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Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Four Reasons to Use a Sectional

There are so many great reasons to use a sectional. More than just a pretty piece of furniture, it can actually solve many design dilemmas. Plus, with so many custom options you can truly create a look that's unique to your home with a layout that functions well for your lifestyle. So before you head out to shop for your living room, read this first.

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Kincaid

A sectional can be used to make a small space look bigger. In a small living room don't make the mistake of using a collection of small pieces. This will only lead to a cluttered feel making the space feel even more closed in. Instead, make better use of the space with a small sectional and an upholstered cocktail ottoman to create a cozy and functional living room.

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Flexsteel

A sectional can define a space. When furnishing a home with an open floor plan this is a smart way to create the feel of a room even without walls. A properly placed sectional will also create walkways in a home with an open concept.  

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Flexsteel

A sectional is a great way to maximize seating which makes it ideal for those who like to entertain. Center the sectional on the focal point in the space and add as much length to the sectional as space will allow while keeping pathways clear. This creates the perfect setup for hosting a party with room for everyone.

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Kincaid

It's a stylish way to lounge. Recliners, while comfortable, aren't always the first choice for more modern homes. A sectional with a chaise is a modern approach to adding a lounge chair to a living room. Pair it with a funky chair and bold artwork for more interest.

If you've always wanted a sectional but thought it just wouldn't work in your space, think again. It may actually be the answer to your decorating problems. Visit our showroom to work with a designer on choosing the right way to use a sectional in your home.

Published in Living Room Furniture
Monday, 21 September 2015 13:17

Five Living Room Layouts to Try

One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging living room furniture is pushing everything up against the walls. People end up having to sit so far apart that it’s difficult to have conversations, and the room ends up looking like a dance hall. Well-placed furniture will create zones in the space and ensure that each zone is clearly defined. If you struggle with how to arrange your living room furniture then why not give one of these layouts a try:

 

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Kincaid

A good place to start is by floating the sofa in the center of the room.  This is a great option for a long narrow living room since it will break the space into two areas. Just be sure to balance the room by adding the right pieces in unused space, depending on how you want the room to function.

 

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Flexsteel

Use two sofas opposite one another or two chairs opposite the sofa. This is a great look around a fireplace. It’s pretty and intimate, and lets the fireplace become the focal point of the room and the seating area.

 

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Uttermost

Who says a living room has to have a sofa? A grouping of stylish chairs can be just as functional and as exciting. This works well in a square living room. Place a coffee table in the center that has enough surface area to handle some pretty accessories and can serve as a landing spot for drinks when entertaining.

 

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Flexsteel

If there is truly only one wall that will fit the sofa, then make it interesting. Use a pair of bookcases with some architectural interest on the wall behind the sofa. This gives it more of a designer look, especially when you style the shelves with unique pieces.

 

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Flexsteel

Often times, a sectional is the solution for a room with a tricky layout. Living rooms with many doors and windows can benefit from a sectional placed in the center of the room. This will define the space and center the area. Especially in an open floor plan, since it can feel like there is a vast space to fill.

 

Of course, every living room is different and comes with its own set of restrictions. Just remember: there should always be a focal point; keep walkways open and easy to navigate; and when in doubt, hire a professional. We are always here to help you.

 

Published in Room Design
Monday, 10 August 2015 17:32

Sofas & Recliners: Blending Styles

Shopping for new living room furniture? If you’re thinking about trying something different, then look beyond the matching set and try blending pieces with different looks. It’s easy to mix and match sofas and recliners when you pair styles with characteristics that blend with one another. Let’s take a look at these pairings and why they work together so well.

 

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sofa / recliner

This sofa and recliner pair work so well together because they both have a sleek and tailored design. Not only do these pieces have similar arms, but they also have similar legs. The mix of fabrics in various shades of black and grey pull it together and give it an edgy masculine vibe.

 

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sofa / recliner

This pairing is casual and cozy. Notice that both pieces have rolled arms, which are a little softer and sometimes more comfortable than straight arms. The worn looking leather adds an inviting texture to the stark white sofa. This pair works together because both pieces have a casual comfortable vibe.

 

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sofa / recliner

Another way to pair a recliner with a white sofa is to go for a punch of color. A recliner that looks like a club chair is a fun accent. These pieces share a similar style in the arms and boxy back cushions. They are united by the repeated use of color on the toss pillows.

