Tips for Helping a Small Space Feel Bigger

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In honor of our launch of SoHo Living, a line of England Furniture that caters to smaller spaces, we’re providing tips to make that tiny space feel bigger than it actually is. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or you just have limited space in your living room, these tips can really help open up the room.

1. Fresh light paint

A new coat of paint does wonders for a room. Choose a light airy color to make your space feel more open.

2. Mirrors

Use mirrors to brighten a space! Adding a large mirror can completely change your room, injecting light and a sense of space where previously there was none.

3. Use décor items

Using pieces to highlight walls is a great way to add character without taking up too much space. Decorate with small items and neutral art for a less cluttered feel.

4. Ottomans

A storage ottoman can be the perfect way to hide things like magazines or extra throws, so you’ll feel like your space is messy less often.

5. Sleeper sofa

Do you frequently host guests? Turn your living room into a guest room with a sleeper sofa.

6. Storage pieces

Cocktail tables and dressers that are lifted off the floor create an illusion of more floor space.

7. Curtains

Hang your curtains to the ceiling! This helps elongate the room and makes it feel much taller than it really is.

8. Shelves

Use open shelving such as floating shelves or ladder shelves. These are great storage solutions when you don’t want to take up precious floor space!

9. Rugs

Layering rugs can add depth and texture to your small space. It takes up no space and will give a sense of style without taking up any valuable room.

10. Lighting

Wall mounted lighting can be your best friend. Instead of table and floor lamps, mounted lighting can free up your space.

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Benefits of Buying American-Made Furniture

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If you aim to buy American and support local business, you might be thinking about finding a furniture manufacturer right in the United States. There is no shortage of talented craftsmen in America, and England Furniture has taken advantage of that by setting up shop right in Tennessee. Here are just some benefits of buying American-made furniture.

American Jobs
Helping out fellow Americans is as easy as buying American-made products. In fact, England Furniture recently announced an expansion to their factory in Tennessee where 200 new jobs are being created.

Environmentally Friendly
The amount of gas and diesel burned to ship furniture from overseas is staggering–and it will take more gasoline yet to get that furniture into your home. Less smog in the air is a win for everyone!

Fast Manufacturing
England Furniture has been known for their expedient manufacturing processes since the 1960’s. In three weeks or less, England Furniture gets orders out the door, so you can have your customized piece quick!

Learn more about England Furniture and #PlantTourTuesday by joining the online community! Pictured is the Brett chair.

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Dimensions:
Width 43″
Depth 38″
Height 37″
Seat Width 22″
Seat Depth 21″
Seat Height 21″

Three Easy Ways to Welcome Springtime Indoors

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Letting that warm springtime feeling inside after a cold winter is one of the best parts of the seasons changing. Welcome the sunshine indoors by refreshing your space. Spring cleaning is more than just dusting—think about starting the new season with a better living room furniture set!

1. Clean
Spring cleaning can become a fun family tradition. Get some music playing, assign tasks, and get the whole family in a cleaning competition!

2. Use Your Green Thumb
Add some plants into your space. Humans are naturally drawn to nature, and adding a vivacious green plant—real or fake—can help bring the budding branches indoors.

3. Furniture Update
Store away heavy blankets and transition into the light, airy feeling of spring. Swap out those dark, heavy curtains with light, sheer ones! If you are considering a new piece of furniture, you will want one that can easily transition through all seasons. The light gray upholstery on this England Furniture Monroe Sectional (pictured) can look chic in any season.

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Sectional Dimensions:
Width 124″
Depth 125″
Height 35″
Seat Depth 22″

Creating Balance in Interior Design

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Redecorating your space can be fun and refreshing–especially with Spring approaching. With so many ideas online, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by pieces that look like they go together, but don’t quite look right in your space. One trick interior designers turn to when laying out a space is a principle of design: balance.

Balance can help you determine where something “goes”. Whether you’ve purchased a new piece of furniture, or you’re just adding in a new lamp, balance can guide your design decisions.

There are three primary types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial. Symmetrical balance refers to mirroring over a central axis, while asymmetrical has more to do with weight. Radial balance means a room is arranged around a central point to evoke centrifugal motion.

Pictured here is a great example of asymmetrical balance. You can see how the weight of the room is balanced out by a small side table and a tall, skinny lamp. The Malibu sectional’s chaise balances with the other side of the sofa.

Check out the Malibu Sectional by England FurnitureMalibuEnglandFurniture
Dimensions:
Width 148″
Depth 106″
Height 38″

Creating Balance in Interior Design

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Redecorating your space can be fun and refreshing–especially with Spring approaching. With so many ideas online, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by pieces that look like they go together, but don’t quite look right in your space. One trick interior designers turn to when laying out a space is a principle of design: balance.

Balance can help you determine where something “goes”. Whether you’ve purchased a new piece of furniture, or you’re just adding in a new lamp, balance can guide your design decisions.

There are three primary types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial. Symmetrical balance refers to mirroring over a central axis, while asymmetrical has more to do with weight. Radial balance means a room is arranged around a central point to evoke centrifugal motion.

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Pictured here is a great example of asymmetrical balance. You can see how the weight of the room is balanced out by a small side table and a skinny tall lamp. The Malibu sectional’s chaise balances with the other side of the sofa.

Check out the Malibu Sectional by England Furniture.

