Tips & Trends

Decorating with Textures

There are infinite ways to use texture to make spaces inviting, interesting and unique. Choosing the right ones will add dimension to a room and provide a strong element of contrast. It can make furniture pop with personality and complement existing design elements....   Read more »

Nature-Inspired Home Decor

As designers and homeowners reinvent popular decorating trends and draw inspiration from the world around them, more and more homes feature nature-inspired decor. With this design, stylists are given the opportunity to bring natural, organic elements, like dazzling green furniture and intricate textures, into their homes, effortlessly breathing lif...   Read more »

Difference Between an Armchair and Accent Chair

While either can play an important role in a well-appointed living room, there is a difference between an armchair and an accent chair. While an accent chair can be an armchair and an armchair can be an accent chair, the two are not the same. An armchair always has arms, but an accent chair may or may not....   Read more »

Difference Between a Nightstand and End Table

Nightstands and end tables both complement decor and add function to rooms, though their names hint at one important difference. The easiest way to distinguish a nightstand from an end table lies in its location....   Read more »

Difference Between a Media Center and TV Stand

When decorating their living room or home theater, people often wonder if there is a difference between a media center and a TV stand. Although many use the terms interchangeably, there are a few key distinctions. If you spend a lot of time in this room, it's important to choose the one that will work best for your space and lifestyle....   Read more »

Difference Between a Coffee Table and a Sofa Table

Though they're both popular and enhance the style and functionality of your living room, there are some obvious differences between a coffee table and sofa table. Size, placement and function are the key differentiators of these two pieces....   Read more »

Difference Between a Futon and Daybed

Although both are space-saving multitaskers that can be used both day and night, there are a few key differences between a futon and a daybed that can help you decide which is best for your needs....   Read more »

The Difference Between a Sofa and a Settee

Most people are certain that they know what a sofa is, though they might be less confident about the difference between a sofa and settee. When comparing the two, consider design and function to find the right piece for you....   Read more »

Difference Between Sofa Bed and Sofa Sleeper

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are many differences between a sofa bed and a sofa sleeper. Typically, sofa beds, like futons, are designed to lay out flat to form a bed. They don't offer a traditional mattress. On the other hand, a sofa sleeper has a mattress hidden within its frame that can be unfolded for easy use....   Read more »

Difference Between Daybed and Trundle Bed

Though they're both used to save space and are staples of kids room decor, there is a difference between daybeds and trundle beds....   Read more »

Difference Between Accent Tables and End Tables

End tables and accent tables usually have the same basic construction with a flat surface and vertical legs for support. They are also crafted from similar materials such as wood or metal. Additionally, these pieces can be finished in the same way with varnish, stain or paint, among other choices....   Read more »

Difference Between a Lounge and Recliner

When searching for the ultimate furniture for relaxation, nothing beats a chair that lets you kick back and put your feet up. During the selection process, buyers might encounter varying terms and wonder about the difference between a lounge and a recliner. Each has its own benefits and challenges, and choosing the right one depends on personal pre...   Read more »

Difference Between a Sofa and Loveseat

Sofas and loveseats are the same in many ways. Both offer bench-style seating for two or more people. These pieces are usually fully or partially upholstered and both may be designed with or without armrests. Most sofas and loveseats have a wood frame construction with springs and cushions for comfort and support....   Read more »

Difference Between a Chaise and a Sofa

Although chaises and sofas are similar sizes, the subtle differences and distinguishing factors give them each their own unique identities. Chaise lounges are generally meant for one occupant to stretch out on, while couches are designed to seat two or more. They both can be sat and slept upon, but nuances of design make each best tailored to speci...   Read more »

Easy to Clean Furniture

A house full of kids and pets doesn’t stay clean for long. Finding the right balance between a relaxed, welcoming home and one that is not totally wrecked is a continuous struggle. You want the family to use and enjoy your living room or den without having to encase everything in plastic to keep it stylish and looking great. To preserve ...   Read more »

