Bright and bold playful patterns are trending this summer! Interior fashion has currently found a home with fresh and exciting patterns that brighten rooms and add life to a color palette. These new trending pieces are not your Grandma’s ancient sofa, instead, they hold a focus on large-scale shapes comprised of vibrant colors.
Luckily, there is an abundance of these playful fabrics out right now and scattered throughout our showrooms.
Find Your Fresh Face
Start your color palette with a unique fabric you cannot keep your eyes off of. Remember, large-scaled shapes and bright colors are the two core elements of this trend. The first one you fall in love with is probably your new “fresh face.”
Don’t shy away from textures throughout your room, a mix of different textures can actually give your room a sophisticated look. After selecting your main fabric, choose smaller patterns and similar shades. Rugs, accent chairs, rugs, pillows, and smaller sofas are all perfect pieces to implement this concept. Be careful! Always avoid selecting fabrics that could outplay your main piece.
The best part of these bold patterns is adding a personal touch to your home and letting your style shine. The scene is yours to set, so have fun doing it!
Decorating your coffee table gives you the opportunity to let your style shine in your living room. Adding the right pieces adds an intriguing sophistication that is sure to charm. Impress your guests with these quick and easy steps. Let’s get right into this quick read:
Prior to Decorating
Using tape, create squares around where you would like to place objects. This technique will help you measure what will fit and how much of the table you wish to decorate.
Find decor that will be eye-catching on your table. For example, if your table is constructed of dark wood, enhance it with white accents.
Shape & Height
Try to incorporate a mixture of shapes. Rectangular objects are great for structure but will look too stuffy without any variation. Round trays, bowls, and candles come in handy to break up these stuffy lines.
Height falls under the same concept, find one central piece with substantial height compared to the rest for chic symmetry.
Start with a Base Stack objects on top of books or a decorative tray. The rule of three applies excellently to coffee table design. Create three separate collections on your table, each with a different base. I recommend staying within the same color theme in each group, to avoid clashing. Two collections work just as well, especially if you are working with a small table.
Greenery Flowers and plants add that pop of color that every room needs. Find glistening vases to feature your greenery. Even though real flowers are stunning, faux flowers are cheaper and last longer.
Small Objects Small unique decor pieces are perfect to set on top of coasters, trays, and books. Find objects that tie in with your theme and personal style.
Candles Everyone loves a great smelling candle! Place your favorite candle onto one of the bases to add maturity to your space.
Is your guest bedroom ready for visitors?
You’ve put a lot of effort and heart into decorating your home, but maybe you ran out of steam when you finally got to the guest room. Or, maybe you’ve decorated it but feel like it needs something more. Why settle for a guest room that’s only ok?
Think back to times you’ve stayed at someone else’s house (or even a hotel). There are usually some little things that would improve your stay. Do you ever tell your hosts about those things? Like most of us, you probably politely say how well you slept but secretly wish you had a different pillow that didn’t make your neck sore.
Treat your guests to a great stay by taking a few steps to transform that spare bedroom into a true getaway. Improvements can be simple and don’t have to break the bank.
Assess Your Situation
The best way to figure out if your guest room is comfortable is to spend a couple nights sleeping there yourself.
Pay attention to the bed, lighting, storage, and where they might put their belongings. Listen for noise coming from the rest of the house as well. This will give you a good idea what and how much they hear from you after they turn in for the night.
If you find yourself crawling back to your own bedroom after the first night, improvements can probably be made for your guests.
Now that you know what you’re dealing with, let’s whip this room into shape.
Start with the Guest Bed
Although the bed is the most important part, many of us are guilty of shipping our old mattress off to the guest bedroom. If it’s still in good shape, it’s smart to reuse it, but it’s also best to avoid making your guests sleep on something you wouldn’t sleep on.
Montgomery’s Mattress 1st Manager, Clint Richards, recommends purchasing a medium to medium-firm mattress to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. A traditional coil mattress is the safest buy. If you have a regular guest, you might consider a mattress more to that single guest’s liking.
