Bringing a Loveseat Into the Bedroom

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Taking this cozy seating option beyond the living room

Loveseats are cozy, comfortable and intimate, which is exactly what makes them perfect additions to the bedroom. Smaller than sofas but more roomy than chairs, these compact pieces of furniture translate well from standard living room decor to enjoyable luxuries that can easily be integrated into your bedroom setup. When choosing a loveseat, it’s important to consider where you want to place it and how your preferred style will fit into the space available.

Utilize the Corners

If you wish to place your loveseat in the corner, you may want to go with a modern style that features rounded edges and a deep seat that you can sink into. Corner spaces often look cramped in bedrooms, but having furniture with soft lines adds a sense of openness and space. Sitting in a corner loveseat gives you a full view of the entire room as you relax. Add a lamp and an ottoman to create a seating area apart from the main section of the room that’s perfect for reading or working on crafts.

Make a Window Seat

A loveseat positioned facing a picture window, bow window or bay window should be light in color to catch and reflect the sun. Choosing a wide, open style of seat adds to the expansive feeling that these types of windows already bring to a room. Enjoy the beautiful view with a traditional loveseat that includes square cushions or go for a modern backless option that looks more like a daybed.

Better than a Bench

End benches are often used at the footboard of the bed to provide extra seating, but a loveseat in the style of a living room couch is much more comfortable. Choose a soft, rounded loveseat for a simple look. Contemporary models without arms mirror the look of a bench. If your home has a more rustic style, try a loveseat with a wooden frame. You can make any of these designs complement the bed setup or create a separate seating area using a table or throw rug.

Accessorize

Once you have the loveseat in place, add accessories such as tapestry throws and throw pillows in colors that complement the style of the loveseat as well as the look of the room. This adds both comfort and flair that makes the loveseat more inviting.

Our selection of loveseats at Indiana’s own Martin Fine Furniture is sure to have something that will look stunning in the bedroom. Choose designs and fabric shades that complement the color scheme and create a cozy, inviting seating area that you can enjoy any time.

Bring Bold Trends Into Your Home this Year

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Hot Trends for the Home from the Summer Las Vegas Market

For home decor enthusiasts and furniture buyers, there’s no better place to browse the latest design trends than the Las Vegas Market. This year’s Summer Market was no exception. Homeowners who want to update the look of their spaces can draw inspiration from some of the biggest trends displayed at the Market.

What Was Big at the Summer Las Vegas Market?

The Summer Las Vegas Market is the go-to destination for those who want to see what’s coming in home decor. It’s true that Indianapolis is a long way from Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the latest in design and furnishings. You can browse the show’s online catalog gallery to see great examples of this year’s trends.

At the show itself, sleek designs reminiscent of Danish Modern and Bauhaus styles were prominent, especially for living room furnishings. Long, functional wooden tables were particularly popular. Gorgeous, hand-painted cabinets and chests also caught the eyes of many shoppers. A marriage of classic and contemporary styles was evident throughout the show with trends from the mid-century forward dominating.

In terms of color, this year’s Market showed off furnishings and accent pieces in Pantone’s colors of the year as well as upcoming tones from the color giant’s collection. Blues and purples in particular dominated with appearances from other jewel tones such as classic ruby red and emerald green. Sand and off-white neutrals also had a strong showing this year.

Bold floral and tribal prints continued to be popular throughout the home. Warm colors made their way back into the home decor palette with many items in gold and gold tones. Cool blues and silvers were also incredibly popular in the home textile area of the show. Both upholstery and accent fabrics in blues are set to be popular well into the next decade.

Bringing Bold Looks into Your Home

Bringing bold looks from the Summer Market into your home is as easy as heading to your local furniture store. As you shop for major furnishings and accent pieces, remember to look for styles in colors that match with your home’s wider decor style. It’s also a good idea to look for furniture that can be adapted to new decor trends with ease. Look for pieces that can be matched easily with new textiles, throws and pillows.

Introducing new furniture and decor trends into your home is easy when you draw inspiration from the Summer Las Vegas Market. Stop by Martin Fine Furniture today to explore all the ways we can help you update your home.

