The selection of the living room furniture is an important decision for any home owner

Posted on 10th October 2011 in Living Room

The selection of living room furniture is an important decision for any homeowner as it might probably be the most used space in the home. Your furniture hunting, without a doubt, should factor in how the room will be used.  If the room will be used for formal entertaining, the tv and computer will be absent, leaving more space for seating, coffee tables, artwork, etc., as well as the entertainment system for music, a CD or record collection.  However, if your living room will be a hubbub of activity, an entertainment unit, computer and tv will reside among seating, chairs and a coffee table.

Choosing contemporary living room furniture is a practical choice: it contains clean lines and at once can offer sophistication, drama and warmth. Combining modern styles with bohemian, classic traditional or eclectic accessories you already own, kicks up the look a notch.

Sectional sofas and chairs can be an important component for both formal and family living rooms.  The seating can be moved around the room according to need, allowing seating by the computer, and can also be clustered in groups for entertaining.  Tufted leather ottomans provide additional seating and are available with storage capacity, keeping DVDs, video cassettes, etc. out of sight when not in use.  The living room space should maintain a clean, light environment.  Fabric will be an important factor – leather and soft fabric are available in a variety of vibrant patterns and colors.

Following the example of your seating, keep the coffee tables and/or end tables mobile and multi-functional.  End table cubes with a wood table top are a great option, and can be used as a tray with cup holders and might also contain a hidden storage compartment.  The cube’s sides might offer a pouch for magazines.

Track lighting or free-standing lamps enable table space reserved for a holding small plates or glasses, some books, and free from a lighting source.

White walls, extend the clutter-free environment; one or two lithographs can offer color; a large mirror expands the space.

Living room furniture is an investment, a purchase expected to last for several years.  Be sure to work with reputable furniture stores.  Among these options are mass market and major retail establishments, furniture chain stores and lifestyle retail stores.  Add to the mix that many of the retail stores maintain a presence online, and there are many more furniture sources online.  Whether your purchase is made at retail or online, investigate return policies, delivery dates and shipping charges.  Don’t be shy about asking questions before you make your purchase – the best surprise is no surprise when your furniture ultimately arrives at your door.

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Where to find modern living room furniture

Posted on 7th October 2011 in Living Room

In choosing the best store to purchase modern living room furniture, a consumer has a host of possibilities in both the retail and online environments.  Just be sure to plan your furniture needs in advance.  It will also be helpful to keep a file of photos reflecting what your ideal is, so that you can plan accordingly.

The clean lines of modern or contemporary furniture offer drama and sophistication – easily blended with eclectic or classic pieces you already own.  Quality, functionality and practicality should be factored into your budget. That you’ll be “living” with your living room furniture for a considerable amount of time, makes it all the more imperative to calculate your budget, the space the furniture will occupy and how the room is intended to be used.

A major purchase such as living room furniture should be conducted with a company with an established reputation for quality and reliability, whose clear and concise policies covering returns, damage, shipping delays, and other important customer service issues are readily accessible to customers.  Major department stores, local and national furniture store chains, lifestyle brands chains, etc. are your best choices, ensuring you that they are the authorized dealer for the contemporary brands you are searching for.

Visiting furniture showrooms can make easy business of putting a room together, as all of the pieces are displayed and grouped accordingly.  The room models are also completely accessorized, visually incorporating color, carpet, lighting, seating and tableware.  Once you have narrowed down the furniture you are interested in purchasing, get a firm answer from the salesman about what’s in stock and when delivery will take place.  In the same manner, online furniture shopping advises the customer if an item is “in stock” as well as the expected ship dates.

Online furniture websites offer virtual environments, allowing the customer to put a room together, or “shop” a particular look.  Comparing prices, availability and shipping among several stores is much more manageable online – with the benefit of shopping a la carte, and introducing you to more ideas and possibilities.

The right modern furniture store is the shopping experience which meets your needs and your expectations.

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Modern Style in Leather Furniture

Posted on 30th September 2011 in Living Room

Next time you are in a modern furniture showroom look around and pay attention to how many different textile and material coverings choices you have. Modern sofa sectionals usually have cushions that are covered with zip on covers that can be removed for easy cleaning. A great advantage when you have a particularly busy household especially with young children and pets.

Modern furniture that is covered with upholstery is also a good choice as long as the fabric has been treated to be resistant to both staining and fading which most fabric is nowadays. It is always a good idea to keep furniture out of direct sunlight as it will, despite the quality and material used, degrade the finish. The hot sun in Miami and Los Angeles is particularly aggressive.

