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Explore Autumnal Interior Design Tips

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Autumn is right around the corner and we’ve recently posted an article exploring some interior design tips for fall on our England Furniture What’s Inside site.

A great way to set an autumnal tone is with your front door!  Create an autumn wreath using your favorite fall-inspired items including vines, pinecones, fall leaves, pumpkins or mums!

Read more of our England Furniture post about autumn interior design.

Setting up your man cave

What is a man cave?

A man cave simply refers to a special place that is dedicated to a man’s pursuits – including spending time with his friends or his hobbies. A man ought to fill his man cave with the essence of the things he enjoys, from a well-stocked bar and sports paraphernalia to a dart board or pool table. A range of vintage and classy furniture can also be used to accessorize a man cave.

How to set up a man cave

England Furniture Litton Rocker Recliner

England Furniture Litton Rocker Recliner

Men can do plenty of things in their man cave. Nonetheless, one needs to first learn how to make and/or set up this special place. Follow these steps to get started:

  • Step 1: Prepare the Space – In preparing the space, choosing a space is the primary thing to do. The cave can be an unused bathroom, basement, garage, or attic. After choosing the space, one can install sound proof material, do some painting and/or add some lighting and curtains.
  • Step 2: Install Entertainment and Furniture – Fill you mancave with comfortable England Furniture sofas and England Furniture recliners. Choose fabrics that can handle stains from food and beverages so you can feel free to “let loose” in your man cave.
  • Step 3: Decorate the Man Cave – When it comes to decorating, here are some of the things one can do:
  1. Add a couple of signs to the walls
  2. Put up artwork or posters
  3. Display memorabilia, collections and/or trophies

What every man cave must have

Man caves come in different sizes and shapes. One can personalize his by putting as many personal items as possible. However, certain man cave usually include the following essentials:

  • Recliner
  • A mini fridge and/or bar
  • Television
  • Poker table, dart board, or pool table
  • Sports memorabilia or movie posters

Others items can include;

  • Highly comfortable couches
  • A mounted bottle opener
  • Cigar and humidor combo
  • Engraved glass mugs

A Friend for Your Sofa

The sofa is probably the largest piece of furniture you have in your living area. Sofas can look lonely all by themselves so let’s explore some “friends” that you can place in front of your sofas.

When you’re sitting on your couch, you’ll likely want a place to hold things like food, drinks, and magazines. There are also, however, options that can be placed in front of your sofa that can provide storage or simply provide a sense of proportion and balance in your living room.

Here are some of many suggestions that you can consider as items to place in front of your sofa.

 

A Coffee Table

A coffee table is the logic, and most common, choice. Coffee tables are available in all sorts of sizes, heights, and finishes. A traditional coffee table can have a glass top, can be solid wood, or can be made out of metal or finished with a high gloss to shine as the center of attention in the room.

A coffee table should be chosen in a proper proportion for the size of the room and the sofa in front of which it stands. A large square room would look strange with a small, delicate oval glass-topped coffee table, just as a small room would be cramped with a large, heavy, dark-painted square coffee table.

Before buying a coffee table, place a large piece of newsprint or brown on the floor in front of the sofa to help determine an appropriate size and shape. You can cut down the paper or add to it until you get the right proportion for the rest of the furniture and the room.

England Furniture has a wide selection of coffee tables. Browse our England Furniture online catalog to find the perfect coffee table for your living room.

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A Large Ottoman

The ottoman is often taking center stage in front of many sofas. An ottoman is simply a large padded or upholstered stool or bench. It’s a perfect piece to use in front of a sofa, as its soft top offers comfort for legs, the upholstery fabric contributes color and texture to the room, and the large flat to is ideal for placing a tray or books. Consider our selection of England Furniture ottomans.

 

An Old Dining Table

This is the perfect place to put a dining table. Of course, you’ll need to cut the legs down to the proper height (between 15″ and 22″) for your seating space, but the large surface will be convenient for many purposes, including homework, playing games, crafting, and entertaining.