How to Buy the Right Mattress for Your Back

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Ensuring that you get the best possible night’s sleep

If you find yourself tossing and turning every night and are unable to get comfortable, it may be time for a new mattress. Old, worn-out mattresses that don’t properly support your body can lead to lost sleep and all the effects that come with it, including fatigue, irritability and decreased productivity. When the time comes to shop for a new mattress, these tips can help you choose the best one.

Mattress Types

There are several types of mattresses to choose from:

• Memory foam conforms to the body, decreasing strain on pressure points. This can be part of the mattress or bought separately as a topper.
• Innerspring mattresses support you with individually enclosed coil springs.
• Sleep number beds use air to change the feel and support level of the mattress.

Mattresses are also rated in various degrees of firmness to tell you how hard or soft they are. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to lie down and take your chosen mattress for a “test drive.” Spend a good 15 minutes trying out each mattress so you can truly get a feel for it.

Special Considerations

If you suffer from back pain or are dealing with an injury, you may need a specific level of support from your mattress. Many people with back problems find that sleeping on a firmer surface brings relief. The goal is to place your spine in a neutral alignment, avoiding anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your body. You also want to be careful of choosing a mattress that’s too soft and causes your body to sag or curve unnaturally. When testing out mattresses, make sure to position yourself as you would normally sleep. The type of mattress you decide to purchase may depend on whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper.

Stick to a Budget

Setting a budget for your mattress purchase may not have much to do with comfort, but it does keep you from spending too much on features you don’t really need. Know your budget before you begin testing mattresses. Start with those at the higher end of your price range and then test cheaper models as you go. Chances are you’ll find something more affordable that meets your needs.

When you’re sure you’ve picked out just the right mattress type for you, head over to Martin Fine Furniture. Our selection of mattresses includes sizes that fit all types of beds as well as comfortable features such as memory foam. You’ll find the same selection at our Indiana location, so you can stop by and try out any mattress you like to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need for a good night’s sleep.

Embrace This Season’s Hottest Colors for Living Room Sets

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Bringing Today’s Design Trends into Your Living Room

Every year, the design team at Pantone releases a color report that details hot trends for the coming seasons. Anyone can use this color report as inspiration when choosing furniture for a home or apartment. Rest assured that tones drawn from these trending colors are set to be popular in home decor for at least the next decade.

Hot Decor Colors for 2014

You can look to Pantone’s top six trending colors for 2014 to get a good idea of what’s in this year. Remember that these colors can be incorporated into your home in a variety of ways. Use them when choosing both major furniture items such as living room sets and accent pieces such as side tables and throw rugs.

According to the color gurus, home decorators can benefit from incorporating:

•    Dazzling blue, which is the number one color for 2014. It can be overpowering, so strive for balance when shopping for blue furniture. You may not want to fill a room painted blue with blue furniture.
•    Sand, which is a beautiful neutral that isn’t nearly as boring as beige. Use it to bring a grounded look to any living room.
•    Freesia, a gorgeous floral shade that looks especially good when incorporated via throw pillows, rugs and decor accents.
•    Cayenne, a muted, grapefruit-like tone that works well for both walls and furnishings. Think accent walls, couches and tables in cayenne.
•    Radiant orchid, a bright purple that can instantly perk up any room. Thanks to its vibrancy, it’s a great choice for large pieces and accent pieces alike.
•    Paloma, a soft gray that works well with cool and neutral shades. Use it for large pieces that you want to update seasonally with throws and pillows.

Use Color Trends to Pick Living Room Sets

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this season’s hottest color trends into your living room is by using them when choosing living room sets. Living room sets that include sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans or tables offer a great way to update your decor. Before you shop for a set, decide if you want the pieces to incorporate trending colors or provide a palette for them.

If you want to incorporate trending colors via sets, look for groups of chairs, sofas or tables in one of this season’s popular colors. Evaluate the rest of your room to decide if you should look for neutral, cool or warm shades. If you want to provide a palette for trending colors via furniture, look for dark or neutral pieces that will provide a great backdrop for throws, pillows and other decor accents in this season’s hot colors.

Shopping for new furniture should always be a positive experience. You’ll find Indiana’s best selection of furniture in classic designs and new styles at Martin Fine Furniture.

