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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tips to Pick Living Room Furniture

Whether you are redecorating your home or starting from scratch, choosing great living room furniture is important. If you think about it, whenever you have guests or other relatives over, they do not automatically go to the dining room for dinner nor do they stay there for longer once the meal is finished. The living room is basically where all of the interaction happens, so it is just important that this room is well decorated.

What makes a great living room is not just the furniture, it is the whole room in itself. There should be enough space to accommodate all of the activities you will be doing there but still have that cosy and inviting look and feel to it. There should also be enough seats for everybody, and the room should be functional and beautiful at the same time. Most of the time, light oak furniture for the living room works great, and not just for the living room but even for wardrobes as well. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right living room furniture for your home.

How Much Space Your Living Room Has

Just because you fell in love with a certain furniture piece does not mean you should jump the wagon and buy it. What a lot of people often forget is to know the size of their living room. This allows you to make more realistic decisions in terms of which living room furniture to buy. Big may not always be the best in all cases, and this applies to furniture. You will want to go with pieces which are functional, beautiful, and still leaves you with enough space to move around in your living room once you have everything put into place.

Blending with Other Furniture Pieces

Choosing living room furniture for a room which already has a few pieces of furniture in it or may already have some sort of a theme going on can be quite harder compared with starting with an empty room. You need to make sure that the new furniture you choose will go well with the rest of the pieces currently present. So even if you may have had your eye on a beautiful oak chair but it would stick out like a sore thumb when paired with the rest of the furniture currently in your living room, then it may not be the best idea. Even though it is just living room furniture, you should also ensure that the furniture pieces look well with what is in the living room and the rest of the house as well.

The People in the Family

If you think choosing living room furniture is all about how it will look once everything is put together, think again. Think of the people living in your home, and how these furniture pieces will suit them. For example, families with small children may not benefit from furniture pieces with glass tops as well as tables with pointed edges. Kids running around the house may accidentally run into them and get bumps, bruises, and possibly even cuts from broken glass. So when you choose your living room furniture, think of the people in the house and the things that could possibly happen while they are in the living room so you can prepare for all possible scenarios.

How Long You Will Have these Pieces

When you choose your living room furniture, think of how long it will likely stay in your family. This is a very important factor especially if the piece you are looking at is quite expensive. If you are considering getting wood furniture, strive to ensure that the pieces you are getting are made from solid wood, with no ply board or MDF in it. Even if the price you have to shell out initially may seem like a pretty big amount, if you will be able to use the pieces for a very long time, then that is not such a bad deal.

When choosing wood furniture for wardrobes, dining room and living room furniture, make sure you are dealing with a reputable seller of such pieces. There are times when it may be hard to spot a solid wood furniture piece from one which has ply board in it, so it is always best to be on the safe side. Think of buying light oak furniture as an investment because with proper care, these pieces can last for a long, long time.

Shabby Chic Home Decor

The Shabby Chic decor style popularized by Rachel Ashwell and Arhaus seek to have an opulent vintage look. Colors prevalent are white, pastel and ecru. Fabrics are generously hemmed giving a soft and deep feeling.

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Items in this range have soft pink fabric covers and include beddings, bed skirts, settee upholstery, and pillows. Styles in this range are charlotte, petticoat, tufted and Lilliput. Any couch or chair can become Shabby Chic by using a shabby chic fabric cover and pillows.

Mirrors

An opulent decor style is bound to have mirrors in various designs. The Shabby Chic mirrors styles are long, liberty, renaissance, estate and grand. Frame colors come in silver and tan colors.

Rugs

The Shabby Chic rugs are in sheepskin and vintage designs. The sheepskin rug is made from natural sheepskin and is milk white. The vintage rugs are in soft pinks and browns on white backgrounds depicting natural plant art.

Accents

These are different accessories that show spontaneity in art and craft. Items in this collection include poufs, metal trays, globes, matchboxes and vases. Colors are more divergent with indigo, poufs, blue vases and brown wood decorations.

Pillows

The Shabby Chic pillow designs are damask, Bella, lace and Venetian. The emphasis is on a deep fluffy look with covers being dominantly pastel and ecra in color.

