Furniture Tips and Tricks

The Right Furniture Color for Your Lifestyle



Ever watch a movie or TV show and fall in love with the furniture? You know, beautiful stark white down couches with a white shag throw rug and glass top coffee table? It can look picture perfect, but if you duplicate the style in a house full of kids and Rover the family pooch, that look might last about thirty seconds. Maybe.

We all want to live in spaces that make us happy and we can more readily do that when we are realistic about our lifestyles and what comes with it. People who enjoy entertaining will have a hard time with furniture that can’t be lived in because spills and accidents happen in life. If you have kids or children visit often, creating an atmosphere that is comfortable for them will end up making your life easier, especially if they wander a little too close to your collection of first editions while sucking on a juice box.

The colors and accessories we choose for our rooms should complement our personalities and accent the things we love. Sometimes it’s safe to have the main furniture be a neutral color and then use pillows and blankets as colorful accents. If you love leather or dark furniture, then you can brighten the room with lighter shades of paint and bright lighting. No matter what you decide, look at your lifestyle and try to match it to your home décor.

We can still fawn over that white furniture, but parents might want to hold off until the kids are a little bit older.

Did you know that England Furniture offers stain-resistant fabrics?

Whether it’s dirty little hands, muddy paws, or a spilled glass of wine, life’s everyday messes happen. LiveSmart fabrics resist the stains made by these everyday accidents. With their moisture repellency and stain resistance, LiveSmart fabrics keep your furniture looking and feeling as beautiful as the day you bought it.

LiveSmart is:

  • Moisture repellent
  • Stain resistant
  • Designed for heavy duty wear
  • Barrier protection to keep your fabric clean


Revolution Performance Fabrics® by STI and Brentwood Textiles are true performance fabrics.  Woven with Olefin yarn, the fabrics are virtually unstainable, easy to clean, and extremely durable; yet beautiful and soft while also resistant to fading from the sun. Revolution Performance Fabrics® are made with upcycled fibers and have no chemical treatments making them easy on the environment.


Accents and Accessories that Pop


Over time, it’s easy to get bored with a room, but that doesn’t mean you need to toss everything out and start over. Sometimes a few changes can make the same furniture look completely different, fresh and new!

Where to start?

● Take a look at the room and decide what you love and what you can live without. This doesn’t mean it has to be gone forever, but simple swaps can create a whole new look.

● Look at your colors. If things have the same tone, it’s easy and fun to find a new color that you love to accent what you already have.

● Lastly, look at the arrangement. If the couch, chairs, and tables have been in the same place, just moving things around can open up space or make it a cozier set up. The options are limitless!

Now what?

● If you have dark colored furniture, brighten the room with throw pillows, small area rugs, a vase or even a new lampshade in a bright bold color like a vibrant red or gold.

● Make the changes subtle to make it all blend in while still making the room pop.

● Curtains are also a major focal point for each room. They accent the windows, which are kind of like the eyes of the room. Finding a color or pattern that gives the room a fresh look can make for a dramatic change.

● Don’t be afraid to move the furniture around and try different setups – you can always move it back if it doesn’t work, but you won’t know until you try.

● Mirrors can completely change the look of a room. It will not only make it appear larger, but it can often be the piece that pulls the whole look together.

Get more ideas from friends and magazines and have fun exploring with colors and patterns!

Warm Cozy Corners

Cozy Corners

Having a nice quiet corner for curling up with a good book can easily become your favorite space in your home. It can be achieved with ease in practically any size home.

  • If you have a window seat, this can quickly serve your purpose with pillows, a floor lamp and a stack of your favorite books or magazines, some knitting or anything that you want close at hand during your quiet time.
  • If you don’t already have a lounge or wing chair, find one that fits your space well with enough room for a lamp and end table. A small end table allows you a surface for your materials and perhaps a drink.
  • Cozy corners for kid’s rooms are also great, especially when they encourage reading. They may prefer a big bean bag chair, kids’ mini sofa, or simply a stack of pillows in a corner of their room.
  • For colder climates, a soft warm blanket can complete the look and create a lovely place to relax.


How to Create a Kid-Friendly Living Room

England Furniture Kid Friendly Living Room

We’ve recently created a post on England Furniture What’s Inside on how to create a living room that is children-friendly.