For most guest rooms with intermittent use, Clint recommends buying a mattress in a middle to low price range. However, if you end up sleeping in this room often because of a partner who snores or steals the covers, buy something closer to what you would sleep on in your master bedroom.
If you have a tight budget for guest room improvements, focus your money here. Your guests will appreciate the great night’s sleep more than anything else you do.
Offer Bedding Options
When it comes to completing the bed, give your visitors options. The right pillows, blankets, and sheets blend together to make the secret sauce for a good night’s sleep.
Clint recommends a basic cotton sheet set for most guests. “Microfiber can sleep hot, and other materials like flannel may sound great to one guest and like a furnace to another,” he says.
If you know some of your regular guests love flannel sheets, keep a spare set ready. Always ask your guest their preference before putting anything other than cotton sheets on the bed.
Clint recommends providing medium-firm pillows or have multiple options handy. Make at least one option hypo-allergenic since some people have allergies you may not be aware of. If you can, provide two pillows per guest in case they like to sleep propped up (for those heartburn-y kind of nights).
Finish off the bed with a couple layers of lightweight blankets, a bedspread or a comforter. Layers offer your guest the ability to add more or less heat through the night, depending on their comfort level. Also, keep a couple extra blankets in the room in case they feel cold.
Now that the bed is comfy and cozy, focus on other guest room must-haves.
Think About Organization & Electronics
You’ve arrived at your destination and you’re shown to the room you’ll be sleeping in. You notice right away the bedside table and lamp are not on your side of the bed. You like to read before going to sleep. Hard to do when the lamp is on the wrong side of the bed, especially if your spouse is traveling with you. Has this ever happened to you?
To solve this problem, put a nightstand or small table on both sides of the bed. Add lamps to each table that are tall enough to reach from the bed. Matching lamps will help tie together mismatched tables or bedroom furniture. No room for a table and lamp on both sides? Keep a clip-on reading light handy near the bed.
With tables and lighting are taken care of, give your guests options for organization so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase or keep their things on the floor. Put out a luggage rack, make space in the closet for hanging clothes, and add decorative but functional hooks to a wall or the back of the door to hang jackets, purses, or wet towels after a hot shower.
Finally, guests always come with one important little electronic: their cell phone. If you don’t have an outlet within easy reach of the bed, add an extension cord so they don’t have to crawl half under the bed to reach one.
Finish it off with Creature Comforts
For most guests, it’s the little things you do that really matter. Put a box of Kleenex along with a wastebasket in the room. Tuck a lint roller in a drawer. Add a night light for easy late-night navigation.
Add a basket filled with a couple bottles of water, a snack or two, lotion, aspirin, antacid, extra toothbrushes, and even some essentials for the ladies. I actually had a guest once with such bad heartburn in the middle of the night he went to the convenience store six blocks away for antacid because he couldn’t find where we kept it. See how great that basket of goodies would have been? I learned my lesson!
If your guest room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, offer a table-top fan for your guests to use. A lot of guests need air movement to sleep well. And the fan helps drown out household noise as well.
Guest Room Essentials Accomplished
Now that your guest bedroom is ready to make visitors feel at home, orient your guests to the room. Show them where to charge their phone and hang their towel, where the extra pillows and blankets are stashed, and how to get out if there’s a fire (especially if you have any doors or windows that are difficult to open).
After their first night, encourage them to share with you if they found a need for something that wasn’t there. And find out if they slept well or need something adjusted with the bed. Tell them you’re trying to get the guest experience just right in your home. They’ll be happy to help with recommendations if they have any.
Did we miss anything? Let us know if you have something special you do for your guests. And don’t forget to enjoy your time with them.
Quality furniture can make all the difference in your home. Furniture is one of the most important, yet least appreciated aspects of life. You rest on it, your kids play on it, you sleep on it, and in many cases, you have it your entire life.
What do I look for?
- Know your wood types. Wood furniture falls into three categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board or composite wood.
- Check drawers and cabinets. Open the drawers and cabinets.
- Avoid nails and glue. Jointed is best.
- Consider your lifestyle.
