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Deciding Between a Furniture Set or Individual Pieces

When picking bedroom furniture from scratch, it’s easy to assume that going with a bedroom set over selecting individual pieces is the obvious choice. In reality, there are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Design

Although bedroom sets are coordinated, they can be somewhat restricted in terms of design. It can be difficult to infuse one’s personal touch into a set that is selected by someone else. It also restricts buyers from creating “accent” touches that stand out from the rest of the design. Furthermore, the furniture set may not fit into all bedrooms, especially small rooms or spaces with many windows and doors that require furniture of a certain dimension.

Convenience

Bedroom sets range in size and can include anywhere from two to nine pieces. Normally, they at least include the bed frame, a set of drawers, a mirror, and one or more nightstands. Selecting each piece individually can be a significantly longer process and can be more difficult to coordinate. When it comes to convenience, the advantage easily goes to bedroom groups.

Price Point

For people on the fence about the convenience and design of a bedroom set vs. individual pieces, the natural tiebreaker would be the price point of each purchase. However, when it comes down to it, it’s not as black and white as it may seem. Although bedroom groups tend to offer savings, purchasing individual pieces can allow shoppers to buy only what they need and shop sales to build up a collection over time. With the right strategic purchasing, either individual pieces or a bedroom set can be cost-effective, making it a draw when it comes to price point.

At the end of the day, there are benefits to both selecting individual bedroom furniture pieces and purchasing a set. Therefore, it depends on time, personal tastes, and resources to determine which is better for each customer.

Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2017

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Cabinetry defines the appearance, feel, and functionality of a kitchen. It also creates a healthy return on investment by increasing the overall value and marketability of a home. Tastes ebb and flow in kitchen cabinets, but here are the trends for 2017.

White and Gray Lead the Way

The sleek, clean look of white kitchen cabinets trends highest right now, and gray is the hot neutral color. White helps spread light throughout a kitchen, while also making a small kitchen feel bigger and brighter. Lighter shades of gray also brighten a kitchen, while darker ones create a warm, cozy feel. Gray cabinets are also compatible with almost any color scheme and work well when refinishing or replacing old cabinets.

Mid-century Modern Metal

Mid-century modern style has returned to the kitchen with metal cabinetry. These cabinets are available in a variety of styles, never require resurfacing, and are easy to clean and maintain. Modern designs also trend toward functionality and electronic integration. Options might include built-in charging stations for handheld devices or exposed shelves to help household chefs follow a recipe from a tablet or phone.

Chalk Paint Distressed

For the DIY cabinet fan, chalk paint may be the way to go. Not to be confused with chalkboard paint, chalk paint has an ultra-matte finish that dries quickly and can bring an aged or distressed look to cabinets. It’s ideal for the rustic or farmhouse kitchen.

Clear or Frosted Glass

Although open shelving has been popular recently, it makes it difficult to keep the dishes undamaged and clean. Kitchen cabinets with clear glass paneled fronts will show off dishware without the risk of dust, debris, or damage. Those who enjoy the glass-front look but don’t want the pressure of matching, perfectly stacked dishes should consider frosted glass. It’s equally stylish but more forgiving of the occasional clutter.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Steel or chrome knobs and pulls are top picks for 2017. Soft-close hinges are also a popular innovation, as they eliminate the noise of cabinet doors slamming. If the kitchen table and chairs have metal accents, choose hardware in a matching finish for an extra cohesive look.

Cabinets are the most significant décor statement that can be made in a kitchen. If it’s time to remodel a kitchen or design a new one, call 614-436-0357 or fill out the CLS Direct contact form today!

3 Most Important Accessories to Get More Comfy at Home

Investing in modern accessories can enhance the comfort of any living space. Here are three of the most important things that can transform a house into a home.

Quality Sofa

A quality sofa is an essential piece of living room furniture that will help to increase relaxation and allow homeowners to unwind after a long day at work. The material and design are the two most important factors that determine the price of the sofa.

