems that the series of rooms , aligned so you can look from one room to another, creates a space that lacks balance and harmony. Interior Designer Stephen Hills tends to differ – ‘An enfilade holds an element of surprise the way a good plot does. It hints at what’s on the horizon and keeps your curiosity up’. 

Since they offer a fantastic view from one room to another, enfilades rooms have been abundantly used in grand houses across Europe until the invention of the hall. Taking their inspiration from this architectural feature, in terms of furniture, an enfilade is a buffet with three or more doors. It is a piece that can be both practical and attractive.