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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:52

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa

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Shopping for a new sofa can be overwhelming. Of course you want to choose one that will be comfortable. But it has to look great too. There are so many choices to make. You have to consider fabrics, weigh style options and know that it's high quality. When you know what to look for the process is a lot less stressful. So before you start shopping read these five tips on how to choose the right sofa for your home so you can make a decision you'll be happy with for years to come.

Kincaid sofa

Kincaid

First, know your measurements. This simple bit of knowledge will keep you from making a mistake. Knowing the measurements of the room, as well as the space where you will place the sofa, will make it much easier to choose the right one. As a general rule, it shouldn't be so small that it gets lost in the space or so big that the room feels crowded.

Flexsteel reclining sofa

Flexsteel

Next, consider how you use the space. It is a room where you spend time watching TV or is it a space for entertaining guests? Do you like to kick back with your feet up or is it a more formal space? Knowing the answers to these questions is important. For example, if this is a space for gathering to watch a football game you might be more inclined to choose a sofa with built in recliners.

Sunbrella fabric sofa

Flexsteel

Now, think about who will be using the sofa. This is key when choosing a fabric. For example, if there are children or pets in the home you will need something that's low maintenance and easy to clean. Sunbrella and Revolution fabrics are both excellent choices. These heavy duty fabrics have many designer options. With these stylish performance fabrics you just can't go wrong.

sofas with style

Kincaid

You can't forget to consider style. If you're planning to keep other pieces in the room then you will need a sofa that works with those styles. Also think about what direction you want to the room to go. For example, if your goal is to update the space then stay away from traditional elements such as a skirt and opt for something with a more tailored look.

sofas with quality construction

Kincaid

Finally, look for a sofa with high quality construction. Often, what makes a sofa so valuable is what you can't see. When shopping for a sofa ask about the frame, the spring system and warranty. Steel springs and eight-way-hand-tied spring systems are always an indicator that the sofa is well made.

We know that choosing the right sofa for your home and your family is important and we always want to help you make the right decision. When you shop our showroom you can rely on our designers to help you find the one that will be a perfect fit.

 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:07

Add Personality with a Statement Chair

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Decorating a space is about more than choosing the right furniture. While style is important you really have to consider color and pattern to give a space personality. Color and pattern are elements that can be used to completely change the feel of your home. An unexpected pattern or well-placed shot of color can make a statement in any space. You just have to know what statement you want it to make.

statement chair Kincaid

Kincaid 

A Jenny Lind chair will give your home a sense of history. Color will give it a fresh look. A bold pairing of paint and designer fabric has a high-end look that your guests won't soon forget. Try placing one on each side of the fireplace to create a dramatic focal point in a living room.

statement chair kincaid fabric

Kincaid

A fresh take on an antique reproduction is what design dreams are made of. A dramatic fabric combo is one design risk that will always pay off. Pair this look with a tufted leather sofa for an eclectic look or a white linen sofa and gold accents for a modern and feminine vibe.


statement chair kincaid modern

Kincaid 

Give earth tones a modern edge with the perfect statement chair. This piece with sleek lines and a graphic print instantly updates a space without making it feel too trendy. With a print this bold, less is more. Keep accessories to a minimum and the wall color light.

statement chair Kincaid classic

Kincaid

You don't have to give up your classic style to make a statement. A classic look in the right fabric can steal the spotlight. Pink and blue plaid is preppy, chic and playful. A black end table will keep it from looking too cutesy.


statement chair Kincaid stool

Kincaid

Don't forget about the kitchen! In a space that can feel cold and sterile it's often forgotten as a room where you can add color and pattern. Have a little fun in the kitchen by replacing standard stools with pieces that are painted and upholstered in a favorite print.

Let your home make a stylish statement with the right accent chair. With custom design options here at EF Brannon the possibilities are endless. So don't just go out and buy a chair. Visit our showroom and find the perfect piece to add your personality to your home.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:33

Five Tips for Choosing a Sectional

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With so many options in living room furniture shopping for the right pieces can be totally overwhelming. It isn't always obvious what will best fit a space in order to make the most of it. Especially when it comes to choosing a sectional. Sectionals can be the perfect solution for your living room if you know how to go about choosing one. We want to help you avoid making a mistake so if you've been thinking about buying a sectional for your living room, read this first. These are our best five tips to help you when shopping for a sectional.

