When Accent Furniture Plays The Main Role

Accent furniture is supposed to stand out, as it complements the room decor. Well, it is clear, as the meaning of the word ‘accent’ is emphasis. Any furniture piece called ‘accent’ goes far beyond functionality only. It is the decorative piece above all. Actually, you may not even have a lot of practical need for it, but it mostly serves as an eye-catcher, the focal point giving the zest to your room design.

How to find the right accent piece and find out whether you need it at all in your space, you might ask. The key idea is to find something that delights your eye and gives your home something extra to make a statement. We, the FurnitureCart team, are here to give you few inspirational ideas that might work well for your lovely home.

Let’s start from the easiest part. Select small accent tables, that play a big role. No matter whether an unusual design of the newly bought set or DIY upgrade to the good old occasional tables – it works great both with emphasis and function. Make a twist in your room’s design with ornaments, glass, mirror, or work on your old piece by painting or making an inlay. These tables can be used or transferred to any room of your house – from living rooms to bedrooms. Small but elegantly designed bedside table can become the star of your bedroom.

A large and imposing furniture piece can simply become an accent piece. A rich curio, armoire or china cabinet will play the main part in a room with muted furniture ensemble. If you have a kind of busy room, the accent piece should win with the striking color, that matches with what you already have in your room.

You shouldn’t forget about the medium furniture. In movies, the supporting role might be even more important that the main part. The floral and jungle themes are a hot trend this year, so why not to go in style? Accent chests and cabinets make a statement whether in a living room or dining room. Spacious bedroom cannot get along without focal dresser with special design, if chosen within the frames of overall decor scheme.

Don’t omit the entryway, it deserves your attention the same as the other rooms do. Moreover, it is the perfect place to use the accent furniture. A chest tall enough not to bow, when placing the keys or post works well here. Prefer a chest with a strong color and an interesting shape to impress from the very first step into your home.

Easy Tricks To Make It Right. Part Two

We continue giving advice how to omit the mistakes when arranging furniture in your new apartment or rearranging it in your beloved house. Last time we have included few common tricks to make the arrangement right. Missed them? No worries! Here you can read it through, right before getting to know the new tricks, we’ve got for you today. Follow FurnitureCart not to miss a thing!

💡Start Big

One of the common mistakes in decorating and furniture arrangement is in wrong starting point. Always start from the placement of the largest and the most important furniture piece in the space. For instance, if taking bedroom, bed should be placed first. Believe us, in this case you will make the most of your space. As a general rule, there are 2 choices to place it. Either against the wall opposite the  bedroom door, or along the room’s longest wall. The first position will create great view when you enter the room, the second – gives you chance to add nightstands or bedside tables. The next step is to place a dresser, as it is likely to be the second largest piece in your room. And so you go from the biggest to smallest. When you are finished with the bigger pieces you will easily see whether you’ve got enough space to place extra: a vanity set or an elegant home office set.

💡Break The Rules

On the one hand conventions are good to stick by, if you are taking the general rules and follow them, on the other – true genius inventions come when the rules are broken. Placing the rectangular or oblong dining table along the longest wall of a dining room gives it the extra space for moving around and leaves space to incorporate a buffet, sideboard or secretary. Placed closer to the middle of the space, the dining room set will snap off the room, and leave space for little else.

💡 Think Function-Wise

Comfort keeps pace with the functionality. While designing living space on your own, don’t forget to make it as handy as possible. Think about what you’ll be doing as you use the furniture. If the side table or coffee table  is out of reach of the seats, then you have to think about convenience first.

💡 Balance Right

Locating key furniture pieces in one corner is another common mistake, bringing visual disbalance and reducing the feeling of comfort and serenity. Achieving balance doesn’t mean you have to go totally symmetrical. If in a living room, the classic solution is to pair a loveseat with two accent chairs at the opposite side. Or ‘divide and govern’ by establishing furniture islands as we have advised in our previous post on Easy Tricks To Make It Right.

Easy Tricks To Make It Right. Part One

Today FurnitureCart team starts the decorating tips and advice series of articles to help our readers omit the mistakes when rearranging furniture.

