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We are all for getting creative when it comes to decorating. Experimenting with a new look or fabric is a great way to find your unique style. Sometimes that means stepping outside the box and breaking the rules. But there are some decorating rules that always apply and following these rules will keep you from making some common decorating mistakes. Read on to find out how easy they are to fix!

uttermost artwork

Uttermost

Skimpy artwork. Artwork that's too small just ends up looking lost and out of place. If you're going to use small prints on a big wall then use several of them to create a grid that will fill the space and create major impact. Another option is to replace small prints all together with one large piece.

Kincaid light fixtures

Kincaid

Poorly lit spaces. Too little light can leave a room feeling cave-like while lighting that is too bright can feel institutional. Create pools of light with strategically placed table lamps, floor lamps and wall sconces. Even a space that's flooded with natural light during the day will need lamps to create a cozy glow in the evening hours.

Kincaid rugs

Kincaid

Using rugs that are too small. Rugs that aren't big enough for a space simply look like an afterthought and make the room look disjointed. As a general rule a rug should be big enough that it touches all the furniture in a seating area. If a piece doesn't quite reach then the rug isn't big enough. It's always better to err on the side of a rug being too big than too small.  

 Kincaid pattern furniture

Kincaid

Using one fabric on everything. You shouldn't use the same fabric on all the seating in your living room. It's just too monotonous. Instead, choose at least three fabrics with varying patterns but coordinating colors to add interest to the space. The eyes will have different places to land and the space will have a pretty layered look.

Riverside sofa table

Riverside

Pushing all the furniture up against the wall. This leaves an awkward expanse of space in the middle of the room. Arrange furniture so that it creates conversation areas. Start by floating the sofa in the room across from the main focal point. Then add chairs and others pieces in such a way that it creates zones throughout the space. Create a pretty look behind the sofa with a sofa table. It's also a great spot to add some extra lighting.

If you've made one of these common decorating mistakes, don't worry. You never have to go it alone no matter what kind of decorating dilemma you're facing. We're always here to help you create your best and most beautiful home.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:52

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa

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Shopping for a new sofa can be overwhelming. Of course you want to choose one that will be comfortable. But it has to look great too. There are so many choices to make. You have to consider fabrics, weigh style options and know that it's high quality. When you know what to look for the process is a lot less stressful. So before you start shopping read these five tips on how to choose the right sofa for your home so you can make a decision you'll be happy with for years to come.

Kincaid sofa

Kincaid

First, know your measurements. This simple bit of knowledge will keep you from making a mistake. Knowing the measurements of the room, as well as the space where you will place the sofa, will make it much easier to choose the right one. As a general rule, it shouldn't be so small that it gets lost in the space or so big that the room feels crowded.

Flexsteel reclining sofa

Flexsteel

Next, consider how you use the space. It is a room where you spend time watching TV or is it a space for entertaining guests? Do you like to kick back with your feet up or is it a more formal space? Knowing the answers to these questions is important. For example, if this is a space for gathering to watch a football game you might be more inclined to choose a sofa with built in recliners.

Sunbrella fabric sofa

Flexsteel

Now, think about who will be using the sofa. This is key when choosing a fabric. For example, if there are children or pets in the home you will need something that's low maintenance and easy to clean. Sunbrella and Revolution fabrics are both excellent choices. These heavy duty fabrics have many designer options. With these stylish performance fabrics you just can't go wrong.

sofas with style

Kincaid

You can't forget to consider style. If you're planning to keep other pieces in the room then you will need a sofa that works with those styles. Also think about what direction you want to the room to go. For example, if your goal is to update the space then stay away from traditional elements such as a skirt and opt for something with a more tailored look.

sofas with quality construction

Kincaid

Finally, look for a sofa with high quality construction. Often, what makes a sofa so valuable is what you can't see. When shopping for a sofa ask about the frame, the spring system and warranty. Steel springs and eight-way-hand-tied spring systems are always an indicator that the sofa is well made.

We know that choosing the right sofa for your home and your family is important and we always want to help you make the right decision. When you shop our showroom you can rely on our designers to help you find the one that will be a perfect fit.

