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Beyond Style: Making Informed Furniture Decisions

Different tastes and lifestyles call for different kinds of furniture, of course, but if you had to reduce a piece of furniture – or a room – to a list of its most desirable qualities, what would those qualities be?</br></br>Looks and cost are almost always going to be the deciding factors, but thinking about how you want a room to feel can lead to a more, ah, comfortable understanding of what you really want out of a particular piece of furniture.</br></br>Let’s take a simple <a title="Accent Chairs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/living-room-chairs/accent-chairs/" target="_blank">accent chair</a> as an example. Asking what you want it to do, or how you want it to feel, can take you a long way.</br></br><strong>Consider: A Pattern of Color Crime</strong></br></br>It’s entirely possible that colors and patterns will skew your judgment when it comes to your <a title="Accent Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/accent-furniture/" target="_blank">accent furniture</a>, which is worth trying to avoid. Too often, it’s a designer’s job to distract you from the impracticality of a piece by – wait for it – <em>making it look really, really cool.</em></br></br>You see this in magazines all the time. That ultra-modern chair looks awesome, and it definitely fits in that room filled with polished stone and glass, but would you really want to sit in there? Does it make you feel like curling up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa?</br></br>To know that may require thinking well beyond style.</br></br><strong>Cushion &amp; Comfort</strong></br></br>Let's start with an easy one. Forget style for a moment and ask yourself whether you’d prefer a chair with or without a cushion. Imagine a room with one less cushion in it: Is that good or bad? Is comfort even a requirement, or does it take a backseat to aesthetics?</br></br>It’s easy to assume that the goal would be to have both, but perhaps not in a room that’s already overstuffed.</br></br><strong>Up in Arms</strong></br></br>Does it even matter whether your accent chair has armrests? That’s a great question. Armrests can make sitting more comfortable and can even make getting up easier in deeper cushions, but they also create a lot of drag in an otherwise streamlined design.</br></br><strong>Motion Creates Emotion</strong></br></br>While reclining may be reserved for recliners, <em>per se</em>, many an accent chair has been known to rock or swivel and those are features that bear consideration.</br></br>But, does movement “dumb down” or overcomplicate an otherwise elegant piece of furniture? Deciding that will depend on your taste and what’s going on in the rest of the room.</br></br>Think about these things <em>before</em> you grab the first thing that catches your eye and you’ll likely find a better fit for your furniture.
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