With over sixty years in the furniture business, we’ve learned a lot about home decor. These are some of the easiest mistakes to make, especially if you’re new to interior design.
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Living Room Seating
When you’re arranging your living room, you might be tempted to push some or all of your seats up against the walls. However, that’s probably the last thing that you want to do. Create a warm space where friends and family can talk to each other with furniture arranged around a single focal point, not spread out in every corner of the room. If you watch TV in the living room, face the sofa or sectional towards your TV and let the other pieces of furniture circle around it. That way you’ll be able to enjoy the room to the fullest!
Most designers recommend that any room have at least three sources of lighting instead of a single overhead light. Use varying heights with table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, and track lighting to create the proper mood for each room.
Painting Before Decorating
We highly recommend putting down that paintbrush until you’ve chosen the upholstery and fabric for your biggest pieces of furniture. It’s much easier to match your paint colors to upholstery than the other way around. Look through samples and ask our staff to help you pair textures and patterns, then decide which paint colors will bring them all together.
Everyone has a unique style, and every home should reflect the personalities of the people in it. However, these tips can help you avoid common mistakes that make homes feel cold and uncoordinated. Our talented staff can also help you transform your home and make your style come to life.
When our designers are working on a new project, they like to keep track of the height of every piece of furniture and accessory they consider. This allows them to utilize all of the height available to them in each space, and also creates a visually pleasing look that helps eyesight travel up and down a room rather than simply side to side.
If you’re hanging a single piece of artwork, it’s best to hang it so that the center of the piece is right at eye level (about 57” for the average height). However, you can create an art gallery that groups multiple paintings at varying heights along a single wall or hallway. One interesting way to draw attention up is to hang three or more pieces of the same shape in a vertical line. You can do this on each side of a tall headboard to make your bedroom seem larger, or create an accent wall elsewhere.
Mirrors are one of the best tools in a designer’s arsenal because they reflect light (which makes the space brighter) and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can even add metallic accents or geometric patterns with unique frames and patterns. Since mirrors are slightly different than artwork, they can be hung much higher than the average painting. Use large mirrors above tall dressers (which can be beautiful as well as practical) to draw the eye line even higher. Also, a mirror in the entryway is always a good idea so you can make sure everything is in place before you leave your home.
To add the finishing touches, look for accessories that vary in height as much as the rest of the room. That way you can use tall candle sticks or vases to fill in places without much height and you can use short plants and lamps where artwork climbs high up the walls. Tall trees (or faux trees) are also perfect making lonely and bare corners look vibrant.
One way to decide whether one of your rooms could use more height variation is by looking at it through your camera’s lens. Take a picture of the room and see if it looks as balanced and thought out as the pictures you see in magazines on online. If you’re struggling, bring your photo with you and we’ll help create a beautifully designed room with you.
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When you’re considering buying new dining room furniture, it’s always important to know how much space you have for your new purchases. However, it’s also important to consider how much space you need to leave empty so people can maneuver around your home comfortably. Here’s a list of measurements to keep in mind while shopping for the perfect new dining room set:
- Make sure to leave 24-36 inches between the back of a chair and a wall. If your family is especially tall, you may way to leave a few more inches of clearing space. This way everyone will have enough space to pull out their chair and sit comfortably without truly feeling backed up against a wall.
- The most comfortable distance between dining chairs are 12-18 inches. This will prevent elbows from knocking into each other while your family and guests are enjoying their meal!
- If you’re mixing and matching dining room collections, make sure that there is at least 10 inches of space between the table top and the seat cushions. The last thing that you want is for someone to be unable to fit their legs under the table!
- Area rugs should be large enough that the entire table and all of the chairs can fit comfortable on top of it, even when the chairs are pulled out. This will ensure that there are no uneven surfaces causing the table and chairs to wobble while everyone is sitting down for their meals.
If all of this is a little overwhelming, never fear! Our incredibly savvy designers are always ready to help make sure that you’re making all the right decisions about your new furniture. They’ll make sure your home looks amazing and is perfectly functional as well! Plus they will make sure that you’re getting the best deals on the best brands. Visit today!
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Is your home looking dreary next to the loveliness of Spring? It’s common for us to feel a little down as we pack away our cozy throw blankets and sparkling winter decoration. But getting your home ready for warmer weather can be a lot of fun and will make your friends and family feel right at home in the new season!
Start by combing your home for stuff that’s broken or that your family doesn’t use any more. Spring cleaning isn’t just about vacuuming and dusting, it’s about starting from a clean slate so that you can build up and make your home look exactly the way you want it to. So make some hard decisions and take everything that you don’t absolutely love to the donation center. If you aren’t sure whether you’re ready to part with a few items, pack them away for a month and see if you missed them. If you didn’t go looking for them, chances are that you don’t really want them lying around.
Next, select an object or two that completely encapsulates the style that you want for your home during the spring. It could be a colorful vase, artwork, or rug that you love. Use that as inspiration for some additional spring accessories by looking for complimentary patterns and similar color schemes. Switching out accent colors from one season to the next is a great way to keep you home feeling fresh. Throw pillows, small area rugs, lamps, and vases are all easy to change out and can make a huge impact on the atmosphere of your room.
Finally, bring some of that wonderful outdoor beauty into your home! Treat yourself with fresh flowers and potted plants to make your home feel bright and well-cared-for. A simple flower in the guest bathroom or miniature herb garden in the kitchen window will help make your home feel truly special.
Do you feel energized to give your home a makeover this spring?
To beautifully mix patterns and create striking styles for you home, you need to create a balance between too much and too little. You don’t want to overcrowd a room with too many different patterns or too much of the same pattern, but if you don’t incorporate enough pattern it may end up looking like an afterthought.
Use Variety – Most patterns fall into two basic groups: organic and geometric. Organic patterns are often inspired by nature and may appear more abstract. Florals are a good example of organic patterns. On the other hand, geometric patterns like polka dots, chevron stripes, and lattices have defined patterns that repeat in even intervals.
Start incorporating pattern into your room by choosing an item with a pattern that you love. For example, you might choose pillows in a floral pattern that compliments your upholstered furniture. Then add another pattern that is more geometric but still uses the same color scheme as the rest of the room. Or, if you initially fall in love with a geometric pattern for your curtains, try incorporating an organic pattern in the area rug. Your third pattern can be either organic or geometric, as long as it follows the second important rule:
Use Different Scales – Whether your first pattern choice is organic or geometric, you need to consider how big or small the scale is before incorporating additional patterns. If your initial piece features large flowers or wide patterns, the scale is large. Usually the larger the piece, the larger the scale for patterns (so curtains, rugs, and accent furniture usually use large scale patterns while small pillows, throws, and accessories have smaller scale patterns).
You don’t want to use all of one type or the other in the same room or the balance will be off and each pattern will compete against the other. Instead, try to use one large, one medium, and one small scale pattern in the same room. This way you can create depth with color and pattern while also maintaining a harmonious look for the room.
Hopefully you feel more confident about mixing and matching patterns and you’re ready to try to incorporate more style into your home.
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