Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Pattern Say About You?

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Everyone has their own design preferences, but did you ever wonder what your style says about your personality? Why did you choose that fabric? Just pick your favorite and scroll down to see what your choice says about you!


              Studio-1    Jasmine

               Kismet-1     Candice

               Marley     Madison-1

 


If you picked 1: You're organized. You lean more towards the neat and tidy but that doesn't mean you shy away from fun! You like bold lines and clean, geometric designs. Every shape has a purpose, every line has a meaning, and that's exactly how it should be. The Prospect geometric accent chair is your perfect match. 

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Pompano-Sofa   Caterina-Chair

                 The Pompano modern grey sofa                                The Caterina grey accent chair

If you picked 2: You're a free spirit. You like flowing, organic lines and you're willing to think outside of the box. You don't pick the predictable path and it shows in your style choices! You're fun, easygoing, and carefree. The Alexandia flowery chair and a half speaks to your soul.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

Atwater-Merlot-Queen-Bed   Brookside-Spa-Sofa

             The Atwater merlot queen bed                                        The Brookside light green sofa

If you picked 3: You're wild! You live your life outside of the box. To you, lines were created to be colored outside of. There is no hue too bold and no fabric too crazy. You speak your mind wear your heart on your sleeve. The Calamar retro accent chair is just vibrant enough to match your personality.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Walker-Red-Sofa   Madeline-Brown-Chair

                           The Walker red sofa                                        The Marquette brown accent chair   

If you picked 4: You're classic. You like traditions and keeping things how they've always been. You generally don't like big changes, and when you decide to change it's nothing drastic. You like simple, timless elegance. The Dandridge traditional accent chair will last for years to come.

Here are some other picks you'll like:

 Caroline-Red-Chair-1   Lowell-Queen-Bed
 
                The Caroline red accent chair                                          The Lowell cherry queen bed
 
If you picked 5: You're down-to-earth. You know who you are and what you like. It was easy for you to pick your favorite pattern because let's face it, this one is so obviously you. You're real and proud of it. The Emberley gingham accent chair is you. 
 
Here are some other picks you'll like:
 
Pearson-Chaise-Sofa   Eliot-Accent-Chair
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              The Pearson gray chaise sofa                                          The Eliot gray accent chair
 
If you picked 6: You're bubbly. You're fun and energetic and always have a smile on your face! You like bright, floral colors because they make your home feel inviting and open. You're not afraid to try something different and laugh at yourself when it goes terribly wrong. This Concord accent chair and floral throw pillow is your spirit animal. 
 
Here are some other picks you'll like:
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Perry-Accent-Chair   Hadley-Sofa 
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          The Perry patterned accent chair                                            The Hadley floral sofa

We hope this helped you learn a little bit more about yourself and your interior design style! For more great patterns and pieces check out Furniture.com.

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How to Pick the Best Fabric for your Furniture [Infographic]

Choosing the right fabric for your furniture can be hard because there are so many options to pick from. To help you out, we've taken some of the most common fabrics, defined them, explained when they should be used, and how long it takes to clean them. From bonded leather to velvet, we've got you covered!

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3 Colors Perfect for Spring Decor [Infographic]

It's time for an intererior design refresh. This spring is all about adding color in bold and daring ways; don't be scared - it's easy! You can add a small pop of color to your space or go totally color crazy and mix-and-match. Three colors that we're predicting to be trendy this spring are green, blue, and grey.

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Green is a great color because there are oodles of different shades.You can go from mint to sage to olive (anyone else getting hungry?) depending on your personal style. Your room will be so chic, your friends will be green with envy.

Blue is fabulous because it is an underused color that is incredibly versitile. Go dark with slate blue or brighten it up with pastel. Blue is the new you.

Lastly, grey may seem gloomy to some, but to us it's a wonderful world of possibilities. Grey can be paired with the boldest of bold colors and it will always match. What more could you want?
 
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The Furniture.com App: See it in Your Home Before You Buy

We know a lot of people may be nervous about buying furniture online without being able to see it in your home first. We get it - buying furniture is a big decision and it could be hard to commit to a piece when you aren't positive you'll love it. That's where the Furniture.com app can help. Our app can put the furniture in your home, without any purchase being made! "How is this possible?!" You question, "Is this witchcraft?!" Before you rally a mob and grab your pitchforks and torches, download the app and see for yourself

All you need to do is download the free app to your phone, print the marker, place the marker where you want the furniture to go, focus your phone, and poof - virtual furniture. Plus, you can take a picture of the virtual setup and show your friends! This is the perfect solution to being able to see the furniture in your space before committing to the purchase.


Take a look at how we used the app to test out new furniture here in the Furniture.com office:

 Hollister-chair

 Our Facebook fans love the Hollister collection so we thought we'd see how this accent chair looks in our office! Turns out, it looks great!

 

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How stylin' would our office be if all of the desk chairs were switched out for these Juliette cream dining chairs? (To help visualize how the app works, this picture shows the marker underneath the chair!)

 

 

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Here's our Email Marketing Specialist, Lauren, hanging out with the Caterina grey accent chair. (Hard to believe it's not really there!)

 

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 We would LOVE having this Albion blue loveseat in our hallway. It looks so comfy! 