Create Real Entertainment Value with Theater Seating

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Bring Movie Theater Comfort Into Your Own Home

When it comes to staying entertained in your home, no room is more exciting than a theater. A big screen, surround sound system and Blu-ray player or movie projector are all essential components of your home theater. As you plan your theater, don’t forget that you should also pay close attention to your seating options.

Your Theater Seating Options

Today’s furniture stores offer a wide variety of theater seating options to shoppers. For homeowners, finding the right theater seating means looking at the size and layout of their home theaters. Before you can start shopping for theater seating, determine how many seats you’ll need and the total length, width and depth of the space where the seats will be placed.

Once you’ve taken basic measurements, you can evaluate your seating options. You’re likely to see both straight-backed and reclining chairs while shopping. However, most homeowners prefer reclining seats because they provide for comfort while allowing you to get a good angle on your TV or projection screen.

Standard home furnishings can also be used as theater seating. For example, you might place three recliners in a row if you only need three seats in your home theater. However, keep in mind that standard furniture pieces aren’t designed to fit together side to side. This means that you’ll need more space to use these pieces in your home theater than you will to use seating especially designed for theatrical use.

Choosing the Right Seating for Your Home Theater

Once you’re familiar with your options, you can shop for theater seating that’s right for your home. Prioritize choosing seats that are comfortable, appropriately sized and a good match for your current decor scheme. If you’re planning a new home theater, it’s a great idea to choose seats before you settle on other decor as theater seating tends to be offered in a limited selection of colors.

Remember to keep the following factors in mind as you shop for theater seating:

•    Furniture color. Most theater seats are offered in dark browns, mahoganies and blacks. Dark colors make a good choice because they tend to reflect little light.
•    Upholstery material. Manufacturers assume that families will eat and drink in their theater seats, so most are made from leather and other materials that are easy to wipe clean. If you prefer traditional upholstery, be sure to opt for a protective sealant.
•    Comfort features. Many theater seats recline or have footstools for added comfort. Being able to prop your feet up is generally a must in home theaters.
•    Seat accessories. Accessories such as built in cup holders provide for convenience and add to the overall ambiance of your home theater.

Seating can make or break your home theater. Stop by Martin Fine Furniture today to get expert help choosing the right seating for your home theater.

How Do Lift Chairs Provide Health Benefits?

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Once you get comfortable in your favorite recliner, getting back up may seem like a monumental task. This is especially true if you have chronic pain or mobility issues. When your body won’t cooperate, you can’t get up without fighting a major battle with your chair, and sometimes the chair wins. The simple act of rushing to stand up when the doorbell rings could cause you to twist and contort your body in ways that could increase your pain or even cause an injury. Pizza delivery just isn’t worth the risk. Fortunately, you have another option: An electric lift chair can improve your health by protecting you during the process of standing or repositioning yourself. It can literally put you back on your feet without the risk, the pain or the struggle.

What Does a Lift Recliner Do?

At first glance, a lift chair looks just like a comfy standard recliner, but it hides a powerful electric motor in its base. Using a handheld remote control or a built-in keypad, you can activate the mechanism that slowly and gently repositions the seat, back rest or foot rest. With the push of a button, you can become vertical or horizontal without even trying. Several types of lift chairs are available. Standard two-position chairs can lift to a standing position and recline to a 45-degree angle. A three-position chair can recline to an almost flat position for sleep. Some chairs allow the foot rest to operate separately; these are ideal if you have circulation problems or complex medical needs. With a great lift recliner, you’ll have less pain, less frustration and more energy to do the things you love.

Who Can Benefit From Lift Chairs?

If you have difficulty standing from a seated position for any reason, you can benefit. Seniors who suffer from arthritis are perfect candidates for a lift chair, and Medicare may help cover the cost. They’re also helpful to people recovering from a stroke or those who suffer from back pain, muscle weakness, neurological disorders or any type of general illness that affects mobility and strength. A lift chair can help you maintain your independence and stay more active. It won’t even threaten your home’s aesthetics. Lift chairs don’t look like medical equipment; they blend in seamlessly with living room furniture.

Let Martin Fine Furniture Give You a Lift

As four generations of our satisfied Indianapolis customers will tell you, Martin Fine Furniture has everything you need to make your life more comfortable and your home more beautiful. Our great selection of high-quality, name-brand lift chairs includes a style to match every home’s decor and every homeowner’s personal needs. Visit us on the web or in person to browse our collection, or contact us to learn more.