- Be realistic about colors.
- Inspect the legs.
- Check the springs.
- Test the cushions.
Caring for Quality
Furniture Care Tips
If your furniture is located near a window, it’s best to use window treatments to prevent furniture from discoloring. Heating and air outlets will also fade fabrics and leather, as well as damage the fibers over an extended period of time.
Fabric: never take the cushion cover off to clean.
To clean a spill, immediately blot (without rubbing) with a dry, absorbent white cloth. Check the cleaning code (w/s, w or s) on the label of the furniture, normally located on the center seat cushion, for suggested cleaning methods for the fabric. Use a professional furniture cleaning service when an overall cleaning is needed.
Leather: clean with a soft, damp white cloth.
After wiping clean, gently rub with a soft dry cloth. Never use polishes, oils, ammonia, cleaning fluids, solvents or detergents to clean leather upholstery. The use of these cleaning agents may cause damage and will void the warranty
Rotate and fluff seat and back cushions regularly. Vacuum regularly with an upholstery attachment.
This will prevent the cushion core from wearing prematurely, will preserve the fabric color and control welt slippage. Although dust may not be apparent, it settles into your upholstery and may not only make it dirty but may eventually damage the fibers if not removed.
The dining room table is the last bastion of family gathering time.
Your table is the place your little ones smear birthday cake during their first birthday party and later share their spaghetti noodles with the dog. It’s the place you see your kids’ faces and hear about their day before they go back to their phones and computers.
And it’s the place you and your spouse regularly reconnect as a couple over a home-cooked meal (or maybe a fast-food burger and fries).
Don’t rush buying a new dining room table—it’s too important to your family and the function of your home. Whether you need a table for your formal dining room or your eat-in kitchen, take your time in choosing this gathering space foundation piece.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Every family has different needs when it comes to their dining table. Let’s look at the needs you should consider.
If you have small children, you’ll need a durable table that can stand up to high use. Besides meals, your dining table will see homework, games, crayons, art projects, and plenty of spills. Selecting the right materials and finishes are key.
Families with older children may not have the opportunity to eat together as often. School activities, friends, and the allure of their own rooms can make it difficult to get your kids to the table. In this case, you may not have as many concerns about high use, so your choices open up a bit more.
No kids at home? You have the freedom to pick a dining room table for its beauty and style. Use the next considerations to help narrow your options.
Meal Time Habits
Some of us use our dining room tables to eat meals. Some of us use our tables to pile mail high and hold the Target bags until we have time to put the stuff inside away. (Admit it, you do it too.) We won’t decide who’s right or wrong today, but you need to be honest about which one you are.
Pay attention to your daily routine. If you do eat meals at the table, buy one large enough to fit the number of people who use it on a daily basis. If you don’t use your table for actual eating, buy the most appropriate size for your space (we’ll talk about size coming up). From there, consider one last thing.
Do you host family get-togethers and holidays? Or entertain a group of friends for games or dinner parties on a regular basis? You need a dining room table capable of seating everyone comfortably. Buy a table with the number of people you normally host in mind. Consider an extendable dining table for large parties. And remember, each person needs at least 24 inches of space at their place setting.
If your space is limited but you still entertain, buy a table that fits your space for day-to-day needs and expands when the crew comes over. Look for an extendable dining table with leaves, a gate-leg table, or a drop-leaf table. You’ll have flexibility for groups and still be able to fit the table into your space.
Measure Twice Buy Once
Getting the dining table size right is the most important part of buying a table. Imagine buying a beautiful new table, getting it home, and every time someone tries to get up from the table, their chair hits the wall. Aunt Edna won’t be happy if she has to crawl under the table to get out of the room.
Before you start shopping, measure your dining room carefully. Know how high your ceilings are. Make note of other furniture in the room. It’s a good idea to measure that furniture as well so your proportions match up.
For example, if your china cabinet is very large, don’t buy a petite table that looks tiny when in the same room. Or, maybe you have an airy feeling buffet with slender legs. Don’t buy a massive, heavy table. They just won’t work together.