 

 

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The Peabody black accent chair looks nice here! (Hmmm... who do we talk to about buying this for our office?)

 

 Ottoman-on-drews-desk-1

How is our Paid Search Specialist, Drew, supposed to do any work with this patterned cube ottoman on his desk? Gotcha! It's not really there! 

 

 

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Believe it or not, our Content Marketing Strategist, Brooke, doesn't have this Highline accent chair sitting on her desk all day. Cool, right?


We love this app because it makes it so easy to see what furniture will look like in your home before you buy it. It's the perfect tool to help you decided which piece to buy and it's so easy to use! 

To search for more furniture and pick out pieces to test on the app, visit Furniture.com!

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The Top 4 Interior Design Colors of 2015

As legend would have it (or Wikipedia), every year, in a European capital, Pantone convenes a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups to declare a "Color of the Year". 2015 has been deemed the year of this purply-pinkish-reddish-brownish hue called Marsala.

We want to show you why Marsala was chosen as the color of the year and give you three other colors that will top the trend charts in the year to come. 


 

1. Marsala (surprised?)

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Whether your looking for that perfect loveseat, comfy accent chair, modern ottoman, dining room chair, or simple accent cabinet, Marsala will truly impress. The publicity around this color is well-deserved. You can mix it up with other bold hues like navy or gold or pair it with simple neutrals like cream and taupe. Either way, Marsala is definitely going to be popular this year. 

 

2. Guilford Green

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According to Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color Trends, Guilford Green is the color of the year. Don't let these dueling hues confuse you! These "colors of the year" are based on predicitions and opinions. We love this color just as much as Marsala and see it taking off in 2015 as well. A green sofa or green twin bed may scare you, but paired with gorgeous neutrals or bold oranges and blues, this color will look stunning!

Other ideas for using green: this accent chair,  green dining stoolor green ottoman

 

3. Moody Blue

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This color hails from Sherwin-Williams' 2015 Color Forcast. We predicted that deep, steely blues would be a huge hit in 2015 (/blog/top-5-interior-design-trends-for-2015) and it looks like we were right. This misty, rich blue tone is becoming a cornerstone in 2015 decor. There are a ton of ways this color could work in your home. A nice blue accent chair or ottoman could really modernize an outdated living room.

Other ideas for using blue: This blue dresser, a  glass cocktail table, or a blue loveseat!

4. Pastels

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Yes, we know that "pastels" isn't one specific color, but it's a color group. According to Behr's Color Trend Report for 2015, a predicited popular paint palette is pastels. Pastels can include almost any color, but a softer, more delicate version. Because the pastel category contains many different colors, it's easy to find different pieces within the category. A pastel ottoman would be perfect if you're looking to add color to an otherwise neutral room. It's especially easy to find kid's furniture in pastel tones.

Other Ideas for using pastel: This kids' dresser , these dining chairs, a pastel chair and ottoman, or a pastel sofa


 

At the end of the day, the colors you like are the colors you should decorate with. These colors are just predicted to be more popular this year than they have been in the past. If you love these colors (like we do) you don't have to completely redecorate to be on trend. Toss a Marsala-colored throw blanket on your couch, or get Moody Blue dishware. There are easy ways to add hints of these colors all over your house! 

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Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015

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1. Blue is the New Hue

Who isn't sick of neutrals by now? Blue tones are the up-and-coming colors of 2015.  Blue could come off as tacky to some, but we're not talking about sky blues or flourescent teals. The blue tones we're talking about are hues like steel blue and navy. These darker, moodier blues add an edgy yet sophisticated vibe to a room. 

K_1584146_HO_altThis blue sofa (from the Albion collection) is dancing on the edge of gray, but hasn't quite fully committed. We're predicting that this greyish-blue hue is going to top the trend charts in 2015. 

 

2. Heavy Metal 

Metallics are predicted to be a huge hit in the upcoming year. The best thing about metallics is that they can pretty much fit in with any style. Modern metals, contemporary metals, and classic metals are all going to be a big part of 2015 interior design. Metallics offer a hint of extra flair while also adding a sleek, clean-cut look.

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The Sturgess trunk cocktail table nods towards steampunk style. Its metallic base and bonded leather accents give this piece and edgy look which will translate to whatever room it's in.

 

3. Go Geometric 

Yes, this was a trend in 2014,  but it's so good it's sticking around for 2015. Geometric patterns obviously come in all different shapes and sizes, but any of them will add a distinct and fun element to your decor. Geometric patterns add depth to an otherwise flat room. And because the patterns can come in infinite varieties, they're often easy to match to any space.

Studio-lifestyleThis black and white accent chair (from the Prospect collection) is the perfect addition to a room that needs an extra pop of pattern. The geometric pattern draws attention, but the subtle colors allow it to blend with the space.

 

4. Make it Modern

The term modern simply means to be related to the present. If guests feel like they are stepping into a time warp when they visit, you need to update your decor. Keeping it current is a reoccurring trend that will probably stick around for years to come. 

1610449_alt7This Vero dining table is super modern. The clean lines and dark wood will bring your dining room into the 21st century. 

 

5. Au Naturel

Bringing elements from nature indoors is expected to be a hit next year. This trend ranges from using actual driftwood or branches as centerpieces on your dining room table to using natural colors or materials. This style goes hand-in-hand with the environmentally conscious initiatives of the past decade.