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel

Before you even start shopping you need to determine if a sectional is the best fit for your living room. Sectionals work well in large spaces and homes with open floor plans because they help to break up the space and define areas. In smaller spaces or long narrow living rooms a sofa is often a better choice. A good rule of thumb is that even with a sectional in the space you should still be able to move around the room comfortably.

sectional kincaid

Kincaid 

Once you've determined that a sectional will work the next step is to figure out how big it should be. This means you need to know the exact measurements of the room and make note of the focal point, doors, and walkways. This will also tell you exactly where the sectional should be placed in the layout of the room.

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel 

Now that you know what size of sectional the room can hold you should decide if you want to max out the entire space with the sectional or use a smaller one with an accent chair or two. Just because you can fit a giant sectional into the space that doesn't mean you should. Breaking up the seating can sometimes give a room a better flow.

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel

Now you should think about how you use the space. Is this a casual room where you like to relax? Or is it a more formal space where you do a lot of entertaining. These are important questions to ask yourself so you can make the right choice in the type of sectional you want. For example, a reclining sectional might be right for a more casual living room while a sleek stationary sectional would be more appropriate for a formal home.  

sectional flexsteel

Flexsteel

Finally, you should think about your occasional tables. Will they work with a sectional or will you need to buy something new? For example, a round cocktail table is sometimes a better fit with a sectional than a square one. Also, if you opt for a sectional with a built in console and cup holders it might eliminate the need for an end table.

We hope you find these tips helpful but if you still need some guidance we can help you through the entire process. Get even more personalized advice by visiting our showroom and meeting with one of our designers.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:42

Four Stylish Ways to Use Bookcases

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A bookcase is one of those pieces of furniture that serves many purposes but is rarely given the credit it deserves. Bookcases are hardworking, versatile and such a great way to add some personality to a room by styling them with the right pieces. Check out some of our favorite ways to use bookcases that go beyond the basic need of organizing books by giving a space a whole new look.

bookcase riverside

Riverside

Anchor a TV console by flanking it with a pair of bookcases. This creates a more substantial look and adds some stylish storage. Plus, it's a great alternative to a complete wall unit in a small space. Fill the shelves with books, pottery and any other favorite decor pieces. Add some stylish bins and boxes to the mix to store smaller items.

bookcase legends

Legends

Line the wall of a playroom or game room with painted cube style bookcases for a punch of color. You'll have plenty of storage not only for books but for smaller items such as games and toys. A shorter height is also more casual and it provides a place to prop or hang some fun artwork.

bookcase uttermost

Uttermost

When space allows, a bookcase in a bathroom is a beautiful and unexpected addition. Opt for a piece with pretty doors which adds another element to the room. Doors will also keep necessities out of view which always helps a smaller space look more organized.

bookcase riverside 2

Riverside 

A bookcase is a necessity for an office but that doesn't mean it can't be the focal point of the room. A statement piece like this one has so much detail and architectural interest it's sure to keep you organized and inspired.

It is possible to add style with bookcases. Just think about how to use them in unexpected ways and always look for pieces with visual interest. Visit our showroom to find what you're looking for and meet with one of our designers to discuss the best way to use it.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:20

Five Signs of a High Quality Sofa

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Shopping for a sofa is so much easier when you know what to look for. Of course, you want something stylish but it also has to be comfortable and well made. When it comes to the quality of a sofa there’s much more than meets the eye. The construction of a sofa is the most important factor when it comes to longevity. If you want to buy a sofa you can enjoy for years there are certain things you should look for. These are five signs that a sofa is going to last.  

sofa style

The classic style of this sofa isn’t the only thing that gives it staying power. Eight way hand tied construction offers a spring system that is more durable than most. It provides heavy-duty support and long lasting comfort. 