Modern Rugs

Modern rugs not only enhance the beauty of the floor but also make the room more lively and elegant. They create a layer of comfort that is unsurpassed by any other flooring material.

Kitchen Cabinets

Because kitchen cabinets are essential components in organizing the cooking area, their functionality is key to increasing comfort in the home. Choose cabinets that provide ample storage and ease for the cook and cleaner of the house. Pick a calming color palette.

These three essential accessories can add immense value and comfort to the home.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Mattress

There are a variety of mattress options, each with its own firmness level, material composition, and conforming toppers. Ensuring comfort and good sleep involves careful research and shopping.

Shop within a Budget

Add-ons and accessories can really add up. Before wandering through stores or browsing websites, determine a spending cap to avoid overspending. After deciding the price limit, it’s possible to narrow the selection to the products that fit within this price range.

Determine Physical Needs

Back support preferences usually play a large part in determining the best mattress option. For example, someone with back pain might be happier with a firm spring-based bed. Some people opt for a memory foam product that helps reduce pressure points, which can be a source of pain.

Test Before Buying

After setting a budget and narrowing the selection to fit physical needs, savvy consumers visit stores to try various beds. The best way to test a mattress is to lie on it in a typical sleeping position for several minutes. Relaxing in this position will give a little insight into what a full night’s sleep will feel like.

Following these three tips will help shoppers zero in on the best mattress for their bedroom, budget, and physical demands.

Three Simple Cabinet Design Tips to Make Your Kitchen Beautiful & Functional

For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and a combination of beauty and functionality makes the room significantly more usable and enjoyable. Kitchen cabinets affect the functionality and also complement the focal point of a kitchen’s design. Here are some things to consider when choosing kitchen cabinet styles and features.

Keep the Kitchen Triangle Clear

Avoid layouts that obstruct the path between the stove, sink, and refrigerator. This heavy-traffic area needs to have a clear pathway, and poorly chosen, bulky cabinets create obstacles or make the space feel crowded.

Utilize Smart Storage Options

The kitchen requires ample storage space for pantry essentials, dishes, pots and pans, and irregular-shaped items like food processors and mixers. Therefore, a thoughtful cabinet design makes use of all available space. Smaller kitchens might include extra-long upper cabinets for additional storage and cabinetry over the refrigerator, as well.

Break Up Cabinetry Blocks

Create more visual interest with cabinetry by breaking up rows of cabinet doors and drawers. Intersperse contrasting storage elements between kitchen cabinets, such as a wine rack or glass cabinet windows, for a more stylish design.

Easy Ways to Transform Your Bedroom into a Calming Oasis

Ideally, bedrooms are the place you can go to escape the struggles of daily life—but creating a calm, relaxing atmosphere can take some planning. With these designer secrets, it’s easy to create a bedroom oasis that’ll feel like another world. 

Revamping Bedroom Furniture

A bedroom makeover doesn’t have to require investing hundreds of dollars into a new set of bedroom furniture, though finding one or two smaller pieces can often help. If you’d rather highlight your existing furniture, painting the headboard or upgrading to new linens easily transforms a bed. And slipcovers aren’t just for sofas; they give night tables, dressers, and other bedroom furniture much-needed facelifts. 

Color Scheme

Neutrals seem boring, but some of the most serene bedrooms use muted color schemes, leaving plenty of room for smaller pops of color in curtains, throw pillows, and accessories. An additional benefit of muted color schemes is that they make it simple to change things up down the road. 

Accessories

With too many accessories, a bedroom feels cluttered; with too few, the room feels generic. A few key pieces to consider:

Mirrors enhance lighting and make small bedrooms feel larger.

– Light fixtures showcase personal style.

– Photographs and artwork add personality and color.

– Books add class when stacked on bed tables or dressers.

All it takes is a few minor changes to turn your bedroom into an oasis—and who couldn’t use an excuse to spend more time in bed?