TH_1530658_MDM-1The color of this Wenworth kids' dresser is inspired by nature. The natural, grainy appearance of this set is the perfect example of design that's inspired by our environment. 

With trends as fun and versatile as these, we can't wait for 2015! 

 

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Get the Look: Stunning, Modern White Living Room

In our "Get the Look" posts we find styled rooms we love and show you how to recreate the look with products from Furniture.com. We scoped the internet for a gorgeous living room and this modern white living room from decoist.com really caught our eye! You'll see that combining shades of cream, grey, and white can make your living room look incredibly elegant. Here's how you can mix-and-match to recreate the look! 

We will break down each element of the room and show you what similar items we carry.

Our inspiration: 

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Furniture.com products:

The chair:

1. The Hudson Gray

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Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray accent chair for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow button tufting dots the back cushion and the welted edges and boxy silhouette solidify a look that's neat and tidy. 

Color: Pale Gray

 

2. The Walker Cream

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Tread the fine line between modern urban and at-home, cozy living room style with the Walker Cream chair. Bold and inviting, this piece features an ultra-soft, suede-like microfiber fabric that is both supple and durable, perfect for those high-traffic areas that require good looks and well-padded seats. 

Color: Cream

 

3. The Highline Cream

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If your destination is up-to-date décor with a touch of retro vibe, look no further than the Highline Cream chair. Sleek, low track arms, button-tufted back and seat cushions and high tapering legs give this piece a mid-century flavor, and the versatile cream tone of the woven upholstery will easily blend with a range of color schemes. A fun designer fabric on the coordinating toss pillow offers an extra element of stylish pep, for a look that says "you've arrived." 

Color: Cream

 

The sofa:

1. The Trocadero

 

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There's something exciting about the Trocadero sofa, whose inviting style and contemporary look will add energy to any well designed space. Featuring deep seating and a scatter back design, this collection boasts welted track arms and slightly tapered wedge feet for a clean and fashionable aesthetic. One coordinating fabric with a bold circle pattern and a second in rich brown corduroy add to the modern appeal, and the loose, reversible back pillows allow you to customize the look and your seating comfort. 

Color: Cream

 

2. The Biscayne

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Destination Comfort. Discover the relaxing, vacation-like vibe of the breezy Biscayne White sofa. The airy, white denim upholstery covering the loose, knife-edge back cushions and angled roll arms offers the perfect mix of fresh style and cozy comfort. A to-the-floor skirt creates a slipcover look and provides a sweet finishing detail. 

Color: White

 

The cocktail table: 

1. The Hamlin

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Much like the truss is used to bridge together two areas of land, the Hamlin cocktail table bridges both rustic and industrial sensibilities to produce a handsome accent for your living room. The 100% recycled fir timber is rough cut to enhance the organic feel established by the polished bluestone top, and the slatted lower shelf creates a space to stash large books, board games and more. 

Finish: Brown

 

2. The Moselle

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The Moselle cocktail table flows with sleek looks, modern materials and practical convenience. A light, brownish-gray top and offset bottom shelf complement the contemporary chrome base and geometric shape. With the Moselle, you are bringing a light, airy aesthetic and functional design into your living room. 

Finish: Gray/Brown

 

3. The Foxpoint

 

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The Foxpoint cocktail table exudes a modern industrial design in your living room with its distressed black metal base and reclaimed wood plank materials. The bespoke character of this table is reflected by the lumber, with each piece having a singular tone and texture, and by the steel rivets, which provide eye appeal. The X-shaped supports, the distressed bases, and the overall rectangular shape add to the urban chic style. A bottom shelf supplies extra storage and display space. 

Finish: Distressed Tan/Black

 

4. The Arno

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With our Arno cocktail table, you'll enjoy the high-end look of marble while leaving plenty of room in your budget for other decorating! A slab-style top is finished with easy-clean, faux marble, replete with many tonal variations for a natural effect. Presented in a slatted grid design, the lower shelf offers lovely display and storage space. 

Finish: Merlot

 

The ottoman:

1. The Calamar Stone

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The neutral tone of the Calamar Stone ottoman makes it the perfect canvas for mixing and matching with your own décor. For a more energetic look, pair with geometric prints and bring a hint of retro cool to the table. Simple lines, neat tailoring and a plush top cushion combine for an effect that keeps this stone looking polished. 

Color: Sandstone

 

2. The Salina Taupe

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Round out a long day with the simple pleasures of the Salina Taupe sectional collection. The coordinating cocktail ottoman lets you kick up your feet on plush light beige fabric — and you'll relish how easy it is to care for. Modern cylindrical legs and welted trim complete the comfortable living room look. 

Color: Taupe

 

3. The Hudson Gray

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Understated sophistication and timeless design come together in the Hudson Gray ottoman for a piece that is so effortless in its style, you'll feel like it was a part of your home all along. Shallow tufting dots the cushioned top for just a hint of handsome texture, and the plush, overstuffed cushion is just begging for you to put your feet up at the end of a long day. 