The series is good for those, who:

– bought awesome pieces of furniture, but still feel something is wrong;

– don’t feel comfortable enough in the living space;

– don’t like the layout and want it to be successful both for homies and guests;

– would like to know few easy tricks to fix the possible mistakes made when rearranging.

💡Get ‘off-the-wall’

Surely, the living room might become bigger if all the furniture is pushed to the walls. But, it is a communication space, so if you are shouting to have a conversation, it is the hint to start rethinking your living room layout. Move the sofa closer to the middle and create the chat-island pairing it with couple of comfortable chairs or a loveseat. Be sure to make a focal and functional spot in the middle with the coffee or cocktail table or an ottoman transforming into it.

💡Less is more

Don’t overwhelm the small spaces with a lot of furniture pieces. Try to find a good solution by multifunctional items. Kitchen islands and home bars can easily substitute the fully-featured dining room set for the small rooms and little company. Or, say, a good loveseat together with one or two poufs work great as a conversation area for the small living room or studio.

💡Divide and govern

Another challenge is to deal with the large and open rooms. In this case you have to establish separate zones. For example, you might like an idea of having a seating zone for conversations as one area, and another area as working space (with a table or desk for paperwork, hobby or art projects and homework). If you need more entertainment in your house – make a soft zone for TV-watching (with a nice comfortable sofa or theater seating) and a bar zone. Set your room strict according to your needs to feel as comfortable as possible.

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Feng Shui Bedroom

The focal and main point of your bedroom is undoubtedly bed. So, to make a decision where to place it right within the borders of the room is most common challenge one faces when setting up home. The challenge becomes even more exciting if you are setting up your home with the right feng shui energy flows. Let the FurnitureCart team help you with a few valuable advice.

You may know that you should not align the bed with the door. What does it actually mean? When your feet are in line with the door, you simply lose your energy at night, and as the classic feng shui says, your personal energy gets weaker. Doors are believed to be the connectors, and through the doors the energies are pulled from one area to another. So, if your feet are pointing at any door in room, either the main one, or the bathroom door and even balcony door, it is high time to cure the energy loss and do something with the bed position.

The first remedy for bedroom is to move the bed off that line. Still, if it’s impossible, another solution is to block the leak of energy by a tall and solid footboard. If you love your platform bed, and it has no or low footboard, there is another way to solve it: place a piece of furniture between the bed and the door. An upholstered bench or a small dresser with a solid back, – just a couple of ideas for your imagination flow.

The door is just the beginning! Another thing is about the mirror: mirror facing the bed and reflecting your body while you are sleeping is no good. The reason is in the fact that it depletes or exhausts your energy instead of rebuilding it during night hours. Solution is in moving the mirror or changing its angle. If it’s ‘not in your cards’ – cover the mirror with any decor for a night time (curtains, for instance).

Avoid any heavy items hanging over your bed (like chandelier or ceiling fan). Why? It creates heavy and oppressive energy. If there is no possibility to move the bed, or say, there is a huge ceiling beam overhead that can’t be removed – use an easy and light canopy to be protected.

Moreover, if you have a bedroom with a sloped ceiling, you better move your bed so that the head is under the highest point of the ceiling. The very sloped parts apply pressure to your energy, leading to health problems and depressed feelings.

If your bed is placed under a window, to keep the energy flows right add a solid headboard or use heavy window curtains or blinds to cover the window. From the other side, positioning bed closer to the bedroom door is not a good solution either. The wall containing the door means a bed is open to a rush of active energy. In this case, create a barrier that helps to be defended from the harsh energy rushing in.

Avoid sharp objects and corners, decorative arms pointed at your body while you sleep. Soften your bedroom as much as you can allow, with fabric, throws and pillows, flowers and plants, or another soft object.

A bed placed against the wall restricts the energy flow. Furthermore, if you share it with your partner, it brings an imbalance in the relationship. It is better to pull the bed away from the wall for a clear access from both sides, and balance it right with the nightstands from both sides. For small living spaces – centre the bed for equal space from both sides, no matter how small it is.

