Welcome to Inspirations
Nothing pleases us more than offering quality, elegant name brand furniture and accessories to our customers, and ensuring their satisfaction for years to come. At Charlton Furniture we are proud to have such a loyal customer base, and we love to see you when you visit. Of course, we also love to meet people who are new to the Charlton experience, and to see their expressions as they view our incredible selection for the first time!
The Charlton Furniture experience, however, is about more than sales, service and delivery. We have a passion for furniture and design. Talking shop is one of the great joys of working at Charlton Furniture.
That’s why we are pleased to announce our new blog Inspirations. It provides an inside glimpse at things we love, offers tips on decorating and designing your home, and lets you in on new products, special deals, and upcoming discounts going on at Charlton Furniture. In short, you get the inside scoop from us! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to complete that perfect room in your home – and that is why we are adding this new feature to our website!
So let this new blog be your official welcome to the virtual version of Charlton Furniture. We cordially invite you to check back for updates and tidbits, and to learn about the latest trends that inspire us!
Looking for a little help designing outside of your comfort zone? Here are some great hints we found on Houzz.com for choosing area rugs..."Patterned rugs featuring neat repeats, smart stripes or graphic geometrics are only one part of the rich and varied story of rugs. It’s also possible to find rugs that paint a picture, depict a scene or simply create a huge splash with a wild, unfettered design. These give you the opportunity to treat your floor as you would your walls — as a large expanse that’s ripe for displaying images. Check out this roundup of picture-perfect rugs to help you step in style."
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In the furniture industry, there are 2 trade shows (or ‘markets’ as they are called) a year in High Point, North Carolina, where most of the furniture makers bring out their latest introductions. High Point is a quiet little city for 50 weeks out of the year, but for the 2 weeks (one in April, the other in October) everything changes! It becomes a bustling place where all the hotels are full, and restaurants are packed with sales reps, store owners, designers and buyers. The one common thread between them is their passion for all things furniture.
The excitement in the air is palpable – especially in April after a long winter for most. Those of us from the north look forward to the warmth in both the air and the people of High Point. Southern hospitality at its best. This year, market takes place from the 18th to the 23rd. Manufacturers will be displaying their latest and greatest, and the reps will be doing their best to convince store owners and buyers that they need one of everything!
High Point is where you see the coming colors and trends, beautiful displays, renew friendships, and get excited in general about furniture again. If you are as passionate about beautifully crafted furniture as we are (and if you are reading this you must be!), this is what it’s all about. Stay tuned for the new offerings!
NATURE CELEBRATES SPRING
Spring is a wonderful season to add flowers to your room’s decor. Include floral designs on new bed linens, a stack of toss pillows, a chair slipcover, a small hand-painted table, place-mats and table covers, trays and other accessories as well as bouquets and pots of live flowers.
Bring your garden indoors using one or more of the seasons beautiful spring fabrics. The many bird, butterfly and bloom motifs, in eye candy colored hues, will enliven your home. Flowers have always said charm and romance in a timeless language.
CHINOISERIE: ANOTHER SPRING TREND
Picturesque and decorative versions of oriental design motifs. In the past these were popular during Frances Louis XV time, as well as in 18th Century England
CHINOISERIE TODAY –
Chinoiserie is back with a whole new look. Fabrics done in over-scaled motifs like the classic ginger jar, pagodas, Ming dragons, fans, chrysanthemum and cherry blossoms and oriental toiles are all fresh and lively. There are abundant geometric, trellis patterns and Chinese key designs that feel very modern. All of these beautiful designs come in vibrant color palettes that will bring a new level of WOW to your room.
Spring is indicative of renewal and it awakens our senses following a winter of feeling trapped indoors. As the winter-gray skies brighten and daylight hours slowly grow longer, we are eager to lighten our homes and fill our rooms with the beautiful colors and splendor of the season. Welcome and celebrate SPRING with all the new beautiful blues, from indigo to Iris; the juicy citrus colors and abundant of pattern mixing: as these are the style trends today. Just think about what you can do with a little bit of fabric: A few floral toss pillows, a fabric covered memo board, a table runner, fabric framed as art, or a skirted table (which is a very up-to-date look), all the while expressing your personality. Enjoy the season…HAPPY SPRING!
We are now a Flexsteel Gallery! What does that mean for you, our customers? It means HUNDREDS of new fabrics and frames to choose from. We also rearranged our showroom floor so that you can better visualize what this amazing, reclining furniture will look like in your home. Joanne and Andrew came from the manufacturer to help our staff set up the displays and organize the fabric samples. So come and check out our new display of reclining sofas, love-seats and chairs. We think you will love them!