Color: Pale Gray

 

4. The Largo White

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Yes, you can have a living room that combines the elegance of leather with your sleek style! The Largo White ottoman exceeds your dreams in that its spacious size is complemented by contemporary accents, making the Largo comfortably chic. This ottoman boasts a tufted cushion, the upscale style of classic white bonded leather and the ability to be arranged with other pieces to create your favorite modular sectional configuration. 

Color: White

We hope this helps you create the modern living room of your dreams! 

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Our Staff Picks for Fall

The temperature's cooling down (just a bit!) and new trends are all abound. We've asked our staff what their favorite picks for fall were. And they helped shed some light on what's new and what's in for furniture and home design. Do you have any favorite picks for fall? 

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Orange and blue look stunning together in this Moroccan-inspired living room.

The Highline Tangerine

We asked our digital marketing specialist, Drew, what he was loving this fall. He's been eying the midcentury lines of the Highline sofa. With it's tufted back, clean shape, and tapered legs, it's perfect for this year's trends. He says, "The color just reminds me of fall. And I bet it would look great with my blue walls. I painted them over the summer and orange and blue are striking together. It looks just like the crisp leaves outside."

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Elegant, French-inspired pieces become more modern with rustic woods. 

The Winslow II Bed

Our team member Lauren is in the process of re-doing her bedroom. "I've been really into this year's trend of English and French furniture design. I love the heavy, curved lines of the Winslow II Bed and its rustic finish." The Winslow is the perfect starting point for a more traditional or countryside-style bedroom and creates a room with immediate elegance. "It feels so old-fashioned and elegant, and nods to past furniture design, which is very in this fall."

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Keep storage looking pretty with a glamorous Hollywood Regency-design.

The Hanson Chest

With back-to-school, means back-to-chaos and for many families, it means finding new ways to get organized and on top of things. Storage and organization doesn't need to be unattractive and office-like. "I use the Hanson Chest in my entryway hallway for organization with the kids. It stores field-trip slips and coupons but looks so glamorous from the outside. It also will dress up any hallway or bedroom."

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A large modern dining table can make a space feel less cluttered with more space for entertaining.

The Espinosa Dining Table

Even though fall has just started, Thanksgiving is coming closer. And so are family get-togethers. "My wife and I both have big families and know that we're hosting Thanksgiving this year. We both like a modern and clean aesthetic and our Espinosa Dining Table is perfect for entertaining and has a simple design."

3 Tips to Help You Stay Organized this Fall

It's officially fall and that means it's time to stress organize. With everyone having different schedules we know it's hard to keep everything in the house in order and manageable.

Here are three quick and easy tips to help keep your chaos at least somewhat under control:

1. Use a Calendar

Whether it's a giant paper calendar that hangs on your fridge, or a calendar on the computer that your whole family can access, keeping an up-to-date calendar will help everyone stay on track. Be sure to add events to the calendar immediately after it was scheduled and be sure to include the location and time of the event. (If you aren't keeping your calendar on the computer and cannot get to your paper calendar immediately, make a note in your phone or even email yourself as a reminder for when you get home.) 

QUICK TIP: 

Use a different color to represent different family members so you can see who is busy at a glance.

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2. Get A Bin for Every Family Member

Trust us, this is so helpful. If there is a shelf in your living room or kitchen that holds nothing but old, dusty magazines and never-listened-to CDs, it's time to throw those out and make room for the helpful amazing magical bins. Step one: get bins. Obviously it matters how big your shelves are, but the bins should be big enough to fit a piece of paper without having to fold it. For kids it may be better to use their school folders as a good measurement. Next: label the bins. If the bin is plastic, a permanent marker could do the trick, but if you are looking for something more decorative, getting distressed wooden boxed and sticky-back chalkboard labels is a perfect solution. 

Organizing for the fall has never bin easier. 

QUICK TIP: 

If you can't find bins you like, wrap old shoeboxes in neutral-toned wrapping paper - super cute!

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 (Photo credit: http://homegallerystores.com/accessories?f27=Boxes and http://homegallerystores.com/accessories?f27=Boxes)

 

3.  Embrace the Bulletin Board

You may be thinking, "Why do I need a bulletin board and a calendar?" The bulletin board will serve as a back-up system to your calendar. Any invitations you get, notes you have to scribble down, or field trip permission slips you need to sign can be quickly tacked onto the board. Creating categories like "added" and "not yet added" on your bulletin board will help you remember what you have and have not added to your master calendar. You can use colored tape to separate the sections and simultaneously add a bit flair to the room.

QUICK TIP:

Use colored sticky notes on each new addition to the bulletin board as a quick way to help you categorize . (As long as you have a way to remeber what the colors mean!)

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(Photo credit: http://drboymom.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

Let us know if these tips helped and tell us your fall organizing tips on our Facebook page! 

4 Dos & Don'ts of Using Patterns

Using patterns when decorating a home is very on-trend right now. However, it can go really really wrong, really really quickly. Whether you're new to the world of interior design or a seasoned pro, we hope these tips will help when it comes to using patterns in your home.

Do:

1. Use the Pattern as a Small, Repetitive Accent

Adding just a splash of pattern can easily jazz up a room. The picture below is a perfect example of how a little bit can go a long way. Just two of the chairs and a couple of throw pillows have patterns but the room looks more inviting and open. The rug also has a pattern but it is so neutral that it doesn't cause too much clutter within the room, the chairs are the true focal points. Goes to show how a small detail can have a huge impact. 