 

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sofa / recliner

Incorporate pieces that are designed with classic details and you just can’t go wrong.  A recliner in brown leather is the perfect accent to a sofa with a timeless look such as this one. Design details such as tufting and nailhead trim never go out of style. 

 

 

Tips for blending sofas and recliners.

  • Forget matching. Choose styles that are different, but have one or two similarities.
  • Consider scale. One shouldn’t tower over the other.
  • Pull it together with fabrics. Repeat colors in pillows and accents in the room.
  • Consider arm style, leg style, and era.
  • If you can’t commit to color, then go with a brown leather recliner. You can keep it for years and it will work with practically anything.

Are you ready to mix and match? Let’s get started! We can help you pull it all together. Get more design advice by making an appointment with one of our designers.

 

 

Published in Room Design
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:23

Five Versatile Pieces for Your Home

Five Versatile Pieces for Your Home

Every home is different. You couldn’t create a design for one home and expect it to work in the one next door. But you could take some key pieces and make them work just about anywhere. That’s because design is often about the details. Investing in some key pieces that are classic and functional is always a smart move. Multi-purpose pieces with a timeless look can be a part of your home and family for years. These are some of our favorite versatile pieces and this is why they work.

 

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sofa/ chair/ bed/ chest/ console

1. The Luxury sofa by Flexsteel is so versatile because it’s a plush sofa with a very tailored look. This style could be used with antiques, in a beach house, or even a contemporary home. It has a look that lends itself to almost any style. It’s just a matter of choosing the right fabrics. If you’re the type that likes to change up your look often then this is the sofa for you.

2. This leather chair from Flexsteel is something you could use for years. A leather club chair goes with anything. Especially one with these classic details such as tufting and nailhead trim. It’s a perfect balance to a fabric sofa because it combines textures. Plus, you could move it from room to room without worrying about matching fabrics. Leather goes with everything and it gets better with time.

3. A sleigh bed will never look dated, especially when it has a modern edge. A platform footboard and sleek design give it a more current look. This style by Vaughan-Bassett is just one of many that are available from this company. This bed can be paired with antiques or more modern pieces. With this bed you could easily add and change pieces in your bedroom and it will almost always work.

4. Accent pieces, like this one from HGTV Home, can be used in literally any room. They also provide extra storage and a platform for artwork. This one in particular uses mixed materials so it can work with a variety of designs which is another reason it would be a great asset to your home.

5. This console table from Flexsteel is a hard-working and multi-purpose piece. It’s made of solid wood which makes it a great investment. It could function as a writing desk, a sofa table a foyer piece or even an island in a long narrow kitchen. It scores extra points thanks to the pair of ottomans that can serve as extra seating or footstools.

So the next time you’re shopping for furniture think about how it will function in your home and how many purposes it could serve. That accent piece or chair you’ve had your eye on may be more valuable than you think!

 

 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:56

Decorating With Leather

Decorating With Leather

 

living room furniture Chattanooga

 

Belvedere Sofa by Flexsteel

Leather is great for so many reasons. For one thing, it’s durable.  With the right care a leather sofa will last for years. Another great thing about leather is that it’s classic. Leather sofas will never go out of style. Finally, it’s versatile. You can use a leather sofa and achieve so many different looks. The Belvedere sofa from Flexsteel is the perfect example of a transitional sofa that you would be able to decorate around for years.  We styled this sofa two ways to prove that you can have totally different looks with the same sofa.  

 

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mirror/accent table/throws/cocktail table/trays/chair/rug

A leather sofa is a great starting point for a beautiful neutral space that’s layered with texture. Neutrals can be just as exciting as bold colors when you use the right pieces. A linen chair adds softness to the room. Metals, natural woods, and plush throws and pillows turn a living room with a leather sofa into a cozy retreat. This is an elegant space yet it’s still very inviting.

 

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pillow/artwork/accent table/cocktail table/chair/vase/rug

The same leather sofa can exist in a colorful and modern space. A bright green chair adds a punch while edgy pillows, tables and artwork add a more contemporary feel. The vintage and faded look of the rug brings it all together. This space is sophisticated and chic.

To get the most out of your leather sofa just remember a couple of things. Be sure to buy genuine leather rather than synthetic. Genuine leather wears so much longer and only looks better with age. Also, be sure it’s a transitional style, which means it combines classic and modern details that will make it a versatile piece. When in doubt, visit our design center where we can help you choose the perfect leather sofa.

 

 

Published in Interior Design Trends