Choosing Furniture – Making the Right Choice

By John Gore

Choosing Furniture – Making the Right Choice

Trends in interior design, like trends in fashion, come and go very rapidly, but furniture selections deserve much thought before purchase to avoid making costly mistakes that can turn your trendy new living room into yesterday’s look very quickly. First and foremost, have an idea of your budget, and purchase the best you can afford. Remember that the word sofa is as generic as the word automobile – with lots to choose from – going very high to very low.

When shopping, make sure the sales person knows the particular needs for the piece to be purchased. Pets, children and room location are all factors for wear and tear of upholstery. Once again, buy the best you can afford. There is “more than meets the eye” underneath the fabric on a sofa or the veneer on a chest. For example, on an inexpensive sofa you can usually feel the wood frame beneath the fabric and batting, and an inexpensive nightstand made with particleboard and laminate veneers can be picked up by one person. In furnishings, as in clothing, you get what you pay for.

The interior design world is constantly changing; however, over the last few years, there seems to be a constant factor in the overall direction and that is “transitional” (design in the middle of traditional and contemporary). Upholstery is becoming more simplified and streamlined, reminiscent of mid-century. Furniture pieces or “casegoods” are now making more of a statement with exotic veneers and lacquered paints with metal accents. Brass, yesterday’s metal darling, gave way to silver and brushed nickel, and is now making a comeback in a softer gold patina.  Mixing all metal finishes can be quite stunning when done properly.

Mixing the old with the new creates a personal design that is both interesting and conversational. I’ve always stated that every room, no matter how contemporary, needs at least one antique for conversational interest. It can be an antique Asian chest, a primitive olive jar from Turkey, or an antique Southern tobacco cutter – something unique with a fascinating story behind it. When accessorizing, I like to see at least some personal items in the scheme. Whether family photographs or previously mentioned artifacts, the room should reflect you and make your personal statement.

John Gore is the owner of B. Graham Interiors and an Allied Member of ASID with 35 years of experience in Interior Design. B. Graham Interiors is located at 1307 Enterprise Avenue in Myrtle Beach. Contact John at 843-692-7844 or visit www.bgrahaminteriors.com.

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  • John GoreJohn Gore is the owner of B. Graham Interiors and an Allied Member of ASID with 35 years of experience in Interior Design. B. Graham Interiors is located at 1307 Enterprise Avenue in Myrtle Beach. Contact John at 843-692-7844 or visit www.bgrahaminteriors.com.

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