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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.

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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 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

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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 sectional 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 Prepares for High Point Market

High-Point-Market-April-2016The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show on the globe and two times a year it brings over 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina. England Furniture will be attending the 2016 Spring Market from April 16th – 20th.

Stay tuned for future posts that will showcase some of our High Point Market previews.

Get ready for “Next Generation England!”

Living Room: Decorating on a Budget

“You don’t have to spend a million to look like a million” 

This quote often rings true, and not only with personal style of dress, but with room decoration as well. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to make your living room look spectacular. Here are five of our favorite tips to give your living room some pizazz.

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Plates Are for More Than Just Mealtime

Hanging plates is a design trick you’ve probably seen a million times, but perhaps never registered. They look lovely on a breakfront or your walls. You can choose from your own or go antiquing to find some special plates you’d want to display.

Make Your Own Art!

Frames have an amazing way of turning anything into art. Take some drawings you or your children drew back in grade school – even a letter to Santa or a home-made birthday or holiday card – and put it in a gorgeous frame.

Make Your Own Art! Part 2

Blank canvasses are not very expensive in art supply stores, and you can either paint them yourself with your favorite colors to match the room, or you can get the kids to create something special and heartfelt.

Repurpose!

Take ordinary items from your favorite big box store and then wrap it in something like a map or an optician’s chart. Broadway show playbills or posters can be glued – and then varnished – onto end tables to give them more depth and artistic value.  Corks and/or labels from wine bottles can also be incorporated into a frame to make a beautiful wine label collage.  Anything is possible when you repurpose!

Candles and Candlesticks

In addition to the warm light they give off when lit, the right cluster of candles melted together becomes an ever-changing sculpture. As time goes on, you can add more candles allowing you to watch your art change and evolve.

 

Ideas for Living Rooms

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Does your living room need a bit of updating?  Are you seeing some inspired decorating tips? Your living room redecorating doesn’t have to be a major project. With a few simple tips, you can completely change the look of your space, but still recognize it as your own!

Lighting Changes Shapes and Space

Changing up your living room’s lighting scheme can do incredible things for a room. If you have a main source of lighting, such as a ceiling lamp or row of track lighting, consider either replacing them with, or adding to them some floor and/or table lamps. Simply changing these focal spots of illuminations and shadows can make your room feel fresh and new.  It’s really a simple step with big results.

If you have track lighting, changing the position can also dramatically change the shape of the room and also create new focal points such as on a particular wall or a fireplace.

Make a Memory Wall

A good focal point of a living room is a wall dedicated to photos of family, friends, and mementos such as those “first drawings” by your children, or ribbons from school events.

A Book A Day

A recessed bookshelf as part of – or entirely using – one wall is like art in and of itself. Some homes come with recessed bookshelves, but it’s not difficult to construct your own. The wall can be a complete recessed shelf, or you could do staggering and protruding shelves up a wall which provides a more modern touch.

For classic living room design, use lots of books of all types to give a ‘cozy conservatory’ type of feeling, or use a few large hardbound books for a more contemporary feel.

 

Whichever design style you choose, make sure it’s yours. There are many styles available, and it’s up to you to choose just the right touches to make your living room into a true sanctuary, for your mind and your body.

England Furniture Wins Seven Seals Award

England Furniture recently won the Seven Seals Award from the National Guard. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of a significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.

We are honored to have won this award!

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England Furniture Reviews the Yonts Collection

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Our England Furniture Yonts collection is fresh yet familiar.  This style features a key arm, pyramid wood legs, clean lines and impeccable tailoring.  Available with an optional polished nickel nailhead trim.  Dress it up or down with your choice of over 400 fabrics and have it in your home in 30 days or less.   We offer a sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman, queen sleeper, and sectional to complete your look.

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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

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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!