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How Often Do People Change Furniture?

People occasionally change their furniture for a number of different reasons; sometimes, the change is intentional while other times it’s not. The following factors often contribute to when people change their furniture:  

Style

Our sense of style says a lot about who we are, so it’s understandable that we want to change our home interiors to reflect us as individuals. As we grow older, our tastes may change, and we may want to change our furniture to achieve a certain look or make our home overall more attractive.

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Replacement

Some furniture needs to be changed more frequently than others, especially pieces that we rest on like beds and upholstery. The average sofa can last up to five years, and a mattress usually lasts for five to ten years; of course, these estimates vary depending on use. 

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Space 

People often change their furniture when they’re downsizing or expanding so their pieces better fit their space. This is especially the case with retirees who give up their large homes for more manageable abodes, and they can’t take bulky furniture pieces with them. 

Guests

People may change their furniture to better accommodate- and impress- their house guests. Some may totally revamp entire rooms while others will upgrade their living room and dining room furniture. People also buy furniture for their guest bedrooms with the comfort of visitors in mind.

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Natural Disasters 

Unfortunately, we cannot control natural disasters like tornadoes and floods; there are also instances in which fires are uncontrollable. Furniture may be tarnished or completely ruined in the process, forcing people to purchase new furniture. 

How often do you change your furniture? Do you wish you could change it less often or more frequently? Let us know in the comments!

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Your Guide to Custom-Order Furniture

Do you want your dining room set to be a certain finish?

Do you like the arms of one sofa but the legs of another one?

If you want furniture that reflects your unique style, then custom ordering is the way to go.

Most of the time, you’ll find that there are little to no choices when it comes to customizing furniture.

Fortunately, some retailers have custom order programs that give you different choices in frames, finishes, and fabrics; in fact, depending on the line, the number of options can be overwhelming!

The process of ordering custom furniture may understandably seem complex and daunting to some, especially those who have a hard time making decisions, but we’ve broken it down into several simple steps.

Before You Get Started…

Just like with any other big purchase, you should do some research and prepare before you begin customizing your furniture.

Think About Your Wants/Needs

Custom furniture isn’t cheap, and retailers won’t allow you to return your order without a restocking fee, so think about what you really want and need in your furniture before placing a custom order.

For example, you may want a large sectional for your den but take into account the room’s dimensions and decide that a sofa with a chaise and a loveseat would better fit your space.

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Get Ideas

Whether you’re redecorating an entire room or just getting a new sofa, take some time to gather ideas of styles and colors you like.

Also, envision how your custom piece will look with other new or existing furniture as well as your walls, floors, and decor for a cohesive design.

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Measure Your Space

It’s especially important to measure your space before placing a custom order so you know that your new pieces will comfortably fit.

In addition to the room, you should also measure your hallways and entryways as well to make sure that you can get your new furniture into your home.

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The Custom-Order Process

Now that you’ve thought about your wants and needs, gotten some ideas, and measured your space, you’re ready to start shopping for custom furniture and checking out all of your options.

Choose Your Style

In a given custom order program, you’ll have at least several styles to chose from whether its stationary upholstery, motion (reclining) furniture, or dining room sets.

Sometimes, with stationary upholstery, you can even pick out the arm style, back cushion style, and leg/skirt style- talk about custom furniture!

Choose Your Finish

When custom ordering dining room furniture, you can choose the wood finish for both the table and chairs; sometimes, there are even color options like white and black.

If you’re custom ordering stationary furniture, you might possibly have the option of choosing the finish of the legs; often times, you’ll have two or three options.

Choose Your Fabric

Of all the elements, you’ll likely have the most options when it comes to fabric types and colors. Most fabrics are polyester or a polyester blend, and main differences come down to how the fabric is woven and how the fabric feels.

In addition to fabrics, you may also have leather options and even leather-like fabric options; if you want the most durable leather, however, make sure to go for top-grain leather that’s fully aniline-dyed.

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Choose Power Features

With motion furniture, you often have the option of upgrading to power so that the footrest goes up and down with the tap of a button.

