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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Decorating a Long, Narrow Room

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We probably all remember the excitement we felt when we moved into our first apartment.  Some of us may even remember a similar feeling when, as empty nesters, we downsized to a smaller residence.  Both homes very likely had one feature in common – a long, narrow living area.

There’s no doubt decorating a single, elongated space is challenging. The larger, open spaces make arranging furniture tricky. Below are a few secrets to conquering these narrow spaces and providing chat-friendly areas within the room.

  • Create individual focal points within the room to draw visual attention.

Place an entertainment center at one end of the room or in a corner.  Hang a dramatic piece of art with an accent light above it. Brighten a fireplace with sconces, buffet lamps or tall candleholders.

  • Design separate intimate conversation areas.

Segment furniture in groupings adjacent to the focal points. Arrange club chairs or a chaise at angles in front of the entertainment center. Place a plush sofa perpendicular to the fireplace with twin accent chairs opposite the sofa.  Create a reading nook by arranging bookcases at right angles within a corner and adding a cozy recliner and lamp.

  • Anchor each zone with an area rug.

A rug will add personality and create visual separation from other sections of the room.  Select a rug which coordinates in style and color with the furnishings in each conversation area. To make the area look wider, place the rug at an angle.

  • Trick the eye into believing the room is shorter

Paint each end of the room a darker shade.  This trick will visually remove length from the room. Go a step further and paint the ceiling a light white.  A very light ceiling will draw the eye upwards instead of forwards down the room.

Your Connell’s sales representative in Mt. Vernon or Newark will be happy to help you select just the right furnishings and accents to create cozy conversation areas. With a little ingenuity, your long room will become a fashionable and versatile living space.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Decorating Tips that Won’t Bust Your Budget!

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Spring’s a time for change! It’s a new season and colorful new life is around us. Invite spring’s fresh and delicate colors into your home and refresh your living room and bedroom with some great looking, yet inexpensive, design tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

  • Lighten Up! Kick that boring old dark-colored sofa, loveseat or recliner to the curb and invigorate your room with lighter, mid-toned colors. Decorate with the colors you see naturally occurring in nature, such as magenta, marigold, aqua blue, spring green, teal and even try hot pink!
  • Add accessories! Pillows and throws are a fantastic way to introduce some lighter colored fabrics into your room. Add patterned pillows with calm and tranquil colors to a solid-colored sofa to add bursts of flair. Or toss a patterned throw on the back of a chair, sectional or futon to bring your room to life. Hang colorful wall art and illuminating mirrors for some seasonal springtime style.
  • Paint! Rejuvenate a dreary dining room or lackluster bedroom by repainting the walls with some colorful paint. Designers agree this is a cost-saving solution since a couple of gallons of paint are very inexpensive, plus you can do it yourself. Try a color you’ve always been curious about – and if you hate it, just paint over it. Some suggestions: test out light and clean colors, like kiwi green, pale violet or coral blue.
  • Flowers! Indoor plants and fresh flowers will bring colorful life to any room. Try to be consistent with your floral arrangements. Choose a color scheme, use the same type of flower and place your floral arrangement in a pretty glass holder. Top it off with a little lace or a satin ribbon tied around your beautiful bouquet.
  • De-clutter! Clutter is distracting. No matter how beautiful your room is, unsightly piles of magazines, movies and media will ruin your spring decorating. Put entertainment in its place with media chests and hutches and stash your work away in filing cabinets, desks, and credenzas for your home office.

Visit Connell’s two convenient locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for hundreds of stunning styles from spring’s latest furniture and mattress fashions. It’s all in stock, ready for immediate delivery and protected by Connell’s famous No Oops™ guarantee—if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, no return delivery charges and no penalties.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Choosing the Perfect Chair

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Well it’s finally happened. Your dog has taken over your favorite chair for good. It’s always been this way. You’ve loved that chair, but let’s face it. When it comes right down to who gets the chair, the dog always wins.

The solution? Buy a new chair, one just for you. Yet the chair the dog owns matches the rest of your furniture. So now how do you find a new chair that works with the rest of your furniture? The task is not as hard as it may sound.

You’re in luck. Gone are the days when each piece of furniture in a room had to match. In fact, today’s decorating is much more flexible and fun. Your new chair can be totally different in style, color and fabric. Whether you plan to replace an existing chair or buy a completely new one, what’s most important is that it fits both you and the purpose of your room.

Think about the role the chair will have in the room. Will it be a big, comfy chair to curl up in and read – one that you’ll sit in every day? Or will it only be used for extra seating when guests come to visit?

Who else will sit in the chair? Does the chair need to accommodate a strapping young man? An elderly relative?

Will the chair primarily be a decorative accent so style, color and fashion are most important?

Once those questions have been answered, it’s time to think about where the chair will be placed in the room. The location should provide 12-18” of space around it for walking and moving.

