Even if your interior spaces skew traditional, there are times when you want to modernize and lighten things up. Sometimes, too, if your spaces are vividly colorful or dark, you may want to tone things down. Here is where clear acrylic furniture or accents can mix beautifully with your décor. Subtle, sleek acrylic drawer handles, furniture legs or even an entire cocktail table made of gleaming acrylic can lift up a room.   Clear Benefits || In addition to having the look of glass without the worry of shattering, the benefits of acrylic include durability, easy care, and superior weather resistance, plus it comes in a variety of shapes and colors to make your room look unique. If your room is on the small side, an acrylic piece gives the illusion of taking up no space. And because of its see-through quality, anything you put on top of, say, a table, will draw attention to itself, making it look like it's floating. Acrylic is about 50% lighter than glass, but much stronger and more resistant to scratches. Its superior durability also makes it a fine choice for a porch or other outdoor space because sunlight won't harm its look or function. Also, in today's design world, you can find acrylic items in almost every shape and color. If you don't want all clear, there are pieces with clear tops and green legs or chairs tinted in blue, pink, purple, orange, smoky grey and more. Careful Cleaning Tips || Avoid cleaning acrylic with household cleaners because they often have harmful chemicals. Instead, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and some mild detergent. Avoid using man-made fabrics like polyester or rayon because their fibers can be abrasive. If you do find scratches, there are over-the-counter cleaning products you'll find online or at your local hardware store that you can use to make your items look as good as new. Cool Reflections of Style || As with any other design category or trend, use acrylic furniture and accents strategically. A room of all acrylic would likely look too unsettling in a lost in outer space way, plus you might trip over some pieces that aren't easy to see in certain light. Mixing a piece or two with items in other styles will yield the chicest look. For example, a wooden dining table surrounded by ghost chairs achieves an intriguing balance of cool and functional. Or, add a few touches of acrylic in a bedroom to lighten the mood.
Clearly Cool || Acrylic furniture is like the unicorn of the home design world; often seen in blogs and magazines, but rarely spotted in real life. This ultra-modern look is a great alternative to traditional wood and upholstered pieces especially if you are a small-space dweller or even decorating a small room. These clear pieces blend with their surroundings, visually decluttering your space making it look less full. Similar to mirrors, acrylic furniture also creates the illusion of a larger and brighter space due to their ability to let light pass through. Trend Lightly || Too much of a good thing is never a good thing so trend lightly. If you’re decorating a room, don’t fill it with acrylic accents or it will look like everything is floating like you’re in space. If you’re decorating an apartment, be sure to style your pieces in different areas. If you opt for a waterfall cocktail table in the living room then try ghost chairs at your dining table, this will create a balanced, cohesive look. Clean with Care || With acrylic you get the look of glass without the fear of it shattering, but don't clean it the way you would glass! Best practice is to wipe it down with a soft cloth and warm soapy water (no chemical cleaners). Be sure the cloth is non-abrasive, absorbent, and lint-free. Disposable cloths are the best way to go to ensure that there is no debris embedded in the material that could potentially scratch your furniture.
What do the kitchen table, nightstand, and cocktail table all have in common? They tend to become a catchall for random clutter… and in the room where most of the entertaining occurs, the cocktail table is the last spot you want to be messy! A simple way to combat this common practice is to infuse this blank surface with a healthy dose of style by creating vignettes… Style it Up || Literally up. Create dimension by adding height to your cocktail table vignette. Coffee table books got their name for a reason - they make a stylish and purposeful statement that is meant to be seen! Layer a few of your favorite bounded beauties and top it off with a dash of functionality by adding coasters. Section it Off || Strike a balance between style and purpose by adding a tray to gather the goodies! This is still a highly used surface in your home, so it is important to leave a blank space for resting a drink to avoid it feeling like a museum. A clear acrylic tray is a great choice since it will blend seamlessly while keeping your vignette stylishly contained. Not enough room for a tray? Opt for a decorative wide bowl or dish. Corralling your vignette with either of these accessories will also make it easier to clear the table in one move when entertaining.   Bring it to Life || Make your vignette come alive with a pop of color in the form of flowers or a small plant. Warm it up with the soft glow and subtle fragrance of a decorative candle. Finish off the look with personality! Add a small, decorative object that has meaning in your life. It will be your style stamp of approval and a great conversation piece!