sofa style

Flexsteel

Fabric is a major indicator of whether or not a sofa will look great for years. You should always ask about a fabric’s wear rating as well as the fabric content. Performance fabrics, such as this Revolution fabric, have a heavy duty rating which makes it a smart choice for a family room. It’s made with polypropylene which also makes it a low-maintenance option.

sofa style

Flexsteel

A high quality sofa is one that has supportive back cushions. When back cushions begin to lose their shape it probably means they aren’t channeled. A channeled back cushion is sewn in such a way that it doesn’t allow the cushion fill to float to the bottom. This means it will always hold its shape and have a more even appearance. 

sofa style

Flexsteel

While toss pillows seem like such a minor detail this is another indicator of a well-made sofa. Take a closer look. Does it have zippered cases? Are pillow inserts made of down or poly fill? Zippered cases and down inserts typically indicate better quality throughout the sofa, especially what you can’t see. 

sofa style

Kincaid

Have a seat on the arm. This is a great way to test the quality of a sofa. A high quality sofa will have well-padded arms. While we wouldn’t recommend sitting on the arm on a regular basis, it is an easy way to find out if the sofa you’re looking at is something you want to invest in.

If you want a sofa that you and your family can enjoy for years then look out for these indicators before you make your final decision. Even better, visit our showroom where you can shop Flexsteel, Kincaid and Basset which are high quality brands that pass all the tests. 

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:03

Five Sofas that Will Never Go Out of Style

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Some of the most interesting homes are filled with pieces that have been collected over time. They are constantly evolving and tell a story about who lives there. But one thing you might notice about these homes is that some of the mainstays, like the sofa, never change. When you buy a sofa that is designed with classic elements you can create a space where styles can come and go, but the sofa will never look dated. 

sofa

Kincaid

A tufted sofa has a timeless look especially when upholstered in linen or leather. You can easily experiment with trends and get creative with your style when you have a classic anchor for the space. 

classic sofa

Flexsteel

A sleek leather sofa always looks chic and sophisticated. A high leg and nailhead trim only add to this long lasting look. You can mix it with vintage pieces then completely change your look to modern and edgy. 

sofa flexsteel

Flexsteel

A sofa that combines both traditional and modern elements will give you freedom in decorating. Rolled arms have a soft look yet boxy back cushions and sleek legs have a more modern feel. 

sofa kincaid

Kincaid

Slipcovered sofas often associated with coastal or cottage looks, have an easy-going vibe and are super versatile. Removable slipcovers are easily cleaned and anything goes with white cotton, which means you’ll never get stuck in a decorating rut.  

sofa bassett

Bassett Xpress 2U

Another great transitional style is the rolled back sofa. Pretty and curvy, it speaks to traditional style yet the tight-back cushions are well-tailored. This look can take on feminine patterns and colors just as well as modern geometric prints.

Get the most out of your next sofa by going with one of these classic looks. You can be free to let your style evolve when the main piece of a space is timeless and versatile. Shop our showroom or website for more sofas that will never go out of style.

You should never pass up an opportunity to add some style to a space. Luckily, you get that chance every time you buy something new for your home. The coffee table is one of those things you buy and function becomes the guiding force. Of course, that is important but it’s not the only thing you should consider. Get outside your comfort zone a little and up your style game with a coffee table that’s anything but ordinary.

coffee table by Kincaid

Kincaid

Artwork isn’t the only way to add a statement. Your coffee table can be a conversation piece too. This wine barrel inspired coffee table has the look of reclaimed furniture. It adds style along with a sense of history and so much character. 

coffee table by Riverside

Riverside

This look is rustic chic. A trendy chevron pattern in distressed wood is refined by the sleek metal base. This table adds pattern, texture and dimension for a look that’s sure to impress. 

coffee table by Uttermost

Uttermost

Industrial style gets a sophisticated look. Weathered wood and polished chrome come together to create a piece that works with modern looks just as well as transitional spaces.

coffee table by Hammary

Hammary

Nesting tables are always a great idea in terms of style and functionality. These round tables are curvy and fun. The perfect match to a modern sofa with clean lines. They’re easily moved around as needed while saving space when not in use. 

coffee table by Flexsteel

Flexsteel

Bring some bohemian style to your home with this table that mixes materials so well. Can you think of a better table for people to gather around on game night? It’s a heavy duty piece and has a really interesting look.