Rug Maintenance: The Correct Way to Care for Your Rug

Nothing warms up your space like an area rug. Getting the most out of your rug means keeping on top of routine cleaning and care....   Read more »

Dining Chair Heights

Just as dining tables are available in three different heights, the chairs to fit with them are as well.   An ideal pairing for comfort is about a foot difference between the seat surface and the table top....   Read more »

All That Glitters - Adding Sparkle to Your Room

Brighten up your space with a sprinkling of sparkle. Adding light-reflecting surfaces like metals, glass, mirrors and crystals to your room adds brightness, dimension and interest to your space. Interior designers equate it to adding jewelry to your ensemble....   Read more »

Mixing Modern and Traditional Styles

People assume that modern and traditional styles are like oil and water – that they will never mix. However, with a strategic approach, you can blend the two with ease, creating a room with interest, grace and character....   Read more »

How Tall Should a Nightstand Be?

Because it's often tied to the height of the mattress, there is no standard nightstand height. In general, it is easier to raise your arms than to lower them when you are in bed. With that in mind, the rule of thumb is to have your nightstand level with the top of the mattress or within two to six inches higher. However, personal preference plays a...   Read more »

How Tall Should a Desk Be?

When looking for the right desk for a home office or study, most people are just as concerned with comfort as they are with style. You've probably heard that sitting incorrectly over long periods of time can have negative effects on your back, arms, and neck. While a chair can directly play into posture and well-being, the other major factor in ens...   Read more »

Dining Table Dimensions

The dining table is a major focal point of any home. It's where family and friends congregate to share stories, laugh, and enjoy home-cooked meals. Dining room table dimensions and shapes can also set the mood of the room. Rectangular is refined and circular is cozy, while oval and square pieces strike a calm balance between the two. When trying to...   Read more »

Standard Dresser Dimensions

Dressers are an essential piece of furniture in any bedroom, improving organization and contributing to the decor. Design preferences, storage requirements, and space limitations can all help you decide which type of dresser will work best for your room. Start by using the average dresser height and size as a guide, then tailor your search to fit y...   Read more »

Queen Bed Dimensions

Full beds were the standard for couples up until the 1960s, but nowadays people prefer more than a meager 27 inches of room when sleeping with a partner. Therefore, when shopping for mattresses meant for two, a king or queen bed size is the best option. Both are 80 inches in length but have different widths....   Read more »

How to Decide Between a Couch and a Sectional

Deciding on a sectional vs. sofa might be one of the most debated questions when it comes to home decorating. Each side has its ardent fans and fervent opponents and we're not likely to settle the issue here. What we can do is provide you with a breakdown of the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed purchase....   Read more »

End Table Height Guide

An end table that is clearly too short or tall will look out of place in your living room. To get the put-together feel you want, you'll have to balance both the height and the density of your piece with the other furniture in the room. For example, a stout, traditional end table with drawers set between overstuffed arm chairs provides a visual mat...   Read more »

What Size Should a Sofa Table Be?

When a couch looks lonely in the middle of a room, pairing it with another a piece of furniture adds visual interest while filling the empty space. Sofa tables are elegant additions to the home, no matter the decor. Sofa tables are placed behind couches to add variety, create extra storage or display space, and allow additional activities in t...   Read more »

Loveseat Size Guide

Loveseats are simply scaled-down couches that comfortably seat two people. When combined with matching sofas and armchairs for intimate seating or group conversing, properly sized loveseats complete the look of a modern living room....   Read more »

Ideal Couch Height

When purchasing a couch, many considerations come to mind, including budget, size and style. In order to find the perfect fit, sofa seekers should also ask themselves detailed questions, like "how high should my couch be?" While most people tend to think of size with respect to how many people a sofa can seat, the look of the piece relative to ceil...   Read more »

How High Should a Coffee Table Be?