Measure your existing chair both inside and out. The height, width and length of an accent chair are important for two reasons. First, the chair will need to fit in the space you’ve chosen. Second, the overall scale of the chair should be in proportion to the other furnishings in the room. If you’d like a smaller or larger chair, adjust the size accordingly.

Take the dimensions with you to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses when you shop. When you see a chair you like, sit in it just as you would at home. Cross your legs; lean back; tuck your feet up.

Does the seat depth allow you to sit comfortably and support your back?  Are the arms the right height for you to read your newspaper? Is the seat cushion as firm or soft as you like?  Will the height of the chair back allow you turn your head easily?

Ask your sales representative to show you several sizes and styles of chairs. Although you’ve had a club chair for years, maybe it’s time for something classy and traditional.  Or for a new twist, try a chic chaise or armless chair.  Have you thought about a high-leg recliner?

You can even share your chair with your dog. Look for a roomy oversized chair. Visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark to find the perfect chair to meet your back and budget.

 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Creating a Man Cave for the Whole Family

Ask any man, we’ll tell you we enjoy our man caves and our own area to unwind, have fun and entertain guests. Heck, who doesn’t enjoy a room devoted to football, friends and good times! But in many instances, they’re just not practical. For instance, many of us just don’t have the extra living space to devote an entire room to football watching and revelry. Plus, it’s more functional to create a common space – that everyone will love – to share with our wives and children.

In many instances, we can create a versatile living room that our wives will love – contemporary, warm and inviting – while maintaining the bare essentials of a man cave by following these basic steps:

  • Color. Most rooms dedicated to men, sports and cocktails are usually devoid of inviting colors. You know what we mean; dark paint on the walls and very few windows (typically with the blinds pulled shut). Instead, lighten up the room by repainting the walls in neutral colors such as beige, creme or off-white. These are warm, inviting colors that our wives love, and they also won’t clash with some colorful and contemporary artwork that we love. And if the room still appears dark after using lighter color paints and opening the curtains, incorporate mirrors to reflect the light throughout your room.
  • More Color. Decorate your living room with warm and inviting  furniture upholstery colors. Colors such as plum, burgundy, browns, yellows and oranges are comfortable colors that our wives love because of their warm feel. And best of all, these can be contemporary and masculine colors that create a great atmosphere for entertaining.
  • Utilize space. Nothing screams man cave more than an empty room occupied by a large area rug and several recliners. Instead, pick a focal point and fill out the room around this spot. The focal point can be anything from your fireplace to a big screen TV. Fill out the surrounding area with occasional tables and cocktail tables that serve as elegant accent pieces, a gaming area – or even a footrest.
  • Divide the room. Place a sectional or a large sofa in the middle of your living room to divide the room into two different areas. In one area, create a media/TV space where the family can sit down and watch movies and television together – this also doubles as a space to hang out with friends and watch sports. And for the second area, build a lounge setting by incorporating a long rectangular dining table with numerous contemporary bar stools. This area is the ideal place to sit down with the family for a conversation, but it also serves as the perfect setting to entertain guests and have a cocktail.

Visit us in Mt. Vernon or Newark to discover how to turn any room into the ideal living space! Plus all November long, enjoy 2 full years interest-free financing with no minimum purchase and no down payment on millions of dollars worth of inventory that’s in stock and ready for immediate delivery to your living room, bedroom, dining room, home office or youth bedroom.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Different types of Leather Luxury

Sophistication. Class. Elegance. Style. These are adjectives usually reserved for some of Hollywood’s classiest actors and actresses. Now, if you want your living room to radiate with same sophistication and style as Hollywood’s biggest stars, consider furnishing it with leather furniture. Leather makes a statement …  it screams modernity, luxury and it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.

But what you probably don’t know is that all leather furniture is not the same. At Connell’s, we’re here to educate you about the different types of leather so you can find the perfect sofa, love seat or recliner to match your family’s needs and comfort preference. Stop in, ask our sales professionals about the various types of leather and consider the following varieties during your next purchase:

  • Full grain leather is typically the most desirable variety.  Full grain comes from the upper section of the hide and is extremely durable, breathable, strong and long-lasting. Plus, because full grain displays the unique wrinkles and scars found on the cow’s hide, it looks extremely natural and homey.
  • Aniline leather is a dyed variety and very comfortable. It’s extremely soft to the touch, porous and relaxing.
  • Antiqued leather pieces are similar to aniline in their level of softness. However, they have been dyed twice instead instead of only once.
  • Nubuck is a variety that has been sanded on the outside of the hide. This sanding offers you an extremely strong and velvety surface that is similar to suede.

Stop into our stunning showrooms in Mount Vernon or Newark and check out our luxurious leather selections. We guarantee when you do, you won’t make a mistake!