Window covering

Curtains are for privacy as well as decorative functions. The range of curtains come in petticoat white, silk dupioni, embroidered voile and cottage linen styles. The colors are white and pink.

Throws

The throws have a hand knit look and go very well with soft pink and white couch and settee covers.

Art

No decor style is complete without art. The works of art in the collection are by Jorunn mulen. The pencil and charcoal etched drawings are done on soft pink and pastel colors to stay with the theme.

Furniture

Shabby Chic has furniture items for dining, living and bedrooms. The Shabby Chic furniture is covered in white, pink and pastel colors. Dining sets, settees and reading bureaus are also in the furniture collection. This is where the distressed look comes into play and really creates the Shabby Chic decor.

The shabby chic decor style also includes lighting, bath and gift items. Baby items are also available in this refreshingly feminine collection. The shabby chic collection is able to give a complete look for the whole house with tasteful items for everyday use. From candle holders to wall hangings, each item brings its own special something to the room.

Decor Items for Your New Home

Personal statement of color

Nothing pronounces your personality louder than the colors you like. Feel free to experiment with different hues and tones. If not sure, go for blue and cream which blend, complement and contrast well with many colors.

Wall adornments

The simplest way to go about this is by wall hangings and art. You can get few tasteful shabby chic wall hangings for your living room to start with. Alternatively you can go with DIY art which announces your creativity better.

Curtains

As much as they offer privacy, your curtains should reflect taste. Paper or plastic curtains are simply not acceptable anymore. Choose fabric curtains that have the right color that will blend with what is on the wall.

Storage

Where duffel bags were adequate in your dorm room, you will have to get space for your newly found acquisitions. This calls for creativity as the space available will most likely be less than your possessions. Experimentation with colors is also works here.

Floor art

Get a few floor rugs to cover the little ground available. You do not have to install Isfahan Persian to announce your fine tastes. In fact, a hand-woven DIY rug will do just fine. Creativity with patterns, colors and texture will make the space feel more lived in.

Statement item

Have an item that is personally identified with you. This is usually a memento from college or home or a gift from a special person. Antique pieces are ideal for this. DIY items are even better as they have an intimate attachment. A tasty chandelier is also very attractive.

Lighting

Tastefully done lighting and shade in attractive colors make the rooms very cozy. Let every room have lighting that suits its purpose. Colored lighting is ideal for the bedroom and bathroom while clear white light is better for your reading table.

Tips to Care Your Decor Furniture

Cleaning

Upholstery should be vacuumed at least once weekly and the loose covers laundered weekly too. If you have loose cushions, place the cushion in a large plastic bag, close the bag tightly around the vacuum hose with the hose pressing on the cushion and turn on the vacuum. The cushion will shrink down sucking all the dust particles out of the cushion. Once you turn off the vacuum, the cushion will go right back into shape. Dirt that has fallen in hard to reach places like crevices under cushions should also be cleared with a narrow object. Rough objects can wear on the fabric if not removed.

Protecting fabric

Spills and stains can be avoided by using spray fabric protectors. These can be applied when the upholstery is being installed. You can also buy commercial products. The commercial products work pretty good and is best to have protectant applied prior to use. Either type is better than nothing at all.

Caring for cushions

Cautions that remain at one point for long tend to sink as they get sat on day after day. It is important to flip them and rotate them to another spot.

Rearrange furniture

To avoid one item being used too frequently and wearing out faster than the rest of the furniture, rearrange the furniture at least once in six months.

Rest covers

Headrests, chair backs and armrests wear out faster than the rest of the parts. They also get dirty faster as they come into contact with bare skin and hair. One can get a cover for the rest in the same color. These covers are barely noticeable but very effective in protecting the upholstery fabric.

Washable slip covers are very good to use in warm weather as they can be easily washed while they effectively protect the furniture against stains and spills.

Caring for bare wood

For bare parts of furniture, a damp cloth should be used to wipe off dust and any other stains. Dusting frequently is advised to prevent the dust from caking into a hard coat that is harder to get off.

You can choose to renew the shine on bare wood by using polish or wax. Applying polish is easier but polish can cake up if applied too many times. Wax can be washed off with oil soap and a new coat applied.