Few pieces of living room furniture vary as much in style, shape, and size as coffee tables. From traditional wooden pieces to upholstered ottomans and trendy ceramic garden stools, the options are continually evolving. Still, one thing stays the same: finding the coffee table that's perfect for your space is all about complementing your lifestyle ...   Read more »

Tips for Designing a Room

When decorating, it's important to remember that each room in your home is a reflection of you. To create a space that you'll love living in, equal emphasis should be placed on form and function. Every space should have its own unique mood while a coherent personality is maintained throughout the home....   Read more »

How to Find the Right Size Couch for Your Room

In order to choose the right couch size for your room, you must first measure your space, including the ceiling height. Next, think about what purposes your couch will serve. Are you going to be using it for entertaining in a formal area, or is it for marathon television watching and family cuddle time? Some intuitions about sofa dimensions may be ...   Read more »

Leather vs. Fabric Couch

People often think the choice between buying a fabric couch or a leather couch comes down to cost, but there are many other factors to consider. While it's true that leather sofas generally do cost more, there are other pros and cons beyond mere price. Fabric sofas are often unfairly maligned as cheap and undependable when the truth is far more com...   Read more »

What Do I Need to Know about Couch Depth?

Seat depth isn't something many people take into account when buying a new couch, but it can have a huge impact on your long-term comfort. More than simply determining whether a sofa will fit in your space, the depth of a couch can also determine who will be able to sit on it comfortably, as well as how it can be used and whether it will suit your ...   Read more »

Cleaning Furniture 101: Maintaining your Furniture's Beauty

Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at what you are doing to keep our home furnishings clean and well maintained.  Spring showers bring in more than just flowers – this time of year we see more dust and pollen in the air and muddy feet running around the house. Here are some tips for keeping your furniture in tip-top shape:...   Read more »

Dining Room Table Heights

While the standard height for a dining room table is 30 inches off the ground, today’s open concept living and on-the-go lifestyles often lend themselves to new and interesting alternatives.  Here’s the scoop on standard, counter height, bar height tables....   Read more »

Rug Sizing Guide

Rugs are an important part of your home decor, offering warmth, comfort, texture, color and pattern to your space.  An area rug can be that finishing touch that makes your house feel like a home. But deciding what size is best for your space can be confusing. Here we give you some guidelines that will make your rug shopping easier....   Read more »

Modern Vs. Transitional

When decorating or refreshing your living space, it can be helpful to identify which design style most closely represents your tastes. Whether you are drawn to the clean, sleek lines of modern design, prefer the classic elegance of traditional design or fall somewhere in between, the best way to create a cohesive designer-quality look is to stick t...   Read more »

Mattress Foundations: Do I Need A Bunkie Board?

Do I need a bunkie board? Unless you’ve shopped for bunk beds recently, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of a bunkie board.  Bunkie boards (also spelled bunky board) are the thinnest mattress foundation option.  Measuring 1 1/2 -3 inches tall, they are available in sizes to fit with all standard mattresses.  ...   Read more »

Trend Watch: Luxe Fabrics

Soft and supple, indulgent fabrics that feel as fabulous as they look are trending in today’s furniture.  Here’s a look at what they are made of and how to incorporate these eye-popping textures into your room....   Read more »

Caring For Wood Furniture

Maintaining the beauty and luster of your wood furniture is easy with a bit of diligence and care. Some wood surfaces get more use (and abuse) than others.  Living room tables and everyday dining tables get constant use.  They are regularly exposed to food, drinks, fingerprints and more.  They need to be checked daily and cleaned fre...   Read more »

Leather 101: Blended Leather

Blended leather, also called bonded leather or reconstituted leather, is manufactured furniture upholstery comprised of a layering of leather, a fiber or paper backing, and binding materials. It is finished with a polyurethane coat and embossed with a grain texture that closely mimics leather....   Read more »

Trend Watch: What's Hot In Rugs

What’s new this season in rugs?  Everything from deep, rich colors to a current take on vintage patterns and finishes, here are some exciting new looks to refresh your home by providing a polished finish to your room.  Finding the perfect rug has never been easier with these stunning new choices....   Read more »

