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Nothing pleases us more than offering quality, elegant name brand furniture and accessories to our customers, and ensuring their satisfaction for years to come. At Charlton Furniture we are proud to have such a loyal customer base, and we love to see you when you visit. Of course, we also love to meet people who are new to the Charlton experience, and to see their expressions as they view our incredible selection for the first time!
The Charlton Furniture experience, however, is about more than sales, service and delivery. We have a passion for furniture and design. Talking shop is one of the great joys of working at Charlton Furniture.
That’s why we are pleased to announce our new blog Inspirations. It provides an inside glimpse at things we love, offers tips on decorating and designing your home, and lets you in on new products, special deals, and upcoming discounts going on at Charlton Furniture. In short, you get the inside scoop from us! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to complete that perfect room in your home – and that is why we are adding this new feature to our website!
So let this new blog be your official welcome to the virtual version of Charlton Furniture. We cordially invite you to check back for updates and tidbits, and to learn about the latest trends that inspire us!
We love this article on using classic design without being too trendy. If you need more help, call us!
An eye for (classic) design: How to decorate your home without falling into trends
By Nicky Zamoida / GateHouse Media Homes
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at 12:01 AM
Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, from the foundation to the roof, from the front porch to the backyard. It’s built to last, so it makes sense that you want the interior design — everything from the furniture to the decor — to last, too.
Whether you want to ensure your dining room set is timeless instead of trendy, or that a work of art could be passed down as an heirloom, finding that classic, ageless addition to your home can be daunting. No matter what your decorating tastes are, there are some pieces of design advice you can follow to ensure your space never goes out of style.
To Debra Zinn, the principal designer of Debra Zinn Interiors in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, classic design means a “sense of balance, proportion and symmetry.” Have you ever wondered what it was about a room that made it especially beautiful or comfortable? “A well-designed timeless space just feels right when you walk in, even if it is not your particular style,” Zinn explained in an email.
Those key elements of interior design — balance, proportion and symmetry — refer to the shapes, sizes, positioning and colors used in the room, all in relation to both the architecture of the space and to each other. You wouldn’t hang a massive chandelier in a dining room that barely fits a table for four, and you also wouldn’t place all of your furniture on one side of the room.
Another key element is the use of lines, which bring simplicity and cleanliness to a space. Lines are a subtle, almost unconscious aspect of a room’s aesthetic. In a modern kitchen, lines are straight and corners sharp to produce a sleek and productive feel; in a mediterranean style kitchen, the curved lines of arched doorways and other elements contribute to the overall warmth and comfort.
As a guideline for interior design pieces, lines also contribute to the timelessness of a piece, which Zinn recommends, instructing her clients to “purchase pieces with simple lines” to avoid “falling into too many trends.” A smooth, streamlined couch with minimal curves is an example of this, as opposed to the “giant puffy furniture from the ’80s,” warns Zinn.
Another way to avoid fleeting fads is to curate. Sonya Allen, owner and principal designer of Sonya Allen Interiors in Rochester, New York, recommends creating a “collective mix of styles, thoughtfully put together.” Mixing artwork, furniture or decor in a thoughtful way can help make it look less dated by “showcasing and creating a well-designed space,” says Allen.
Allen also suggests using as much natural material as your budget allows. “If you use marble,” she says, “use real marble, not fill marble.” Zinn also emphasizes natural items as classic must-haves for the home. “I love trying to incorporate something from nature into every room,” she says. To personalize your space with natural elements, she suggests decorating with plants, flowers or even branches from your own yard.
Another ageless decor idea? Great art, says Allen. It can be a small sculpture on a pedestal or a huge 7-by-7-foot piece of art on the wall, she says, but art can also be a piece of furniture. “I find that people who buy great art, they never get rid of it,” Allen says. “It always applies and it always works.”
Function is an additional must-have that will never go out of style. Zinn lists comfortable seating, a table to put down your drink and multiple layers of lights as some essentials that make a room feel “warm and welcoming.” She says that it’s “the simple things that can make your room a special place.”