Leather is another choice. While it would seem that leather would not be a good option especially when there are children and pets in the house, nothing could be further from the truth. Leather is a very resilient and forgiving material and actually improves with use. It needs more than anything to be kept hydrated. Similar to our need to drink water, leather needs to remain moist to retain its suppleness and color. Any treatment specifically designed to clean and restore the leather will do. Avoid using oils that lay on the surface. Instead look for products that encourage absorption into the leather itself.

Leather furniture has changed a lot since the days of heavy oversized club chairs and sofas. Today’s modern leather furniture can be any style you want; minimalist, Zen, Italian, each with its unique characteristics as a stylish and practical choice. Animals do surprisingly well. Teach them that this is not where claws get sharpened and it will hold its looks for many years to come.

Leather furniture can be paired with other modern furniture choices to create an elegant statement. With the natural color pigmentations inherent in leather, it adds an individualized look that easily mixes with many styles and can serve as a focal point in any room. A stylish ottoman can be included in a living room to provide extra seating as well as serve as a double duty surface for a tray or a board game. Be sure to look for one that has storage inside as well. This is a handy feature that keeps throws and extra pillows close at hand. Consider mixing different color leathers for a natural look that will continue to serve for years to come.

 

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Combining a unique look with modern furniture

Posted on 29th September 2011 in Living Room

Modern furniture got its name because it chose to examine what was considered traditional, expected and then deliberately deviated away from the norm. The designers both of yesterday and today are encouraged to experiment with new materials in new ways and traditionally used materials incorporating innovative methods. It can be said that they deliberately question everything they have been exposed to and then through this process, twist that reality into a playful, imaginative and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful piece of modern furniture and accessories designs.

Because of this wonderful base upon which all modern designers work from, it is no wonder that there seems to be an endless stream of creative modern furniture and accessories available today.

With so much from which to choose, it is easy to design spaces in your home and office that are unique, creating a statement that spotlights you as the individual that you are.

Under the umbrella of modern furniture design, there are many styles to select from including the modern more traditional Scandinavian, minimalist, Baroque, Italian, contemporary, Zen and more. The best way to navigate these many different styles is to visit a modern furniture showroom. Here, you can browse to your heart’s content, sit and touch the pieces that interest you and imagine them inside your spaces. With helpful and knowledge sales associates to assist, ask questions so you understand what a great investment you are making.

Try to not buy matched sets. This may look great on a showroom floor but it is missing the touch that only you can bring to the design mix. Think about ways to integrate seemingly disparate styles that provide the function you need with the look and ambience you want. Don’t be afraid to take a chance. There really is no wrong or right to decorating. If you are buying what you like and including a unifying element, it will work.

Maybe your style is world traveler as you have collected pieces from all over the world. Show this off with a modern wall unit and perhaps some low slung modern side tables where you can both show off your special find as well as make it accessible for family and friends to admire it up close. Dressers are another great way to display found objects. Modern furniture design is known for its capacity to provide many display places with ample storage as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Choosing a modern furniture store

Posted on 26th September 2011 in Living Room

Choosing the best modern furniture store offers as many possibilities as the selection of modern furniture there is to be had!  Whether your purchase will occur at the retail level or with an online retailer, plan your furniture needs in advance.

Modern or contemporary furniture offer clean lines, drama and sophistication – with the ability to blend with eclectic or classic pieces you already own.  Quality, functionality and practicality should be factored into your budget. Remember that you’ll be living with your furniture for a good amount of time.

A major purchase such as furniture should be conducted with a company with an established reputation for quality and reliability, whose clear and concise policies covering returns, damage, shipping delays, and other important customer service issues are readily accessible to customers.  Major department stores, local and national furniture store chains, lifestyle brands chains, etc. ensure that they are the authorized dealer for the contemporary brands you are searching for.

Visiting furniture showrooms can make easy business of putting a room together, as all of the pieces are displayed and grouped accordingly.  The room models are also completely accessorized, visually incorporating color, carpet, lighting, seating and tableware.  Once you have narrowed down the furniture you are interested in purchasing, get a firm answer from the salesman about what’s in stock and when delivery will take place.  In the same manner, online furniture shopping advises the customer if an item is “in stock” as well as the expected ship dates.

Online furniture websites offer virtual environments, allowing the customer to put a room together, or “shop” a particular look.  Comparing prices, availability and shipping among several stores is much more manageable online – with the benefit of not having to make all of your purchases through one retailer.