Performance Fabrics For Furniture

Performance fabrics in furnishings are like performance fabrics in your wardrobe - they work hard to maintain use, keep you comfortable and stay looking great....   Read more »

Decorating Trends: Ikat Inspired Designs

A traditional artisan technique for creating hand-dyed textiles, ikat or ikkat (both pronounced ee-KAHT) is a process where the yarn is tightly tied in small sections to create a resist and then dyed to create the desired pattern before it is woven.  After the dying is complete, the yarn is woven into a textile.  A detailed and intricate ...   Read more »

What We Love About: Nailhead Trim

You see it everywhere, this topical trend that is based on historical detailing.  Nailhead trim once was simply a way to help attach upholstery to the frame, has continued as a decorative extra that has stood the test of time and found a resurgence in style.  We can’t get enough of it....   Read more »

How To Baby-Proof Your Living Room Furniture

Having a baby in the house puts your living room into a whole new perspective.  There are changes you’ll want to make from day one to prepare for extra spills and create soft secure surfaces.  Though many babyproofing changes don’t need to be made until your little one is mobile doing them right away is best.  Here are so...   Read more »

Bringing It All Together - Furniture, Walls, Rug, And Artwork

Looking for inspiration to create an interesting and cohesive room? Start with one thing that you love and build around it.  Your inspiration can come from any number of places – an area rug, some artwork, the fabric on an accent chair or accent pillow.  Any of these sources are great places to stimulate inspiration....   Read more »

Simple Rules To Finding The Perfect Rug

Adding to the beauty of rugs is that they offer both form and function.  Practical for warmth, softness underfoot and sound absorption; they also enhance your home décor, giving a room a polished and finished look. Choosing the right area rug isn’t as scary as it might first seem if you know a few key tips for styling your room....   Read more »

How To Recycle A Mattress

According to the Mattress Recycling Council, approximately 15-20 million mattresses and box springs are disposed of annually in the US.  To make matters worse, they are hard to compact and have become a major burden on community waste disposal management programs....   Read more »

Modern Design Vs. Contemporary Style

When shopping for furniture or discussing interior design, you may hear the terms “modern” and “contemporary” used interchangeably. Although these two design styles share many similarities, they are not the same. Understanding the distinction between the two styles by examining their unique characteristics and variations det...   Read more »

All About Leather Upholstery

The use of leather as an upholstery fabric dates back to some of the earliest furniture designs. There’s a reason why this supple yet strong material has staying power: it looks, wears and feels great! Whether used on a sofa, loveseat, chair, sectional or ottoman, leather adds a sophisticated, luxurious look to your living room....   Read more »

Styling For An Active Family

Who doesn’t want an immaculately styled home, ready for the pages of your favorite design magazine? However, when an active family is inhabiting that home, maintaining a photo-ready look calls for some strategic design decisions. Through deliberate fabric choices, creative storage solutions and selections that fit your lifestyle, even the mos...   Read more »

Storage Suggestions For Every Room

If there’s one thing that most people could use more of, it’s storage space. Luckily, whether you live in a studio apartment or need to maximize a family home, there’s a storage solution for every need. Check out these storage suggestions for every room in your home:...   Read more »

What We Love About: Microfiber

Microfiber is a super soft, resilient fabric created from incredibly thin, 100% polyester, filaments. Individual filaments that are less than 1 denier thick (about half the thickness of silk) are spun together to form a thicker cable or yarn. The yarns are then tightly woven, cut and brushed, giving the fabric to a “suede-like” appearan...   Read more »

Seasonal Update: Refresh Your Space For Spring

Winter doldrums got you down? Can’t wait for longer days and with loads more sunshine? Now is the perfect time to start refreshing your space for spring....   Read more »

Decorating For March Madness

Celebrate the Madness throughout your home—from the TV room to the kids’ bedrooms, break out your college colors and proudly display the logo of your favorite team!...   Read more »

Optimize Your Dining Room: Sideboards, Buffets, Servers, Credenzas, China Cabinets & Curios