Leave 42 to 48 inches of space between the edge of the table and the wall. If you have other furniture (like a buffet) in the room, that 42 to 48 inches will be between the edge of the table and the front of the furniture.
One last thing. Don’t forget to take extension leaves into account when measuring. The table should still fit comfortably in your dining room when at its largest size.
Deciding on Materials
Even though a variety of materials are available for dining room tables, solid wood is the most popular. Its durability over time and its beauty are unmatched. You can find unique looks in many design styles. Imagine a solid wood slab top, honed to a beautiful lustrous finish.
Wood veneers are also available and make it possible to buy a wood table clad in a rare wood species. Unusual patterns can be created with several types of veneers. And don’t be fooled by negative impressions of veneers. They are just as durable as solid wood.
You’ll also find dining tables made of glass, stone, metal, and laminate. Although glass, stone, and metal may seem more durable than wood, this is not always true. Glass is difficult to keep clean and stone and some metals require extra care when used, just like wood.
All materials have an upside and a downside. Talk with your interior designer about which works best for your home and family.
Make a Statement
Let’s say you saw a table that screamed, “I’m perfect for you!” Would you go for it? Look for a truly unique dining table that’s an expression of your personality.
Your dream table might be a rough-hewn wood slab created as one piece with a metal base that makes a striking contrast to the warm, wood top. Or maybe you prefer a sleek metal topped table for a modern look.
Some companies offer the option to create a custom table to match your tastes exactly. Explore the possibilities and bring home just what you want.
Whatever type of dining room table you choose to buy, take all these things into consideration, and you’ll bring home a table that can serve you and your family for years. The designers at Montgomery’s are here to help whenever you’re ready.
Can you believe we’re already to a new year? Welcome to 2019!
With a new year comes new color and home design trends. Fresh colors slip into 2019 to complement much of what you already see. And some design styles from the past will pop up and take the design world by storm in brand new ways.
After following 2019 home design trends closely, we’re excited for what the year has in store. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about interior trend forecasts for 2019 and how to use these new trends in your own home.
2019 Interior Paint Colors
Every year, paint manufacturers use their expertise to predict and create new color palettes. From there, furniture and home décor designers take those colors and create beautiful things to freshen up our homes and make them feel new again.
Colors of the Year
Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year brings back a color palette we’ve seen before—the colors of the American desert Southwest. This year, their experts have selected Cavern Clay as their color of the year. They describe Cavern Clay as “a warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots.”
This color combines midcentury modern with the colors of the Southwest. Not to worry. This isn’t your 90’s Southwest. This soft color and its complimentary palettes take those desert colors and add undertones of gray to create an updated look.
Use Sherwin William’s Cavern Clay as the base hue of a room or just as an accent color. Visit their Colormix Forecast 2019 to see the entire palette. Reading the stunning descriptions of each palette is a treat all by itself.
Behr’s color of the year is called Blueprint, a lovely gray-blue Behr describes as “an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life.” It’s a color that’s easy to live with and even easier to mix with other paint colors.
Behr’s paint colors for 2019 include some great neutrals that can be easily worked in with other trending interior paint color schemes. Visit their Color Trends 2019 to get a look at what they’ve put together.
Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690
Looking for a more neutral color of the year? Benjamin Moore has selected one just for you. Their color of the year is called Metropolitan AF-690. Experts at Benjamin Moore describe it as “calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated.” A beautiful soft gray-white, this color sets the tone for a harmonious, understated home. See their entire palette by visiting their Color Trends 2019.
Finally, the vibrant color Living Coral bursts into 2019 as Pantone’s color of the year. They describe this color as “sociable and spirited” and a color that “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.” If you’re optimistic and playful, this just might be the color for you. Expect to see plenty of Pantone’s Living Coral this year.
Using Trending Neutrals with Vibrant Colors
Even with all the new 2019 interior paint colors, white will still be a major player. Use it as your main color and accent with the new, earthy and vibrant colors. You can use large swaths of color to accent or just toss in a few colorful pillows to provide a subtle pop. The choice is yours.