Those simple, essential details are important to the overall feel of a room. Those details, says Megan Dent, a kitchen and bath designer for Mingle, a home design showroom in Plymouth, Minnesota, “can take a mediocre space to a visual masterpiece.” If you’ve ever thought a room was beautiful but couldn’t put your finger on why, it’s likely the small details in the space that played a role in its “aesthetical success,” Dent said in an email.
Dent also emphasizes the importance of elements such as the millwork, windows, flooding, moldings and light fixtures. “When you start with good structure or ‘bones’ of a space,” she explains, “the rest of the design is much easier.”
While good structure is important, however, it does not mean that you have to spend huge amounts of time and money overhauling your entire house to achieve successful interior design. Something as simple — and relatively inexpensive — as giving a single room a fresh coat of paint is one way to refresh your space or create a whole new look and vibe, advises Dent.
If you only have the resources for one room, choose a room to decorate that will have impact. Allen recommends the entryway, saying “it can set the tone for the space, [since] you pass through it.” She also suggests the powder room — also known as the half-bath, usually off the living room or kitchen — as another place that is worth a makeover, as it tends to be a high-traffic spot.
The kitchen is another high-traffic space in the house, says Zinn, and as such is a smart investment if you have to choose just one room to make shine. “It tends to be the most important room of the house and where families spend the most time,” she says. Marble and subway tile are two materials she sees as good choices that never go out of style. Zinn also suggests using quartz as a relatively inexpensive, low-maintenance material for creating durable countertops.
The guidelines for interior design, combined with the use of natural materials, artwork and functional furniture, can help establish a classic, timeless space. But if you find a trending piece or technique on social media or television and fall in love with it, you don’t have to pass it up for the sake of longevity. Allen even recommends embracing a trend in a small space, so if you need to change things up later, it doesn’t impact your entire location.
Ultimately, Allen recommends everyone have one thing when working on designing their home: a point of view. “How do you want to live and feel in your space? When you walk in, how do you want to feel?” she asks. All of this drives how you buy, what you buy or what colors you use, and creates a unique space that reflects the tastes of only one person: you.
So, whether every room in your house could pass the test of time or you are a frequent fad follower, let your home be a reflection of who you are. “I always recommend you surround yourself with things that you love and make you happy,” says Dent, “regardless if they are trendy or classic.”
We love this article from the Washington Post:
Why the dining room is due for a revival
By Jura Koncius / The Washington Post
For many overscheduled families, “dining” has been reduced in recent years to grabbing a plate of food at a kitchen island or on an ottoman in front of a screen. Even in homes that have a separate dining room, the table is regularly commandeered for homework or, at this time of year, as a tax-prep command center.
But there are signs that we are heading back to the dinner table, designers say. Their clients are tiring of grabbing meals in the “great room,” a more informal, open space that often accommodates drive-by eating and lounging. Or they’re annoyed with noisy restaurants and want to do more entertaining at home. Many young families are looking for a more structured family dinner hour around a real table.
“Everything is so casual these days, it’s nice to be a bit more formal in a room where you entertain or gather your family,” said designer Erica Burns of Bethesda, Maryland. “The room sets the tone, since there’s no TV in there and hopefully no cellphones. It’s a space focused on conversation and eating.”
A separate dining room is on many homeowners’ wish lists. In the January 2017 Home Buyer Reference survey, 73 percent of those who responded said the dining room was “essential or desirable,” according to a spokeswoman for the National Association of Home Builders.
But how do families turn the dining room from a stiff backdrop for elaborate Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations into a warmer and more approachable space?
“Dining rooms sometimes give people the chills with memories of their parents’ dining rooms filled with brown furniture,” Washington designer Josh Hildreth said. “If you want to bring a room like this back, you have to make it useful and fun.”
Lots of memorable moments occur in the dining room, yet it’s a space that’s often at the bottom of the list for refreshing or redecorating. We asked designers to share some of their strategies on making this somewhat formal room, often full of inherited furniture, come alive.
