How to Choose the Perfect Media Center

The focal point in most family rooms is the television. It’s got everyone’s attention when you enjoy a movie, cheer on your team or watch the news. While you’ve probably spent a lot of time choosing the right TV, what you put it on is just as important. A media center provides a frame for your viewing, and it helps you keep all of your components organized and operating. Before you choose yours, consider these three elements to make sure you get exactly what you need:

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Size

The first thing to consider is the best size. This will be determined by two factors: the size of your television and the size of your room. Start by measuring your TV; you want to be sure it will fit. If your media center is too large, your TV will look tiny, and if your media center is too small, the TV will make it seem out of place. For wall units that surround your television, measure the width, height, and depth of your TV, then bring this information to the showroom with you.

Also measure the wall space you have. If your room is large, you may want to choose a wall unit that includes storage towers on either side that can hold decorative accessories. Or fill the wall by using two or more consoles side by side. If your room is small, a console that is just a little wider than your television will provide a nice sense of scale. Or consider a corner unit to take advantage of space you might consider unusable. Make sure when you choose and space measure and measure it that you can fit your media center in a spot that doesn’t block heating vents or windows.

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Storage

Media centers are designed to hold your television and components, organizing cords and keeping everything accessible. When choosing a media center, determine what electronics you need to store. Maybe you have just a TV and cable box? Perhaps you have a stereo system you want to contain? Or maybe you have it all, from TV to DVR, video game consoles, DVDs, CDs and controllers? By tallying up everything you want to hold, you’ll be able to quickly narrow down your best options. This will also help you decide if open shelving is sufficient or if you need cabinet doors that can close and hide things away.

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Style

Finally, media centers come in every variety of home décor. From traditional to contemporary, urban and casual, you’re sure to find a unit that will blend with your interior style. Choose a media center that matches your existing furniture so that it’s an attractive addition to the room’s design. Wood is a good choice, and you’ll find a media center in every finish, including cherry, mahogany, and pine. Contemporary media centers are also available in glass and metal.

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The Art of the Nap: Furniture for Napping

Want to boost your productivity? Put your head down and take a nap. It sounds counterintuitive, but napping is the best cure for the post-lunch dip, sharpening your attention and boosting your creativity better than that candy bar or double shot latte. One of the best investments you can make in your health is purchasing furniture for napping.

Here are some tips on napping from the National Sleep Foundation:

  1. The best time to nap is early afternoon, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; napping later can be troublesome, impacting the quality of your nighttime sleep.
  2. The length of your nap is key to getting its benefits. A brief 20-minute nap will sharpen your attention and motor skills, while a 60- to 90-minute nap will help you with problem solving and creativity.
  3. The ideal spot for sleep is one that dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. Close the blinds to keep out the afternoon sun, and try to minimize noise. Using a sound machine or fan can help eliminate distracting sounds.

If you’re able to take a nap at home in bed, perfect! If not, here are three perfect pieces of furniture for napping:

Furniture for napping
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Max Genuine Leather Chair

Imagine sinking into the decadent Max Genuine Leather Chair! The pillow-top seating and arms create the ultimate laidback experience. You’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time, feeling quite luxurious, too.

Furniture for napping
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Dylan Leather Power Glide Recliner

Recliners are made for napping, and the Dylan Leather Power Glide Recliner will help you find your own personal comfort zone with only the touch of a button.

Furniture for napping
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Osborne Chaise

Everything about the Osborne Chaise says, “Put up your feet and relax.” You’ll feel sophisticated with its flared arms the menswear inspired upholstery. This chair makes napping elegant.

How to Buy a Reclining Sofa

A reclining sofa just might be the best piece of furniture ever invented. Who doesn’t love to relax and put up their feet? A reclining sofa also gives you plenty of room to hang out with loved ones. Before you purchase a reclining sofa, there are a few things to consider. Here are tips on finding the right one for you.

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Measure your space

A reclining sofa will require more space than a sofa that doesn’t recline, so think about the size of your room. Some reclining sofas will need at least four inches between its back and the wall, while some are wall huggers and don’t require any extra space behind them. You’ll also need to rethink your table arrangement, since you’ll want sufficient space to extend the footrest without bumping into a coffee table. Take lots of measurements before you start shopping so you know what to look for.

