No matter what your decor style, comfortable seating is a must-have for any living space. Whether you’re shopping for a chair, sofa or loveseat—recliners and motion furnishings offer the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. While these pieces are so comfy they often sell themselves, we’ve gathered some tips to make your shopping as stress-free as possible.Find Your Style
Gone are the days when recliners were only available in one style: unattractive. Today’s motion furnishings come in a variety of looks, sizes and materials. The category has evolved so much that it is often hard to tell which sofas and chairs recline just by looking at them. While plush, overstuffed silhouettes remain popular, there are also a variety of tailored and contemporary profiles available. This is great news for the more design-savvy shopper who doesn’t like the look of traditional recliners and for the husband-and-wife duos who can’t agree on what’s more important—comfort or style.
Find Your Comfort
Every sofa and chair is different, so make like Goldilocks and test them all. The best way to find the right model is to sit back and relax like you do at home. Consider the lumbar support, posture and reclining angle as you evaluate each model. If you feel like you could fall asleep while you’re in the store, you’ve found the right one.Find Your Cover
From leather to fabric, motion furnishings are available in thousands of material combinations. First, consider the look you’re trying to achieve: is it traditional, transitional, contemporary, rustic, or relaxed? Now think about your lifestyle: do you have pets or small children? The way you use your furniture should guide your choice of cover style and grade of material. Popular cover choices include leather, cotton, chenille, and microfibers.
Find Your Color
Once you’ve selected your cover material, it’s time to find the perfect color. Color sets the tone of a space and even has the ability to influence our moods. Start by considering the tone and personality you want to create in the room. Is it fresh and bright? Subtle and refined? Bold and dramatic? Finally, evaluate the existing furnishings your new piece will be complementing. If your sofa is going to be a focal point, feel free to go bold. If it’s not, try a solid color and dress it up with vibrant pillows. And, for a no-fail neutral, consider gray—one of the hottest shades in today’s home décor.
On the hunt for some new leather furniture? Check out these three tips (and our Leather Lingo post) to help you find the perfect piece of leather furniture for your home!
1. Get Touchy-Feely
Shop in person and take your time. Don’t be embarrassed to test-drive the product. Run your hand across all the surfaces of the piece, not just the armrest. Wear comfortable clothing when you shop and sit, stretch out and recline like you do at home.
2. Learn the Lingo
The best way to ensure your purchase satisfaction is to know what you’re buying. Use our “Leather Lingo” glossary to decipher industry terminology.
3. Think outside the Sofa
While sofas and recliners are perennial favorites, also consider leather ottomans, benches, bar stools and dining room chairs. And don’t miss the array of leather-covered cabinets, headboards and accent pieces available.
Shopping for leather furniture can be daunting, as there are many different types and options available. Here is a resource list we put together of leather terms to help you be an educated shopper when shopping for leather furniture!
Leather furnishings begin with a labor-intensive process, called tanning, which transforms cow hides into soft, supple leather suitable for upholstery. The result is a range of leather grades and types that influence the price, usability and longevity of each piece.
The strongest, supplest, most durable and valuable layer of a hide. Cowhide is often separated into two or three layers and the outermost layer is the “Top-grain.” The layers below the top grain are known as “splits.”
This portion comes from the bottom layer of a hide and is just as durable as Top-grain leather, though not as supple.
This is Top-grain leather that has been sanded down to reduce some of its natural markings and characteristics, then embossed with a consistent graining pattern that is pressed into the leather.
An affordable alternative to all-leather furniture, leather vinyl match pieces are typically created using Top-grain leather on the seat and arms (the parts that touch the body) and matching vinyl on the sides and back—rendering the piece less expensive.
One of the highest-quality types of leather, aniline refers to leather that has been dyed with transparent aniline dyes that protect the leather while allowing the natural grain to show through. Only the finest hides (those relatively free of marks and imperfections) are chosen for aniline finish leather.
Sometimes referred to as naked leather, this is the softest and most supple of all leathers, and the richest in natural color. Pure aniline also has the least natural resistance to stains, so it is not ideal for households with young children or pets.
Sometimes called protected aniline, this is a Top-grain leather that has been coated for added protection, while retaining the softness and natural beauty of the leather.
Leather finished with a coating that covers imperfections and produces consistent color and texture. The pigment coating increases the leather’s durability, but can also make the hide stiffer and less supple.
A look associated with quality leather in which full-grain, aniline-dyed leather is waxed or oiled and then pulled— producing lighter and darker areas that add an aged patina and depth of color.
Sometimes called antiqued, a technique that artificially creates the look of natural age and wear in leather.
Designed to be an affordable alternative, bonded leather mimics the look and feel of all leather. It is a blend of polyurethane, polyester/cotton and leather bonded to the back of fabric. It offers a soft feel, beautiful texture and lasting durability.
When it comes to home furnishings trends, nothing is hotter than color. From sofas to painted wood finishes, color is making a comeback in every room of the house. Whether you’re looking to infuse new life into
a neutral space or you’re ready to embrace color in a big way, here’s what you need to know.
GRAY IS BIG
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Inspired by the latest in fashion and women’s apparel, one of today’s top hues in upholstered furnishings is gray. Shades range from soft dove to graphite, slate and charcoal. Known as a color that is modern yet timeless, gray looks amazing paired with nearly any shade on the color wheel—with today’s most popular couple being yellow and gray. Combine gray with blue, aqua or purple for a cool aesthetic or warm up a gray sofa with shades of red or orange. Also look for shades of gray in wall colors, leather, painted finishes and accessories.
