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Summer Design Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

England Furniture Bright Living Room Summer Tips

Now that you’ve done your spring cleaning and are ready to enjoy the summertime, here are some tips to brighten up your home and splash into a warmer season. While a complete England Furniture overhaul isn’t for everyone, these tips are for redecorating budgets both big and small.England Furniture Bright Living Room Summer Tips

Light curtains
Let sunlight dance around your home while maintaining privacy. Opt away from the blinds and heavy window treatments this season. Use a sheer curtain fabric in a light color and more solid colors on the sides to frame the window.

Store away the heavy blankets
In the summer it can be comfortable to wrap yourself in a lighter blanket. The look of heavy throw blankets on couches in the living room can give off the wrong feel, so try out a lighter blanket. There are many ottomans from the England Furniture Company that you can use to save those heavier blankets for the fall!

Add some flowers
Fresh cut flowers add life to any room! If you’re prone to allergies, there are ways to make faux flowers look alive. Adding a bit of water to the bottom of a vase can take ordinary fake flowers up a notch. Adding just a few real flowers can tie the look together to make it more believable. Flower arrangements almost always have some greenery in them, so don’t be afraid to add in a few small accents of real green leaves.

Bright pillows
Accent pillows are your couch’s favorite accessory. These pops of color can pick up on a hue in your new bright drapes or threads in your new blanket. This fun accent is an easy way to bring life to any color couch.

Beachy scented candles
Seasonal candles add another dimension of summer to a living space. While the rest of the room can look visibly bright, candles add an extra summery scent.

England Furniture Reviews Some Furniture Arrangement Tips

England Furniture Arrangement
England Furniture Arrangement

England Furniture Arrangement

When it comes to arranging furniture there are many ways one can precede. That does not mean, however, that one can’t make some mistakes. While experts agree that the surest way to create a flawless room is through trial and error, there are a few rules you should keep in mind. England Furniture Reviews how to arrange furniture:

1. Hang Paintings or Mirrors in Relation to the Rest of the Furniture
Paintings or mirrors should ground everything around it. Don’t hang them too high. Typically place them around 24 to 36 inches above a piece of furniture, although that rule vary a bit depending on the height of the artwork or mirror itself.

2. Light Your Room Entirely
Lighting is one of the most essential elements in any space. Spread your light sources around a space and make sure every part of the room gets lit. If, for example, you have a lamp next to your bed, place two more strategically in the room to create a triangle of light.

3. The Coffee Table Should Be Big
Large coffee table, as with rugs, can help to expand and connect a room and an big coffee table contributes more to a room in terms of both aesthetics and function and aesthetics. The coffee table should be placed around 12 to 24 inches away from your sofa.

4. Go Big and Under with Area Rugs
Small rugs make a small room even smaller and they make a large room look disconnected. Your rugs look better when they’re bigger and all the furniture is on them. Place your rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed – or under your couch and chairs – to create a cohesive look.

5. The Higher the Curtains, the Better
Go high with your curtains! In many cases it’s best to hang them from the ceilings to the floors. This will make your ceilings appear a lot higher and it expands the room.” Curtains that are too small come off like an afterthought.

Small Space, Quality Taste

England Furniture for Small Spaces
England Furniture for Small Spaces

England Furniture for Small Spaces

There are a number of reasons people live in small homes or have small rooms. For some it’s a matter of what they can afford, for others it’s easier to maintain, and for still others it’s simply an aesthetic choice. Regardless of the reason, people living in small space have to make compromises when it comes to furnishings, decorating, and organizing.

If you’re looking to make those small spaces look bigger, then consider the following tips!

  • Airy, Light Fabrics
    Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through window treatments, bed skirts, table covers, and furniture slipcovers. If you want something other than plain colors, find soft floral vines or simple stripes to keep the look simple.
  • Chooser Soft, Light Hues
    Whereas dark, warm colors make a space feel cozy and intimate, light, cool colors make a space feel open and airy. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens.
  • Clear Out the Clutter
    There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
  • Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors
    Contrasting colors tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting and tend to blend with the space if they’re colored to match the wall color.
  • Keep the Upholstery Plain
    Select plain colored upholstery for furniture instead of bold plaids, stripes, or prints. Use texture for interest and stick to neutral tones if you can. Visit our England Furniture Company catalog to see our wide selection of fabrics.
  • Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme
    Choose colors that are in the same color family and use tone-on-tone woven upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes, delicate tonal drapery fabrics. Cool colors and delicate warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.
  • Open the Way
    With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. You can also choose short pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armless, open chair, or a low table, and place large, tall pieces along a wall rather than out in the open space.
  • Believe It or Not, Bigger Is Better!
    Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces which would make a small space look cluttered. With open space and large blocks of color, the room will appear to be more calm and comfortable.
  • See-Through Space
    By using materials that you can see through, anything beyond will appear farther away. For a tiny bathroom, I got rid of an opaque glass shower enclosure and substituted a clear, frameless one. The room is the same size looks bigger. Now we can see all the way (an extra 3 feet) to the wall at the back of the shower.
  • Let in the Light
    Any room will look larger if it’s well-lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the space. Add more lamps or install track lighting or recessed lighting.
  • Reflective Surfaces
    You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger. Instead, use a large framed mirror on a wall or stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You’ll get the same room-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style.

Explore Autumnal Interior Design Tips

England Furniture Autumn Design - Wreath

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