Many dining rooms and kitchens benefit from a little extra serving and storage space....   Read more »

Outdoor Living

The advent of new fabrics and treatments that resist mold and mildew as well as eliminating fading from UV rays has allowed outside living to become a true extension of the rest of your home....   Read more »

Furnishing Ideas For Extra Storage Throughout Your Home

With our hectic lives and busy households, keeping all of our stuff organized at home is a constant challenge.  But adding extra storage around your home is a great way to win the battle against clutter....   Read more »

Open Concept Design - Creating Rooms Within An Open Space

Open concept homes can be a challenge to design and furnish. One big open room doesn’t always give you much help on where to put what, but it does give you plenty of flexibility on how you use your space....   Read more »

Mixing Colors and Patterns - Why Do These Rooms Work?

Interior designers mix patterns and colors to create dynamic, vibrant rooms.  But the concept can be intimidating to the novice home decorator.  Here we take a look at a few designer rooms and explore what makes them work....   Read more »

How to Create a Bedroom Retreat

With our lives as hectic as they are it’s often nice to have a respite, a relaxing place to get away from it all.  Many find that type of sanctuary is perfect for their master bedroom....   Read more »

Design Ideas for a Loft Space

Many open concept homes are designed with a spacious landing area at the top of the stairs called a loft. Lofts by nature are open to the rest of the house and to varying degrees usually part of the flow of the hallway to other rooms. Because it’s not really a room, many wonder what exactly to do with the space – we say, don’t let...   Read more »

Design Tips for the Teen Room

As your kid enters his or her teen years, they will probably want to change their bedroom to reflect their stage in life. While their room will still be a place to sleep and dress, but now instead of using it for nap time and playing with toys, they will need a place to study and crave a place to relax on their own. To transform your child’s ...   Read more »

Kitchen Table vs. Dining Table

At Furniture.com, we get lots of questions about the difference between a kitchen table and a dining room table. The quick answer is “the only difference is the room it’s in.”  But the full answer goes a little deeper.  All homes are different, and lifestyles certainly continue to change.  While traditional homes ty...   Read more »

All About Pillows

While many people view them as small detail, a few throw pillows can actually transform a room. These simple accents may bring in new hues or highlight existing ones, make bold statements or add quiet warmth. They brighten up solid-colored couches and add visual interest to beds, breakfast nooks, and chairs. More than anything, however, pillows add...   Read more »

Lighting Tips

Lighting plays a huge role in decorating and making a space uniquely your own. When it comes to home furnishings, the right lighting acts as the finishing touches on a room, so it is important to understand how to use lights to your advantage. Floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces are essential in any beautifully decorated home....   Read more »

Decorating Small Spaces in Your Home

Decorating small spaces doesn't have to be a headache. Some overall rules to keep in mind include choosing lighter colors and simpler pieces. Paler hues, such as white, cream, and gray, refract light for an overall brighter look and make rooms appear larger. Darker colors, like burgundy, chocolate, or teal, can be introduced in accent pieces and wa...   Read more »

The Repurposed Dining Room

Some of the formality of past generations has lost its meaning in today’s households. Many of us have a formal dining room that we never (or nearly never) use.  Perhaps you have plenty of room in your eat-in kitchen or great room that includes space for a daily dining table, yet you have the bones of a house with space provided for a for...   Read more »

Tips on Looking for Quality in Wood Furniture

Casegood is a term used in the furniture industry to refer to non-upholstered wood furniture, typically for living room, dining room and bedroom. This includes dining tables, china cabinets, coffee and side tables, media centers, dressers and nightstands. When looking for quality construction in casegoods consider these factors:...   Read more »

Kids and Pets – Designing a Family-Friendly Family Room

Kids and pets live in a space with a different kind of vigor than adults. There is often free-spirited rambunctiousness, joie de vivre, and of course messes. Whether it is thundering feet running through the house, wagging tails or tufts of shed fur, delicate surfaces and fragile accessories just don’t make sense. Here are some tips and ideas...   Read more »