 

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 19:57

Stylish Dining Tables for Small Spaces

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Every home deserves a proper and stylish dining space. Sitting down for a meal at a beautifully set table is one of life's luxuries. Whether it's a quick breakfast before you start the day or an evening spent with friends over a long dinner it's important to have a stylish space where you can enjoy a meal without distractions. So if you're unsure about how to furnish your small dining space then find your inspiration in these small tables that pack a major style punch.

Kincaid pedestal table

Kincaid

In small spaces, you can't go wrong with a pedestal table. At only 44” round this one is big enough to comfortably seat four people. Pedestals take up little space which makes for a more comfortable dining experience. What it's lacking in size it makes up for with style. Distressed wood paired with tufted linen will add instant charm to any home.

Kincaid bistro table

Kincaid

A bistro table is ideal for small spaces such as studio apartments. Typically less than 40” round they take up little floor space but still provide enough room for two. Even better, saddle stools are easily tucked underneath when not in use. A pub table is a fun alternative to a traditional dining table.

Kincaid island table

Kincaid

Save space in your home by creating an eat-in kitchen. This multi-purpose island is designed with modern living in mind. With plenty of storage and built in drop-leaves this island serves as a dining space, a work area, and sideboard all in one.

Flexsteel dining table

Flexsteel

Sometimes square is just a better fit. This one is spacious enough to seat four and stylish enough to make a statement in your dining space. With just the right combination of modern style and rustic appeal, it's perfect for the modern farmhouse look.

Kincaid leaf dining table

Kincaid

If you like to entertain then you need a table that will give you options. Many round tables come with a leaf that allows you to extend the table when needed. At 48” round, this table is perfect for everyday use while the 18” leaf turns it into seating for six. It's the perfect solution for saving space yet having the ability to seat more guests at a moment's notice.

If you're having trouble choosing the right table for your small dining space then it's time to call in the experts. Our designers can walk you through the entire process of choosing the perfect size and look for your home.

One of the most common requests we get from customers is that they want to lighten and brighten their home. A home filled with too many dark pieces, especially those with little natural light, can almost feel cave-like. Dark furniture and fabrics can soak up all the light in the room. So if you feel like your home is too dark then check out these five ways to instantly lighten and brighten your spaces to give your home a fresh new look.

watermill linen bed frame

Eastern Accents

Brighten and update a dark bedroom by replacing your wood bed with one that's upholstered in linen. You might opt for a more heavy duty fabric, such as polyester, but as long as it's light in color it will create a fresh look and create contrast with wood nightstands. Many upholstered beds are now available in fabrics such as Sunbrella, which is easy to clean and care for.

Kincaid living room set

Kincaid

Pop colors on a white canvas. A white sofa against a white wall might sound boring but when you layer in bright colors and patterns it becomes a bold and exciting look. Light will bounce all around a space with layered white surfaces while a mix of color and pattern adds interest.

Uttermost lamp

Uttermost

Don't rely on overhead lighting. Create pools of light throughout your home with well-placed lamps. Foyers and hallways often need extra lighting but think beyond those spaces. Any spot that light doesn't reach is a perfect excuse to add some style with a unique lamp.

Uttermost mirrors

Uttermost

Decorate with mirrors. Decorative mirrors can hang over a chest in a narrow entry or above a sideboard in a small dining area. A mirror will open up the space and bounce light around the room. Reflective finishes on frames, such as silver or gold, will lend themselves to a lighter look.

Riverside linen panels

Riverside

Let the light in. Replace heavy or formal drapes with simple linen panels. You should use something heavy enough to provide privacy but also light enough to let the light filter through. Panels should be easy to adjust so you can let in any amount of light to suit your mood.

Follow these tips to make your home lighter and brighter. Adding light fabrics and soft colors to dark or outdated spaces will also give your home a more modern feel and a fresh look. Get started today by visiting our showroom to find out about more ways to lighten up your home.  