Go for drama: A dining room is a good place to do something dramatic, if that’s your style. “If a client said, ‘I want glazed turquoise walls,’ I’d say we probably should not do that in a room you’re in all the time,” Hildreth said. “If you want to be wild or crazy, a dining room or powder room is a good place to do it.”
Break up your dining room set: Many dining rooms have too much furniture. Why not put your buffet or server in a different room? Hildreth moved his sideboard to the living room to use when entertaining. He arranges appetizers on it before dinner, then serves dessert and coffee on it afterward. “It’s nice not to be tethered to your dining room table and to move into another room after dinner to talk with other guests,” Hildreth said. “And now my sideboard has found a new life.”
Soften it up: New York designer Katie Ridder said window treatments and carpets are important in a dining room: “There are usually brown tables, chairs and sideboards. That’s a lot of hardwood surfaces, so it’s nice to soften it with carpeting, curtains and maybe a wallpaper.”
Pay attention to light fixture height: Chandeliers are often hung too high in dining rooms. Washington designer Thomas Pheasant said he likes lighting 30 to 36 inches above the table: “You want to sit across the table and not have the fixture in the way, but you want to bring the light and attention down to everyone’s faces.”
Install sturdy seat covers: On traditional dining chairs, it pays to use indoor/outdoor fabrics. Burns said she often uses Sunbrella or Perennials for young families. “There are so many great options now that are soft and don’t feel like the slippery outdoor fabric of days past,” she said. Additionally, you can take any fabric and get stain treatment applied before upholstering chairs.
Up your chair count: If your dining room is small but you want additional matching chairs available, you can display the chairs in other rooms. Ridder said: “Buy extra chairs and if you want, do different seat covers for them so you can use them for the living room, family room or bedroom yet still bring them in for a large dinner around your table.”
Liven up brown furniture: Hildreth updated the traditional mahogany china cabinet at his mom’s house by lining the back with a neutral grass cloth that has a bit of coral in it. “It lightened the whole look up,” he said. Because china cabinets are going for very affordable prices in auctions and vintage markets, he suggested buying one and lacquering it with a bold paint color.
Supplement lighting: Ridder said she advises clients who are renovating a dining room to add down-lights around the chandelier. “It’s nice to have light pointing down on the table as well as chandelier light and candlelight,” she said.
Mix it up: Don’t be so matchy-matchy. A different look for the host chairs at either end of the table can make a statement., Burns suggested. Instead of the usual chandelier over the center of the table, try two pendants.
Make it pull double duty: Urban clients like having separate dining rooms but are sometimes short on space, Pheasant said. “What do we do if someone will only use their dining room two or three times a month?” Pheasant said. “We might create a library there using a center table and lining shelves with books and photographs.”
Rethink your china: If you have a glass china cabinet or hutch crammed with porcelain and crystal, separate what you really use from what you might want to de-accession. Display only a few special pieces; it will give the room a cleaner look and feel more modern. And don’t be afraid to set a nice table with your best china and cloth napkins, even if it’s just for a weeknight family dinner. Pheasant said, “Use your good stuff and enjoy it.”
We love this article from www.thespruce.com . Our staff can help you avoid these common pitfalls:
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Sofa
BY ABE ABBAS
There are some mistakes that people often make when buying a sofa. These are small things in themselves, and so are easily overlooked. But all sofa-buying mistakes featured here do end up having a big impact on your satisfaction with your sofa purchase.
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This may be the most common mistake of them all. This happens when you don't measure your space or the sofa or sometimes neglect both. Don't go by how big the sofa looks in the store. A sofa might look deceptively small in a showroom but could end up being too big for your room, so not measuring your space or your sofa can create many problems.
Other than measuring the size of your space, pay attention to the scale. Your sofa should be the same scale as your other furniture so it doesn’t...MORE
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Just as your sofa shouldn’t be too big or too small for your space, it shouldn’t be too big or too small for you, either. If you are tall, make sure that the seat is deep enough to allow you to sit in comfort. If you are not very tall or have bad knees, look for a shallow seat that lets you rise out of it easily.