Making it Work – Two Kids in One Bedroom

Young kids don’t feel the same compelling need for privacy that teens and adults do. And many adults will fondly remember younger years spent bunking with their siblings. There are many benefits of kids sharing a room:...   Read more »

How to Mix Things Up – Creating a Custom Living Room

Some people love the polished cohesiveness of a pre-planned matching living room set package bought in the store. The pieces are already in coordinating styles and appropriate scale to work well together. By seeing the pieces placed together in photos or the furniture showroom, you can more easily picture them together in your home....   Read more »

Hosting Guests for the Holidays

Holiday time is often a time for visits from friends and family. If your house is big enough to have extra rooms, then you likely have a furnished guest bedroom ready and waiting for out-of-towners. However, many of us successfully host guests in the family room or office with a pull-out sleeper sofa. Either way, with a little preparation and foret...   Read more »

Design For Entertaining – Creating A Space That Works Well For Social Events

What makes a party memorable? Of course, it is the people, time spent together, food, drinks and music, but don’t overlook the fact that a big part enjoying each other’s company depends upon how accommodating the space is. Whether you are designing your room to be continually ready for entertaining or rearranging your home for a special...   Read more »

Design For Entertainment – How To Fit A TV Into Your Living Room

While a few households have the luxury of a media room designed just for television viewing, the vast majority of us use the multipurpose living area in our living room or family room for our TV time. Because we do so many different things in these rooms, we want to find a balance of having the TV accessible and to be comfortable watching, while it...   Read more »

The Right Place for Homework

Finding the right place for your child to do homework is a great way to start them off on the road to success. Ideally, you are looking for a calm, quiet, uncluttered, well-lit space that has easy access to the supplies your young student needs....   Read more »

Decorating a Vacation Home

Vacation homes are all about escape and relaxation. Some families prefer the recreation afforded by being near water, choosing beach houses and lake cottages. Others favor the solitude of secluded spots like mountain cabins or desert ranches....   Read more »

Decorating a Gender-Neutral Nursery

Painting a baby's room pink or blue is a thing of the past. Instead, today's parents are opting for more gender-neutral nursery designs. Whether it's because the gender is a surprise or you just want to buck tradition, each nursery should be as unique as your little bundle of joy. Use an array of gender-neutral nursery ideas, featuring bright color...   Read more »

Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas: Decorating with Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Decor

The concept of going green has saturated the public consciousness, extending even to the furnishings we put in our homes. You might wonder, what exactly is eco-friendly furniture and how can I incorporate it into my decor? Luckily, there are more options than you might think....   Read more »

How to Shop for Kid-Friendly Furniture

When you have kids, it's important to have kid-friendly furniture in your home. Not just in their bedrooms, although of course, that's a must, but also in common areas like living rooms and bonus rooms. However, kid-friendly doesn't have to mean juvenile or unsophisticated. Here are some things to think about when buying furniture that will fit you...   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget - Retro Modern Style

Retro modern furniture blends mid-century and 21st-century aesthetics. The style focuses on contemporary patterns, natural materials, and muted colors, such as beige, aqua, gray, burnt orange, and cream. These concepts are integrated into pieces featuring clean lines and gentle curves, and the result is often furniture with a futuristic feel, like ...   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget - Minimalist Style

Once dismissed as simply decor for college students, the minimalist look is actually based on a philosophy many find beneficial. Minimalism uses the bare essentials for modern living in a pared-down and sophisticated way, preferring simplicity to ornateness and quality to abundance....   Read more »

Measuring for Furniture Delivery

After careful consideration, you’ve finally chosen the perfect piece of new furniture for your home. But before you place that order one more step will help ensure years of enjoyment: measuring your furniture and home to ensure that the furniture piece will fit through doors, hallways, staircases and porticos to make it into your home and res...   Read more »

Sofa vs Sectional

So many factors come into play when you are trying to stylize and optimize your living room. Spending a little time thinking things through can help ensure that you will love yours for years to come. Many people get stumped when trying to choose between a sectional vs. a sofa....   Read more »

