England Furniture Tips & Tricks

Summer Design Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

England Furniture Bright Living Room Summer Tips

Now that you’ve done your spring cleaning and are ready to enjoy the summertime, here are some tips to brighten up your home and splash into a warmer season. While a complete England Furniture overhaul isn’t for everyone, these tips are for redecorating budgets both big and small.England Furniture Bright Living Room Summer Tips

Light curtains
Let sunlight dance around your home while maintaining privacy. Opt away from the blinds and heavy window treatments this season. Use a sheer curtain fabric in a light color and more solid colors on the sides to frame the window.

Store away the heavy blankets
In the summer it can be comfortable to wrap yourself in a lighter blanket. The look of heavy throw blankets on couches in the living room can give off the wrong feel, so try out a lighter blanket. There are many ottomans from the England Furniture Company that you can use to save those heavier blankets for the fall!

Add some flowers
Fresh cut flowers add life to any room! If you’re prone to allergies, there are ways to make faux flowers look alive. Adding a bit of water to the bottom of a vase can take ordinary fake flowers up a notch. Adding just a few real flowers can tie the look together to make it more believable. Flower arrangements almost always have some greenery in them, so don’t be afraid to add in a few small accents of real green leaves.

Bright pillows
Accent pillows are your couch’s favorite accessory. These pops of color can pick up on a hue in your new bright drapes or threads in your new blanket. This fun accent is an easy way to bring life to any color couch.

Beachy scented candles
Seasonal candles add another dimension of summer to a living space. While the rest of the room can look visibly bright, candles add an extra summery scent.

Small Space, Quality Taste

England Furniture for Small Spaces
England Furniture for Small Spaces

England Furniture for Small Spaces

There are a number of reasons people live in small homes or have small rooms. For some it’s a matter of what they can afford, for others it’s easier to maintain, and for still others it’s simply an aesthetic choice. Regardless of the reason, people living in small space have to make compromises when it comes to furnishings, decorating, and organizing.

If you’re looking to make those small spaces look bigger, then consider the following tips!

  • Airy, Light Fabrics
    Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through window treatments, bed skirts, table covers, and furniture slipcovers. If you want something other than plain colors, find soft floral vines or simple stripes to keep the look simple.
  • Chooser Soft, Light Hues
    Whereas dark, warm colors make a space feel cozy and intimate, light, cool colors make a space feel open and airy. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens.
  • Clear Out the Clutter
    There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
  • Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors
    Contrasting colors tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting and tend to blend with the space if they’re colored to match the wall color.
  • Keep the Upholstery Plain
    Select plain colored upholstery for furniture instead of bold plaids, stripes, or prints. Use texture for interest and stick to neutral tones if you can. Visit our England Furniture Company catalog to see our wide selection of fabrics.
  • Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme
    Choose colors that are in the same color family and use tone-on-tone woven upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes, delicate tonal drapery fabrics. Cool colors and delicate warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.
  • Open the Way
    With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. You can also choose short pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armless, open chair, or a low table, and place large, tall pieces along a wall rather than out in the open space.
  • Believe It or Not, Bigger Is Better!
    Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces which would make a small space look cluttered. With open space and large blocks of color, the room will appear to be more calm and comfortable.
  • See-Through Space
    By using materials that you can see through, anything beyond will appear farther away. For a tiny bathroom, I got rid of an opaque glass shower enclosure and substituted a clear, frameless one. The room is the same size looks bigger. Now we can see all the way (an extra 3 feet) to the wall at the back of the shower.
  • Let in the Light
    Any room will look larger if it’s well-lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the space. Add more lamps or install track lighting or recessed lighting.
  • Reflective Surfaces
    You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger. Instead, use a large framed mirror on a wall or stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You’ll get the same room-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style.

The Right TV for Your Living Room

Watching television is a great source of entertainment and is often relaxing. Choosing the right TV size to go with your living room can be, however, anything but entertaining and relaxing!  There are at least four factors you should consider before making a purchase:  room size, the primary intended use of the room, TV resolution, and price.

Room size

While some people always take the “bigger is better” approach, it’s ideal to first consider the size of your living room.   Ultimately, the size of your new television should be is directly proportional to your room size. Small livings rooms should have a smaller TV, and bigger rooms can have a larger TV.  Related to this point is a formula that can help you determine the correct TV size for your space.   The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers recommends the following:

Distance to Viewer (inches) ÷ 1.6 = Diagonal Length of Screen (inches)

Measure the distance between where most people will sit when watching the TV up to the TV itself (don’t include the stand or wall mount, only the TV).  Take that number and divide it by 1.6   The number provided will indicate the diagonal length of the TV you should consider.  Many suggest it’s okay to go a bit bigger, but don’t go to much smaller.

Viewing angles are another important consideration when considering room size.  Ideally, the television should be placed parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right.  Consider where your TV will go in relations to the various chairs and seats in your room and plan accordingly.

England Furniture Living Room TV Size

Room use

Not everyone uses their living room the same way.  Some people live in their living rooms and have the TV on constantly.  Others tend to use it primarily for reading or entertaining with the television typically being off.  Still other people lie somewhere in between.  Before making a new television purchase be honest with yourself regarding how often you intend to use it.  Also make sure your intended television size complements all the other furnishings in your living room.