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:51

Every Room Needs a Touch of Black

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You'll often find that thoughtfully designed rooms are those with easily identifiable decorating rules. One of the most well-known decorating rules is that every room needs a touch of black. While we're all for breaking the rules when it comes to interior design this is one rule that we love to follow. Sometimes a touch of black is all a room needs and sometimes it's more. But one thing is for sure: it's always a good idea to incorporate a little black into every space.

Kincaid black accent piece

Kincaid

Black balances bright pops of color. So if you have a space that's colorful but needs some refining, try introducing something in a black metal or a piece of black and white artwork. The mix results in a colorful yet modern space.

Kincaid dining table

Kincaid

Use black to ground light wood tones. Lighter wood finishes are a stylish alternative to a room full of dark pieces. However, you need something to break it up. This two-toned table with its black painted pedestal base fits the bill. Use one or two more black accents to punctuate the rest of the space.

Riverside bedroom furniture

Riverside

Create a focal point with a dash of black. Abstract artwork brings a welcome chaos to this polished modern furniture. A splash of black is all that was needed to completely change the feel of this space by giving it an edgy vibe.

Kincaid black accent pieces

Kincaid

When black is already present in the space with pieces such as light fixtures and picture frames, you can easily find ways to repeat it. It can be as simple as draping a throw over the back of a chair or even mixing in some black and white pillows.

Uttermost accent pieces

Uttermost

Go bold with more than a touch of black. When you paint a room black it creates a dramatic canvas. Warm the space by layering textures such as supple leather and distressed woods. Add plenty of light with accent lamps and mirrors to keep the space from feeling like a cave.

Decorating with a touch of black in every room is one rule we can get behind. Whether you use a little or a lot is up to you. If you're unsure, don't go it alone. You can always trust our designers to help you get it right.

 

 

Farmhouse style has become a hot topic in interior design. We're all for a trend but how do you go about it without turning your home into a cookie cutter look? The answer is to mix the look with other styles and make it your own. Farmhouse style doesn't have to be one dimensional. We've come up with seven looks that you can incorporate into your home to create eclectic farmhouse style that's anything but ordinary.

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table / art / candle holders / chandelier / pillow / rug / chest

  1. A statement making table. When you incorporate a conversation piece into the mix it adds a new dimension. A combination of washed grey and metal accents let this table blend with many farmhouse styles while shaking up the look.
  2. Unexpected artwork. The American flag is iconic and adds an element of history. Whitewashed and with so much texture it has a fresh look and easily adds character to any space.
  3. Introduce pieces with reflective or polished surfaces. Rustic farmhouse styles can be balanced with glass or metal. These hammered glass candle holders are the perfect accessory for a dining table or dresser.
  4. Use dramatic lighting. If you want your farmhouse style to have an edgy feel, this is how you do it. This chain link chandelier seems to drip from the ceiling. Add depth by repeating the bronze finish throughout the space.
  5. Have fun with pillows! Tassels and texture make these pillows perfect for adding a playful vibe to a farmhouse look.
  6. Add interest with rugs. Opt for a modern pattern or a new style to instantly update a farmhouse style that's just a little too traditional or looks outdated.
  7. Don't overlook small details such as hardware. An ordinary white chest becomes something special with the addition of oversized drawer pulls inspired by industrial style. Replace your bed's matching nightstands with these accent chests for a fresh look.

Want the look? We've got everything you need to create an eclectic farmhouse style and make it uniquely yours. Just visit our showroom, where custom design is what we do.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 16:09

Trending: Sophisticated Florals

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When creating a sophisticated look in an interior design florals aren't always a first choice. Floral patterns and decor are often thought of as feminine, cute or girly. That is, until now. There's a new look that's trending in florals and it's all about creating something modern and edgy. Forget everything you know about decorating with florals and take another look. Once thought of as traditional, florals are back in a big way and more chic than ever. This is how to get a sophisticated look with florals.

