Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Living Room Design Ideas and 2017 Decor and Color Trends

Living room design ideas flow in abundance, especially when your living room is more than just another space in the home. It’s a place to gather, enjoy the company of family and friends, or sit alone to read a good book. Your home should be your comfort-zone destination; that place that’s a unique reflection of you, your tastes, interests, style, and experiences. For these reasons, it’s important that this space is comfortable and personalized to your liking. Whether you’re looking to do a mid-summer refresh or you’re seeking a whole new look, the design options are endless. Here are some of our favorite living room ideas for 2017 to help get you started on finding your signature look.

Living Room Design Ideas

How you design your living room will depend on two factors. First, what is the size and shape of the space? Knowing the scale you have to work with will help you find furniture that’s a perfect fit. Secondly, think about your interior design style. Is your style contemporary, bohemian, traditional, rustic, or a combination of several styles? Once you nail down these two factors, living room design ideas will come naturally.

This room is open and airy with enough space to fit a sofa, loveseat, and table. The neutral color palette creates a soft, feminine design.

Because of the shape here, it is best to position the sofa and loveseat facing each other with a table in between. The color medley combined with traditional and contemporary elements makes this an eclectic living room.

A large U-shaped sectional with a coffee table fits perfectly here, especially as the walking path runs through the center of the room. This design is contemporary with a hint of rustic.

No matter if your end goal is a traditional living room or romantic living room, these living room furniture ideas can steer you in the right direction.

Living Room Decoration Ideas

Next, add more style by incorporating home accessories into your living room design ideas. Living room decor can take your area from drab to fab. This is where you really have the opportunity to let your personality shine. Push the limits of style or keep it safe. This is your personal playground.

The map wall art, compass pillow, and Aztec pattern rug transform this living room from traditional to a wanderlust’s dream.

Modern living room design ideas begin and end with accessories. The abstract wall art and pop of yellow bring an on-trend vibe to this contemporary living room.

This room is a bohemian beauty filled with texture, plants, and layered rugs.

Living room decoration ideas limited only by your imagination.

2017 Living Room Design Trends

Take a look at what’s currently trending in living room design for 2017. Even the most traditional, old world living room can take on a fresh appeal.

Minimalism is one design trend that has become widespread. Everything is strategically placed so as not to appear cluttered. The less stuff you have, the better.

Charming farmhouse design has captured the heart of 2017 living room trends. It consists of plush upholstery, weathered wood, neutral tones, and other soft touches such as florals and scripted text.

Bohemian design is everywhere. Feel free to forget about minimalism here and feel free to load up on vibrant colors, textured fabrics, and global inspiration.

Southwest traditional design is filled with familiar silhouettes and desert-inspired accessories.

As you may have noticed in each of these photos, greenery is a big deal. It adds a lively aspect to the living room and some plants are even great for cleansing the air.

2017 Living Room Color Trends

Lastly, color sets the mood in your home. Living room colors of 2017 are quite different from the trending colors of yesteryear. Popular living room colors of 2017 range from navy blue to blush pink.

Light blue adds a calming feel.

If you’re looking to sell your home in 2017, painting your living room light beige, pale taupe, or oatmeal can increase the value. But don’t do it just for resale value! These colors are a great backdrop for virtually any room.

Gray continues to rise to the forefront of living room colors of 2017. It’s a versatile, neutral shade that works well with practically any furniture.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start designing! Share your favorite living room design ideas and living room trends of 2017 with us on social media using #myashleyhome.


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Farmhouse Industrial Lighting for Your Kitchen and Dining Room

Farmhouse style has taken center stage in the interior design world and we are loving all the various takes on it. It seems nowadays that everyone wants to turn their home or apartment into an urban loft. From barn doors to industrial style seating, rustic charm can be incorporated into all areas of your space, but today, we are going to focus on farmhouse industrial lighting. Our favorite ways to showcase these country chic shades are in the kitchen and dining room.