Upholstery Maintenance Here are some great tips for maintaining the beauty of your fabric-covered furniture. Caring for Upholstery Furniture Professional cleaning is recommended. Using the brush attachment, vacuum fabric surfaces regularly to remove debris. A lint-roller can be used as well. Use a whisk broom or soft brush on feather and down cushions; do not vacuum. Sit on the cushions, not the backs and arms of sofas, chairs, etc. Sitting on backs and arms can cause structural damage. Ottomans, recliner footrests, and the end of an opened sleep sofa are not designed to hold body weight; if sat on, these pieces can break. If a (fifth) center support leg is included with a sofa, screw it into place (the middle) to maintain the structural integrity of the frame. Often, the center support leg is suspended ½" above the floor, making contact with the floor as weight is applied to the sofa. Maintain screw-in legs by tightening when needed. Do not over-tighten! Move upholstery furniture by lifting it. Dragging or pushing furniture can damage furniture and floors. To reduce the movement of upholstery and sectional pieces on hardwood floors, place furniture cups with rubber bottoms under the legs. Cleaning codes are used as a guide when having upholstery professionally cleaned. Please click the link below for more information on cleaning codes: Click here for more information on Stain Removal and Fabric Cleaning Products. For more information on how to care and clean your Sunbrella Fabric, please click here. Cushion Care and ExpectationsNew seat cushions can feel 'firmer.' To accelerate the softening process, carefully walk barefoot on the cushions on a hardwood floor. In time, as they are used, cushions will soften, and can become compressed. Regular flipping and rotating the seat cushions will help maintain their appearance, plus maximize performance and comfort. Like rotating tires on a car, rotating the placement of seat cushions will extend the life of the cushions. Redistribute the fill in back cushions to help maintain the shape and improve comfort.Color Change and FadingFabrics can fade or change color when exposed to direct or indirect sunlight. Natural fabrics— cotton, linen, and silk— are most susceptible to color loss. Synthetic fabrics—polyester and acrylic—are less likely to fade. To minimize fading, avoid placing upholstery pieces in direct sunlight. Tinted window treatments can help reduce fading.Fabric PerformanceMany fabrics are prone to pilling when first exposed to friction. Pilling is the shedding of excess fibers, and is usually found in "high use" areas such as on seat cushions and seat backs. Pilling subsides in time. The use of a fabric shaver—such as the type that's used on clothing—controls pilling. Fabrics with a raised nap or smooth, shiny texture—like velvet or some chenille fabrics—often show shading. (Light and dark areas) Regular vacuuming with a brush attachment can help even-out the appearance of the fabric. Fabric can stretch. Most common in seating areas, this can result in a relaxed appearance called "puddling." Flipping and turning seat cushions regularly can help minimize puddling.Odors: That "New Sofa Smell"New upholstery furniture often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors.Washable Slipcover CareBefore washing, contact our Customer Service Department (1-866-8-Jordans) for help. If your fabric is washable, click on the link for step-by-step laundering instructions: Slipcover care handout Non-washable slipcovers, or for customers who choose not to wash their slipcovers, should be cleaned by an upholstery cleaner in the home, on the frame.
Good things come in small packages, right? Well think of your little living room as a diamond – with thoughtful and purposeful decorating it will transform into a stylish hub of coziness fit for dazzling guests. Double Duty Décor || Just about any surface can be used as a cocktail table, however by opting for an ottoman or bench you’ll also be getting additional seating. Bonus if they have hidden storage! Power of Transparency || Decorating with glass or acrylic furniture or pieces that feature tall legs will create an airy vibe in the room making it feel more open and less cluttered. Bring the Drama || Floor-to-ceiling décor such as a tall bookcase, gallery wall, or one oversized piece of artwork will create the illusion of taller ceilings while making a dramatic style statement. Cozy Corner || Bring on the SECTIONAL! While this sounds counterintuitive, it can actually work well in small spaces since it hugs the contours of the space. Just be sure it is the right proportion for your space. Get it in the same color as your wall and it will blend seamlessly! Optical Illusions || Perception is everything; give the impression of an infinite amount of space by decorating with mirrors. Round mirrors provide the most continuity with their “tunnel” effect while the shape is a great way to break up square spaces. The Traveling Table || Nesting tables are undoubtedly one of the most useful and versatile pieces of furniture. Coming in twos or threes these little guys are easy to move from room to room and their airy construction enable them to be tucked away!