Small-accent-repetitive-pattern(Photo credit: http://oharainteriors.com/project-gallery/)

 

2.  Mix and Match Patterns (But Know When Enough is Enough)

Mixing patterns can be tricky because it's easy to go overboard (see #3). However, if you have the ability to find the perfect combinations, your room will look luxurious. The picture below shows a room that is not overwhelmed by patterns, yet also features at least five different ones. The trick here is that each pattern only has one color and a neutral background tone, making them easier to combine with other patterns. The ottoman in the bottom right corner is the only multi-colored pattern in the room and it features the colors of all of the surrounding patterns - which ties everything together. Using patterns is all about balance.

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Don't:

3. Use Too Many Different Patterns

Having too many geometric patterns in a room can really crowd the space. The designs can easily create a confused, overwhelming feeling and the room will begin to feel much smaller. As you can see, a room can feel cramped even when there is no one in it. 

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(Photo credit: http://loftandcottage.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-much-pattern-is-too-much-and-what.html)

 

4. Use Too Much of the Same Pattern

While some may find this look charming, we find it to be suffocating. Using too many of the same patterns can create a "room-spinning" effect. Switching up the patterns will help you avoid feeling claustrophobic. For example, in the picture below, if the walls were a subtle red stripe and the chairs were a soft chevron in white or neutral tone, the room would immediately open up. 

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We hope this helps you when it comes to using patterns!

American Furniture Then and Now

As the 4th of July approaches, we think about the history of the United States -- and the history of its furniture! Many different groups of settlers brought their own style of furniture to the mainland and since then, these furniture pieces have evolved and changed into the style we know as: traditional American furniture. 

The Bald Eagle

After the signing of the constitution, the eagle became a national symbol of both freedom and the United States. The image of the eagle found its way carved into furniture, within artwork, and even on embroidery. As you look at traditional rooms and designs, you'll often be able to distinguish the similar English and American style pieces if the Eagle makes an appearance in the decorations.

Cabinetmaking

Since each American colony was separate, they often had their own unique style of cabinetmaking. Cabinetry found its way throughout the house: cupboards, kitchens, dressers, chests, buffets, and more. These differences could include the style itself and the type of wood. Different colonies had access to different types of wood with different finishes and grains. For example, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the two-tone wood chest became popular. It featured two types of wood that was locally available, versus other colonies that had access to more exotic wood. 

The Swivel Chair

Our own Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair, a chair that you often see in offices and homes across the world. He adapted the Windsor chair -- an English classic -- and added an iron spindle with castors so that he could move in between desks in his office. The chair is now a staple.

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Arts & Crafts or Mission Style

The Arts and Crafts or "Mission" style era occurred during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The style featured heavy uses of woods including oak and maple and simple decorative carvings, very different from English and French influences. This style continued through the 1920s and you can still find it in some homes today.

High Point, North Carolina

High Point, North Carolina is often referred to as the furniture capitol of the world. In fact most furniture factories opened there in 1889. Today almost every furniture manufacturer has a factory or warehouse in High Point and it's where most trends, styles, and looks come from.

Caring for Your Outdoor Furniture

We've launched our new outdoor furniture line just in time for summer! And in the spirit of enjoying your very own backyard, we've rounded up the best in tips and tricks in caring for your outdoor furniture. Outdoor furniture sees many different elements throughout the course of the year -- especially during the summer. Because of this, maintaining your outdoor furniture is a tad different than how you care for you family sofa.

Outdoor Furniture

First and foremost, it's important to take a look at the manufacturer or care instructions. These instructions will tell you what material it's made of and how best to clean it. There are four basic types of outdoor materials: rattan/wicker, wood, metal, and plastic. And of course there are outdoor fabrics as well. Each type of material should be treated uniquely and cleaned accordingly. 

Rattan/Wicker

Rattan or wicker furniture is usually made from natural fibers, coated papers, and reinforced with metal for a stronger structure. Since natural woven materials are susceptible to damage, most outdoor pieces come covered in clear resin, varnish, or paint. This way sunshine and water won't wear on the fibers. Since the sun can damage your rattan or wicker pieces overtime, it's important to leave your furniture outside for no more than two weeks if you're not using it. When cleaning rattan or wicker furniture, use a dry paint brush with mild soap and water. Or use a vacuum. Try to avoid using too much water as you'll weaken the fibers.

Wood

Wood is a common outdoor furniture material. And most woods chosen for outdoor furniture tend to be more durable and hold up against the elements. However, it's always a good idea to use a sealant on your wood furniture every 1-3 years. A sealant will help preserve the color and protect against general wear and tear. If you're looking to remove stains or mildew, mix a solution of 1 gallon hot water with powdered oxygen bleach. Then use the solution to scrub the furniture with a soft bristle brush and then rinse with water. And to restore the original wood coloring, use fine-grit sandpaper and then rinse off. In the event that the area of wood is too large to sandpaper, mix water with oxalic acid crystals (also known as wood brightener) and that should do the trick. 

