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10 Ways To Use An Accent Chair

A blue accent chair that's packed with personality - unique shape and style

One of the pieces of furniture that I enjoy shopping for the most is definitely the accent chair.

It’s so much fun to browse the impressive array of sizes, shapes, styles and fabrics – some serious and straightforward, others totally unique and packed with personality, while still others walk the line between both.

One or two are the perfect way to add extra seating in the living or family room, of course, but there are so many great accent chair options that sometimes you might wish you could think of another place to add at least one more!

Here are some ideas:

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Decorating With Wallpaper – Inspiration, Ideas and Resources

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Wallpaper is making (or has already made?) a comeback.  You’ve probably noticed it in decorating mags and on social media, and you’ll usually see a minimum of one wallpapered room now when touring a new model home.

Our buyers have also noticed a steady increase in it’s popularity at High Point Market.  It’s even being incorporated onto accent furniture to create distinctive, “one-of-a-kind” pieces.

If you’ve never wallpapered before, you may be really excited about the trend.  And if you’re someone who has spent hours stripping old wallpaper, just hearing the word may have the potential to send you into a tailspin.  Or you may be somewhere in the middle.

Photo Genevieve Garruppo via Lonny

No matter where you fall in the spectrum, because wallpaper can sometimes be labor intensive to install (and even more so to remove), many of us might be hesitant to give it a try.

Here are a few ideas for making decorating with wallpaper less intimidating, and easier to live with longer:

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Arranging Furniture: Let it Float

Use an area rug to anchor floating furniture
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First let us say that placing furniture next to the walls is not a bad thing.  In fact, in many cases, it’s the best choice for your living or family room.

But there are times, more often than you might think, that floating your furniture will help your space look and function much better.

Close enough for conversation.

The goal for arranging a seating area (or more than one, if space allows) is to be able to:

a) carry on a conversation without raising your voice,
b) easily move around the furniture,
c) have a space that looks pulled together – not disjointed.

Sometimes that just can’t happen if you’re pushing all of the furniture back against the walls.

Case in point, the Lakeside Cottage that we posted about earlier this week.
Floating furniture was the best option in our Lakeside Cottage living room
The living room was a little wide for this furniture placement, so we automatically just tweaked it in, away from the walls.  It was a small change really but you can see how it resulted in a much cozier conversation area in front of the fireplace.

Float, but anchor.

Anchoring your seating area with an area rug is almost always a good idea, but even more so when you’re floating furniture.

Add a rug (or two – love layers!) to firmly define the seating area, make the room more comfortable, and give it a finished look.

Give it a try.

When you’re used to having all of your furniture against the walls, it may feel awkward to all of sudden start floating furniture around in your space.

Play with the placement until you get it where you think it might work, and then live with it for a few days.  You may be surprised at how much better it looks and how well it functions!

For more ideas on how to arrange furniture in your living spaces, you can check out this post.

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