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Top 5 Trends in Furniture Design From 2016

RST Brand Indoor Furniture

Trends in furniture design tend to be cyclical, and 2016 is no exception. But that’s what can make interior and exterior design so fun–finding interesting ways to blend the retro with the modern. Today’s top designers are finding interesting ways to show-off a 1970s vibe while still capturing a modern sensibility of simplicity and sustainability.

Here are the top furniture design trends from 2016 to inspire your next home decorating project.

70’s Inspired Sofas Designed for Lounging & Comfort

What do you picture when you think of 70’s furniture? Low to the ground, tapered legs, and slender profiles. The furniture of this freewheeling decade was built for comfort and it is making a big come back in the furniture scene.

Opting for comfort and high quality is also a great idea because as long as something is super comfortable to lounge in and built with materials designed to last, your family will never stop enjoying them. This plush and boxy Montreal 3 piece sectional is perfect for hanging out with friends all day long or curling up to watch Netflix.

Lava lamp is optional.


Modular, sectional couches have been popular for years now, but they’re really starting to be integrated into living room and outdoor spaces in exciting new ways.

The versatility of a modular sofa is its biggest advantage. Designers are starting to experiment with different geometric shapes and interesting designs that expand the functionality of a space.

Black is Back

Black is a bold choice, but in the right room it can be gorgeous. Think black matte appliances and accents, as well as moody and dramatic black paint and wallpaper choices.

Don’t be afraid to go to a dark place and envelope a den or family room in black. Choose the dark side with this Valhalla six piece sectional that is perfect for a home theater.

Organic Surfaces with Metallic Touches

Organic surfaces, such as wood, stone, and even geodes are a great contrast to metallic, industrial design that create instant interest. Distressed wood combined with powder-coated steel is a good choice for a coffee table, and decorating touches like petrified wood can lend a room an inviting and rustic feel.

Outdoor-Indoor Integrations

Make your outdoor deck an extension of your indoor living space. You can accomplish this by choosing outdoor furniture that is congruent with your indoor furniture.

By creating a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, you can truly open up your home and take full advantage of your patio and your view. The Deco Collection utilizes diverse and high quality fabric options, making it easy to match with your indoor designs.

With a great set of both outdoor and indoor furniture that complement each other perfectly, you won’t want to wait to entertain family and friends!


Picking the Right Furniture Color

Are you planning a home renovation? Do you have plans to spruce up your patio? Does your living room need a facelift? No matter what your project might be, make sure your decorations are up to par with furniture that makes your space look it’s best. These five expert tips can help you determine the best color scheme for your furniture.

1. Play Off Patterns

Does your living room or patio have a large area rug with a unique pattern? Maybe you’ve got brilliantly patterned upholstery or a captivating piece of artwork. Instead of choosing a furniture color that competes with this centerpiece, pick two to four colors that you like from the pattern and use these as the color scheme for your large furniture pieces. Keep the color of the walls in mind too, as to avoid selecting colors that will wash out your room or create a chaotic feel. For neutral wall colors, pick out light, natural colors from the pattern; for dark wall colors, look to the pattern’s cooler hues.

2. Consider the Color Wheel

If you’re at the point of shopping for furniture during your remodel or makeover, you’ve probably already determined how you want your space to feel. Whether you want a casual, relaxing space, a cozy, warm nook, or a vibrant, exciting area, choosing the right home furniture can be the best way to bring ambiance to your room.

When shopping for your furniture, keep the color wheel in mind. By choosing colors next to each other on the color wheel – analogous colors – you can bring your space to life. Choose blues and greens for informal or private spaces where you want to feel rested and calm. Lean towards reds, oranges, and pops of yellow to bring warm energy to a room.

3. Dress Your Room Like Yourself

Take a glance into your closet – what do you see? Do you tend to wear soft, neutral colors or dark, basic pieces? Do you have lots of patterns and bright colors or do you tend to stick to a more conservative design? Whatever the case, chances are you’ve bought these clothes because they look good on you and you feel good wearing them. Shop for home or patio furniture the same way! Along with the color, consider how it makes you feel when you sit in it, think of different ways you could accent the piece, and make sure you like the way it looks.

4. Remember the 60-30-10 Rule

Expert designers swear by the 60-30-10 rule, where you divide your room’s color scheme into three different components; 60 percent of the space should be a dominate color (typically the walls, floors, and ceiling), 30 percent a secondary color (think furniture and upholstery) and the last 10 percent an accent color (accessories like pillows and artwork). Not only does this rule help to ensure that your color scheme is balanced and your furniture color works with the space, but it also helps you get the perfect amount of pop that makes guests go “ah!”  

5. Go Gray

If you’re hesitant about picking the right color scheme or don’t have time to shop for hours for the perfect furniture – go gray. Gray is the trendiest neutral in the designer world today because of chameleon-like qualities. Whether you’re wanting a cool, calming space or a warm, welcoming space, gray pairs perfectly with virtually any color – from soft pastels to bold brights. Choosing gray for your furniture also gives you the chance to really play up accessories like pillows, throw rugs, artwork, etc.