In recent years, power options have expanded to include power headrests and even power lumbar support; then there’s heat and massage for recliners.

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Things to Keep in Mind

You’ll have to wait on your custom order because it certainly won’t be made overnight. Custom orders are almost always made-to-order, and craftsmanship takes time, so expect to wait anywhere from three to ten weeks on your custom order depending on the manufacturer.

When you receive your custom order, you might notice a couple of slight differences from the floor model.

For one, you might notice that your custom order sits firmer than the floor model; this is to be expected as the floor model has been “broken-in” after being sat in numerous times.

Another different you might notice with your custom order is that it might have a slightly different feel because you chose a different fabric from the floor model.

Speaking of fabrics, you may also perceive your fabric color to be slightly lighter than the swatch, which can be expected since a material looks darker on a small swatch than it does on a larger piece of furniture.

The custom-order process is as simple as making a few choices and waiting for your order to arrive. If you experience some indecision, don’t worry because your salesperson will be there to make recommendations based on your preferences as well as popular choices and trends.

Do you have a custom piece of furniture that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!

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The Benefits of Living in a Small Space

Whether you’re downsizing or already living in small quarters, you’ll find that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to home size. Living in a small space certainly has its benefits!

1. Less Expensive

Living in a smaller space means lower mortgage or rent, and everyone can appreciate that! It also means lower costs in utilities such as electricity and water since there’s less area to cover.  

2. Lower Maintenance 

Living in a smaller space also means lower maintenance. With less square footage, your time spent cleaning and doing yard work is cut down tremendously! There are also less things to repair.

3. Simpler Lifestyle 

Living in a smaller space encourages a simpler lifestyle as there’s less room for clutter, which studies have repeatedly shown increases stress and anxiety. This also translates into you buying less and saving more!

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4. More Togetherness 

In a large space, people can spread out into different rooms and isolate themselves, but not in a small space! Spending quality time is more important than ever with numerous distractions and hectic schedules. 

5. Increased Creativity and Organization

Another benefit of living in a smaller space is that it encourages you to be more creative and organized since you have limited space. You can find all kinds of ideas for small living on blogs and sites such as Pinterest. 

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While living in a smaller space presents its challenges, its benefits are undeniable. Overall, you’ll spend less money and time and feel less stressed. You’ll also enjoy spending more quality time with loved ones and the opportunity for creative problem-solving, which can be quite fun!

What are your favorite things about living in a small space? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

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How to Choose the Best Living Room Wall Decor

Keep Your Focal Point in Mind

If your focal point is a wall, a bold statement piece would certainly maximize this space and add style to your living room.

There are cases, though, when wall decor should complement- not compete with- your focal point, say, if you have a grand fireplace or gorgeous view.

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Measure Your Walls

You’ll definitely want to measure your walls before you begin shopping for wall decor because your space will determine the number and size of pieces you get.

Generally speaking, less is more, but if you like a “busier” look or simply like a lot of different pieces, there’s a way to style your living room so it looks cozy as opposed to cluttered.

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Consider the Different Sizes

Wall decor comes in several sizes: oversized (41″+), large (33-40″) , medium (25-32″) , small (18-24″) , and mini (10-17″).

If you don’t enough wall space for a large or oversized piece, you could create a gallery wall by arranging a series of small and mini decor.

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Choose Wall Decor That’s to Scale

Pieces that are too large or too small can look awkward, so be mindful when purchasing and placing wall decor. If something seems “off,” then it likely is and needs to be reevaluated.

As a rule of thumb, if you place wall art over something, like a sofa, you want the wall decor to be no larger than 2/3 the size of the sofa.

Pay Attention to Color and Style

You can use wall decor to complement or contrast with your existing furniture and decor, but it’s often recommended for the background color of your larger pieces to match your wall color.

Also, select wall decor that reflects your living room style or experiment with styles and pair a contemporary painting with your traditional decor (or vice versa).

Purchase What You Love!

While style is important, you should ultimately select wall decor that you love.