Top Benefits of Adjustable Beds

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Improving health, sleep and more with an adjustable bed frame

Adjustable beds aren’t just for hospitals. Upgrading your regular bed to one with an adjustable frame can improve not only your quality of sleep but also your overall well-being.

Relieves Back Pain

A flare-up of back pain can make it almost impossible to sleep. If you have an adjustable bed, however, you can move yourself into whatever position is the most comfortable. Keeping the spine properly supported and in its natural alignment eases pain and prevents compression that may squeeze nerves and wake you out of a deep sleep.

Eases Sleep Apnea and Reduces Snoring

Both sleep apnea and snoring can rob you of the restful, refreshing sleep your body needs to rejuvenate each night. Being able to position your head at a different angle relieves some of the pressure on your windpipe and keeps your throat in an open position. This way, you won’t be awakened by the need to gasp for air or the sound of your own thunderous snores echoing through the bedroom. You’ll also be able to breathe more deeply, thereby improving oxygen delivery to all parts of your body.

Improves Digestion

Sleeping with your head elevated can help relieve symptoms of GERD and other conditions that cause acid reflux. With an adjustable bed, you don’t have to struggle with propping the head of the bed up with boards or bricks to achieve this beneficial position. Sleeping at an incline also reduces damage sustained when acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus.

Aids Circulation

Adjustable beds give you the choice of sleeping in many different positions, including the “zero gravity” position. This keeps your head slightly elevated and your legs above your heart, providing optimal blood flow to all parts of your body as you sleep.

Reduces Swelling

Better circulation is also beneficial when you’re experiencing any kind of swelling. Sports injuries, sprains, strains and the stress from being on your feet for hours at work can all cause this unpleasant condition. Adjusting your bed to elevate whatever part of your body is hurt allows you to maintain a beneficial position throughout the night and reduces the risk of making the injury worse by moving the wrong way while you sleep.

When you’re ready to upgrade the bedroom furniture in your Indianapolis home, come visit the Martin Fine Furniture website. You’ll find a variety of beautiful beds in classic styles as well as modern designs to complement contemporary home decor. We can help you find just the right bed for your specific needs so you can get the best possible sleep every night.

Using Mismatched Furniture for an Eclectic Look

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Using creative clashes in interior design

When it comes to decorating your bedroom or living room, it doesn’t always pay to prioritize matching. While it’s important that the furnishings and decor items in your room fit together, it isn’t essential that every piece is part of a matched set. In fact, using mismatched furniture in your home is a great way to create warm, engaging living spaces.

Add a New Decor Twist With Mismatched Furniture

If you’ve been browsing bedroom furniture stores or looking for new living room furniture, you’ve likely seen dozens upon dozens of matching sets. While using matched furniture can make sense, there’s also nothing wrong with choosing mismatched pieces to create an eclectic look in your space. Mismatched pieces add visual interest and versatility, making them a budget-wise purchasing choice for any homeowner.

How to Mismatch Furniture Well

Using mismatched furniture to create a unique, funky feel in your home is a simple process of creating a decor strategy and finding pieces that match it. For instance, you might decide that you want to redecorate your dining room with a focus on greens. Instead of choosing matching chairs to sit around your table, choose six or seven unique chairs in different shades of green.

If you want to mismatch couches and chairs in a living area, pick a color palette and choose patterns and fabrics that draw from that palette. You might want to choose florals from different time periods in blues and yellows or stick with bold ethnic patterns in earth tones. You can also add throw pillows and other accent pieces that help create connections between mismatched pieces.

Another great way to mismatch furniture with style in your Indianapolis home is to focus on an era-centric theme. Try using pieces from the same time period together to create an eclectic, antique look. Add knick knacks and wall decor from the same time period for a well-rounded look. If you’re decorating on a budget, opt for new furnishings that adopt older designs as antique furniture can be very expensive.

It’s also a good idea to take a careful look at the structural features of furniture. Try choosing pieces that are different but all have something in common. For instance, if you’re choosing side tables for a living room, look for tables that all have the same kind of legs. This will help to create visual unity and makes shopping for mismatched pieces easier.

Mismatched furniture is just one of many design trends that you can put to use in your home. Stop by and talk with the decor pros at Martin Fine Furniture today to explore your options.