Warm up your kitchen or breakfast nook with a cool light fixture. Distressed and rustic details add a charming element to your home. Not to mention, they will provide a stylish conversation piece to your space. See some of our favorite farmhouse industrial lighting options for your kitchen below.

Light fixture trio of seeded glass pendants with eclectic shapes hanging from the ceiling.

This charming trio gives off a delightfully eclectic appeal.

metal industrial pendant lighting in a distressed rustic charm

A hanging metal pendant modeled after old-industrial warehouse lighting.

With a subtle beehive shade and open wire mesh material, this will brighten the mood in any room.

This pendant light’s open metal cage lightens up a space in more ways than one.


Adding statement lighting to your dining room will create a stylish focal point for you and your guests to enjoy for many meals to come. It’s easy to turn your entertaining area into a modern farmhouse delight with these vintage-inspired finds.

light multi glass pendant light

Mouth-blown glass lights include mixed and matched shade shapes for interesting variation and detail.

Metal pendant lamp with crystals hanging from light.

Industrial lamp meets crystal chandelier. This is what we like to call a mixed-media masterpiece.

A neutral chic chandelier made of wooden beads hanging from the ceiling.

Playful wooden beads offer a fresh, modern feel and relaxed elegance.

Bronze metal decorative lamp post floor lamp.

Add an urban mood to your dining decor with a metal floor lamp.

Now that we’ve shared our favorite ways to brighten up any space with farmhouse industrial lighting, we want to hear from you. Have you decorated your home with Ashley lighting? If so, we’d love to see! Share with us using the hashtag #MyAshleyHome and we might just feature you on our blog, Instagram or Facebook.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Is a Tempur-Pedic Mattress Worth It?

Are you restless when you sleep or experiencing pain and low energy after getting out of bed? If so, read on to find out how a Tempur-Pedic® mattress can deliver the sleep you need.

Sleep experts say that a person between the ages of 18 and 64, needs seven to ten hours of sleep daily. With all that down time, you need a bed that’s comfortable. Imagine a super cushiony mattress that hugs every inch of your body and makes you feel as if you’re sleeping on a cloud. You’ve just pictured a Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Quote from a famous volleyball player about sleep.

image of a professional volleyball player in the sand spiking the ball.

What is Memory Foam?

This isn’t Your Normal Memory Foam Mattress

If you lay on a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress, it will feel unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. One of the most unique characteristics of a Tempur-Pedic mattress is its foam. Its TEMPUR® material, a specially formulated foam, caters to every inch of your body.

Incorporating technology from NASA, it’s made of polyurethane, a pressure– and temperature–sensitive material. As the foam conforms to your body, it not only responds to your body’s weight, but it also responds to your body’s temperature. That’s why you’ll experience pressure relief while lying on a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress.

Other benefits include:

  • Pain relief

Foam contours to your body to provide relief at your body’s pressure points.

  • Proper spinal alignment

Foam cradles you on an even plane from head to toe.

  • Allergy relief

Inorganic fibers make up the foam, which prevents dust mites and other allergens from accumulating.

  • Motion transfer reduction

Foam reduces your partner’s movement, which helps with getting a more restful sleep.

These benefits are what make Tempur-Pedic mattresses so different and why they’re worth the extra money. You’ll notice how the foam creates a feel that can only be described as cloudlike. That’s because all your body’s pressure points are being minimized.

Quote from professional volleyball player and snowboarder about sleeping on a tempur-pedic mattress.

The Ultimate Sleep Environment

Once you decide on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, select a foundation, pillows, bedding and more to ready yourself for the ultimate sleep experience.

Choose the Right Foundation

When it comes to selecting a foundation, assess what you’ll need to meet you and your partner’s sleeping requirements. Your choices will range from standard foundations to those with many additional “comfort” features. Below are some foundations to consider.

Standard Foundation

With a dual purpose, this foundation is designed to provide support for your mattress and helps reduce motion transfer between partners.