Putting the “Fun” in Function: Using Kids Furniture That Works

It is easy to fall into the trap of buying a piece of children’s furniture because it is adorable. It may look like something right out of a dollhouse, but if it does not perform a needed duty, then it is merely a waste of space. When it comes to furnishing children’s rooms, each stage of childhood brings with it different functions to be fulfilled.

When decorating a baby’s room, it should be filled with items that make parenting chores easier and the baby as calm and comfortable as possible. Changing tables with adequate storage for diapers, wipes, and clothes, a relaxing glider that parent and child can fit comfortably inside, and a soothing and inviting crib: these pieces of furniture perform a function first and foremost. They can be cute or follow a particular design, but what makes them so valuable is their functionality.

The most useful function of an item changes for children of different ages. All of a sudden, a room’s decor must primarily meet the kids’ needs. Chairs aren’t just for sitting. They need to be fun to climb on and jump from. Beds aren’t just for sleeping. They have to function as forts, princess castles, or racecars. The furniture has to serve basic needs such as storage and comfort while injecting a dose of fun.

As children become teenagers, the purpose of the items in their room takes a drastic shift once again. Rooms have to be inviting to friends, and that means modern, fun designs, multi-functional items that conserve space, and an adequate area where schoolwork can be done. Of course, many other considerations must be taken into account when it comes to functionality. Base these decisions on the personal preference of the teen, and the right type of furniture will provide just what the young adult needs.

Get Inspired

Versatility and flexibility are essential in the type of furniture you select for your great room.
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Are your guests gathering for a meeting or to watch a sporting event? Should your seating be arranged to allow for conversation or for viewing? Ashley’s Delta City sectional can be adjusted on the fly to accommodate your needs while maintaining a sleek, modern look.

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Check out our Ashley’s Delta City Collection of modular unit sofas which are designed to facilitate a customized seating arrangement. This series features four upholstered modern seating components, each fitting together seamlessly to form sofas, sectionals and single seating arrangements. The collection allows for the mixing and matching of fabrics . Components can be easily reconfigured or added later to adapt to the changing needs of the room. As one satisfied CLS client said, “I love my new sectional because when I get bored with the room, I just change the configuration of my sectional sofa. Thank you CLS for offering designer furniture at an affordable price. I love my new sectional sofa!!!

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UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN!

Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing and we’re sure the festivities will be never ending. If you are planning to have family and friends enjoying the holidays in your home check out our cabinet selection for a decorative upgrade in no time. The season calls for a lot of time spent in the kitchen so check out these options from our selection below.

Our elite cinnamon option adds a warm sugar touch to neutral countertops and appliances. Dovetailed drawers provide a beautiful touch to a semi-modern collection.

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The elite merlot design is a deep and rich tone that will spice up any kitchen. The collection comes fully assembled and can be great for stainless steel appliances.

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Our landmark birch natural set is a traditional approach to kitchen décor. If it’s time for an upgrade and you are used to simplicity this is the choice for you.

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If you have been looking to upgrade or remodel and are unsure where to start. Stop by CLS Factory Direct of Columbus, Ohio today and meet with an expert!

Fall Into Savings!

Fall has come upon us and we are excited for the season. Here at CLS Factory Direct we have all of the styles and colors you need to make your home a seasonal oasis. Spice up your décor this fall with a few of these items from CLS Factory Direct or stop by to check out our selection. Here are a few great finds for taking your space from dull to lively this autumn at a feasible price!

  • Try our Paulie DuraBlend sofa now on sale for $389.99! Its pumpkin spice color adds a festive tone to any indoor space.
  • Entertain much? Our rustic accented wine rack by Ashley is the perfect find. Now only $189.99 this durable rack will add a touch of casual antique vibe to your home.
  •  Our Darcy salsa ottoman is great for kicking up your feet with a cozy cup of coffee. On sale now for $220. You are sure to enjoy relaxing with this contemporary style piece.

 

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