Posts Tagged ‘living room’

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 (and style tips for today)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

For this week’s Thursday’s Theme we’re taking it back to our Holiday 2005 catalog, and the living room below. Although this set up is over ten years old, it maintains a timeless look because of the use of staple furniture, decor and classic color.

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

First, the colors. If the white furniture doesn’t draw your eye into the image, the red and orange pairing certainly will. Red and orange are analogous colors (as are orange and yellow), which means they are neighbors on the color wheel. This also means that their pairing is pleasing to the eye. While the red in this room has a much more imposing presence, the scattered orange accents move the eye around the room for both a bold yet refined look. These same colors, in addition to small splashes of yellow, are found in the wall art and the quilt hanging on the walls. These help break up the solid colors to make them feel lighter and more airy, thus offering the same effect to the entire room.

Second, the furniture. Another reason why this color pairing works so well is because the furniture is pretty uniform, which allows the color to really take center stage. You may recognize the tables as pieces from our Shaker Furniture collection, and although they have undergone a few slight changes over the years, you can still count on them to coordinate beautifully with each other – no matter which color you choose. The slip-covered furniture is stunning in white here; each piece really grounds the room, and the texture of the fabric prevents it from blending in too much with the walls while still remaining neutral enough as to not clash with the bold colors already in use.

A style tip to keep in mind is when you’re investing in a piece of furniture that will be in your home for a long time, like our Shaker Tables, you can personalize and adapt them to your style in a small yet impactful way: by switching out the drawer pulls. The small wood knobs can be removed with a screwdriver, and you can add your own glass, metal, or other wood pulls.

Learn more about analogous colors here, and let us know about any bold colors you’ve experimented with. We would also love to know if you have any style tips you’ve carried with you throughout the years that have stood the test of time. Leave a comment below!

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Coffee Table Alternatives

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Today we’re sharing some coffee table alternatives to show how you can go beyond the standard table in your living room. We hope these ideas help inspire you, whether you’re looking for a living room refresh or want to better complement your style.

Carolina Double Bench

Cubby Storage BenchBenched

A bench is truly a versatile piece of furniture. You can find benches in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, so it makes sense for them to also work as a coffee table if you are lacking space in a living room or need more storage solutions.

Our Cubby Bench is a great option because of its – you guessed it – cubbies! They can fit baskets if you prefer hidden storage, or you can conveniently place books and electronics inside for later use. As you can see, three sides of this bench are higher than the face, which, if you were using it as a bench, would snugly fit a cushion. However, as a coffee table, this allows you to keep things on top – like beverages – with a decreased risk of them falling off.

For a more sleek and simple look, our Carolina Double Bench and Knotty Pine Shelf Bench offer different looks and function for a more minimalist room.

Paneled Storage ChestTrunk Show

Storage chests and trunks have the blockiness of a standard coffee table, but offer a roomy storage solution in your living room. Our Paneled Storage Chest features a more classic design that would complement a variety of styles, and the recessed details separates the top into two sections – perfect for a his-and-her orientation.  The Black Hyacinth Storage Trunk has a personality that warms any room, and its completely flat top makes it a great focal point around which to arrange your furniture.

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Vivian Upholstered OttomanUpholstered Dream

Cushioned ottomans as central furnishings in a living room have climbed the trend ladder. This type of furniture acts as a more cozy, intimate coffee table in a living room and with the plethora of form and fabric options, the possibilities are nearly endless.

For tufted or slightly rounded ottomans, we recommend finding a coordinating or contrasting tray to allow yourself and your guests a hard surface on which to set snacks, beverages and other items.

Do you use a non-traditional coffee table in your home? Share your tips for making an alternative work for you in the comments below, on Twitter or Facebook.

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Monday Must-Haves: Something for Every Room

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Jelly Hutch Cabinet Set in BlueSwivel Upholstered Rocker in BlueWe’re here with another list of Must-Haves, must-haves for every room! Relax, illuminate and accessorize your home with these pieces to complete a look or inspire a new design in a kitchen, bedroom, family room and every space in your home.

Perfect for above a kitchen island or bar, and equally beautiful in a dining room; use one or multiple Iron, Rope & Glass Pendants for appealing rustic and industrialized charm as well as optimal lighting for any occasion.Iron, Rope & Glass Pendant

Our kitchen always seems to need more storage, and our Jelly Hutch Cabinet Set is the best solution to that ever-growing problem. We must have it in blue, because whether it’s winter, summer, spring or fall, the bold country color fits right in and breathes life into our pantries and cooking spaces.

When you want to comfortably sit and read your favorite book or watch the evening news, our Swivel Upholstered Rocker is the perfect place to curl up and do so. Velvet fabric softly cushions you as the gentle rocker eases you into relaxation. Shown in blue, this chair is offered in four colors to better suit your family room, bedroom or sitting room’s style.

Large Iron Stand for Primitive Pine TrunkOur Primitive Pine Trunks are customer favorites, and now those trunks can be raised to table-height with our Iron Stands, made exclusively for the trunks. Each size is available so you can transform an average furniture piece to a multi-use accent in your living room, bedroom, or in a hallway.

Sawyer Country Star Quilt CollectionLast but certainly not least, our Sawyer Country Quilt Collection is a must-have for any country home, lakeside cabin or rustic bedroom retreat. The bold traditional star design on the quilt and shams complement the charming style of both black and tan valances, while the accent rugs complete the look on the floor with coordinating striped fibers in black, cream and white. As one of our most complete quilt collections, it is one of our favorites, and it will soon become one of yours. Have a peaceful and comfortable night sleep under the soft cotton bedding while knowing your room looks as beautiful as it possibly can.

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