Working With Small Spaces: The Bathroom

January 7, 2013 by  
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77264949829038944One of the biggest problems that a lot of homeowners have is how to decorate rooms that are small spaces. This is often an issue in the bathroom because things like sinks and toilets can take up precious space in a small area. However, there are some great, easy decorating tips that can help you make a small bathroom seem much larger.

The first tip is to choose a lighter paint color for the walls. Soft colors give the illusion of more space, so choose these hues for the main parts of your bathroom like the walls or tiles. If you want to have bright, bold colors present, choose them for the towels or smaller details.

Another great way to add the illusion of space is to use mirrors and extra lighting. These things are usually put into the walls or ceilings so they won’t take up any additional space and they give the effect of a larger room by opening it up. The mirrors will also pick up the color and patterns you have in the bathroom.

Installing a glass shower door instead of a curtain will also make the room seem more open and give your eye the ability to pan over the entire space without being obstructed by something so opaque. Another great trick is to add details that will keep you looking up, like shelves placed higher on the wall or special details on the ceiling.

See how these tips and more work to transform a small bathroom in this clip from Dear Genevieve on HGTV.

Small Spaces in a New Year

January 2, 2013 by  
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The year 2012 has been a fantastic year for SimplicitySofas. We rolled out a new website and along with that a new collection, The Megan, which our customers loved immediately. Perfectly proportioned, the Megan collection features a classic design that blends the best of traditional and transitional styling in a versatile design scaled for smaller rooms. Entertain with confidence in understated elegance.This is furniture designed for small rooms and tight spaces that does not sacrifice quality or comfort.

We won several awards throughout the year, including the ‘Best of Market’ award from Furniture Today Magazine and we rounded out the year by winning the $20,000 Grand Prize in an SMB Innovators Contest.

We enter the New Year energized and as committed as ever to our business and our customers. We’ll keep delivering the very best customer service possible and collecting great testimonials. We hope to connect with you through our social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and of course Pinterest. Our Pinterest Page features a board dedicated specifically to small spaces. We call it the ‘Small Space Community‘ Board and we welcome you to come on over and ‘pin’ with us.

 

We look forward to another great year for Simplicity Sofas. We’ll continue delivering great service and coming up with new and interesting decorating ideas for small spaces. We thank all of you who’ve supported us. Happy New Year everyone.

 

Made in NC and Proud of It!

March 14, 2010 by  
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Made in North Carolina, or MINNC for short, is currently a general list of useful North Carolina website links. Check back often, as their Website will grow and become a very comprehensive site for North Carolina’s most resourceful links. These resources can help you find N.C. products, places and information easily. There are also over 180 original photographs on the pages. As they continue to travel throughout the state, more links and photos will be added. They have just started adding selected, local producers of N.C. products that can be purchased directly, such as their new featured addition, Simplicity Sofas.  That would be us!

Coming this year, expect more local producers on the MINNC website and a gallery of photos by region (available for purchase in the future). Look for information on upcoming projects, as they are constantly adding to their Website.

Check out these pages from MINNC – Made in North Carolina!
http://www.madeinnorthcarolina.com
http://www.madeinnorthcarolina.com/minnc-about.html

The North Crolina Flower blossoms by Cindy Seigle

The North Carolina Flower blossoms by Cindy Seigle

Good Luck and thanks for adding us to your page! Your friends at Simplicity Sofas …

“Kid-Proof" Fabrics

November 2, 2009 by  
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Got Pets or Children? Most people do.

Altima Merlot Pet Proof FabricDo you live where your children and pets run around inside and outside? If so, you know how time consuming it can be to clean up after them. Most of our children and furry friends like to enjoy the same comforts of home that we do by  napping or playing on our sofas and sometimes, accidents happen.

Simplicity Sofas offers “kid proof” fabrics specifically engineered for people who don’t want to worry about dirt or stains on their sofas or couches.

Originally created for health care facilities where cleanliness is mandatory, the engineers at Microfibres, Inc. (an American fabric manufacturer) came up with an exclusive process for binding a permanent protective coating into the fibers of the fabrics. The protection does not wear off like spray-on fabric protectors. In factory tests the only stain that could not be removed with soap and water was mustard.

Altima Sand 'Pet-Proof FabricWe ran a test in our Showroom on our Altima Sand “kid-proof” fabric (an off-white color) to see how stain-proof it was. We drew one line with a ballpoint pen and then another line with a thick, black new permanent marker. We allowed both stains to set for about an hour. We then tried to clean the stains using liquid hand soap and a paper towel. The ball point pen ink came out in a few seconds.