Things to Know Before Purchasing a New Mattress

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Get the best possible night’s sleep with these handy tips

Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night by a spring poking into your back from the depths of the mattress? If this sounds familiar, it’s a sure sign that your sleeping space needs an upgrade. Before you head out to the mattress store, consider these tips for finding the best possible replacement.

Know What’s Comfortable for You

When considering a new mattress, think about all the beds you’ve slept in. Which ones were the most comfortable and why? This will give you a guideline to determine how firm or soft of a mattress to look for. It might even be a good idea to find out the brands of the mattresses you have the fondest memories of so you can hone in on these when you’re shopping.

Pick a Price Range

A new mattress is a long-term investment in your health. Think about it: When you don’t sleep well, you don’t feel well. The mattress you buy today should last for a good eight to 10 years. With that in mind, decide how much you’re willing to spend and how that amount works out when spread over the life of the mattress.

Research the Options

With all the brands and types of mattresses out there, the only way to know what you’re looking for is to do a little research before going shopping. Check out options on the Internet and make sure you understand the different types of spring systems and mattress tops.

Don’t forget to look for specific sales cycles as well. Mattress stores tend to have drastic price cuts at particular times of year. Catching one of these deals could literally save you hundreds of dollars between discounts and free delivery.

Test Every Possibility

Once you’ve found a few mattresses that you like, spend a good 15 minutes testing each one out. Lie down on it in the positions that you normally sleep in and see how it feels. You should be supported fully at every angle. If you share a bed with someone, bring them along as well to make sure that you both feel comfortable with your potential choices.

When you’re ready to start your search for a new mattress, take a little time to check out the Martin Fine Furniture website. Our inventory offers mattresses of all sizes, and you can browse according to the bed you’re buying for. After you get an idea of what we have available, stop by our store so we can help you find the best mattress to support your sleeping style.

Using Down-to-Earth Accents to Pick Up Your Room

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Whether you need to ground bright pieces or find a common theme for mismatched furniture, adding budget-friendly neutrals is a great way to instantly turn your home into a dream space.

When it comes to interior design, bold colors and eye-catching patterns get all the attention, but neutrals can be just as important. Spanning a wide range of calming hues, neutrals soften hard edges, add warmth and bring balance to brighter pieces. From lighting up the room with champagne-tinted mirrors to connecting mismatched furniture with basic rugs and curtains, below are some of our favorite ways for using stylish neutral accents to update your living space on any budget.

1. Offset bright colors with classic accessories.

If you’ve been leaving neutrals behind in favor of saturated shades and busy patterns, chances are that your home needs a make-under. Timeless touches, such as tiled vases, textured sofa pillows and indoor plants, add personality and draw attention away from louder pieces.

2. Don’t shy away from white.

Most people rate white as one of their least favorite shades, but there’s a good reason why it’s a mainstay on every interior designer’s color palette. While it’s tough to pull off white as a dominant color, treating it as a highlighter is ideal for creating an airy atmosphere in spaces that can use a little more light. To learn how to incorporate white into any room, take a look at these stunning design ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

3. Use fabrics and rugs to bring harmony to mismatched items.

If your furniture comes in a rainbow of hues, don’t sacrifice your savings account to find color-coded replacements. Adding neutral accents throughout each room is an easy way to trick the eye into seeing a cohesive theme. Think big and inexpensive fabrics. Rugs, curtains, tapestries and throws in complementary neutral shades are your best bet for balancing conflicting styles.

4. Use mirrors to bring in light and make a statement.

Since elaborate frames can make the space look and feel more cluttered, look for simpler designs in white, silver and iridescent gold. For a touch of elegance, invest in a high-end sunburst mirror with a classic metal frame.

5. Spruce up your walls with interesting artwork.

To avoid adding more details into a space already jam-packed with contrasting pieces and vibrant colors, choose abstract prints or landscape photographs in shades that won’t clash with the room’s furniture. Pale orange, yellow and red fit warmer color schemes, while understated blues and greens mesh well with cooler palettes.

Looking for a furniture store in Indianapolis? At Martin Fine Furniture, we’ve been providing quality furniture to homeowners for over 150 years. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our design aesthetic, products, brands and discounts.