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Budget-Friendly Decor Ideas for Fourth of July

Decorating for the Fourth of July doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out these budget-friendly decor ideas for Fourth of July that pop!

Mini American Flags

A cheap and EASY way to decorate for the Fourth of July is simply placing mini American flags in glasses and planters around the house.

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Red, White, and Blue Ribbons

There are a number of simple Fourth of July crafts you can make with ribbons such as flag-inspired red, white, and blue wall hanging.

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Paint it Red, White, and Blue

Another budget-friendly decor idea is painting your tin planters- or any other plain decor- red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July.

Old Americana Decor

Break out some red or blue vintage decor like Coca Cola memorabilia to add a classic touch to your Fourth of July vignettes.

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Festive Banners

Decorate on a budget this Fourth of July by hanging a red, white, and blue banner on your mantle, table, or shelving.

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Patriotic Crafts

Make Fourth of July crafts with the kids and display your creations alongside your other seasonal decor.

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Red, White, and Blue Throw Pillows

Toss some red, white, and blue throw pillows on your upholstery or patio furniture to add some extra spark to your Fourth of July decor.

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Colored Glass Bottles

Red, white, and blue bottles could you used to hold flags, flowers, or both! They’re especially pretty arranged on a table or a window sill.

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Patriotic Wreaths

Stick a mini American flag in a wreath or go all out with a wreath of red, white, and blue flowers and ribbons.

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Red, White, and Blue Bandanas

There are multiple ways you can use red, white, and blue bandanas as decor, one way being as napkins for your Fourth of July cookout.

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We wish you a happy Fourth of July and hope our blog post has given you some budget-friendly decor. Which of these ideas are you likely to try? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Give a Rich Look to My Living Room

Who doesn’t want their home to look luxurious? Give a rich look to your living room with these simple tips and tricks!

Fresh Paint

Take your walls from drab to fab with a fresh coat of paint. This inexpensive fix will instantly add more value to your living room.

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Molding

Another thing you can do to your walls to give your living room a rich look is install molding.

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Neutral Walls

If you research luxurious living rooms, you’ll find that the majority of them have neutral walls, so paint your walls in a classic color like white, beige, or grey.

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Built-In Cabinets

Built-in cabinets just look stately, and you can get the look without hiring a contractor by combining two or more bookcases.

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Contrast

In design, high drama equals high-class, so contrast light and dark colors in your living room through furniture and decor.

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Intentional Color Palette

Pick a color palette for your living room and stick to it. Being intentional with color makes a room look like it was carefully styled, and, thus, more expensive.

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High, Luxurious Curtains

Having the right window treatments can give a rich look to your living room. Opt for quality, floor-length drapes and, if you don’t have tall windows, place the curtain rod higher to create the illusion of such.

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Metallic Accents

Add some sparkle and shine to your living room through metallic decor. You can even work in metals through your furniture like end tables and cabinets.

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Large-Scale Wall Art

A large painting or photograph will elevate the look of your living room as it shows your appreciation for art; pieces like these can also serve as a focal point.

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Gallery Wall

If you have ample wall space, consider making one of your walls a “gallery” with a series of small photos and/or paintings.

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Mirrors

Hanging up a mirror or two adds style to your living room as well as helps the space look larger than what it actually is.

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Lighting

Make your living room look more upscale by ensuring it’s illuminated with adequate daylight as well as table lamps and floor lamps, if necessary.

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Antiques

Another way you can give you living room a rich look is by having at least one antique on display, and all the better if the antique has some gilding or weight to it.

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Fresh Flowers

While fake plants can sometimes look cheap, you’ll never have that problem with a live bouquet, so place some fresh flowers on your coffee table or console to make your living room look more expensive overall.

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Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are an easy way to upgrade any room and give you the opportunity to play with color and texture.

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Textures

Having different textures in a room adds interest and depth to a space, so incorporate multiple textures like woods, fabrics, plants, and metals in your living room.

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Area Rug

Area rugs not only define a space but tie everything together, making your living room look complete. You may decide to have more than one rug if you have a large living room or want to layer rugs.