 

A Pair of Small Tables

Two small square tables, placed side by side, give a slightly more formal look than the more modern large coffee table. A matched pair looks best, but a mismatched set of small tables, of exactly the same height, can be used together with matching tops. If you have a pair of small antique tables, this may be the perfect place to use them.

 

A Picnic Bench

Consider a picnic bench for a rustic look. A long, low, wooden bench is a perfect touch. The long flat top works well for placing books and beverages without adding too much formality.

 

A Piece of Glass on a Base

A large built frame, a pair of cement columns, interesting sculptures, or large pots can serve as a stable base for a piece of 1/2 inch thick beveled-edge plate glass, cut to the perfect size. This is a good option for a very small space, as you can place the bases as close together or as far apart as you wish and have the glass cut to fit your space. Keep in mind that the larger the glass, the heavier it will be. So the bases need to be sturdy enough to support the weight.

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room Storage Tips from England Furniture

The perfect living room is not only visually appealing, comfortable, and inviting. It also has a place for storage and is free from constant clutter. If you find you have more things, than places for them then these tips may be useful for you and your living room.

Wall Space

Find standard open wall shelves of any size at a home improvement center for an inexpensive storage solution for books and decorative objects. A structured wall unit or entertainment center can house books and electronic equipment and provides space for decorative displays. If you’re going to stay in your home for a while, you might want to invest in custom-made shelves or cabinets. Any of these solutions gives lots of storage space without protruding too much into the living area.

Ottomans

england-furniture-parson-storage-ottomanStorage ottomans are a classic hideaway solution. Stylish storage ottomans can store a good bit of items and then are helpful as extra seats. Tuck them away under a floating shelf when you don’t need them.

Look Up

There is probably nothing higher than 5 feet in your room, but there’s lots of space above. Install shelves 12″ to 18″ below the ceiling to display collectibles, plants, hats, or photos.

Goodbye to Closet Doors

Consider removing closet doors. Many doors (even the folding style), eat up lots of floor space and that means less room for furniture and for storage options. Use a curtain closure instead. It’s streamlined and the door doesn’t affect the ideal flow of the room.

Behind Closed Doors

It’s ideal not to have to look at the things you’re storing, unless they’re decorative. Increase available storage space by enclosing shelves and cupboards behind doors. Instead of using an open one, choose a bookcase with doors. A 12″ deep shelving unit gives great storage without taking up much floor space. Choose a table for the end of a sofa or beside a bed that has a closed base with drawers or shelves rather than spindly open legs. Find a knee-hole desk with drawers for files and office items rather than an open writing desk.

Over the Window

Mount a shelf above the windows of the room for displaying things you don’t use but love to look at.

 

5 Sofa Colors that Won’t Box You In!

A sofa can be the centerpiece to your living room and it’s typically the piece of furniture that people notice first.  Many people change the style of their living room frequently, put they’re often not sure how to match a sofa color with the rest of the room’s color scheme.

While bold and bright colors are quite trendy right now, it can be hard to re-decorate with a bright lime green sofa. Whether you paint your walls blue, gray, yellow or red, your sofa should always go with the rest of the room.  We have a few tips and tricks to help you find a sofa that matches your versatile style.

One color that is very neutral is cream.  Many people are nervous about a white sofa and cream is a great alternative. A cream sofa will offer you considerable versatility. If a cream colored sofa is still too “white” for you there are darker alternatives. The colors tan, camel, or biscuit are warmer than cream, but they still provide you the versatility you’re looking for. Still looking to go darker? Brown is also another color that works well in terms of flexibility.

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The England Furniture Rondell Collection

If you’re looking for something completely different it is recommended to go with a gray colored sofa or soft muted colors. Like the color black, gray tends to go with all types of colors, therefore making it very adaptable. Muted colors tend to be a bit bolder. While they are still very versatile, they give you that pop of color many seek in there color scheme.

Throughout our lives, we experience a lot changes, including in our homes.  England Furniture can help you choose a sofa color and style that is perfect for YOU.