 

What Kids Can Teach You About Home Decor and… Life

When you grow-up and learn to think inside the box, it is getting complicated to go easily beyond the borders. Get inspired by the kids’ lifestyle and their freedom of thought. Rules are good, but sometimes the pieces of art come out when the rules are broken. In creative matter – the perfect source of fresh idea is your child. Children do see the world and things differently, with no limits or rules. So, when time comes to rearrange your kid’s bedroom or make it from the nursery into the teenager’s room, go plan it together with your youngster. Let the kids talk their ideas! Here are few draft issues you can work on together!

It is great to decorate with the favorite color. Well, of course to some extent. What color is your child’s favorite now? It does not mean that you have to go wild with the acid pink or khaki. It means that you will have one accent color to play the major part here in the room. If the color is rich, pair it with neutrals. Useful tip: use undertones to make it lively, and pay attention to color temperature (keep it right and in harmony with the other tones).

It should be fun! Not everything has to match. Again, follow the kids and watch them go creative in every aspect – from clothes they choose to their own creations, when they perform, play, or get involved into beloved hobby. The room of a child or teenager should be a little overwhelmed, crazy and chaotic to be comfortable. Here’s the scratch map and bucket list wall, here’s the spot for studying, storage for stuff, Instagram zone for stories and selfies, space to play the game. Think from this perspective and help your child to feel as comfortable here, as you feel comfortable in your bedroom and home office. But look at it with the eyes and heart of a kid. Remember what you liked the most about your room, when you were a kid? What was on trend then?

Smart! and functional – these are the clues to make it up-to-date. World is moving so fast nowadays, so making it all useful for achieving goals and accept challenges, the room and youth furniture have to be smart. Bookcase bed with the reading light – great, furniture with chargers and enough space for clever storage – awesome! Devices and virtual era should be in easy access [fairly used]. Room should keep evolving with the growth and with the hobbies and tastes of your youngster. Your kid adores art – leave one wall for his own painting; fan of music – break the rules and make the youth bedroom in a music studio style. Furthermore, you have to be smart – still it is the bedroom and it has to be a shelter and a good relaxation place for your kid to have a good healthy sleep.

After all, this room has to make your kid(s) happy! By the way, the entire home design has to make everyone around happy, but not follow the trends or styles or impress the guests, we all have to keep it in mind. Follow us and don’t miss the deals and advice from FurnitureCart!

Decorating With Colors

Don’t get lost in decorating with colors! Your FurnitureCart decorating guide includes essential color tips to keep you on the track of the clever home design and furniture rearrangement. Get to know the advantages and key functions of each color scheme and choose the best for your house and home. Get to know more brilliant ideas on our blog!

LIVELY Living Room

Undoubtedly, the living room is the centre of the home. Here we spend the most time relaxing after a long day, entertaining guests or having a great time with homies. This space sets the tone to the overall home decor. And, as long as we spend a lot of time here, the same decor day after day might be annoying. Well, we’re not saying about the total rearrangement every month or two! But simple updates can become vital to refresh your hub. Need few ideas? We are ready and willing to assist.

Throws and Pillows. If the furniture seems like looking dull, dress it up! Add few bright spots with the set of throws or pillows. Or both! It’s an easy step, but still it makes a huge difference. You can even shift the style with those accents – make the room look more funky or chic, or modern-stylish. If you need some cheer, use the pillows with joyful prints or short inspiring words. Mixing the unexpected will make it definitely a focal spot. Traditional style room demands the paired pillows, contemporary style allows to keep it odd-numbered.

Table Set. Coffee or cocktail table is an essential component of your living room. Moreover, it is a right place to create an eye-catching spot. Decorate the table with few basic elements to make it lively. A three-dimensional look is created by placing a nice tray on your coffee table, few books, and a candle or vase for height. There’s no denying the decorative statues!