Not sure white is for you? Gray will still be popular this year, but home design trends are forecasted to shift away from cool grays and toward warmer grays to complement the new earthy tones. This upcoming trend is more beneficial for those of us who live through cold winters, implementing warm grays will prevent your home from feeling too stark during these months. This upcoming trend works better for those of us who live through cold winters because it keeps our homes from feeling too stark. Less “brrr,” more “ahhh.”
The designers at Elle Décor suggest finding a balance between neutrals such as white or gray with the right dose of color. So rather than using gray as the entire color scheme, let it take a supporting role by using bigger doses of saturated color than you have in previous years. The addition of more vibrant shades will create a happier, more upbeat look we could all use to boost our mood in an uncertain and seemingly divided world.
Be daring this year. Let color lead your home to places you haven’t attempted before.
New design trends can be a bit tricky. Design experts’ opinions vary when it comes to what’s trending for the new year. So what should you do to make sure you don’t make a design mistake? Look for common threads among the trends. And keep reading for some guidance.
Other experts’ websites came in handy to help nail down the design trends for 2019. You can check them out, too. Visit sites from the High Point Market, Elle Décor and House Beautiful magazines, and Houzz.com (my personal favorite). One of the best things you can do is visit one of Montgomery’s showrooms. You’ll find cutting-edge pieces as well as beautiful classics all in one place. And we love visitors.
Now, on to 2019 design and furniture trends. Let’s start with what designers saw at the fall High Point Market.
It was hard to miss the curvy furniture pieces. Feminine, swooping lines on sofas, curved-back chairs, and round accent tables have made their presence known. Velvets and attention to details in upholstered pieces were also in the spotlight. Experts expect to see detailed seaming and contrasting welts.
Style spotters at High Point also noticed an emphasis on handcrafted pieces, natural materials, and highly tactile warmth overall. Cane, bamboo, and rattan popped up around every corner. Light wood floors and furniture dominated over darker woods.
Statement case goods (like buffets or unique tables) were well represented at High Point. You’ll see these everywhere this year. If you see something you love, consider adding it or replacing something with one of these gems. Beautiful, unique case pieces have a way of setting a tone for a room like nothing else.
Another popular 2019 home design trend will be mixing modern pieces with the traditional. For example, you’ll see mid-century modern pieces sharing the same space as antiques in a home. Consumers have evolved into buying separate pieces rather than buying matching furniture sets over the past few years, creating more organic spaces. Buying furniture this way will better reflect your personality and give a greater sense of a collected home.
Black will show up in some unexpected ways this year. All black powder rooms are all the rage (yes, even the walls). Black cabinetry is making a big comeback. And, black accents used with the light neutrals of this year will pump up the contrast in your spaces.
You’ll be able to mix patterns you couldn’t before. Geometrics will be prominent in flooring, fabrics, and wallpaper. To maximize a pattern’s impact, use vibrant colors like Pantone’s Living Coral. Vibrant color schemes also work well to make a small room appear larger.
Speaking of wallpaper, this year will see a bolder use of it than in the past. Use wallpaper to cover all the walls in a room rather than just an accent wall. The bold patterns and beautiful colors make a real statement. And part of this look is to hang art and photography on the walls right along with the wallpaper. Layer it on!
One design trend many of us should be excited about this year is mixing metals. Gone are the days of matching every single metallic surface in a room. Feel free to mix them up—brass with nickel, gold with hammered bronze. Metals are finally free to hang out with each other.
A final trend is the increased use of terrazzo, but top designers disagree on terrazzo’s future. Some see terrazzo as moving out of popularity, while others see it as the “it” material of the year. Trendspotting is a tough business, which is why we leave you with one final bit of advice.
Don’t feel pressured to follow trends each year. Pick up on a couple if you see something that speaks to you. The great thing about interior design trends is that it’s all about your personal preference. Do what you love, and it will always work in your home.
And remember, our designers here at Montgomery’s are always close by to help you make great decisions for your home. Visit anytime, even if you’re just checking out the new trends.