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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!

FIND YOUR SUMMER PIECES HERE

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!

PICK YOUR FAVORITE OFFICE ITEMS HERE

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

Using Optical Illusion to Open Up a Space

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When you’re dealing with decorating small rooms and spaces, it can be hard to pull off your vision while keeping within the physical constraints of the room. If it looks cluttered, everything feels off.

That’s when we reach into our bag of tricks to use optical illusions in interior design layouts. One of the most common ones is bringing in mirrors to make a space look bigger than it really is, but that requires the right pieces and expert positioning.

Replacing wood, metal, or other non-see-through tables with glass tables can be another great way to make a room seem to open up, too. If a dining area is particularly small, a glass table can go a long way toward increasing special appearances, especially when paired with armless chairs.

In the area of ​​the main room or family room, leaving a space of about 2 or 3 inches between the sofa and the carpet, this will open feeling; a very important trick is to use the is-height space, use the walls with shelves, pictures and mirrors without saturating, and uses fewer tables or chairs, this gives a sense of disorder and space will look more saturated.

Moving into the main/living room, where larger sitting areas tend to be common, we like to use sofas and chairs that leave a few inches of space between the seat and the floor, giving the impression of openness. Helping these rooms “breathe” a little by replacing dressers or cabinets with shelves that make use of the vertical space is also huge. It’s also helpful to declutter these by minimizing the number of chairs, pictures, tables, etc.

And lastly, we always like to use starkly contrasting colors along with neutral tones. We keep these schemes simple so that we don’t over-saturate the eye and mind with lots of color and texture going on.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)

Interior Design Tips for Using the Color Wheel

While picking the right colors for your home design might seem like a complicated matter of opinion and taste, in reality, it can actually be as simple and straightforward as elementary school geometry.

It all starts with a basic understanding of the color wheel and an idea for a starting color. Here’s a step by step process for getting interior color ideas into practice.

Pick a Color
It all starts with your accent color. Think of this like you would a person’s accent: that bit of flavor that calls your attention immediately. This is where the you is, where your personal taste shines through the most. This should reflect your concept for the room, the central impression you want to hold strong.

Consult the Wheel

Notice how the wheel is geometrically perfect, mathematically symmetrical. You’ll start with your accent color and from there, pick the other one or two contrasting colors, and voila, you’ve got your interior paint color combinations lined up!

One way to do that is to draw a straight line to the opposite portion of the wheel: your basic contrast.

Another way to do it is with an equilateral triangle. If you remember your geometry, that means each side has equal spacing, which in this case means an equal number of color units. This means that you’ll calculate the 3 perfectly opposite points on the triangle.

One more way to do it is to adjust the triangle. If you remember, this is called an isosceles, meaning two sides are equal. You’ll still start with your accent, but from there you’ll adjust the other two points so that they’re equally spaced away from the accent, widening or narrowing the triangle as you move away from those perfect opposites.

Note: this all works for the grayscale, too.

What’s Your Temperature?

Finally, consider what “temperature” you want to go for. Different colors make people feel different things, so consider what tone you want that popping accent color to convey, how you want those neutrals to frame the space you’re creating.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)