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So many colors, so little time!

So many colors, so little time!

There are so many colors to choose from when picking colors for your room, wall, furniture, or accessories.  I recently researched what certain colors mean and found a very good article that clearly states all of our possibilities.

Blue: Do you want to paint your room blue? If so, you´re in good company. Blue is the favorite color of both genders. Depending on the shade, blues relax, soothe, and make us feel more spiritual and centered. Blue is intuitively chosen for bedrooms for just this reason. It also improves productivity, so a good blue might be the right choice for a kids´ rooms where they will be studying.  Blue is also considered to be a clean color, so it works well in bathrooms and laundry areas. Blue seems to work less well in kitchens…maybe harkening back to our primitive instinct to avoid blue foods. When blues are used in connection with food, they can have the effect of suppressing appetite, which could be a good thing if you want to lose weight.

Red: Red has the opposite effect of blue; it increases blood pressure and respiration rate. Red also makes people lose track of time and stimulates appetite. Red is a powerful color so it´s is generally best used as an accent. However, certain shades like orange-red and brown-red may be muted; they are cozy, comforting earth colors like terra cottas, brick, and cinnabar. Using red makes a powerful statement, so red furniture and accessories should be clean and in good condition. Ratty red furniture is likely to look REALLY ratty…not just marginally ratty.

Yellow: Yellow tends to cause more eye fatigue than any other color. It increases metabolism and upsets babies. People also tend to lose their temper more often in yellow rooms. Yellow often makes many people feel cheerful, energetic, and happy. Buttery shades are easier to live with long term than bright, sunflower yellow. The range of yellows is vast and some lend themselves more readily to decorating schemes than others. Yellows also frequently prompt more opinionated feelings than other colors. People who like it, really like it and people who don´t, tend to dislike it intensely.

Green: Greens represent a vast range of natural colors and, for that reason, appeal to many. Like blue, greens tend to calm and relax; it´s a healing color.  For interior color schemes, olive and sage greens seem to be appealing because of their neutral character. Lighter shades of both are easy to live with for a long time. Both combine well with many colors. Dark greens are favored as traditional banker´s colors like burgundy, ruby, and sapphire blue. Yellow greens and muddy greens are relatively unpopular. Chartreuse is one of those colors that delivers a big punch, but gets tiring quickly; as such, it might be better to use it in small doses.

Orange: Oranges are warm, welcoming, and vital. Melon, tangerine, and yellow-orange mango are bright, cheerful, and tend to improve appetite. Used in kitchens, breakfast nooks, and dining rooms, orange shades can be very comfortable.

Black: Do you have a teen who wants to paint their room black? If you find yourself balking, you might be able to head them off at the pass by letting them know that black is a color that denotes submissiveness (i.e., the cleric´s black robes and submission to God). On the other hand, if you are like many, you find black to be timeless, classy, and sophisticated.  Dark colors generally make rooms seem much smaller than they are, so unless you enjoy cocooning, black might not be a great choice for background color especially on walls. Also, painting over black generally takes more than two coats of paint, which makes it a nuisance to cover later. Still, the number of color combinations using black are huge, though some like orange and black tend to have holiday connotations that would be downright irritating year in and out. One current trend is mixing a neutral room with some pieces of black furniture. The effect can be very elegant, and provides a contemporary twist for a traditional room. Black used with a mix of white and brights often looks very modern.

Pink: Pink is an interesting color because it has the cultural associations of being feminine, but it goes farther than that. Research shows that pink rooms reduce angry behavior at least temporarily. Some attempts have been made to use pink in prisons to control aggressive prisoners.  Pink generally is a comfort color and is favored by many for its sweet, childlike appeal. It´s a good choice for a young child´s room; young girls often like pink and lavender combinations.

Grey: Grey tends to enhance creativity, which can make it a good color for offices and studios. Grey is also favored as an executive color. As a neutral, grey provides an unobtrusive background for an infinite number of color combinations.  Greys on walls are often very liveable for a long while, provide an flexible neutral background for furnishings, and can be extremely stylish. Greys can be buttoned down and traditional, modern and contemporary, or beach house friendly.

Source: http://www.demesne.info/Improve-Your-Home/Choosing-Interior-Color.htm

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Detroit my home

Detroit my home

Last weekend I attended an amazing conference called Future Midwest 2010 right in my home of Metro Detroit.  Future Midwest is an Interactive Media conference that focused largely in Social Media.  As the Social Media Coordinator I couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend this conference.

Being based in the Metro Detroit area, Furniture Crate is proud to be part of the Michigan business community.  All of the employees and the owners of Furniture Crate have proud roots in the community and deeply care about the area.  That’s why we are sad to see the bad reputation Detroit area has earned in the past few years.

A lot people have focused on the problems Detroit has faced, be it crime, housing market, and the automotive industry.  But a lot of people don’t realize all the talent Detroit still has.  Future Midwest showcased all the talent Detroit has and the potential for Detroit to become a great city.  Many of the speakers  at the conference hinted that Detroiters have innovation and hard working mentality  flowing through their veins, and we could used this talent to bring Detroit back.  This will not be an easy job, but Detroiters are extremely proud of their city and we will do anything their power to bring Detroit into another renaissance.

Future Midwest took this idea of innovation and hard work and made it into a video.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video.

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Bow Wow Wow

Bow Wow Wow

Our company and sister site US-Mattress.com is a big sponsor of the Michigan Humane Society and we support them thru donations, online awareness, and participating in walks that are held in the fall in downtown Detroit.

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to attend a Bow Bow Brunch fundraiser for the MHS and it was a huge success.  I learned that in 2010, 100% of all healthy animals will be adopted, while just 10 years ago, it was as little as 30%. This is wonderful news for all animal lovers out there!  It was also exciting to see the Animal Cops-Detroit, who have a show on Animal Planet, there in person to help raise funds!  You can check out MHS’s website, www.michiganhumane.org, or your local humane society, and do your part to contribute to the lives of our beloved animals!

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Originals vs Knock Offs

Originals vs Knock Offs

You know, as you shop our website or even go into local modern furniture stores,  you will see tons of similar designs that have been around a very long time.  The modern classic design style is timeless.  Herman Miller and Knoll Studio, for example, have created designs that have become true classics.  A lot of manufacturers are now creating “knock-offs” or “adaptations” of the originals to make them more affordable for the everyday consumer.  Some people don’t like this at all, but I think it’s a compliment!  What’s the saying, “Imitation is the biggest form of flattery.”   However, with these duplications, there are a few sacrifices; they may be slightly smaller, made from different materials, or slightly different design-wise.  But if you want the piece of furniture to last 25 years, maybe the original is the way to go?  So you make the call, would you buy the originals or the knock-offs?

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3D Furniture

3D Furniture

With the popularity of 3D movies like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and  Clash of the Titans, and  3D television making a huge splash at this years C.E.S.,  we are glad to say  that we  now offer 3D furniture.   We have made changes to our site to  capitalize on the 3D revolution, like our add to cart button has changed to  “Get this item in 3D’.

Click Here to check out  one of our 3D pages.

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