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Great scale for smaller spaces. Reversible for a left or right side chaise. Contemporary Style. Part of Airling collection. Dimensions: 83″W x 34″D x 32″H. Moe’s Furniture at Southern Charm Furniture & Design.

A track arm is simple in design but offers a clean, transitional look. This frame has two seat cushions, a banded base, and block feet. The neutral body cloth is 100 % polyester knit-backed khaki microsuede with a luxurious hand. Contrasting throw pillows in a woven stripe of cream, slate blue, and khaki tones provides just enough color to liven any room.

Interior Design

Interior Design Principles

Whether you are working with existing furnishings and fabrics or starting from scratch with an empty room, you should always use the elements and principles of design as a guide in choosing everything. The elements are your tools or raw materials, much like paints are the basics to a painter. The elements of design include space, line, form, color, and texture. The principles of design relate to how you use these elements. The principles of design are balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion and scale, and harmony and unity.

Interior Design Principle #1: Balance

Visual equilibrium in a room is called balance. It gives a sense of repose and a feeling of completion. A well-balanced room gives careful consideration to the placement of objects according to their visual weight. The elements of line, form, color and texture all help determine an objects visual weight, which is the amount of space it appears to occupy. Balance also refers to how and where you place the elements (line, form, color and texture) within a room. To maintain balance, try to distribute the elements throughout the room.
Formal balance, often referred to as symmetrical balance, creates a mirror image effect.
Informal balance uses different objects of the same visual weight to create equilibrium in a room. It is more subtle and spontaneous and gives a warmer, more casual feeling.

Interior Design Principle #2: Emphasis

Emphasis is the focal point of the room. The focal point should be obvious as you enter the room; it is the area to which your eye is attracted. Whatever is featured, as the center of interest a fireplace, artwork or a window treatment framing a beautiful view must be sufficiently emphasized so that everything else leads the eye toward the featured area. You can add emphasis to a natural focal point or create one in a room through effective use of line, form, color and texture.

Interior Design Principle #3: Rhythm

Rhythm supplies the discipline that controls the eye as is moves around a room. Rhythm helps the eye to move easily from one object to another and creates a harmony that tells the eye everything in the room belongs to a unified whole. Rhythm is created through repetition of line, form, color or texture. It can also be created through progression. Progressive rhythm is a gradual increasing or decreasing in size, direction or color.

Interior Design Principle #4: Proportion and Scale

Size relationships in a room are defined by proportion and scale. Proportion refers to how the elements within an object relate to the object as a whole. Scale relates to the size of an object when compared with the size of the space in which it is located.

Interior Design Principle #5: Harmony and Unity

A well-designed room is a unified whole that encompasses all the other elements and principles of design. Unity assures a sense of order. There is a consistency of sizes and shapes, a harmony of color and pattern. The ultimate goal of decorating is to create a room with unity and harmony and a sense of rhythm. Repeating the elements, balancing them throughout the room, and then adding a little variety so that the room has its own sense of personality accomplishes this. Too much unity can be boring; too much variety can cause a restless feeling. Juggling the elements and principles to get just the right mix is a key to good design.

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Buying New Furniture

Buying New Furniture – When Is It Time?

Are your sofa or chair cushions showing signs of wear? If its leather, maybe the seat cushions are discolored, lighter in the seat area than the rest of the sofa or chair. If its fabric, see if the upholstery threads are pulling apart or discolored. If your furniture is showing signs of wearing, its time to consider new furniture or at least slip covering options.

Are there holes in your furniture? You might be able to stitch or patch the holes if the rest of the piece is structurally sound. Otherwise, start thinking about new furniture.

When you rise from the seat, does the cushion remain sunken? Check the springs to see if that’s the problem. If a broken or stretched spring is the culprit, the problem can probably be repaired, maybe even by yourself if you happen to be handy in that way. If the springs look okay, maybe you just need a new cushion. Take a cushion with you to an upholstery shop or fabric store to show the salesperson what kind of cushion you need to replace the bad one. It’s a good idea to take a good cushion with you so the salesperson can help match the cushion to the firmness and density you want to replace the bad cushion with.

Is the frame of your furniture still in good shape? If a sofa or chair has been dropped, it might crack a wooden frame. Flip your furniture upside down and take a look.

Does your furniture sit level? If its not level, check the frame. Check the legs to make sure a peg is not missing. If you cant spot the problem, its time to buy new furniture.

When you sit on your furniture, do you feel the arms separate from the rest of the frame? Maybe you have a problem that can be solved with wood glue and a few clamps. Otherwise, for safety’s sake, get rid of your old furniture.

When you sit down, do you feel wood or a frame sticking out? Consider that poke in the behind your official cue to be buying new furniture!

If you know its time to replace the old look of your furniture, decide if the update can be done with a simple slipcover. By measuring the furniture properly, a slipcover either purchased ready made or custom made if your furniture has an unusual shape or curve to it you can get a nice fit. Slipcovers range in price starting at about $40. The better fabric you select, the higher the price. If you just want to update your furniture for a few more months until you save enough money to buy an all-new ensemble, slipcovers are the way to go.

Buying New Furniture

Look at the finances. Will buying new furniture mean you’ll have to finance the purchase? If so, can you handle the extra bill each month?

Do you just want to? There’s nothing wrong with wanting new furniture. Look for solid pieces that will give your family many years of enjoyment and you’ll always be happy with your decision on buying new furniture!

Buying New Furniture

Buying New Furniture

Furniture Shopping Gulfport

Look at your home’s furnishings. Does it make you feel happy or sad? You have to make sure you get it right, whether you’re replacing all the furniture in your room or just purchasing one piece. The following article will advise you of how to do just that.

Always check the inner composition of furniture and don’t be fooled by a pretty surface or veneer. You should be inspecting the underside of the furniture as well as the drawers and other pieces. Most of the time a good visual inspection will allow you to get a better picture of its condition, as opposed to simply looking at the surface wood. The undersides of wooden pieces is also known as secondary woods.

Test out all pieces you are thinking of purchasing. You may be intrigued by an online piece, but until you try it yourself, it can be tough to judge its true quality. You might discover that it’s too firm or you don’t like the way the material feels. Buying in person is usually a better choice.

Furniture Shopping – Neutral Pieces

Neutral is the color palette to choose. Neutral pieces make decorating easier. With neutral pieces, you can match the decor and you’ll have more options. Your home can easily incorporate neutral colored furniture.

Bring in a color sample from your wall treatment when considering furniture. You might want a piece, but it doesn’t match. Avoid that at all costs. Instead, visit a hardware store to obtain matching paint swatches, or take pictures of your room colors and compare them to the furniture you are considering buying.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you feel ready to make wise furniture purchasing decisions. Put these tips to work for you. Do your research, understand the pricing and really look into the quality of the furniture. Take your knowledge and go find the furniture of your dreams.

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The York leather collection makes bold statements. The three over three bordered and welted back and seat cushions sit among the rolled, paneled arms that are adorned with decorative nail head trim. The nails continue along the front border and accent back wings. The cushions are filled with down blend fiber for ultra-comfort.

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