 

TV Resolution

Not all HDTVs are the same, but the screen resolution becomes more important as the screen becomes larger.  For an HDTV that is 40 inches or smaller, a 720p resolution may be sufficient.  Once you get to a 50-inch screen or larger, you will start to see a definite difference between 720p and 1080p.  Make sure the television you choose is not only the correct size, but the correct resolution as well.

 

Price

Finally, the price is an important factor for most people.  Again, the television is only ONE piece in your living room and families need to have a budget for other living room furnishings such as chairs, sofas, end tables, coffee tables, etc.  Rule #1:  Don’t spend your entire budget on a big TV!

 

 

Living Rooms for Kids

England Furniture Kid Friendly Living Room Baby

Kids are a true blessing in life, but they can also introduce a bit of chaos in your home – especially your living rooms.  We recently posted an article exploring how to create a child-friendly living room on our England Furniture What’s Inside website.

Kid-friendly upholstered furniture is a good step in the right direction.  As a rule, darker fabrics tend to hold up better than lighter fabrics, and leather sofas are good choices for homes with kids.

Read more about some kid-friendly tips and tricks in our England Furniture post

Modern Living Room Ideas

England Furniture Modern Living Room IdeasLiving rooms are the center of many households. They represent places for entertaining, entertainment, and relaxation. It’s no wonder that many people focus their attention on decorating their living rooms and living rooms with a modern design remains a popular choice. Modern living rooms are typically defined as sleek and smooth designs, but can be customized across a wide range of individual tastes. Here are some ideas you can consider if you’re developing a modern look in your living room.

  • Modern designs are  often simple, spacious, elegant, and calm.
  • Modern designs are often “airy.”  Lucite dining chairs, an open-weave coffee table, and an unobstructed wall of windows are a few ways to keep the room from feeling too cramped.
  • The use of accent walls is one way of created a modern living room.
  • Create a living room with neutral colors.  This can become an easy canvas that allows for pops of color that can be changed with the seasons.
  • Cool touches of metal can give your living room a sophisticated air.
  • A room filled with white and light is a common way to create a modern look.
  • Create a dynamic seating arrangement by placing two sofas back-to-back in the center of the living room.
  • There’s also the question “Where should I put the TV?”  Try placing it in a corner so the flow of the room is uninterrupted and the room remains an “airy” feel.
  • A mix of polished and unfinished wood pieces, along with a neutral shade on the wall, can make a living room feel modern and chic.
  • Create a modern space by throwing caution to the wind.  Mix in a bunch of different patterns together for a lively look. Be sure to pick complimentary colors,

Living Room Staging Tip and Tricks

If you are planning to put your house on the market it’s important to understand the basics of staging.  When it comes to staging rooms, and arranging furniture, there are often personalized and subjective choices to be made.  Generally speaking, however, the goal is to highlight your home’s strengths and to downplay its weaknesses.  Doing so will help to appeal to the greatest possible number of prospective buyers.  Consider some of these general guidelines from England Furniture as you begin to stage your living room.

Light it up!
Make sure you have light sources all around the room and that every corner gets attention. Keep light balanced. If, for example, you have end tables on either side of your sofa, have matching lamps on either side.

Pack it up!
Pack up unnecessary furniture (and personal items) before you show the house to prospective buyers. An overpacked living room is a warning sign to buyers that your home lacks storage space. Move furniture to your garage or a storage facility. Many professional stagers prepped for market by taking away almost half of the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger as a result. You don’t necessarily need to cut that much, but be sure to take some pieces out of the room.

England Furniture Living Room Staging Tips

Bring it in!
There’s a common belief that living rooms will appear larger if all of the furniture is up against the walls. This isn’t true! If necessary, furnish your living room by keeping furniture away from walls. Create a cozy, conversational area with your sofa and chairs in the center. Place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in a living room.

Use Your Rugs Too!
It’s important to show your living room flooring, but you also want to use large area rugs in the living room. A smaller rug will make a small room seem even smaller. Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your couch or chairs to create a cohesive look. Generally speaking, furniture looks better when all the furniture is on them. Need a new area rug? Check out our selection of beautiful England Furniture rugs.

Tips for Arranging Your Sectional Sofa

England Furniture Lilly Sectional

England Furniture Lilly Sectional

A sectional sofa is extremely comfortable and it can provide ample seating for your family or for entertaining. It’s a large piece of furniture, however, and its’ size can make it difficult to arrange the room in a functional way. Some people are hesitant to buy sectional sofas for this reason, but with a better understanding of furniture placement, you can create a comfortable atmosphere with a sectional that will work in almost any space.

Achieve Balance
Creating a sense of balance is important. Sectional sofas are large and a room can quickly appear to be weighed down on one side. Position your sectional sofa across from other big pieces of furniture, such as a large armchair, a big entertainment stand, a noticeable fireplace, or a big bookcase. While you may be tempted to separate the pieces of your sectional, avoid the temptation. Doing this often throws off a sense of balance and creates an awkward looking room.