The permanent marker stain was almost completely gone after 5 minutes of scrubbing. The stain proofing is built into the fibers. You do not need the spray-on fabric protection with the microfiber “kid-proof” fabrics. We do highly recommend the spray-on fabric protection for the cotton fabrics.

Even if you don’t have kids or pets, these fabrics are wonderful solutions for high traffic areas like the den or family room, where people aren’t always careful about where they spill things or where they rest their feet to watch TV. “Kid-proof” fabrics can be your solution to these problems. If an accident should occur, these fabrics clean easily with a little soap and water and dry very fast.

Here are just a few examples of our “kid-proof” fabric swatches that you can order online today!

Fairview BasilAltima LatteFairview RoyalFairview CashewFairview Arbor

Fairview ArborRemember, if you are looking for a sofa or small couch and have pets, children or a high traffic room, “kid-proof” products are a great solution. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us or post your questions here for others to read.

Fabrics, Fabrics and More Fabrics …

August 5, 2009 by  
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Simplicity Sofas is constantly updating fabrics to stay on top of and ahead of the fashion and home furnishings curve. With more than 150 fabrics from which to choose, the possibilities are endless.

Simplicity Sofas Alcott ClassicSimplicity Sofas Pebbletex Antique Red Simplicity Sofas Alcott Spring Simplicity Sofas FernSimplicity Sofas Arlington Maple Simplicity Sofas Pebbletex Sand

Brighten up a dull room by mixing and matching fabrics. Add contrasting throw pillows or a slipcover or two. When it comes to decorating an entire space or simply adding a new piece of furniture from Simplicity Sofas, like a small couch, it’s easy to do with the abundant fabric choices available. Are you starting from scratch and decorating an entire room or trying to find a full-size sofa or small couch that will fit your existing décor? Let’s explore some options and fabric combinations that may help you in designing a space that’s right for you.

Existing Décor
There are so many fabrics available that will work nicely with any existing décor. One thing you need to think about when selecting the fabric is the room’s lighting and how it affects the color of the fabric. First, you need to consider the natural lighting. If your project involves a room that gets the morning sunlight, where you drink your mocha and read the news before heading out the door, consider light and airy fabrics that the sun can complement. The sun doesn’t alter these fabric colors as it might darker ones in this environment.

Simplicity Sofas Arlington Blue StripeSimplicity Sofas Coral RedSimplicity Sofas Rebel OatmealSimplicity Sofas Twillo BluestoneSimplicity Sofas White SwirlsSimplicity Sofas Yellow

Even if you don’t have a lot of natural sunlight at anytime during the day, brighter colors can be mixed and matched to lighten it up a bit. The brighter colors will bring the darker room alive and make it an inviting living space. Adding some strategically placed lighting and a mirror or two will help liven it up, as well.

Simplicity Sofa Nevis BlueSimplicity Sofas Pebbletex Antique RedSimplicity Sofas Twillo BlueSimplicity Sofas White Swirls

Decide what type of seating you need. If you live in a small apartment and want to just add a piece or two such as a small couch, chair or an apartment sofa; prints, solid colors, and small stripes work well. If you are trying to match furniture already in the room, a solid color would obviously be your best choice. With over 100 fabrics to choose from, you’ll be able to mix and match with ease. Ask for free fabric samples and get started!

Starting from Scratch
If you are starting with a clean slate; in other words, an open room where you can add a few pieces of seating and new paint color – start by figuring out which fabrics you want to consider first for your home furnishings. Try to select the fabrics you like best BEFORE the paint color. It’s easier to find a paint color to compliment a fabric than the other way around in most situations where you are starting from scratch.

Lorelei Collection

As stated before, the room’s lighting will affect the appearance of the fabric color AND the paint color. There can be a noticeable difference between natural sunlight and various types of artificial lighting from morning to night. Certain colors can appear cooler or warmer depending on the lighting. Bright, natural light shows colors most accurately and can help determine the ideal color to use.

Fabrics with patterns can add interest to the room and make a sofa or small couch the center of attention. Again, don’t be afraid to mix and match a pattern with a solid color to compliment the grouping.

Your chair and ottoman can be a completely different color than the apartment sofa! Adding slipcovers and contrasting throw pillows can also change the look, whether you are adding to your existing décor or starting from scratch.

While fabric selection may seem like a daunting task for many, it is one of the most important aspects of beginning to create a space that you will enjoy for many years. If you have questions about color or fabric combinations, or need help determining which size sofa, small couch or chair you’d like, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you with your product selection and fabric combinations.

Or leave your comments or questions here and we’ll respond. Others may be in need of the same answers as you!

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