floral interior design ideas

prints / pillow / rug / bedding / print

  • When decorating with florals opt for darker colors. Add some drama to a space with floral prints in deep violets and inky blues. Matted in white they're perfect against a dark wall for a feminine touch that's anything but fussy.
  • Think about florals in a new way. A dose of black adds an edge to watercolor florals. Pop these pillows onto a sofa, a bed or a window seat that needs a sleek touch of color. Mix them pillows in charcoal grey for texture and even more of a sophisticated feel.
  • Make a statement underfoot. Exaggerated florals in rich hues pop against a black background. This is the kind of look that says you love color but in a refined way.
  • Use classic palettes. A mix of patterns in black and white and shades of grey are always sophisticated and chic. Who says florals always have to be colorful? Even with the various mix of patterns there is something very reassuring in the calm that the lack of color creates.
  • Don't forget about metallic accents. Floral silhouettes in black and white almost have a mysterious feel in this polished silver frame. Simple artwork, such as pretty floral prints, can be beautiful and interesting.

If you think you can't create a sophisticated look with florals, think again. The rules have changed and floral looks are dark, modern and edgy. We can help you incorporate this look into your home in big or small ways. Call or visit our showroom to get started.

Decorating a home with an open floor plan can be challenging. Without definition of rooms you have to design one area with the rest of the space in mind. It may seem intimidating but it doesn't have to be difficult when you follow a few simple rules. If you want your open floor plan to have designated spaces that work in unison then just follow these guidelines to get started.

Riverside wood furniture

Riverside

When selecting wood pieces one thing you don't want to do is stick to one finish. Repeating two or three different wood finishes in the same tones from one area to the next will make it cohesive and add dimension. This will allow all pieces to blend without it looking like you bought matching sets.

Uttermost light fixtures

Uttermost 

Opt for mix and match chandeliers and lamps. Using statement lighting is a way of giving each space its own personality. Unique light fixtures will give your open floor plan a designer look while highlighting the unique purpose of each area.

Kincaid artwork

Kincaid

Creating focal points helps to ground the space. A gallery wall or a wallpapered accent wall will help each area feel like its own. Pull colors from artwork and fabrics and carry them throughout the space with accessories and accents in order to create an overall cohesive look.

Kincaid room design

Kincaid 

Designate zones with furniture placement. Rather than pushing everything against the wall you can create separation by floating pieces in the center of the space. Use a focal point to anchor it and you'll have an instant conversation area that breaks up all the open space.

You don't have to struggle with decorating your open floor plan! Visit our showroom where we specialize in custom design. It's time to turn your house into the home you've always wanted. Let's get started today.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:00

Decorating with Accent Pieces

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Accent pieces are like eye candy for the home. There is so much style packed into one package. Choosing an accent piece can be one of the most exciting parts of the decorating process. You can be adventurous with an accent piece since it's only one piece of furniture. It won't dominate the space but it will make a statement.

accent furniture Uttermost

Uttermost

Make your foyer worthy of a grand entrance with this modern piece. This edgy look speaks for itself and needs little more than a pretty mirror and chic lighting. Add this to a hallway, dining room or any space that needs a fresh look.

accent furniture Riverside

Riverside 

Pattern can be incorporated with more than just fabrics. Intricate patterns and designs are often what make an accent piece so special. This piece features a traditional take on a contemporary design. While this piece makes a great china cabinet it would also serve as pretty storage in a bathroom.

accent furniture Chattanooga

Uttermost

A combination of texture and pattern make this piece a showstopper. Linen, distressed wood, and an eye-catching design make this a piece that creates an instant focal point. Forget the standard TV console! This is what your living room wants.

accent furniture Uttermost Chattanooga

Uttermost

Chevron gets sophisticated with dark walnut and clean lines. This will warm up a contemporary design without taking away from the aesthetic. Big enough to serve as a fun alternative to a dresser, it's a quirky and unexpected look for a bedroom.

accent furniture Riverside

Riverside 

Polished mirrored doors are a glam backdrop for the bold pattern featured on this console. Use this in a bedroom or living room to display your television. Perfect for small spaces, this piece packs a major punch of style.

Don't shy away from unique styles when shopping for accent pieces. These are the pieces that can elevate a space to a designer look and create a custom feel in your home. Shop these looks in our showroom where custom designed looks are what we do.

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