Dimensions:
Width 148″
Depth 106″
Height 38″

5 Ways to Include a Pop of Color in Your Living Room

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Chandler Sectional England Furniture with green pops of color throughout the living roomIf you need to breathe a bit of life into your home during these gray winter days, one of the easiest ways to do that is by incorporating a pop of color into the living room. Adding a bright, happy color to one of the most used rooms in the house can create a positive atmosphere in your home. Here are a few ways to include a pop of color in your living room.

Pillows

Brightly colored pillows, like the ones on this Chandler Sectional by England Furniture, are simple details that can make a huge difference. Pillows can be an inexpensive update to a room, and if you’re handy, you can even reupholster pillows by hand.

Accent Chair

Accent chairs, like England Furniture’s Kinnett Chair, can add an interesting dimension into a room by introducing a whole new vibe. To have an accent chair blend into a room, it’s important to integrate that color throughout other aspects of the room so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Art

Adding striking art to the walls helps to make the room look more complete. Whether you opt for larger scale paintings or smaller framed water colors, pieces of art can add a splash of color to a wall without having to paint.

Vases and Light Fixtures

These elements help bring color into a room in a more discrete way. They can be tucked in a corner or prominently displayed on an end table or coffee table.

Ottoman

An ottoman, like this small Hollie Storage Ottoman by England Furniture, adds a fun hue that can be drawn from other elements in the space. Ottomans not only make a room more comfortable, but they often offer great storage.

Sectional Dimensions:
Width 80″
Depth 37″
Height 38″
Seat Width 66″
Seat Depth 23″
Seat Height 21″

Arranging A Small Living Room

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If you have a small living room, here are several ways to utilize your space so that you don’t feel cramped, yet you can fit everything in one spot. Here are some tips on arranging a small living room:

Go with a Loveseat

A loveseat is typically shorter than a sofa is, so that can be a huge space saver. Loveseats can also be paired with a great ottoman like this England Furniture Hollie Storage Ottoman 2F081LH (pictured). It is compact, and you can store away anything from blankets to board games. Furniture with storage built in is another way to utilize your space effectively.

Mirrors

Mirrors positioned opposite to windows or hallways can make a space feel bigger than it actually is. It brings more light in to a room and has the effect of creating more space.

Before you start arranging, use painter’s tape to outline where you want furniture to go—this will save you a considerable amount of effort as you start rearranging.

Ottoman Dimensions:
Width 21″
Depth 20″
Height 21″

 

 

The Nail Head Trim Furniture Trend

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Interior design is constantly changing, but often refers back to design elements of the past. Nail head trim is one such trend that evokes elements from antique furniture. Nail head trim is hardware that is added to the edge of a piece of furniture, often across the front, back or arm panels. This detail is added for aesthetic reasons, rather than technical. England Furniture often comes with the option to add this detail, and it can look spectacular in many homes.

Pictured is the Renea Sofa as well as the Anne Ottoman with Nails. Both of these pieces include a nail head trim that give them a bit of an edge. The turned legs mimic each other, and would look great in a space with other antique details.

Sofa Dimensions:
Width 85″
Depth 38″
Height 38″
Seat Width 66″
Seat Depth 21″
Seat Height 22″

Ottoman Dimensions:
Width 45″
Depth 31″
Height 18″

Storing Clutter Away

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Keeping a living space tidy is no small task! Organization skills are a sort of art form that can take years to master. Unless you’re a professional organizer, there are simple tricks to help keep clutter at bay. Work with the space that you do have, and stay on top of purging things from the house that you no longer need. Here are some other ways to store clutter away:

England Furniture has a variety of pieces that can help you control clutter around your house with built-in storage. The England Sectional EZ6G00 (pictured) has storage built right into the arm rest. You can fit magazines, remotes, and other smaller objects in this multifunctional sectional. Ottomans are also great storage containers, and the England Furniture Company offers a wide variety of ottomans that can fit blankets, board games and more.

If it doesn’t “go” anywhere, odds are you do not need it and can toss it. This standard rule can help you stay organized if you make sure every item has its own place. If you can’t point out where an item belongs in your house, odds are it is clutter.

Sectional Dimensions:

Width 142″
Depth 142″
Height 42″
Seat Depth 22″
Seat Height 19″

 

Remodeling Trends Continued

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Trying to design the perfect space from the bottom up requires a lot of patience and great attention to detail. Below are England Furniture reviews of some of the hottest remodeling trends right now.

Arched Windows

Not only do arching windows allow for the natural sunlight to fill your space and create a warm, welcoming feeling, but they also bring a level of sophistication and uniqueness to the room.

Statement Curtains

Adding elegant curtains to pair with your arched windows can really make a difference in a space. The sleek and elegant lines can make a huge statement, while also making the window appear larger.

Distressed Wood Floors

Carpet has been out of style for some time now and wood is where it’s at! The average wood floor faces a lot of wear and tear and can get costly to repair. If you go for distressed wood flooring, not only do you add an extra level of uniqueness to your room, but you can also save on expenses. Little nicks and scratches will hardly be noticeable, or fit right in with the design.

Tying it Together

The last element to complete the perfect remodel is decorating it with furniture. All the pieces you see here come from England Furniture’s Reed Collection. The comfortable, yet stylish sofa can be accompanied by a matching ottoman, love seat, or sectional.