This well-designed desk by Paula Deen is a must-have for busy families. Never forget another appointment with the convenient chalk board; and on the left side, behind the door there are metal hooks for your keys. The transitional style lends country charm to any décor while the built-in charging station keeps your electronics functional. It’s available in two stain colors: the creamy white with a hint of gray rub-through or a deep brown with a bit of sheen.
February is truly upon us. The weather has been harsh, and we are white-washed with mini mountains of snow, glittering icicles and icy cold. As the snowflakes swirl about outside, on yet another Currier and Ives-looking day, inside we may be battling those evasive drafts around our windows and doors.
Though homes today are built much better and snugger than years past, one of the main jobs they do is to keep us warm, just as homes did in Old England and Colonial America. Back then drafts were a constant problem. So the Wing Chair was born out of necessity. The ever popular Wing Chair was made to keep out those pesky drafts. It worked well in 17th century England and continues to today.
The Wing Chair was sometimes referred to in our past as a grandfather chair, as the elderly male favored it, or the forty-wink chair (I like that name). And sometimes it was called the easy chair, which has now become another name for our club chair.
Pull a Wing Chair up to the warmth of a fire and the wings, sometimes called earpieces, can be from small to exaggerated in size. These will shelter the person sitting in the chair and help to block any drafts. You could also hide behind these wings and take a nap without your head falling or eaves-drop on another’s conversation.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries many Wing Chairs were made here in America on our East Coast from Boston, Massachusetts, Newport to New York and south. Most chairs were made in the Philadelphia and Charleston, SC areas.
If you happen to be a Wing Chair aficionado or historian you can time date chairs by their styles: Queen Anne, Charleston Chippendale, Massachusetts Chippendale, Philadelphia Chippendale, George III, etc. They’ll be different in leg style, foot (pad foot, ball & claw), stretchers, wings, backs (cantered, barrel-back), arms as well as seats.
Back then you were lucky to own a beautifully crafted Wing Chair, it was a status symbol. Today these chairs are still being made here in the USA and will never go out of style. They have again morphed in size, in styles, in body fabrics and comfort as well, but are still a wonderful addition to any room. A beautiful chair has always been a symbol of hospitality! Come in and “Please be seated” in one of our 2015 Charlton Furniture Wing Chairs.
* Thanks to my many notes from History of Furniture class.
Like fashion, we in the furniture industry need to stay current with the trends. And snow days are a great opportunity to surf the web! Inspiration can come from anywhere but, like you, we scour the internet (HGTV in particular) for the latest, freshest ideas. Here are some of the articles that we have enjoyed most recently.
“It’s only paint!” can be a motivating adage when one needs a fresh, revitalizing look to existing tired, dull looking space. Color is amazingly emotional and personal. Within us we all have color preferences as specific as our DNA. Color can calm us down; tranquil shades of light blues and greens sending spa-like cues for us to relax, become interiorly settled and quiet. Vibrant orange, red and yellow speed us up and keep us moving quickly. (Ever notice fast food spaces: the vibrant yellows of McDonalds, intense reds of Wendy’s, or the oranges in Burger King’s interior and marketing signage?)
Selecting a paint color can be daunting if you “think too much”! Be true to how color affects you.
Selecting a paint shade that complements an existing room is easier than you know. The “right” shade can literally “finish” your room. A design principal to be aware of is that everything lives in relationship to that which is near. If the wall palette chosen is similar to fabrics, upholstery, rug, even accent pieces in a room, you achieve a monochromatic effect…the space feels bigger since the color hues are similar. Conversely, choose a color which contrasts those items and you get higher contrast. Think of artwork framed. The frame alone makes the scene stand out. Place matting around that same scenery within the frame. The matting color selected around the scenery highlights that similar color in the scenery.
I’ve been a Benjamin Moore girl for years. I love their product and its performance as a former interior painter. The American & Historical palettes endure and compliment most interiors. Open their 2015 Color Trends for wonderful possibilities. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/welcome-to-benjamin-moore?utm_source=eblast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=trends15_ad_us&sp_rid=Mzk5NTA3OTYyNgS2&sp_mid=47337291
Recently, I did my bedroom in Guilford Green HC-116. This is the last hue prior to my sleep and first to wake come mornings’ light. Smiling and still loving it!