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Vignette

Take your living room to the next level by creating one or more vignettes; this will show careful planning and attention to detail that people pay for.

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Declutter

A rich living room isn’t necessarily filled with furniture and decor; less is more as a space without clutter looks more elegant and refined.

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Keep Your Space Clean

After you’ve decluttered and styled your living room, keep your space looking rich by keeping it clean!

We hope that our blog post has given you some ideas when it comes to giving your living room a richer look. Which of these tips and tricks do you see yourself trying? Tell us in the comments!

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Tips for Decorating a Large Living Room

In design, bigger isn’t always better. Larger rooms can have their own challenges like feeling “cold” or having too much dead space.

Avoid these pitfalls and make your space look complete and cozy by following these tried-and-true tips for decorating a large living room.

Establish a Focal Point

Even in a large living room, the eye will tend to go to one spot, so determine your focal point and accentuate it with your furniture and decor placement.

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Divide Your Living Room into Zones

It’s likely that your large living room serves a few purposes, so divide this space into zones for specific activities like chatting, watching TV, and playing board games.

Create a Second Seating Area

If your living room is large enough, create a second seating area where people can relax and chat. This will give you more seating options and utilize otherwise dead space.

Define and Anchor Zones

Place an area rug in each zone to define as well as anchor the space. Additionally, you can anchor each zone by placing an ottoman or coffee in the center.

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Select Furniture That’s to Scale

A large living room calls for larger furniture, so don’t hesitate to get that extra-long sofa or L-shaped sectional. If you have high ceilings, you’ll also want to make sure that bookshelves and hutches are tall as well.

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Choose Larger Decor as Well

Take up some extra space in a large living room by choosing larger wall art, accent furniture, and plants. One of these larger pieces can also serve as a focal point if your living room doesn’t already have one.

Get a Media Center

There’s no better way to designate a space for watching TV or playing video games than having a large wall unit with shelves, a TV stand, and a bridge. The extra storage also comes in handy.

Avoid Wall-Hugging

Push your upholstery away from the walls when you can to create a cozier, more intimate seating area. “Floating” your furniture like this can be especially beneficial in spacious rooms where walls are far apart.

Stick to a Single Color Scheme

Stick to a single color scheme in a large living room so that the room has a natural flow and doesn’t look too busy with a wide variety of colors.

Vary Patterns and Textures

Use different patterns and textures in your large living room to create visual interest as well as instill a sense of warmth. You can introduce these elements through decor such as pillows, throw blankets, wall art, rugs, plants, and accent furniture.

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Add More Lighting if Necessary

If you have a large living room, chances are you have large windows that let in natural light. However, make sure have sufficient lighting at night with tables lamps and floor lamps.

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Add Architectural Elements

If your living room is particularly large, you can add some architectural elements like columns or beams to add more style and visual interest to your space.

We hope our blog post has given you some ideas for how to decorate your large living room. What’s the biggest challenge for you when it comes to decorating a large space? Tell us in the comments!

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What are the Best Ways to Design a Dining Room Space?

Whether you have a formal dining room or a kitchen nook, these tips will help you design a space that’s both attractive and functional.

Consider Function

When designing a dining room space, keep in mind how often and how many people gather there on a regular basis.

If you don’t entertain often or have a large household that dines together, you probably don’t need a large rectangular dining table. A small circular or square dining table might better suit your needs.

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Determine a Focal Point

Where does the eye go first? The dining table? A wall? A window? Decide where the focal point is and keep this in mind as well when designing your dining room space.

For instance, if your focal point is a wall, you may want to consider hanging up a large statement piece or painting the wall in an accent color.

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Select Dining Room Furniture That’s to Scale

Before you go shopping for furniture, measure your dining room space so you can avoid purchasing furniture that’s too large or too small.

Selecting furniture that’s to scale will also help create an intimate dining experience and ensure three feet of clearance between the table and walls.

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Install Sufficient Lighting

Although you may not want to dine under bright lights, it’s still important to have sufficient lighting so you can see who you’re sitting with and what’s on your plate.

