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Selecting the Best Colors and Fabrics for Furniture

If you’re considering incorporating a new piece of furniture into your home, you may have a lot on your mind. After all, you want something that blends in with your current home decor, but you also don’t want it to be outdated in a few years. Plus, there are a lot of colors and fabrics to choose from.

Luckily, if you need a bit of guidance, you’re in the right place. Here are answers to 5 common questions to help you with some of your shopping woes—and give you confidence in your final selection.

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What are Safe Colors?

There are a few colors that are considered “safe colors” when it comes to furniture. These colors mesh well with the vast majority of decor styles, are unaffected by trends, and can make furniture feel timeless.

BLACK:

Dark, dramatic, fits in with most color palettes.

WHITE:

Light, airy, matches with anything.

GRAY:

Crisp, fresh, has a very contemporary feel.

BROWN:

Rich, earthy, a classic that has proven it is timeless.

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Can I Go with a Bold Color?

Absolutely! Nothing says you have to go with a safe color. Furniture draped in a bold hue may just be the statement piece your home needs. Plus, if you love bold tones, that piece will always feel timeless—while trends come and go, your personality never goes out of style.

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Should I Avoid “Trendy” Colors?

While we don’t advise that you pick a color just because it is the latest craze, if you genuinely love it and it speaks to you, then go for it!
Did you know color preference is highly subjective? Everyone views color differently. For example, while some people may love a soft blue for its calming aesthetic, others may associate it with a hospital gown and detest it. How we view color is not just rooted in our design preferences, but it’s shaped by our experiences.

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Leather or Fabric?

The best fabric for your home depends on what kind of lifestyle you live.

Do you have kids or messy adults in your home? If there is a spill, leather is much easier to wipe down than fabric.

Is it hot and humid where you live? You may not enjoy sticking to a leather chair in hot weather, so fabric can be more favorable.

Suffer from allergies? Leather is hypo-allergenic.

Love bold color and patterns? Fabric generally has more options.

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Should I Look for a Certain Style?

Not necessarily. While simpler furniture like Mid-Century Modern and Danish can help you cultivate a timeless aesthetic, this one is purely a personal preference. However, what you should always look for in a piece is craftsmanship. Quality craftsmanship and materials will assure you that your furniture is built to last

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Where Can I Get More Furniture Advice?

In-store sales associates are always happy to help, but if you need help matching furniture to your design vision, book a free chat with one of our design consultants. They can help you sort out everything from proper sizing to fabric selection—and everything in-between.

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The 2022 lookbook

Explore more on trends, products, and lifestyle in our new lookbook. Be inspired to create your own forever trending personal look, now.

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Forever on trend

Through changing seasons, one thing has proven to always be on trend. Being true to yourself. That's why we encourage your self-expression, helping you to adopt new trends with your own personal spin.

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