Metal

Since most metals are prone to rust outside, most outdoor metal furniture is treated with resin, clear varnish, or paint. So when cleaning, use a mild solution such as soap and water and then wipe it clean. After cleaning, apply a quality liquid paste or auto paste wax with a lint-free cloth, to seal it and give it a sheen. If you do need to do a touch-up with paint, try and find the closest color in an outdoor paint, or reach out to the manufacturer. Avoid painting on days that are extremely humid as the increase in air moisture can affect the way the paint dries.

Fabric

All outdoor fabrics are considered performance fabrics so they are extra resistant to sun damage, stains, moisture, and mildew. Outdoor fabric has pigment-infused fibers so that they are less prone to damage from elements. If you have removable outdoor covers, then you can put them through the wash or hand-wash them. Or for covers that are not removable, try a power-washer or rinsing them with mild soap and water. In order to avoid permanent staining, regularly brush off dirt and debris and rinse as needed.

More Tips

  • Apply a fabric protector such as 303 High Tech Fabric Guard once a year. 
  • Before making a purchase, look at the seat width and depth for maximum comfort and lounging. 
  • Outdoor umbrellas not only keep you cool, but they also keep your outdoor furniture in tip-top shape by blocking natural elements.
  • When you're not using your outdoor furniture, store them inside or invest in furniture covers. 
  • Before cleaning and caring for your outdoor pieces, read the care instructions so you know what materials it's made from and how to best clean it.

Get the Look for Less: This Glam, Art Deco Living Room

Art Deco Living Room

This living room by interior designer Elizabeth Gordon exudes glamour. With its gold accents, zebra rug, rich velvets, and neutral tones, this room pulls inspiration from art deco and Hollywood regency styles. And while we're guessing this room cost quite a bit, we've recreated the look for much less! Start with the clean, tuxedo lines of the Darcy Taupe sofa and add in some flair with the Marquette chair. The gold tones in the Rhone table and Bellevue II chest will take the room up a notch in glamour. Don't be afraid to try out rich paint colors and mix and match with different textures and tones, for an ultra sophisticated look.

Darcy Taupe Sofa
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Rhone Cocktail Table
Marquette Accent Chair
Bellevue II Chest
Sullivan Chair

Get Ready for Spring Entertaining

Time to open up the patio doors, invite friends and family over, and get ready for spring entertaining. We've got some great tips to help you get ready for outdoor entertaining and getting your backyard ready just in time -- don't forget about all the lawn and garden prep!

Outdoor Decor

Bug Prevention

If you're moving your entertaining to the outdoors, one of your biggest concerns is probably bug prevention. Don't let mosquitoes or other bugs ruin your event. Invest in decorative citronella candles, lanterns, or sprays. These candles and lanterns will not only keep the bugs away, but they'll also add an intimate atmosphere to your outdoor party. So your guests won't leave with bug bites all over. 

Outdoor Lighting

Need to add some decor and vibe to your outdoor space in a pinch? Outdoor hanging lights are a great way to do this. Hang them from your gazebo or across perpendicular roofs on an angle. And invest in extra long cording so you can plug in your hanging lights.

Outdoor Lighting Hanging Lights

Prep the Yard

Before you think of inviting guests over for a backyard party, make sure you've prepped your lawn and garden. Time to pull out the weeds and get your grass back to green after a harsh winter. Stagger potted plants on your stairs and invest in fresh cut flowers for your table decor. A true garden party is exactly what it sounds like: embracing the garden!

Make It Cozy

Make your outdoor lounging area cozy and comfortable -- especially with bright and colorful cushions, throw pillows, and umbrellas. Spring (and summer!) is the perfect time to embrace color everywhere. So have fun with your background. Pair up coral with lime green, or pink with teal blue, and don't be afraid to mix and match different patterns. Outdoor decor is very forgiving to mixing and matching both patterns and color palettes.

Outdoor Entertaining and Decorating

Games

The best part of any outdoor party? Games! Set-up outdoor games such as croquet, badminton, cornhole, shuffleboard, or handball. Have game stations set up, so guests can rotate throughout each game for hours of endless fun. 

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Mix & Match with Spring Color Trends

Spring is in the air and cheerful colors are everywhere. Celebrate spring's arrival and lighten up your home from winter with pops of color. We love the new colors of the season with Pantone's bold and stunning Dazzling Blue, soothing Hemlock, awakening Freesia, vivacious Cayenne, calming Placid Blue, gentle Violet Tulip, edgy Paloma, bright Celosia Orange, cheerful Radiant Orchid, and neutral Sand. But you may be thinking: how do I bring in these colors to my current space? And, what do these colors go with? For example, if you have a palette of navy blues, Celosia Orange may be a bit too strong. But Hemlock can work nicely.

Freesia

Pantone's Freesia is an electric yellow. But you can create a sophisticated look with just the right splash of fun using this yellow with a bold navy, bright teal, or a muted chocolate. But use this color in moderation -- it's a strong color and has the power to take over other colors.

Freesia

Placid Blue

Go tropical with Pantone's Placid Blue -- a calming and low-key color that lets more powerful and saturated colors take over, while toning them down.

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Hemlock

Escape to your own in-home resort with Pantone's Hemlock. It's a soothing, soft green, giving you the freedom to mix it with more saturated and cheerful colors. Such as a preppy green, a cheerful coral, or even a warm beige. We love the pairings in green and coral in this room. And the whites help tie everything together.

Living Room

Colors

Image Sources: Kristina Wilson Design and Alisha Gwen Interior Design.

