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Preparing the Perfect Student Study Spot

student doing homeworkThe new school year is approaching and that means…studying (hopefully). In this post we’ll go over a few tips to make the perfect study spot so you can study well, get good grades, get a good job, find a spouse, have kids, and…well, this post can possibly help you find the keys to happiness.

The first thing you should decide is a spot in your home to study. Pick one spot and stick with it. After a while, your mind will start to get used to that spot and when you sit down to study your mind will already start preparing itself to study. You can obviously study in your living room, but you won’t have the convenience of already being in “study” mode (plus the TV doesn’t help either).
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Try to make your study spot near natural light. Natural light provides a lot of warm, physically and mentally. If you can’t do that then there are plenty of lights available that can recreate natural light. Try to avoid fluorescent lights.

Get some plants. Plants make everyone feel better. They can improve the air quality, but they also make a space more pleasant to be in.

It’s impossible to recommend a desk or desk-type because everyone is different. Some people love a small and minimalist desk to help them think and have no distractions. Others love to sprawl out their papers and things, like they’re physically representing their ideas and thoughts. We personally love both small and big desks. Many go through seasons and you might, too.

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The last thing we’re going to go over is the chair. You can research online for hours about what kind of chair to buy, but you’re only going to know for sure if you test it out in a store. If you don’t want to leave the house reading the reviews and seeing what others think can be a substitute for trying a chair out on your own.

Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips for the perfect home study spot then leave it as a comment below!

How to Make a Room Pop with Color without Overdoing It

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Painting a room with too many bright colors can be overwhelming and not everyone loves having only white walls.

In this post, we’re going to give you a few tips to help you when you paint your next room.

• If you want to make a small room seem bigger, then keeping darker and bolder colors below eye level helps, while at the same time putting light colors above eye level.
• To make your ceiling seem taller you should paint your walls lighter than your ceiling.
• Stripes can help a room feel bigger by creating the illusion of height or length

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• Be sure to tie patterns with a common color to make your room flow even better.
• Having one wall be the accent wall, like a brighter color with more neutral colors elsewhere, is a good way to have an aesthetically pleasing room.

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These are some ideas to throw around while you think about how you want to decorate and paint your room.

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Three Tips for Choosing Patio Furniture

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It’s officially summer so that means we’re thinking about patios here at AMC Furniture Solutions. Having the perfect piece of patio furniture can make your home much more hospitable.

There is a problem when buying patio furniture, though. It’s not all great. In fact, some of it is really bad. Plus, there isn’t one patio set that fits everyone’s needs.

In this post, we’re covering three quick tips for buying patio furniture.

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1) Focus on Easy Care

Depending on what you’re going for and how much you enjoy taking care of your home, this could be the number one choice. Many metal, teak, cedar, and especially all-weather pieces don’t require much upkeep.

2) Make Sure it’s Comfortable!

Getting new furniture can be a total waste if it’s not comfortable. You just won’t end up sitting in it. This may seem too obvious…but some people forget that they’ll actually be using the furniture.

3) Get Quality Furniture

Make sure it lasts a long time! You don’t want to have to buy furniture every season. It’s relaxing to know that a piece you’re buying is going to last for many seasons.

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So what are you waiting for? Go find some nice patio pieces from your favorite used furniture store, furniture hotel outlet, or wholesale furniture store that you like and enjoy summer!

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The Secret of Furniture “Sales”

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Almost everyone has that one furniture store in their town that always seems to be going out of business. Why do they do this? Just so they get to have a going-out-of-business sale. Used furniture stores, second-hand furniture stores, and hotel surplus stores all love to have big and commercialized sales.

But is this really the way to buy furniture? Is this the cheapest way?

Of course not.

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Many businesses markup their prices just so they can say they’ve marked them down for a sale. Frankly, the team at AMC Furniture Solutions is tired of watching stores trick their customers with their staged sales that actually offer no benefit. That’s simply not fair to you when you’re trying to figure out what to buy.

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At AMC, we value easy and clean shopping. That’s why we price everything in our store for the lowest price we can. Imagine how much you’ll benefit from being able to browse furniture and seeing a low price that’s actually the real price. No price games or hidden tricks. Just a great product and a low low price..

At AMC Furniture Solutions, we want to be your trusted place for furniture. Just click here to start browsing so you can see some real low prices.

And remember, when we have holiday sales they are real sales.

4 Essential Furniture Pieces for your Home Office

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Your home office is a great way to express yourself, because it truly is your own.
But there are 4 essential pieces of furniture that every office (no matter the style) needs.

1) The Desk
This one is obvious, but picking one that’s for you is harder than you would think. Some people prefer a smaller desk because it helps them keep things less cluttered and takes up less space in your room.

Some enjoy the large rectangular desk. This allows for keeping all your work in front of you so it’s easy to see.

The third popular desk type is the L-shape desk. The biggest drawback to this type of desk is having to put it against a wall. Many people prefer to have their desks in the middle of the room, which makes it easier to have guests.

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2) The Chair
What would the desk be without the chair? There are some who use standing desks, but for the majority of people, we require a chair to accompany our desk.

There are a few important things to think about when purchasing a chair. There’s the ability to recline. If the chair can’t recline, then it’s probably going to be uncomfortable.

Having armrests is another key factor in choosing a chair. They help support your arms while you work, but make sure the armrests can be adjusted before buying and fit under the desk. Speaking of support, always check for lumbar support, after sitting on the chair for many hours you will experience back pain if back support is missing.

One last thing to keep in mind is if it’s a used office chair, or new. Both have their pros and cons, but both can be good options.