A great way to start is to get rid of all of those sharp edges! If you have end tables, coffee tables, or entertainment with sharp edges, replace them with tables that have rounded edges instead.

Read more of our England Furniture post about how you can create a kid-friendly living room

England Furniture Explores 2016 Living Room Design Trends

England Furniture cares about American-made quality furniture that reflects current design styles.  This article explores some of the hottest living room design trends for 2016.

Rose Quartz and Serenity

The 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, the pastel pink Rose Quartz and the powder blue Serenity may initially feel too sugary sweet as a combination.  Pantone, and others, have suggested otherwise and how the pairing is in fact part of a more unilateral approach to color – a uniformed, blending of two traditional colors associated with gender.   You’re not locked into these two particular colors, but pastel and lighter hues of pink and blue are popular right now.

Floral Fabrics and Prints

This year is a time to do a “shout out” to some of Grandma’s design sensibilities.  A number of interior designers are showing off big blossoms and flowers and embracing all of those blooming granny floral prints.

England Furniture 2016 Designs - Big Florals

England Furniture Angie Sofa with Abby Beige fabric and Derry Basil throw pillows


Organic Design

2016 was the year we’ve seen the decline of plastic in favor of a return to natural-looking environments.  Furniture that showcase handsome pieces of wood are increasingly popular and they are brought into rooms that display various shades of brown and green, as well as natural elements such as greenery and flowers.


England Furniture 2016 Designs - Wood Tables

England Furniture Concierge Wood Tables


Retro-Tech and Tech-Less

When it comes technology in your living room, there are two design approaches you can consider.  The first is retro-tech – a movement towards using technology (particularly televisions) as furniture.  Some companies, for example, have created flat screen TVs that rest on legs and resemble the TVs commonly found in living rooms from the 1950s and 1960s.  The second approach is tech-less.  This is an intentional approach to create family rooms and living rooms that are completely free of televisions and digital devices.  This “unplugged” approach demonstrates how a living room can look modern, sleek, and smart without the all the gadgets and devices.


Style is increasingly becoming more of a personal choice and a strong design trend seeks to help people to find furniture that is perfect for their individual lives, homes, and spaces. Online websites are a huge part of this trend as individuals can customize – and purchase – furniture online.  England Furniture has hundreds of fabric choices available to help you personalize your choices.  Be sure to visit our official England Furniture website to discover what styles are perfect for YOUR homes.







How to Choose the Right Sofa

Shopping for a new sofa can be a frustrating process. For most people, when they narrow down price range, style and size decisions, the choice is actually not as simple as it seemed at the beginning of the process.

Making the whole ordeal as clear-cut as possible is key to a furniture buying process that is quick, easy and yields the dream sofa for the buyer.  England Furniture invites you to consider the information in this article and to explore our line of England Furniture sofas.

Consider the Dimensions of the Space

Of course, the first consideration has to be the space in the room where the sofa is meant to go. Sofa buyers have to consider space and orientation issues thoroughly to get an idea of the possible dimensions of the furniture, and how it fits into the layout of a room.

When it comes to buying all the furniture for one room at one time, the buyer should take the necessary time to consider possible combinations. If a sofa is meant to be purchased in addition to other furniture, it’s better to stay with smaller pieces. If the sofa is bought to be the main piece of furniture for a room, an England Furniture sectional may be the way to go.

For help with the dimensions, learn about the England Furniture Room Planner.

England Furniture Room Planner

Think About Utility

After getting a rough idea of the size and orientation of a potential new sofa, it’s time to think about how the piece will be primarily used. This can help further determine the shape of the sofa, as well as the upholstery, and dimensions.

For example, if a sofa is going to be used as a centerpiece for social gatherings, maybe the buyer would consider a larger sectional that frames the central area of the room. Maybe it’s being purchased simply for the owner’s relaxation, in which case the buyer should make sure the couch is large enough and comfortable enough for napping and reading.

Don’t Forget About Aesthetics

While size, comfort and intended utility are important considerations, a new sofa has to fit the decor of the home that it’s intended to occupy. A prospective sofa buyer should consider the style and era of their other furniture, as well as the paint colors of the room in question to figure out what colors and styles to look for. Fortunately, England Furniture has hundreds of fabrics options in a wide range of patterns and colors!

All in all, the process of buying a new sofa can be potentially complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the hassle out of the process by taking time to think about the various considerations involved, and go into the process with a few pieces in mind.