Sofa vs. sectional: What's Right for You

Whether you’ve just moved into a new space or are redecorating your home, you may be facing a major dilemma: Should you shop for a sofa or a sectional? There are many pros and cons to examine when you’re making this purchasing decision. For example: what works best in the space? How many are there in your household or family? Is comfort or design more important to you (or the room)? And, how do you plan to use your living room?

Thinking about all of these questions when shopping can be overwhelming. So here is a breakdown of things to consider when shopping for a sofa versus sectional.

Sofa vs. sectional

Space

Take a look at your space from a far. Whether it’s a new or old space, take note of the windows, entryways, and even ground heating vents. Do you have low windows that might be blocked by a sectional on one side? Or will a sectional with a chaise make an entryway into the room difficult? By taking a look at the structural elements of your room, you’ll be able to understand what shape of furniture will work in the space. And luckily, Furniture.com offers left- and right-facing options on almost all their sectionals.

Function

Take some time to think about how you will be using the space, and who will be using the space. Is it for entertaining or TV watching? Is it a place where kids and the dog hang out, or a place where you read by yourself? Think about the function of this piece of furniture and how many people it should accommodate. If you have a smaller space and it’s just you or a significant other, a loveseat or smaller sofa makes the most sense. Have kids or a dog? Then look for a larger sectional.

Comfort or Design, or Both?

There’s one other perspective to consider when you’re thinking about designing for your new space: comfort and design. Overall a more traditional living room is one with a sofa and two accent chairs, or a sofa and a loveseat. And this combination can definitely be comfortable when paired with an ottoman, despite the absence of a sectional chaise. If you’re looking for a space to feel more elegant or put together, then try out one of these options. If the room isn’t meant to be super formal, then a sectional is a great option here.

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How to Find the Right Living Room Fabric for You

Whether you have kids, pets, or neither, it's important to find the right fabrics for your living room. It's important that your sofa/sectionals, accent chairs, or ottomans -- really anything that will be used frequently -- is the right fabric for your taste and lifestyle . There are many types of fabric out there, so we've pulled together a list of common fabrics and what they're best for. 


Acetate: Acetate was developed to be similar to silk, however acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. Similar to silk, it doesn't offer a lot of resistance against dirt, wearing, wrinkling, and the sun. So if you have kids, pets, or lots of natural light, avoid this material. 

Acrylic: Acrylic is meant to be an imitation to wool that holds up to wear, wrinkles, dirt, and fading. High-quality acrylics are great for kids and pets as they hold up to a good amount of wear. 

Bonded-Leather: Bonded leather is great for those that love the look of leather but need something a bit more durable. Bonded leather can be easily wiped down and isn't as prone to scratching and fading as real leather is. We love the luxe look of the Carmen collection's white bonded-leather sofa

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Cotton: Cotton is a natural fiber that's great for standing up to wear, fading, and pilling. However, it's prone to staining and wrinkling -- just like with cotton clothing. If you like the look of cotton but want something more durable, look for a cotton blend with other fibers that will make it more resistant. For example, damask cotton weaves are best for formal spaces while canvas weaves such as duck and sailcloth are better for casual spaces. We love the light and refreshing look of our Nantucket stripe accent chair.

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Leather: A tough and durable material, leather can be vacuumed and wiped down with a damp cloth as needed. Just make sure you use a leather conditioner or saddle soap. Depending on the type of leather, this material can be good for kids. We say depending, because some true leathers scratch easily as part of their character. So if you have furry friends, they can easily scratch the leather with their paws. 

Micro-Fiber: One of the best options for kids, pets, and an active family lifestyle, microfiber is soft and tough, and holds up against absorption and water spillage. And it gives off a luxurious look, similar to velvet, like with this Perry microfiber sectional.

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Nylon-Blend: Nylon is blended with other fabrics which makes it one of the most durable upholstery fabrics. It's great for kids and pets as it doesn't soil or wrinkle, but keep it out of direct sunlight as it can fade. 

Olefin: Olefin is a great choice for kids and pets -- it holds up very well to wear and tear and doesn't really have any cons. 

Polyester-Blend: If you're looking for a more durable fabric, look for a polyester-blend. When added to other fabrics, polyester provides resistance against wrinkles, wear, and fading. We love the look of polyester blend in the Pompano collection's modern sofa

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Wool: Wool and wool blends are sturdy and durable, standing up to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and dirt. In most cases, you'll be looking for an upholstered item that's a wool blend so it's easier to clean. You'll also avoid felting the fibers -- something that's unique to wool. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned easily when needed, but can be more difficult for more intense cleanings. 

Vinyl: Vinyl is less expensive than true leather and great for kids and pets in your living room. You can simply wipe them down -- it's very rare that this material will absorb stains. 

Silk: If you have an extremely formal and elegant room where kids and pets won't be present, then opt for silk. As you probably know, it's a delicate fabric that needs to be professional cleaned when dirty. But be sure to avoid having any food or drink nearby. 


We hope this helps you find the perfect piece for your home! Don't forget to visit Furniture.com to explore your fabric options!

