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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

England Furniture Reviews Some Living Room Furniture Arrangement Tips

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How your furniture is situated in the living room should be flexible enough to handle various activities. Start your furniture arrangement plan by listing all the activities you expect to take place then list the furniture and equipment you’ll need to make sure each function is possible.

Furniture arrangement is the art of establishing working relationships between individual pieces of furniture, all within a given room’s context. There are some general guidelines that exist to help you narrow down the endless possibilities. Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Experiment by leaving one wall completely free of furniture. This is especially important when the wall flanks a walkway.
  • If the front door to your house opens directly into your living room consider shielding your living room by placing a standing, folding screen at right angles to the wall.
  • Arrange traffic in such a way that it does not pass between people and the television.
  • Large living rooms can feel alienating. Treat it as though it were different small spaces. Create more than one intimate seating – or activity area – within the large room.
  • Group chairs a three to four feet apart. A classic, and comfortable, seating arrangement is a sofa flanked by two comfortable, upholstered chairs. Place a table near each chair for holding refreshments, glasses, your iPad, etc.
  • Place furniture so its lines are parallel to the wall. This creates a greater sense of unity. Furniture that is placed on the diagonal creates excitement and contrast.
  • Make the most of unusual living room space by building furniture (shelves, consoles, etc.) into the room. You can’t take them with when you move, of course, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.