The right modern furniture store is the shopping experience which meets your needs and your expectations.

 

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The Difference of Buying Modern Furniture From Online and your Local Stores

Posted on 21st September 2011 in Living Room

Buying online is such a relaxing way to pursue and buy modern furniture. Sitting back with perhaps a glass of wine, you can imagine beautiful pieces of modern furniture drifting in and out of the rooms in your home. You might even get inspired to reassess the furniture in your office. Dreaming and imaging are great ways to shop and with the power of the internet this process gets even easier.

Online you can check specials with a few clicks. If you are technology savvy, you can have your cake and eat it too. You are in a local modern furniture store and you find a minimalist red lipstick sofa that would be the dramatic statement you have been looking for your all white condo though it seems you have seen one similar before. Apps are a great tool and you can immediately find other local modern furniture stores to shop and compare. You might want to even sit in one of their comfortable Baroque styled chairs while surfing. In this way you can keep informed for both availability and do price comparison. Make sure you are purchasing smart.

Being in the store allows for that upfront and personal experience that looking at furniture online cannot provide. Sitting in a chair reminds you that true to the best in modern furniture design form and function go hand in hand. You are not supposed to live with awkward, uncomfortable furniture just to have today’s latest and trendiest designs. Quality modern furniture is furniture that can be handed down from generation to generation.

A positive about online shopping is getting the more basic financial information out of the way before allowing yourself the freedom to find your perfect two seater chair or the modern sofa sectional that you know will be a welcome addition in your living room. If need, apply for credit ahead of time so you will know how much you can spend and what you will be paying in the future. A note, sometimes modern furniture stores are more lenient with the amount and terms if you have actually found some pieces you want to buy so this might be a consideration as well.

Up and coming designers like Louise Campbell, already command prices at the higher end however, she shows promise of becoming an important modern designer. Online you can find out the latest about rising stars and buy while they are still young in their career; love her, “Bless You” chair.

 

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Points to consider when choosing modern living room furniture

Posted on 19th September 2011 in Living Room

Modern sofa bed in black. Modern living room furniture is a practical choice:  it contains clean lines and at once can offer sophistication, drama and warmth.  =

Before you purchase any furniture, plan out the living room.  Will it be the media room where the family will congregate to watch tv and movies?  Will the room also house the computer?  Or will the room be used to hosting parties and other more formal entertaining?  Both require seating.

The non-structured component of modern furniture offers a variety of seating in the form of sectional sofas and chairs – an important feature for entertaining or family use as the seating can be moved around the room according to need, allowing seating by the computer, and can also be clustered for more formal entertaining.  Tufted leather ottomans provide additional seating and are available with storage capacity, keeping DVDs, video cassettes, etc. out of sight when not in use.  The living room space should maintain a clean, light environment.  Fabric will be an important factor – leather and soft fabric are available in a variety of vibrant patterns and colors.

Following the example of your seating, keep the coffee tables and/or end tables mobile and multi-functional.  End table cubes with a wood table top are a great option, and can be used as a tray with cup holders and might also contain a hidden storage compartment.  The cube’s sides might offer a pouch for magazines.

Track lighting or free-standing lamps enable table space reserved for a book or cup, and free from a lighting source.

White walls, extend the clutter-free environment; one or two lithographs can offer color; a large mirror expands the space.

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Choosing modern living room furniture is important for the family

Posted on 13th September 2011 in Living Room

As our paychecks get more challenged these days, staying at home is an economically wise choice. It is also an excellent family building choice. Families that play together, stay together. Providing time for causal and relaxing conversation, we build our ties of friendship and community when we spend time with our family and friends.

As we spend more time at home, the living room plays a more important role in our lives. Because it needs to be multi-functional, the modern furniture that we choose contributes directly to providing comfortable and flexible seating, adapting to many uses.

So, what can be more important than seating.  A modern sectional sofa is a great choice as it provides for the possibilities of several different configurations as well as easy to care for fabrics. We want to spend time enjoying being in our modern living room not taking care of it. Another piece of modern furniture that is multi-functional is an ottoman. It can be an extra seat, a place to land a board game or a platter of food as well as offer storage for an extra blanket or some magazines.  Take advantage of today’s modern finishes such as leather which has great lasting qualities or textiles that are stain resistant to keep everyday spills under control.

Modern furniture design is adept at providing maximum storage with a minimum of space so finding a place for both the television as well as your CD and game collections can be stowed away to keep clutter out of sight yet within easy reach.