Decide on a color

Once you have an idea of the size of the sofa you want, think about color. If you’re starting from scratch, the sky’s the limit. You can let this piece dictate the design of the room. If you’re adding a reclining sofa to your existing décor, use the colors in your room as inspiration. Since a reclining sofa is a big piece of furniture, you might decide to stick with neutral colors such as gray, tan, brown or black.

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Choose a fabric

Choosing an upholstery material will depend on your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, you’ll want something durable and stain resistant. Leather is a good choice, but it can be more expensive with the possibility of scratching. Microfiber is a popular choice; it’s also durable and soft, as well.

Consider features

Reclining sofas come with a variety of features that pamper you even more than their comfort alone. Decide if you want manual or power reclining. How about built-in tables or storage cubbies? And others have massage features or USB outlets for charging your devices. How many or how few features you want will depend on your personal preferences.

A reclining sofa can quickly become the best seat in the house. The great benefit is that it’s big enough to share with friends.

Dwell’s 2019 Modern Home Décor Trends

If you love Modern décor, you probably love perusing the pages of the design site Dwell. It’s filled with homes that can inspire you and provide ideas to implement in your own home. Its editors recently shared four modern home décor trends they believe will be big in 2019. Here are some tips for using them in your modern rooms.

 

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Color

Last year, the Dwell editors saw jewel tones replacing the “Scandinavian chic” neutrals. This year they predict more of the same. They’re pairing crisp white with strong colors for a sense of contrast. “We’re particularly loving the depth and warmth of colors like plum, mustard, and terra-cotta—bold tones that still play well with others,” they said.

 

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Pattern

Texture and pattern are important in modern home décor for 2019, and the Dwell editors said graphic, geometrics textiles and textured tiles that resemble fabrics like linen and corduroy will be big. They also expect to see layering of different textures and patterns.

 

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Furnishings

Look for the popularity of abstract design to impact the world of furniture with modern home décor trends. Bold, chunky statement pieces are focal points, while ’80s-inspired designs, such as a tulip table or whitewashed accents are important, too.

 

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Indoor/Outdoor Living

Finally, the Dwell editors said 2019 modern home décor trends include patio or deck design, as this will be the year where people celebrate a true indoor/outdoor way of living. Outdoor spaces will get more attention, and homeowners will use greenery indoors as much as possible.

How to Choose an Accent Chair

Just as its name implies, an accent chair is a piece of furniture that adds an accent to your room. Combining fashion and function, it complements your décor while providing a focal point and a bit of contrast to your seating group. It doesn’t match the other furnishings and it gives the space personality. From Modern to Traditional and everything in between, you’ll find an accent chair that can become a star player in your room no matter what style. Here are some of our favorite choices to provide some interest as well as a nice place to sit:

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Casual

The Mist Accent Chair offers a bold stripe that will wake up your casual living room grouping. While the colors are subdued, the contrasting pattern steals the show. You’ll love how the upholstery matches the toss pillows on the sofa and loveseat.

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Farmhouse

In classic navy and cream, the Maya Accent Chair offers a farmhouse twist on classic buffalo plaid. This chair would provide a wonderful focal point to your room, mixing well with a cream or khaki sofa.

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Mid-Century

Every Mid-Century living room should have a pop of color, and the Taylor Accent Chair will do the trick in a rich persimmon red. This special seating will add personality and spice to your space.

 

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Modern

Modern style is fun, and the Baden Red Hanging Chair is the epitome of playful design. Imagine how this piece would enhance your modern décor. You’ll be floating with design excitement as well as a pop of red!

 

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Traditional

Curves and elegant details make a Traditional home stand out, and the Kodiak Accent Chair is regal enough to live up to the lifestyle. In rich brown with a timeless pattern, it will add refinement to your seating area.

 

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Urban

An Urban style home celebrates your sense of adventure, and the Romeo Leather Chair in tan will add to the storied look with its rich leather patina. The retro silhouette is sleek, not overpowering the space but adding to it.

Which chair is your favorite?