Transitioning Your Home Decor for Springtime

The snow is finally melting and temperatures are finally rising … Spring is here! Make sure your home décor is as refreshed and recharged as you are, with these tips and ideas to help your style blossom.

Interior Greenery

Growing live plants in your home is a great way to begin transitioning your home décor.

Tabletop terrariums, succulents, or ferns in a sunny nook add texture and color to your seating area. A birdbath, indoors, can be filled to make the perfect miniature garden before your outdoor plants bloom.

When selecting indoor plants, keep in mind that some houseplants are more resilient than others. Pay attention to watering instructions and the type/duration of light they require when placing them around your home.

Add Some Color

Repainting a room in the perfect pastel is an easy way to recharge your space. Don’t have the time or energy to do an entire room? Pick an accent wall! Or simply find a hue that makes you happy and add an accent chair, light fixture, or rug of your choice.

Love what you already have? You can re-paint the base of lamps, table legs, or reupholster your favorite chair …

Ombre effects are also very trendy right now! Vary the brightness of your favorite color by mixing in different amounts of white paint, and apply to a dresser, bookshelf, or accent table. Start with the darkest shade at one end and gradually paint towards the opposite side.

Fresh Fabrics

Window Treatments can create a complete transformation. Floral patterns can turn your windows into a work of art. Bold patterns can create a fresh update. Tinted sheers can soften the atmosphere.

In addition, your bedding and linens can incorporate everything from florals, to pastels, to bold brights! Store away your dark, warm décor until fall and pick items that remind you of the blooming colors outside.

Do not be afraid to mix complimentary colors as well. An arrangement of throw pillows in a combination of shades can tie together different features in your room.

Floral Prints/Artwork

Create a gallery wall with bright photo frames or floral prints. You can find springtime artwork online, or create your own!

With a few simple supplies (canvases or cardstock, stencils or natural leaves, acrylic paints) you can customize the look and style to your preferences. Check out this tutorial we found, and love! Bonus: It’s kid-friendly.

Rugs and pillows are also a fun way to introduce some non-living flowers to your spring space. Choose colors that make you happy and capture the mood of the season.

Start at the Beginning

Set the tone of your springtime oasis from the moment guests enter your home by strategically placing a small floral arrangement or statement display in your entryway. And get creative! Wooden birdcages, wire baskets, faux nests or eggs will remind everyone of the excitement springtime brings.

Tabletop accessories, such as geometric vases or floral bouquets can decorate small corner tables or shelves, as well.

Attractive Organizing

Fashionable, yet functional, purchases can create eye-catching accents to some of your most chaotic rooms. Use bright containers, or even a collection of eggcups, to organize your smaller office and kitchen supplies. Add a shelf in a bright shade, with complimentary baskets, to take full advantage of your space.

How do you transition to spring in your home? Any fun updates we did not list? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!

Brand Highlight: C.R. Plastic Products

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our Plymouth Furniture family. An outdoor product line crafted from 100% recycled materials — C.R. Plastic Products!

What began in 1994, as an effort to divert used plastic away from landfills and oceans, has evolved into the pursuit for innovation and design in 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture.

Jamie Bailey (co-owner and co-founder of C.R. Plastic Products Inc.) developed an innovative proprietary extrusion* process, creating a beautiful product that won’t mold, crack, or rot throughout our traditional Wisconsin seasons. The company itself is focused on maintaining ways to create sustainable, eco-friendly, outdoor furniture!

High density plastic (which is common in post-industrial and post-consumer products such as bottle caps, milk jugs, & orange juice containers) is blended together with pigment, and then melted into molds to provided a genuine lumber look. The 7/8” thick material, with solid colors throughout, has a wood grain finish, contoured backs, and custom molded arms for an unsurpassed fit and finish.

C.R. Plastic’s custom in-house molds make their durable furniture, structurally superior and easy to maintain.  It is clear to see the integrity and quality in each piece, and we are excited to share them with you.

Coming Soon to Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms!

Tax Refunds: An Investment For Your Home

There’s no place like home … When it comes to investing your tax refund.

Are you receiving a tax refund this year?  What are you planning to do with it?

One option is to invest in your home and your family.  Think about where you and your loved ones spend the majority of your time:  Your home.  You could use that extra money to make a big difference in a space you all love to share!

The best part is that not all home improvements need to involve a complete demolition or room rebuild.  Oftentimes you can increase the enjoyment of your favorite room (or rooms!) with a simple enhancement:

  • A new entertainment center for your family’s movie nights.
  • A cozy couch to share as you catch up on your daily activities.
  • A new dining set for family dinners.
  • Cozy rugs to add warmth to your wonderful atmosphere.
  • A gallery wall of personal artwork and photos for you all to enjoy.

If you are looking for the right piece for your tax refund investment, let us help you today at Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms.

FLEXSTEEL: Spring. Construction. Style.

Flexsteel is top-of-the-line when it comes to producing quality furniture.

With their commitment to craftsmanship, you will see the blending of construction and design are one in the same. Flexsteel is a worldwide company, based out of Iowa, with a proud history and quality standards.

THE BLUE STEEL SPRING

In order to create long-lasting furniture, Flexsteel developed a support system that could withstand a lifetime of use. Ergo, the Blue Steel Spring at the core of every upholstered piece. This design has been around for over 75 years, and prevents you from sinking into your seat after years of use.

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

As you browse Flexsteel’s catalog of options, there is a team of designers and engineers waiting to make your vision come to life. The manufacturers build each piece of furniture from scratch, using quality ¾” solid wood for the frame.