Accessibility and Openness
If you have a good amount of square footage, place the longest section of a sectional into the corner that is opposite the entry into your room. This will create a sense of space that will appear easily accessible, inviting, and open. If the sectional sofa includes an armless, interchangeable chaise lounge, keep it away from the entry side. The chaise should be out of the way to avoid tripping. You also want to avoid having to walk around to sit.

Create a Good Sense of Flow
Sectional sofas initially seem awkward to position in your room. Many individuals tend to place large furnishings up against walls, assuming that’s the only option. It isn’t! The middle of the room can often be the perfect place for your sectional as placing it in the middle enables you to use an otherwise open space. It also makes every seat of sectional accessible and the wall space can be used for other pieces of furniture. Try placing your coffee table or the sectional’s footstool in the center of the room and then place your sectional sofa in – and around – the coffee table or stool. Make sure you leave room for accessing each seat and room for the recliner’s footstool.

Looking to purchase a sectional sofa? Check out our fine selection of England Furniture sectionals and be sure to Like us on our England Furniture Facebook page for all the latest information about new sectionals.

What to look for in a recliner

Recliners are pieces of motion furniture that are among everyone’s favorite pieces of furniture.  As such, people often pay more attention to the internal parts that make them work than they would with other pieces of furniture. When looking for a recliner, people are going to need to make sure that the motors are quiet enough, or using the recliners will be a noisy and frustrating experience for people to endure on a regular basis.

England Furniture Frances Recliner

England Furniture Frances Recliner

Shoppers should make sure that the screws of the recliner are heavy enough in order to support all of the changes that they’re going to have to endure when the chair is used. The levers of some recliners are also easier to use than others. Some of them respond more smoothly to touch than others as well. People should really try to imagine them using these recliners each and every day, including when they’re exhausted after a long day at work and when they just want to relax. If they could imagine really using a particular recliner each and every day, they’re going to be that much more likely to make the right decision.

People are shopping for a recliner need cushioning that is full and firm enough, and they’re going to need the headrests and the armrests to provide all of the support that they need. Shorter people should make sure that when the chair is reclined all the way backward they are still able to easily touch the floor with their feet. Otherwise, the chair is going to get uncomfortable quickly when they’re using it every day.

Some people are going to prefer fabric recliners and some people are going to prefer leather recliners. The care requirements for these two materials are going to vary. People who cannot maintain leather surfaces easily should think twice before getting leather recliners.

England Furniture has a great line of England Furniture recliners and there’s something available for everyone!

 

 

 

 

England Furniture Reviews: DIY Wall Décor

Wall décor can be the hardest thing to look for and find, and when you find the perfect piece it can be really expensive. The next best thing to buying your perfect piece is making your perfect piece! Do it yourself wall décor can be easy and inexpensive. Here are a few pieces you can make today.

Patterned Canvas – If you want to give your living room that pop of color you can easily make a patterned canvas. All you need is a piece of plywood and your favorite fabric to go with your living room style. You can either leave the plywood as one piece or cut it into three separate pieces. Once your plywood is ready you’re going to take your fabric and drape it over one side. Take a staple gun and staple along that one side, you’re going to do this to all the sides but make sure you pull the fabric tightly. This should give you beautiful “canvas’” to hang on your wall.

Pallet Quote – If you have some old wood pallets lying around you could use them as wall décor as well. Just paint over the wood with your favorite color, let it dry. Once your paint is dry you can use some stencils to paint the quote you want on the pallet. Let it dry for a day and you’re all set to hang your new art piece.  Check out this one great example from the blog, Life as a Losey

wooden pallet sign with quote "home is wherever i'm with you" LARGE

Source: Life as a Losey

Mirror Frame – A great must-have piece in your living room is a mirror. An alternative to going out and buying an expensive already made mirror, is making it yourself. For this project, you’re going to need to buy some paint, a mirror, and a wood frame. You simply paint the wood and secure your mirror to the frame. Now you have another accent piece which will make your living room look elegant.

Hang your DIY décor pieces over your England Furniture sofa and give your living room a POP!

 

 

England Furniture Reviews: Out With the Old And In With the New

Are you planning to buy yourself some new furniture soon? If you are, you may be selling your old pieces and that can be hard sometimes. You’ve become so attached to them and you can’t see perfectly good furniture go for less than what you feel its worth.

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England Furniture is here to help you get a bang for your buck!  First thing make sure your furniture is clean before you start to take pictures. The pictures you post for selling is key. Make sure your surrounding area is clean and your furniture items are the main focus.

Second, price appropriately. If your furniture has a big stain or tear accept that you won’t get much for them. While they may still hold a great amount of sentimental value to you have to think of yourself as a buyer as well.  Would you spend a lot of money for a furniture item with a rip or stain?

Third, decide where you want to place your ad. With so many yard sale sites you can post multiple ads to see where you get the most. Also don’t feel like there isn’t going to be any haggling, you and your buyer will need to negotiate a price that works for both.

Once your old furniture items are sold visit England Furniture online.  We can help find you something new that will fit beautifully into your home and work with your family’s lifestyle and aesthetics senses.