Sofa Construction Quality

Let’s face it, furniture is an investment. Most people hold on to a sofa for 10 years or more. But as an occasional shopper, how do you figure out if the sofa that caught your eye will make it for the long haul? There are telltale clues that help you determine if the furniture you are looking at has been built to last....   Read more »

Decorating on a Budget? Plan, Prioritize and Keep an Eye to the Future

Everyone has some kind of budget for their decorating projects. Even a large budget provides some kind of spending boundaries. But if the furniture fund is small – or if you have a lot to buy and less money than you'd like – you have to be more thoughtful. Whether you are in a first or transitional apartment or living in your starter ho...   Read more »

Mission Style: Solid and Simple

There’s something about Mission furniture that speaks strongly to the American sense of style. This early 20th-century look has made a huge comeback in the last few years, perhaps because of its integrity and unpretentious dignity....   Read more »

Casual & Contemporary: The Many Paths to Modern Design

It’s very possible that the modern leather sofa you buy today will someday be found in the same category as your great-grandfather’s antique Chippendale settee. Not because they resemble each other in any way, but because they were both products of an era of innovative design in home furnishings....   Read more »

Open the Door to Feng Shui

Love your environment as part of you and it will embrace you with universal peace in return. This is feng shui in its purity....   Read more »

Upholstery Styles & Definitions

Casual get-togethers with friends, family movie nights or curling up with a good book … these are the times that transform a roof over your head into a home you love. And while furniture may be the farthest thing from your mind during these moments, your relaxation and enjoyment have a lot to do with comfortable, inviting sofas and chairs....   Read more »

Decorating with Yellow and Orange

Mention yellow and you probably think first of bright, crayon yellow. Think orange and you get, well, an orange. Because these youthful, high-impact colors have such strong emotional appeal, you might be concerned they lack sophistication or carry too much intensity for home decor. But this pair, nestled right next to each other on the color wheel,...   Read more »

Leather 101: Different Types Of Leather Furniture

Leather is the only material that gets better and more luxurious with age. No other material is so durable, easy to care for, and natural. Because leather “breathes,” it won’t pick up on surrounding room temperatures, whether too cold or too hot. The list of positives goes on and on; the only drawback is sorting out the lingo. For...   Read more »

Understanding Wood Veneers

If you’ve been shopping for wood furniture, you may have been told that solid wood is better than veneers…or vice versa. In fact, solid wood and veneers are both good things. Knowing how they differ helps you evaluate what’s best for your home and your lifestyle, instead of guessing and hoping for the best. So let’s start w...   Read more »

Color Theory & Home Decor

Before you choose wallpaper, buy upholstery or open a gallon of paint, take a moment to review a little about color theory. Even just the basics — how colors blend or clash and the effects that different combinations have — can help you avoid costly decorating errors and rooms that just don’t please....   Read more »

Find the Perfect Sofa Shape for You

When shopping for a sofa, you should always think about the fabric, quality, and size. But here’s something you might not think about: the shape of your sofa. Before researching sofas, it’s important to know what to search for – and what style you like or will work with your room. There are so many different sofa shapes, and varia...   Read more »

Talking Tufted Furniture

Tufted furniture – it’s a classic furniture style that has never quite gone away. Tufting happens during the upholstery process when layers of fabric are pulled inward (often with a button) to create the tuft, giving off a “buttoned-up” look. Tufted furniture originated in historic France and England (around the 1300s-1400s)...   Read more »

Presidential Designs: The Decor and Furniture in the Oval Office

Decorating the Oval Office isn’t all that different from decorating your own home. While the shape of the room and nature of the business conducted there make it more complicated and high-profile than your own home office, the space still needs to be functional and the décor should reflect the inhabitant....   Read more »

How to Create Your Dream Home Office

Whether you work from home full-time or just catch up on tasks over the weekend, having a designated workspace to call your own is important. Creating a home base can increase your productivity, and you can keep all of your essentials in one convenient place....   Read more »