Don’t waste one single opportunity to add some style to your home. We want to help you make your house your dream home. Visit our design center to get started.

Monday, 14 March 2016 13:10

The Accent Piece

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The accent piece is often underrated. Typically a piece that is different from everything else in the space it sometimes becomes an afterthought. But an accent piece is so much more than an accent. This type of furniture just doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Accent pieces serve so many purposes. They complete a space, they typically introduce a new design element to a room, and they’re often a source of extra storage. If you have a room in your home that’s missing something maybe all you need is the right accent piece. 

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Hesperos

It doesn’t have to be large. Small pieces can make just as big of a statement and can pack just as much design punch. This one is perfect for a small foyer or hallway. Raw, distressed wood adds a rustic element and it’s a great spot to drop keys and mail as you walk through the door. 

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Franzea

In a space that needs a touch of glam, this piece is the perfect solution. Sophisticated in style it combines textures tastefully. Gold leafing and mirrored doors add style and reflect light. This would be a perfect accent to a bedroom that’s small or doesn’t get a lot of natural light. 

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Sophie

A new take on a distressed look, this accent piece with linen covered doors has a fun boho vibe. Painted in a soft grey-blue this piece would work well in homes with a modern design. This piece is a fun alternative to the standard TV console. It would also look great as a sideboard in a dining space. 

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Dunixi

 A great piece of furniture always combines form and function. What a great way to accent your space and store your books. This unique bookcase adds plenty of style on its own but could be used in a pair for a large room with an empty wall. Let your accent piece become the focal point of the space! 

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Martel

A refined take on an industrial style is so on trend. If you need to update the look of your home, this is a great option. Baluster style legs topped with metal makes a huge statement, which is what makes this the perfect accent piece. Its shape makes it a great piece to use in a long hallway or as a console table behind a sofa.

Take a look around your home. Is there a space that needs an accent piece? Visit our showroom where you can find all of these pieces and more to create the perfect finishing touch. 

Monday, 15 February 2016 14:10

Lighten Up with Leather

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Light and airy spaces are so popular right now. Leather is typically the last thing you think of when shopping for furniture that doesn’t look too heavy or dark. Well it’s time to rethink leather. You can have your light, bright, and airy spaces. Just go beyond brown! With leather pieces that are available in light grays and soft beiges it’s easier than ever before to lighten up with leather. 

leather furniture, chattanooga interior design

Even a large sectional, in the right color, can work in lighter designs. A gray leather sectional works beautifully against a shiplap wall. Polished accents and a few subtle touches of color add warmth. An area rugs adds pattern and interest. 

leather furniture, chattanooga interior design

In this rustic industrial living room beige is anything but boring. This leather sofa anchors this space filled with heavy textures like metal and wood. Chairs in darker contrasting leather makes the space more dimensional against a canvas of white walls. 

leather furniture, chattanooga interior design

Make your sofa a statement piece with color. This sofa in a steel blue-gray is the star of the space. Keep the overall look of the room light and airy by repeating the color on window treatments, rugs, and accents and layering the rest of the space in shades of white and cream. 

leather furniture, chattanooga interior design

Even reclining furniture can have an airy vibe. This plush sofa in soft creamy leather is so inviting. Complete the look with occasional tables that are open and topped with glass, which takes up little visual space. Ground the room with one dark piece, like this recliner in navy blue.

These spaces are proof that living rooms with leather furniture don’t have to be dark and heavy. You can create a space with leather in stylish colors to create a calming and serene look. Not only are they beautiful but these sofas and chairs are long lasting and easy to clean. Visit our showroom where you’ll find all these pieces and more, by Flexsteel, the leader in high quality leather furniture for the home.