Outdoor Living || Relax and entertain al fresco with cool seating, patio umbrellas, fire pits & more If you live in a part of the world with four distinct seasons, it feels incredibly invigorating when you first open your home to the outdoors in spring. Because the season can seem short, it's key to make your outdoor space as comfortable and inviting as possible, especially if you entertain a lot. If you happen to have a swimming pool, this will probably be the focal point of your setup. Organize your space much as you would inside, with designated seating areas, complete with area rugs – durable synthetics, or natural abaca or sisal are ideal. Sprinkle in garden stools or small tables that can be easily rearranged. For finishing touches, include hanging flower pots, large planters, and string lights to make the view even more enticing.   Furniture Must-Haves || Start with the coziest seating you can find. Depending on the size of your space, you can include a sofa, loveseat, chairs, or even a sectional. Consider how you plan to use the space. If dining al fresco is number one, invest in a table that accommodates an umbrella, and make sure the chairs include cushions. If frequent naps and reading time are on the agenda, a chaise, swivel chair or glider will feel especially welcoming, along with a convenient side table to place your beverage, snacks, and a book. When choosing fabrics for seat cushions, pillows and umbrella canopies, decide if they will receive full or partial sun exposure. Generally, acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella are the most durable and soft, and will not fade, while spun polyester fabrics are durable, but stiffer, and more likely to fade.   Inviting Extras || A memorable outdoor soiree includes many elements. Obviously, a fun mix of family and friends is essential, but as afternoon segues to evening, certain factors make people want to linger. If it gets chilly, a fire pit can provide just the amount of warmth and ambience you need to keep the party going. If you prefer an upgrade to your old beach cooler, you can set up a portable trolley cart on casters for a "help yourself" bar. A large tray to organize accessories like napkins, cups and plates is helpful. And, if your gathering is still in full swing during evening hours, don't forget citronella candles to keep bugs at bay – except for fireflies, of course. You may want to count or chase them.   Light & Shade || There's simply no comparison to natural light. It just makes you feel more energetic. But when temperatures sizzle in midsummer, you need to shield yourself and guests a bit. This is where a great patio or deck umbrella will do wonders. As the day progresses, adjust the umbrella's angle to keep direct sunshine under control, and if you feel a sudden raindrop or get a downpour, a strong, sturdy umbrella really helps. If you're making s'mores come nightfall, hang some string lights or battery-operated lanterns to make the scene magical.
The days are getting longer which means spring is finally here! Though it’s a bit early to start opening all the windows, it is a perfect time of year to go through your home and give it a good clean. Don’t think of this as a daunting task - the end result is sure to leave you feeling refreshed… just like the start of a new season! Flip || This is something that most of us are probably guilty of never doing, but it is an important and quick way to give your furniture a refresh. Go through your home and flip the cushions on all your furniture (even the ones that aren’t often used). Upholstery can fade over time especially in rooms that receive a lot of sunlight. Flipping the cushions regularly will ensure the color will fade evenly while also redistributing the filling. Your mattress also should be either flipped or rotated depending on the type of mattress. For two-sided traditional inner spring mattresses only: flip AND rotate to minimize body impressions. For one-sided traditional inner spring & latex foam mattresses: rotate periodically but do NOT flip. Rotating will equalize wear. Polish || With a clean, white cotton cloth dust all surfaces before polishing to ensure no stray pieces scratch the surface when you start polishing. Be mindful that different finishes and materials require different types of polish. For instance, if you have glass or acrylic tables you want to use warm, soapy water free of any chemicals whereas wood and hardware require something a little more abrasive. Vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and turpentine are all great cleansers that will leave a nice sheen without posing a health hazard in your home.   Condition || Just like your own skin, your leather furniture must be cleaned and conditioned as well. Due to leather’s porous nature, it is extremely prone to environmental toxins such as human and pet oils, which can lead to permanent discoloration and eventual cracking. Invest in a quality cleanser and conditioner for your leather furniture and avoid any products containing silicon as it has been known to desiccate the leather.
Learn how to care for upholstery fabric and cushions, as well as upholstered furniture, with these tips from Jordan's Furniture