Never buy a sofa without first trying it out. Sit on it, lie on it, try it out the way you would use it at home. If you like napping on your sofa, make sure that the arms are the right...MORE
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Your sofa should coordinate with the style of the rest of your furniture. It should be one that you are comfortable with, not just aesthetically, but also how that particular style functions for you. The way the sofa functions can be determined by trying it out, but look carefully at the design to prevent buying something that is completely out of place in your home.
Each home has a predominant style, and if you buy a sofa that doesn’t go along with it, it could be a major eye sore unless you are...MORE
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Selecting the wrong fabric for your sofa can be an expensive mistake. Make your fabric selection based on how the sofa will be used, and where you will be placing it. If you are buying your sofa for an area of your home that is heavily used, a delicate fabric or color would be destroyed even before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it.
Selecting the wrong color for your fabric can also be a serious mistake. It is always a good idea to bring a swatch home to look at it in relation to all your other furnishings, wall color, and light.
Always choose a color you like and can live with. Don't pick colors based on trends or just a whim. You will have to live with that color choice for years.
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There are always budget considerations to be sure, but buying a good quality sofa ensures that you don’t have to replace it within a couple of years.
Buying a good quality sofa saves you money in the long run. Buy the best quality you can afford as buying a poor quality sofa means that it will lose its shape, looks and comfort factor pretty quickly, sometimes within a matter of months. A poor quality frame can also cause it to break, and you will have arms that jiggle and legs that aren't steady.
Happy New Year! The holidays are behind us; the guests are gone, you’ve vacuumed the last pine needle and packed up the rest of the decorations. It’s time to to see your home as a blank canvas. Does it need a little updating? A splash of color? New Year’s is a great time to start fresh with your home décor.
We love Pantone’s new color of the year (https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018) but there is a whole spectrum of beautiful hues that will enliven your home. On the other hand, shades of grey and taupe are still very popular for their calm, spa-like feel.
YOU decide what 2018 will bring for you and your home: Better quality, optimal comfort, great style, Made in USA…
Bring your ideas into any one of our 3 showrooms to discuss the vision with our staff (we are always happy to help!) or just stop by to be inspired by our beautiful displays!
We love autumn in New England and enjoy taking time to appreciate the majestic rolling hills of color that surround our location. The scenery is fresh and everchanging just like our selections of beautifully custom-made upholstery, dining rooms, bedrooms and fine accessories. Take a leisurely drive down Dresser Hill Road to visit our gorgeous showrooms during the month of October: it will provide you with nothing but treats for your senses! You don’t get tricks when you walk through our doors, but you will have fun with our creative staff, designing exceptional American-made furniture especially for your home!
At this time of year, thoughts of crisp weather begin drifting into our minds: A cozy sweatshirt and your perfectly broken in jeans, hot apple cider, buffalo wings, and everyone’s favorite football team – The New England Patriots! Where do you celebrate the weekly Sunday ritual? Is your furniture as All-American as your team? Come in to see and feel what it's like rooting for the home team while lounging on handsome leather and bold, stain resistant textures and patterns! Power recline yourself into touchdown heaven - and be the GOAT of your watch party!
As the kids go off to school and our beloved New England Fall returns, you may find yourself spending more time at the family dining table helping with homework, preparing meals, or even doing some early gift wrapping! The most hardworking piece of furniture in your home can be equally as stunning! Our unique dining sets will summon the legacy of our country’s master craftsmen. We represent artisans who “Still make em’ like they used to” producing heirloom quality American works of art that you can pass down through your family’s generations!
Here in New England, early spring can be a bit gloomy. Our “April Showers” can feel cold and dank until later in the month when the warmer weather sets in. As much as we love grey as a modern neutral, we crave color! Now is a great season to liven up your décor with a big splash (or small accent) of fresh color. Here are some of our favorite examples…
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
– from www.pantone.com
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