COMPLEX NEUTRALS ABOUND
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Gone are the days of dull beige and taupe. The latest neutrals embody everyday luxury with subtle undertones and hints of shimmer and reflectivity. Soft sheens, luxe textures and chic details are elevating the look of these otherwise familiar neutrals.
METALLICS ARE WARMING UP
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While nickel and stainless finishes still reign supreme in the kitchen, the pendulum is swinging back to warm metallic tones in the rest of the house. Refined versions of brass and gold finishes are making headway into home fashion. Gone are the glaring versions, replaced with aged patinas that glow softly. Like jewelry to an outfit, these metallic finishes add glamour and drama while dressing up a space.
Create a stylish place to work from home or catch up on office work with the Classic Home Office collection by Becker Furniture World. Featuring home office pieces from the Aspenhome Cross Country collection, this set features a traditional, yet casual look. The furniture has a distressed warm finish and modern knobs. Opening shelving, closed storage and modern details like a keyboard drawer and AC outlet offer modern conveniences without compromising on style. Stylish accessories like the birch tree painting, birdcage bulletin board and the plush modern floral rug from Surya add a decorative touch to the design. The warm red paint color completes the design. This set is perfect for a transitional, casual or traditional style home!
This week, our featured set is the Contemporary Sofa Collection by Craftmaster Furniture. This stylish set consists of a chair, sofa and swivel chair. Perfect for a living room, family room, den or even sitting area, this style combines both comfort and design.
Created with contemporary style in mind, the set combines clean lines and a relaxed look for a chic look that would look good in a casual, contemporary, traditional or even modern style home. Each item in the collection features a simple line design with track arms and welt cording detail. Tufted backs on the chair and sofa add simple yet elegant accents.
This collection is also customizable. Choose to upholster the sofa, chair or swivel chair in a variety of fabrics. The Contemporary collection is also very comfortable and features box-faced cushions constructed of sinuous wire springs and high-resiliency foam.
This stylish contemporary set is on display at select Becker Furniture World locations. Please contact one of our locations in Becker, Roseville, Burnsville, Blaine, Maple Grove or Woodbury to check availability and set up an appointment to see this beautiful set.
By now, you’ve definitely heard that Pantone announced the bright color Radiant Orchid at the 2014 Color of the Year. This purple pink hue is bold and loud and pairs well with neutrals. Check out three fun ways to incorporate this color into your home decor!
1. In Wallpaper or a Stencil. A great way to bring in radiant orchid is in a wall design. Because the color is natural, it can be used in a pattern or natural (like a floral) design. Try decorating a single wall in your dining room or foyer for a bold accent or fun large home accent.
2. In Furniture. Radiant Orchid is a great color for upholstery, especially in a neutral space. The color looks great with warm colors like browns or cooler tones like grays. The color also looks good on a variety of different furniture styles from ultra modern to more traditional.
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3. In Home Accessories. Not ready to make a long-term commitment to Radiant Orchid? Try adding it in some home accessories! Purple pink throw pillows look great on an accent chair, sofa or bed. Or add a painting with the purple color to an art wall. Radiant orchid also looks great on lamps and glass decor!
So tell us, will you Radiant Orchid in your home? How and where! We’d love to hear about it!
Making an appearance this week as our featured set is the Delano Contemporary Dining Collection by Steve Silver Furniture. This stylish dining set combines clean, modern lines and a rich espresso finish with luxurious details for a sleek look that is perfect for entertaining yet functional enough for weeknight family dinners.
Each piece in this group has distinct details that create a very stylish look. The upholstered chairs feature white vinyl seats upholstery (which makes cleanup a breeze) and a cutout back design. The table has a unique tabletop design, with two crackle glass inserts. The coordinating server buffet sports the same clean line design and is dressed up with modern designed hardware.
This beautiful dining set is on display in select Becker Furniture World locations, including Maple Grove, Woodbury and Becker! For other store availability, please contact your local Becker Furniture World location!
Create a relaxing oasis to escape life’s daily hustle and bustle with the Relaxed Modern Bedroom set by Becker Furniture World. This set features a stylish affordable black metal bed, sturdy, heirloom quality wood storage pieces by Simply Amish, a stylish upholstered chair by Robin Bruce with nailhead trim and a fun jute and leather rug by Surya Rugs. The cool color scheme of warm taupe, charcoal grey and light blue emits a relaxed, ethereal feel. This bedroom set has a neutral design that would look lovely in a master bedroom, guest bedroom, teen room or young adult bedroom!
From the runway to the department store, bold tribal prints are everywhere. The fun bold prints come in a HUGE array of designs and color schemes, and are a great way to incorporate a fun design trend into your home. This design trend is so versatile, and can be used with just about any design style, from casual and relaxed to elegant and traditional. Here are five ways that you can incorporate stylish tribal prints into your home!
1. Put a pillow on it. Accent pillows on a bed or sofa are a great way to add a tribal-inspired print to your home decor without making too big of a commitment. Mix and match colors for a playful look, or add a few in the same color family for a more subtle look.
2. Center it with a rug. Rugs are a great way to bring in tribal-inspired design to a home. They can be used to center a design, or bring in a colorful bold accent to the room design.
3. Hang it on the wall. Tribal prints make great artwork. The sometimes loud designs look great as a focal point above a sofa, included in a gallery wall or even as a small accent piece.
4. Make a statement. If you’re looking to go bold, combine tribal prints in multiple pieces in the room. Incorporate the prints in the rugs, accent pieces and furniture for a fun look.
5. Go Neutral. A little uneasy about adding in all that color? Choose a tribal print in a neutral cream, white, grey or black to embrace this design trend in an elegant way!