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Try Out These New Colors in Your Home

It's the right time to embrace the colors of 2014 in your home. Pantone recently announced that their color of the year was Radiant Orchid - a bright and cheerful violet. But that's not the only color of the year. Try out muted purples, happy blues, and coral pinks in your home. And learn how to pair these 2014 colors with other hues for a bold and beautiful home design. 

Radiant Orchid

Pantone's 2014 color is a vibrant blend of purple and pink, a feminine and awakening color. The hue can be used in smaller decor touches (like flowers or throw pillows) or larger accents (like painting an entire room). This color pairs great with hunter or emerald green, turquoise, teal, or a tangerine orange.  

Exclusive Plum

Another color in the violet family, Sherwin-William's Exclusive Plum is a subtle, elegant, and rich purple. And it's easy to work with -- pair it with a bright orange or citrus green for a whimsical look. Or try out a fun teal for a bold statement. More reserved colors such as blacks and navys will turn this color towards elegant and rich. It's very close to Benjamin Moore's 2014 color, Super Nova. 

Coral Essence

Benjamin Moore's Coral Essence is a bright and cheery coral that stands beautifully on its own. But when paired with a grassy green, this color becomes preppy and light. And when mixed with grey, it becomes mature and sophisticated. It's a great color for your kid's bedroom or a playroom. 

Caribbean Teal

A dramatic and bold blue, Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Teal is a rich and elegant color. This color works really well with reddish brown woods. So it's a great color for a wood-heavy space such as a dining room. It also works well with bright white (for contrast) and dark hunter greens. 

Dazzling Blue

Say hello to the royal and regal Pantone's Dazzling Blue. It's a bold color, no matter which hues you pair it with. You can mix and match almost any color with Dazzling Blue, including burnt orange, browns, reds (a more regal look). 

What are your favorite colors of the year? 

Get Your Home Ready for 2014

You’ve most likely gotten a head start on your resolutions. The New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start – and to shake things up in your home, improving your energy and making you feel refreshed. It’s always good to make some tweaks and updates to your home throughout the year. If you’re resolving to eat healthier or get more active, you can also improve the quality of life in your home. Here are some tips to get your home ready for 2014.

Get Your Home Ready for 2014

Try a bold new color

Don’t be afraid to try a bold new color – and it’s an easy way to add a “wow” statement to your home. Try painting your entryway in a bright and festive color – like a teal blue or Pantone’s Radiant Orchid. Or upgrade an older piece of furniture with an unexpecting color. You’ll love coming home each day to a change in color and a change in your space.

Deep clean your home

Resolve to clean your home once a week and do a deep, through clean once a month. Not only will your home be cleaner, so will the air quality. And don’t forget your upholstered furniture: every 3-4 months take your sofa cushions to be cleaned. Or clean them yourself. Just make sure you look up proper cleaning instructions based on the fabric. By doing this, you will avoid dirt build-up and increase your furniture life.

Have your fireplace inspected

There’s nothing better than celebrating a new year by the fireside. If you have yet to use your fireplace, make a point to use it. Have it looked at by a certified chimney inspector for a reasonable price so you can enjoy it for the coming winter months (and years!). This is something you can cross off your never-ended to-do list.

Bring in fresh flowers

There is a saying in interior design, and it’s that a vase of fresh flowers is all it takes to transform a room. The fresh cut smell along with a pop of color do wonders to your home. In 2014, once a week or twice a month, invest in fresh flowers in your home. Try out new flowers each week – you will love coming home to a fresh bouquet.

Invest in a programmable thermostat

While not as fun and colorful, a programmable thermostat can be chic and cheap. With a programmable thermostat, you can regulate heating and air conditioning based on your schedule, so you’ll save money. There are different kinds of programmable thermostats including 7-day systems and 5-day/2-day systems.

Change to energy-saving light bulbs

Switch to energy-saving CFL or LED light bulbs and you’ll save about $15 each year, per bulb. And the life of a CFL or LED light bulb is several months to a year. So you’ll spend less time on the ladder trying not to get shocked. Be sure to appropriately choose a light bulb with yellow or blue depending on the type of space you have.

Test out wallpaper

Try a classic wallpaper pattern that you absolutely love (this is important!) and test it out in a smaller space like a hallway, entryway, or bathroom. Most wallpapers are not too costly and are a great way to try a bold new style.

Save up for your dream piece

Chances are you’ve already resolved to save more money. If there's a piece of furniture or art that you love, make a goal to save up for it. A timeless piece that you love is well worth the investment and you will admire it for years to come.

Our Favorite Holiday Crafts Round-Up

Get your home holiday-ready with these festive and merry crafts. With floating cranberry candles and handmade pillows, here are some easy DIYs to get your home in the holiday spirit. Swap out your decor pillows with some holiday pillows, and add some winter frost to your mirrors. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Holiday Candles
    Create floating candles in mason jars with
    cranberries and pine. Learn how >
  • Holiday Wreath
    A multi-colored pom pom wreath is a great
    way to add some spirit. Learn how >
  • Holiday Poms
    Hang some honeycomb pendents over your
    dining table. Learn how >
  • Holiday Pillows
    Add holiday-themed pillows to your sofas
    and accent chairs. Learn how >
  • Holiday Gloves
    DIY your winter gloves with handmade
    monograms. Learn how >
  • Holiday Trees
    Pine tree candle holders for the dining
    table. Learn how >