Your best bet for dining room space lighting is to install a chandelier above the center of the table; if this isn’t possible, consider putting sconces on walls or a bright lamp on the server.

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Opt for Storage Pieces

If possible, get a server or cabinet to store your dinnerware and glasses. This can prove helpful when it’s time to set up the table, and it separates your good dishes from your everyday ones.

These storage pieces also provide extra surface space to place food and drinks when table or counter space is limited.

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Get a Room-Sized Area Rug

A larger area rug anchors and defines a dining room space as well as adds additional style through colors and patterns.

Since chairs will often be moved, it’s best to lay rug tape or a rug mat underneath your area rug to avoid bunching, which poses a tripping hazard.

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Mix Your Dining Room Furniture

Sometimes, matching all of your dining room furniture can look a bit dated; other times, it may not even be possible.

If you’re inclined to give the trend of mismatched furniture a try, you put chairs of different styles with a table and/or pass on the matching server.

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Experiment with Color and Texture

Another way to add style to your dining room space is experimenting with color and texture to create visual interest.

If you need ideas, sites like Pinterest and Houzz have plenty of inspiration for all dining room space styles and sizes.

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Are you designing or redecorating a dining room space? Tell us which tips you found to be the most helpful!

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Should Living Room Furniture Match?

When decorating a living room, there’s a tendency to make sure all of your furniture matches, but does it all really have to? Not necessarily.

While matching all of your living room furniture is satisfying, it can look a little staged. Not to mention, trying to make sure that everything matches can drive a person crazy!

Matching all of your living room furniture may even look a bit outdated since 2020 is all about mixing things up. But how exactly do you mix furniture? And does that mean nothing can match?

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The key to mixing furniture in your living room is to either match or contrast colors and styles. In cases where you can’t strike a close match, it’s better to contrast because pieces that “sort of” work together leave something to be desired.

For instance, if you’re mixing occasional tables and want oak, you can get a few different tables that are all an oak finish even if they’re not the same exact shade; it’s OK for some pieces to be slightly lighter or darker than others, especially if they’re not going to be side-by-side.

However, if you wanted to have a more eclectic living room, say, country-style, you could pair a large oak coffee table with a white distressed end table and a black sofa table.

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Another example: pairing a sofa with a couple of recliners that are almost the same shade of chocolate and have very similar arms. A contrast would look like pairing a teal sofa with a couple of coral accent chairs that pick up on the flowers in the throw pillows.

In addition to mixing colors, you can mix different types of furniture; one popular trend now is bringing outdoor furniture like patio chairs and wicker tables into the living room. Talk about mismatched! But it works because of the contrast with the traditional living room furniture.

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Do you think that living room furniture should match? Give us your opinion in the comments!

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Which Should I Do First: Home Wall Color or Furniture?

While there’s no inherently right or wrong way to answer this decorating question, we suggest that your pick your furniture before your wall color.

Why? For one, it’s much less expensive to change a paint color than it is to replace your furniture. If you choose furniture that you like but aren’t crazy about the wall color, it will only cost a few hundred dollars to change it whereas it costs thousands of dollars to replace furniture.

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It’s also easier to pick a paint color to goes your furniture than matching furniture to a specific paint color. You may not even want to “match” the colors of your walls and furniture; upon seeing your furniture in the room, you may want to go with a different wall color altogether.

For instance, you may have planned on painting your living room walls beige but have just picked out a blue sofa and loveseat. Beige walls do go with blue upholstery, but you realize that you would like to go with a cool color scheme and like the soothing effect of grey.

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If you’re renovating your home, however, the very first thing you’ll want to determine is your flooring as this can be your most expensive investment. Also, you may find that your flooring has a particular color/undertone that you want to match or contrast with your walls and furniture.

After this decision is made, you can then take a sample of your floor and other helpful swatches with you while furniture shopping to help guide your purchasing decisions.

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Do you think you should choose your wall color or furniture first? Let us know in the comments and tell us why!