Bookcase. Too much old stuff, not much use of it? Clear off the dusty shelves and create a space for your souvenirs and decor pieces showcase. Open bookcase is an ideal place for any accessories, from plants to figurines. Have you removed your encyclopaedias to the trash bin yet? No need! Use your books together with the decorative accessories to get more into sophisticated look. If you are more into bookworm’s stuff and you’ve got many books on your shelves, try rearranging them by color or create a “wave” style “playing” with the height of the books. This will add visual interest to the room.

Add bright colors and fresh plants to bring life into your living space. A few simple tricks – and your favorite living space becomes fabulous and adorable. Need more bril ideas? Follow FurnitureCart‘s blog – every new week we’ve got something exciting to share with you.

Top 3 Outdoor Design Ideas

Still not well into the spring weather, but birds’ twitter gives the hope that it is soon to come. So, don’t hesitate to get your outdoor patio ready well in advance. We give the ideas and you promise to choose few or all of them to get creative this spring and make the best experience of your outdoor stay. Deal?

Get ready before the perfect time of the year comes for the outdoor evening parties and al fresco dining.

1️⃣ What is better than the long warm evening spent with a good company and in fresh air? Make those moments last longer – take care of the evening lights. Use the candles for the warm twilight ambience. You might like to use battery-operated candles, if you don’t want to take care of the melty wax. True centerpiece of the ultimate cosiness for your outdoors is a fire pit. How about marshmallows? Using a fire pit table will give you an opportunity to keep the parties out through the whole warm season and deep into the fall.

2️⃣ For the day-time partying or dinners in the sun, take in consideration the sunlight. Arrange furniture behind your house so, that your guests will enjoy the meal in a cool shaded area or think about a good outdoor umbrella for blocking out the harsh summer sun by day. Planning beforehand will add you time to find a circumspect idea and a good reasonable price for what you want. Check out our pre-season sale and discounts for the best-selling patio sets by Ashley Furniture. Moreover, umbrellas help to define the outdoor space. Choose between the table patio umbrella, tilting umbrella or cantilever/offset umbrella for more versatility.

3️⃣ While setting up the stage, create separate stations for the outdoor party to avoid crowding around one area. Think about the drink station with the bar, snacks and ice bucket for the hot season. Follow your main function and consider the outdoor space options. Check out for the outdoor seating furniture options. From a small urban backyard to a large country property, Furniture Cart has a large range of outdoor and garden furniture and accessories to the make the most of your outside space.

And, finally, relax! There’s nothing we like more than spending time on the backyard, so take the most of it, enjoy time, keep yourself entertained for the great outdoors.

 

Lights Up! 4 Ideas To Shed Light On Your Dark Rooms

The home seems to be a little dark. But you do like the way the furniture is arranged and do not want to change the house decor completely. Familiar situation? Then lighten it up with our few simple tricks! Make your home brighter and welcoming without changing a lot.

First and crucial, ever-winning idea is about the mirrors. Create the fresh look with the space-expanding and light-reflecting pieces. Place it at any wall (despite the one with the window) to let your room get lit. It is not necessary to place huge mirrors, but medium-sized (dresser mirrors) or sculptural ones, which double as wall art. A nice full-length mirror in a bedroom is a great accessory and a hot trend, by the way.

Second – window-treatment! Forget about the heavy dark curtains and take advantage of any natural light available at your house. If still privacy is an issue and you need those curtains to keep you hidden from the world outside – then let the curtains bring the splash of bright color to your place or choose the creamy or light-blue colored drapes.

White decorative items, splashes of bright-colored spots and glass accessories will keep reflecting the available lights. Make a focal point at one or all of the occasional tables, dresser, in the glass curio or open shelves. That counts as an idea No.3!

And, finally, in the fourth place (but still not least): take care of the evening lights. Use lamp set to add few more evening lights in the dark room. Furnish a living room conversation nook with the couple of accent chairs and a floor lamp or an end table with a lamp. Use clear and transparent ceiling lamps, pendant lighting, wall sconces. Give pride of place to chandelier with an elegant glassware if used for a formal dining room. Find few more awesome ideas on dining room furniture arrangement.

Get inspired with our gallery and shed some light on your home, let it shine and bring spring bliss to your heart and mind. 🌸 Stay inspired with FurnitureCart!