Lighting is perhaps one of the more critical elements in the room. It can enhance any activity allowing for different light levels. Reading requires concentrated task lighting. Watching television requires lower ambient light while playing a board game requires good general overall lighting. Keep this in mind when you are adding your modern lighting fixture accessories. The fixture should include be able to be dimmed as well. It is important to be able to regulate lighting according to your needs.

Of course the last element is the accessories and while this word may conjure up images of pink flamingoes suspended from the ceiling, accessories can mean so much more. This can include a pillow that make our heads just a little bit more comfortable and adds a splash of modern color in our room. It can be the pictures of our family artfully arranged on a string sculpture that hangs and twirls from the ceiling or it can be wall stickers that add that something extra to make our rooms feel warm and personal.

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Guidelines in choosing the right sectional sofa

Posted on 12th September 2011 in Living Room

Choosing the seating for your living room or den offers a multitude of choices, but when it comes down to making the final purchase, the logistics of the space being outfitted along with how you are planning to utilize the area, will dictate the piece or pieces you ultimately select.

Sectional sofas accommodate the visual perception of plentiful seating, adjusting to the space.  A perfect choice for large or small apartments, sectionals can function independently, which allows for the space constraints of a small apartment.

As with any major furniture purchase, take measurements of the walls and the area you are furnishing; bring the measurements with you as you shop; or have them handy if you are shopping for the sectionals online.  If the main wall will not support a full length sofa, one sectional can be placed dead center with another sectional either directly opposite or adjacent at a right angle.  Both set ups can include a coffee table.  The smaller proportion of the sofas takes on a love-seat effect, producing a cozy and intimate space.

Similarly, a larger space can comfortably house a longer sofa and a smaller one.  Here, place the full size sofa on the long wall, and the small piece at a right angle.  As a bit more balance might be required for this scenario, you might choose an interesting end table next to the small sofa, or a bold upright lamp.  Both options provide creative length to the smaller piece.

Not only do sectionals provide needed seating, (you can usually include a recliner feature for small or full size units), but they can also keep up with your houseguests, providing additional sleep quarters.  If you are require seating that functions as both, be sure that where you place the sofa allows for it to be opened to its full capacity.

Fabric is a factor as well.  If the sectionals are to be part of the family room or den, avoid delicate fabric.  Instead, choose materials which will hold its own against stains, and heavier than usual wear and tear.  You might consider the additional expense of protecting the furniture with a process such as Scotchguard™.

Very carefully examine your room, making sure it can accommodate the sectional pieces.  Keep in mind there are other fixed objects in the room which the furniture will be nestle among:  windows, fireplace, built-in shelves, door way.  Planning the proper balance of the sofas to other room objects (tables, chairs, lamps), ensures that your room will be well-proportioned, comfortable and user-friendly.

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Sectional couches are created for living spaces that you can enjoy

Posted on 7th September 2011 in Living Room

The right furniture can make or break a space. Crowd too much in and nothing feels comfortable. Too spare and you end up feeling like you are living in a museum rather than your own home. Of course none of these scenarios are acceptable so as you are using and moving through your living spaces take note of how they are used and how you view them.

Sitting and talking, eating, watching television or playing a favorite game, the common thread here is we love to sit and be comfortable so how we provide seating makes a big difference in the comfort level in a home. Modern sectional sofas are a good choice for the living room, the family room and just about any room you want to sit a group of people in comfortably. With styling that will mix well with other styles it can be moved around with ease, so rearranging the sofa at a moment’s notice should be easy and doable. This encourages us to realize that our living spaces and the furniture within there are there to serve our needs and not just to look good. Today’s key words for modern furniture are hip, classic and versatility along with durability. An investment in contemporary furniture should be for a lifetime not for a year or two.

Since modern sectional sofas can be purchased in different configurations consider how your pieces might be moved around. Usually you can add extra pieces if you want such as an extra armless section or an ottoman. Space and storage are always at a premium so look for the extra storage that an ottoman can provide. Another great way to add additional storage is by including a modern storage cube side table. Perfect for stowing away items you would like to keep handy but don’t need all the time such as a blanket or throw it can provide a great landing spot for drinks and bowls of popcorn.

A great way to pull a room all together is by the use of an area rug. Easier to take care of as it can be sent to the cleaners, it can add the wow factor and the comfort underfoot that is especially appreciated in today’s modern homes that usually have a hard floor. Echo a color or a theme in the room or let it be understated. With dark rooms consider light floors and vice versa in a room with light rooms. It will make the room seem anchored and complete.

 

 

 

 

 

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