Most tansu chests have a simple, strong, refined style that works very well with all types of interiors. The quality of workmanship, variety of materials, and the range of styles from all across Japan make tansu a very engaging endeavor for collectors, and for home decor.
Kitchen Tansu (mizuya) are very utilitarian. Every home in Old Japan would have had one or more, and were the center of family life. They were built sturdy with a variety of beautiful woods, and provide lots of storage, with many drawers and compartments.