Essential Pre-Winter Lawn Care Tips

No one wants to face an unhealthy, dying lawn when the weather turns warm again. Prevent that from happening when you follow this lawn care guide to protecting your grass from the cold and snowy conditions of winter. Doing so will give you a healthy and happy lawn come spring.

Clean It

Raking your lawn of leaves is critical to its health since debris can prevent sunlight from shining on your grass, thus encouraging disease. Before your grass turns dormant for the season, just mow and mulch the leaves into the lawn. After dormancy kicks in, it’s time to rake. Place the raked leaves under trees and shrubs to protect their roots during freezing temperatures.

Weed It

“Winter annual” weeds germinate in the late fall and sprout first thing in the spring. By being proactive and preventing these pesky plants in November, come March, your lawn will be weed free. Apply a pre-emergent weed killer that is suitable for cold temperatures.

Aerate It

Give your grass some fresh air before it’s covered in snow. Aeration punctures small holes in the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the turf’s roots. When this is done, your lawn will grow stronger and healthier and can more easily resist weeds.

You can hire a lawn care company to do the work for you or you can easily rent an aerator and do it yourself in about an hour, depending on the size of your lawn. Leave the soil plugs on the surface of the lawn and they will work themselves back into the soil over time.

Seed It

Overseed struggling areas of the lawn. Time the overseeding for 2-4 weeks before the first hard frost. Do not use herbicides or fertilizers on seeded areas.

Another option is to replace struggling areas with perennial groundcovers such as mondo grass, liriope, or juniper. They’ll fill any voids, reduce lawn maintenance, and provide year-round interest.

Feed It

Before your lawn goes dormant for the winter season, it needs to be fed. Applying a slow release nitrogen/potassium fertilizer that is specially formulated for winter will make your grass grow hardier. Then, water your lawn (only as much as necessary to work in the fertilizer) at the warmest time of day so that it can take full effect.

Mow It

Since over-seeding and fertilizing will keep your grass growing until the first hard frost, continue to mow your grass as needed.

Protect It

When it comes to winterizing, don’t forget your gear! Otherwise, when you’re ready to do some spring outdoor yard work, your tools won’t be ready for you.

  • Drain the oil from mowers. Don’t forget to drop the oil off at a recycling center.
  • Funnel extra gasoline into your automobile’s fuel tank or pour a fuel stabilizer into the mower’s gas tank and run the engine.
  • Replace dirty fuel and air filters. Clean the spark plugs.
  • Inspect equipment for missing screws, nuts, and caps. Replace them.
  • Clean off grime and rust.
  • Lubricate hinges and moving parts.

Now that your winter prep work is complete, once the weather turns warm again, you’ll be able to more fully enjoy relaxing on your outdoor patio furniture while looking out over your healthy sea of green.

Top 4 Tips for Picking Patio Furniture

Green Outdoor Patio Furniture Set

Designing the interior of your home is often fun and exciting, and designing the exterior should be nothing less than that as well. There is a lot to consider when you prepare to purchase outdoor furniture, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the 4 most important patio furniture buying tips. Taking each of these items into account will make the experience a lot easier and less stressful than it otherwise would be.

1. Determine Your Style

Prior to picking out patio furniture, it is important to determine your style. If assigning a label to your particular style seems impossible, consider creating an idea board filled with pictures of outdoor items that you love. Seeing style and design elements you prefer all in one place may help you to see a pattern and identify your style.  

2. Set a Budget

Establishing a budget before you even begin searching for patio furniture can actually make finding items you love easier—you know before you even step foot in the store how much you’re able to pay for any given piece. It’s easy to wander through a store or online and find pieces that you love, but it really is important to know what you can afford before you get your heart set on something out of your price range.

3. Consider Your Space

The type and size of outdoor space you’re working with will have a huge impact on the type of outdoor furniture you’re looking for. If you’re hoping for an area to entertain guests, you may want to consider a bistro table and chairs for a small patio, rather than a large 7-piece dining set that would best fit in a larger space. You may want to consider multi-purpose pieces that offer extra storage when working with a smaller space to be sure you’re utilizing your space in the most efficient way possible.

4. Make a Plan

Once you’ve successfully determined the previous items, it’s time to make a plan. You make a list before you go to the grocery store to be sure you won’t overspend—why not do the same thing before making an investment in outdoor furniture? Do some research online to identify items that you like, so you have an idea of what you’re looking for before you head to the store. Doing so will help you avoid making an impulse purchase and ending up with items you don’t absolutely love, and, in the worst case, regret purchasing.

Love Your Patio Furniture

With all of these tips in mind, make sure you are picking patio furniture that you will love and enjoy for years to come. Knowing your preferred furniture style, budget, and space you can work with will help you develop a furniture buying plan that will be effective and worthwhile. You will also be able to better focus on the furniture pieces that are best fit for your patio or deck.