They also stand by their tried and true standards of utilizing extra support in your furniture’s stress points (i.e. where the frame is going to bear most of your weight when in use), and ensuring mortise joints (with a sturdy cut/notch design) are functional and safe.

ON-TREND DESIGNS

It’s often times hard to believe that “no two designs are alike.” However, with all of Flexsteel’s models and styling options, it’s true! In addition, they put just as much thought in to the quality of their fabrics, as they do their frames. The endless fabric and leather options provided by Flexsteel are tested for high resiliency, durability, and resistance to abrasions.

Whether you are furnishing your living room, dining room, or sleeping sanctuary, Flexsteel is going to make your finished product a comfortable one. They offer stationary and reclining pieces (even lift chairs!) for every room, and the refined model designs range from casual to formal, and can be customized from fabric to foot.

There are hundreds of fabric options available for you to choose from, including an entire Gallery Selection exclusive to Gallery retailers like Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms! If your style is more classic or contemporary (or somewhere in between), Flexsteel’s on-trend fabric options can help you complete the look of any space.

IN THE DETAILS

When selecting your new Flexsteel design, no detail will be overlooked. They will customize every element including the stain on the feet of your new chair or sofa, and the nail trim that frames the arms or base.

Flexsteel: Well-made furniture made well. Stylish designs. Customizable comfort.

Dexigner

Founded in 2001, Dexigner is the leading online portal for designers, architects, illustrators, engineers, artists, & creatives of all kinds.

This comprehensive database of design firms, studios, museums, & organizations publishes the latest design news, events, & resources.

Click here for more:  Dexigner   Design Directory

Ideas for Arranging Furniture

Arranging furniture can be a daunting task. When you’re faced with an empty room knowing how to fill it can seem overwhelming. But all you need to do is follow these common sense rules and you’ll find that arranging furniture isn’t so scary after all.

Choose a Focal Point

Never underestimate the power of a focal point. Sometimes they appear naturally as windows or built-in mantels, while other times you create them yourself, as with media units and televisions.

Whatever your focal point is, make a decision and stick with it. You’ll want to arrange furniture around it as much as possible.

Don’t Push Furniture Against the Walls

The size of the room will dictate how far you can pull your furniture away from the walls, but even in a small space you’ll want to give pieces a little breathing room by allowing a few inches between the backs of furniture pieces and the walls. Despite popular belief, this little bit of space can actually make rooms feel bigger. Of course if you have a larger space feel free to arrange furniture in such a way that conversation areas are created in the middle of the room, leaving several feet between the walls and the furniture.

Create Conversation Areas

People should naturally be able to talk to each other without having to crane their necks or shout across the room. You want the sofas and chairs to face each other (not necessarily straight on, but close), and they should be close enough that you can have a natural conversation with the person seated across from you without having to raise your voice.

If the room is too large, create multiple conversation areas.

Find Balance When Arranging Furniture

Balance is always important in decorating, and when it comes to arranging furniture and determining where to put items in your living room you’ll want to consider both size and placement of the various pieces.

Don’t group all the large or small pieces in one area, or to one side of the room. This will make the space feel uneven. Also make sure there’s variety in the shapes. If you’ve got straight-lined seating consider a round coffee table – or vice versa.

Consider Traffic Flow

One of the most important things to consider when arranging furniture in any room is traffic flow. People should not be tripping over furniture, or each other, to pass through the room. Make sure there are a couple feet (give or take a few inches) between the coffee table and sofa, and between chairs. Create a clear path so people can walk from one end of the room to the other without difficulty.

Use the Right Size Rug

Area rugs belong under the furniture – all the furniture if you can manage it. Exposing some flooring around the edges of the room is fine, but when using an area rug you want to make sure it’s big enough that all the furniture in a seating arrangement can sit on it. At the very least you want the front legs of large pieces to sit on the rug (the backs can be on the floor if necessary).
Get a Big Coffee Table

When it comes to coffee tables, more often than not, bigger is better. A large coffee table in the middle of a seating area is great for both aesthetics and function.

It acts like an anchor for the room and it leaves plenty of space for people to put down drinks or to display favored accessories. It’s also easier to access from all the seats around it.  That said, make sure to leave enough room between seating and the coffee table for people to pass through (about 18″).  And if you can’t find a suitable large coffee table, two smaller tables or other coffee table alternative can be a good substitute.

Put Tables at Arm’s Length

Every seat should have easy access to either a side table or coffee table. People shouldn’t have to get up out of their seats to put their drink down.  When it comes to table height, side tables should be approximately the same height as the chair arms they’re next to (if that’s not possible, lower is better). When it comes to coffee tables, the height should be the same height as chair/sofa seats or lower.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room and it’s often not properly thought out. Always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps and table lamps (and sconces if you can). A floor lamp looks great at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look lovely on side tables, shelves, and even mantels. Lighting needs to be placed at different levels in order to be properly balanced so use it liberally throughout your room.
Use the Right Size Artwork

Things that are hung on the wall, whether it’s art, mirrors, or sculptural objects, need to be placed in relation to the furniture. Don’t hang a tiny photo over the back of your sofa. Use either a large piece that is approximately two thirds the length of the sofa, or use a grouping of pieces. If you’re absolutely determined to use a particular piece of art and it’s too small, put it in a larger frame with a large matte around it. (For every problem there is a solution!).

When it comes to arranging furniture it’s best to plan ahead. Either use an online floor planner or old-fashioned graph paper to sketch out your desired floor plan. It’s the only surefire way to know whether or not things will fit the way you want.