3) The Bookcase
You most definitely need a place to show off your awards. Or, if you’re a bit more modest, then having a place to store your books is essential as well.

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4) Guest Chairs
Everyone needs a couple guest chairs for their home office. Even if you don’t have frequent guests visit your home office it gives it depth. Guest chairs give an office a complete look.

When comparing prices between pre-owned and new, often you can get a better pricing pre-owned than you would brand new for the same quality.

There you have it, the essentials for the home office. It can be overwhelming trying to decorate and arrange your office for the first time, but if you add these four essentials, then you’ll be set. You’ll find great and cheap buys from local liquidator stores, and you’ll find some just OK buys from new furniture stores. Use your best judgment!

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Helpful Tips That Will Make Your Thanksgiving A Success

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The holiday season is upon us and it’s the time of the year we share and give thanks to our friends and family. It can also be the most hectic time of the year, especially if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve put together valuable tips that will keep your guests feeling welcome, comfortable, and most importantly, out of the kitchen.

A dining table filled with delicious meals is a Thanksgiving tradition. Choose a long, wooden dining table that will accommodate all of your dishes. Now give the table a dash of color by adding a rustic plaid table top cover. Make your table memorable by placing matching floral napkins below your tableware.
 
Having proper lighting lamp for your Thanksgiving party is crucial. Too much light can have your guests feeling overwhelmed. Typically, soft and dim lighting is ideal. You can also add creative lighting options like tea lights, candles, and string lights.

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A few weeks before your Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to have an estimate on the number of guests attending. It’s important to keep in mind any unexpected friends or family members that could stop by. Be sure to arrange your living room with comfortable seating that includes armrests and place them close to each other to allow conversation. You can find a vast selection of high-quality arm chairs at well-established furniture liquidators for a fraction of retail.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be around those that you love. While it’s key to have a perfectly cooked turkey, so is sharing and creating memorable experiences. Make the most out of your Thanksgiving this year by enjoying great food with great company!

Using the Right Symmetry in Interior Spaces

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There are a lot of theories about how to design a room, and applying good taste to a unique concept isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Art and design are subjective, but the goal is to make the person inhabiting a space feel like a singular part of its decoration.

Historically, symmetry has always been an essential element of beauty – however, that doesn’t mean that for something to be beautiful there has to be an exact similarity between its halves. Even asymmetrical design requires an understanding of symmetry, and to successfully design a room you have to study the architectural structure of the setting.

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It’s true that making a room symmetrical can give it a sense of balance, but to some extent that can also make a space feel monotonous and simplistic, making it less interesting to the eye.

It can easily become boring after a whole to have perfect special symmetry, so consider how the use of colors and shapes can enrich the space and generate a more dynamic feel through contrast and complementation.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits: Element 5 Design

Using Wood When Designing Interior Spaces

People have been using wood in interior design for practically as long as there have been interiors to design. Fortunately, today, we know a bit more about the aesthetics, composition, and physical properties of wood than our ancestors.

It’s helpful to think of wood as a decorative element. Different kinds have their own unique “prints” and textures when applied to shelves, furniture, or other pieces.

Whichever kind you use, the way it’s used also makes a huge difference. Wood can help lend a lush, organic feel to a room, or the straight lines of its grains is a great way to give your space a modern touch.

Either way, wood helps any space feel warm, welcoming, and inviting. If you want to take it another step further, you can also contrast the material’s color and pattern with stylish patterns or stunning finishes. Wood is versatile and malleable, but it’s also solid and holds its own when presented in a room.

Though it might seem like this natural element that’s been around for centuries is the polar opposite of modernity, a touch of wood in an interior space gives it elegance and sophistication, suggesting a level of craftsmanship that went behind each and every piece.

Using wood when designing an interior should be a very intentional process, keeping specific contrasts and color combinations in mind to make the space look thoughtfully designed yet also simple.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits: Architecture & Interior Design

How to Improve Circulation in Interior Spaces

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The big question about any interior is how to manage, distribute, and work with space. Don’t let all the possibilities frustrate you, though – once you take some key factors into consideration, it can be really simple.

The rule of thumb for how far apart to space your furniture is 3 feet, but don’t take that as a hard-and-fast law that can’t be broken. The spatial needs for a family with 4 young, energetic children will be very different from an elderly couple, or for a 5000 square-foot home versus a shotgun apartment in Brooklyn.

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Always consider how much movement between pieces is necessary. You don’t want your sense of how space is supposed to work in a home to get somebody hurt.

For instance, households with children should banish prominent edges, and homes with older people who may have stiff joints will want to bring in higher furniture.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): zoetnet and Urbane Apartments

Tastefully Bringing Nature to Interiors

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People have always loved to bring elements of nature into their homes, from flowers to potted plants, but with the modern trend toward minimalism, it seems we’re seeing less and less living nature in our homes these days. However, there are still some great ways to keep these elements in even the most modern home designs.

First, realize what color “nature” tends to mean: green. Plants themselves are part of the color chart, so it’s important to consider how those shades fit into your interior color schemes. Even the shape and texture of flowers and plants have an effect on the overall trend of the room.

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For a sleek, modern look, we like to use plants that keep very straight, simple lines. Combined with the right vase or pot, this can add a note of freshness and elegance to a space, using that feeling of controlled wilderness to add a compellingly refined touch.

For more traditional spaces, we also like to use plants and flowers that come in more eccentric forms with more intricate color accents. If you do this, be careful to follow the same line of color throughout the rest of the space so it feels like a necessary fixture, not a distraction.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): Thomas D , Adriana Reyes Gonzalez , and Wicker Paradise