TEMPUR® Low Profile Foundation

Sitting lower, this foundation provides a durable, flat surface to support a Tempur-Pedic mattress and makes it easier for you to climb in and out of bed. A lower foundation also helps with creating a contemporary look.

TEMPUR-Up™ Foundation

With a wired remote control in hand, you can raise the head of the bed to countless positions–ideal for working on your laptop, reading or watching TV.

TEMPUR-Ergo® Plus Adjustable Twin Extra Large Power Base (Two are required.)

Quietly navigate to a perfect position using the wireless control. Elevate the head of the bed to improve breathing, relieve lower back stress or just to read or watch TV. Program two memory settings and with the touch of a button, you can automatically adjust the mattress to either of your favorite positions.

Quote from professional snowboarder about the importance of sleep on a tempur-pedic mattress.

Professional snowboarder and volleyball player on a tempur-pedic mattress being goofy.

TEMPUR-Ergo® Premier Queen Adjustable Base

With a wireless remote control or help from your Apple iOS or Android device, you can adjust both the head lift and foot lift. Get rejuvenated with four massage settings. You’ll love the memory buttons for setting four of your favorite positions.

Pillow Time

Picking the right bed pillow can make all the difference. If your pillow is older than a year, it’s time to get a new one. It’s important for proper head, neck and shoulder alignment. Look for memory foam pillows with a contoured shape and ventilation. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of your head being in the right position, you’ll also be sleeping cooler.

a pile of pillows stacked up.

Make it Pretty and Cozy

Once your new Tempur-Pedic bed is set up in the bedroom, it will need to be dressed up. Invest in a set of new sheets, then consider a top cover that shows off your taste in style. Use a comforter, quilt, duvet or coverlet for warmth and beauty. Add touches of color and design with throw pillows.

A Mattress that will Deliver Countless Nights of Sleep

Tempur-Pedic mattresses are built to last. Their unique TEMPUR material will return to its original shape time after time, year after year. These mattresses have one-sided designs, which means you will never have to go through the hassle of flipping or rotating them.

With all the benefits Tempur-Pedic has to offer, you’re certain to find a mattress that caters to all of your needs, leaving you feeling rested and refreshed, ready to take on a new day.

Quote from a professional volleyball player speaking about the importance of sleep for the day.

Professional volleyball player diving for a ball on a beach volleyball court.

If you have a Tempur-Pedic mattress, please let us know which one you have and share how it has changed the way you sleep.

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How to Style a Serving Tray

One of the biggest trends in home design this year is styling serving trays. What does that mean and why do it? It’s simple really, it adds character to your room, it’s an affordable decorating option and it’s fun to do. Here’s how to get started:

#1 Understand Your Personal Style:

Personal style is important when styling a tray, it shows your guests who you are and it also tells people what the vibe of your home is. When deciding what your design aesthetic is think about the trends that catch your eye. Maybe your Pinterest board skews to French farmhouse, bohemian, eclectic or modern. Check out our Pinterest if you aren’t sure what style suits you and your home.

3 snapshots of travel destination, the first is a country cottage, the second is tropical, the third is modern.

#2 Pick a Tray:

Now that you have settled on a signature style it’s time to pick out your tray. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns and we have tons of styles to choose from. Here’s what we picked out for this tray styling tutorial:

these trays are constructed with pitted metal in a bronze finish     A knock out image of a white wooden rustic tray with handles.

#3 Organize into 4 Quadrants:

The most difficult part to styling a tray is visualizing the look and feel that you want to portray. We have broken down this process into 4 quadrants or categories. These 4 tips will guide you on how to visualize and choose the appropriate accessories:

  • Reading Material – Grab a few reading materials, this could be old books, new books or even magazines.

  • Nature – Add your favorite succulent, flower, topiary or terrarium.

close up on greenery places on bohemian tray

  • Personalize – Whether it’s a favorite trinket or memorabilia, add it to your tray for a personal touch. We added vintage forks and spoons for uniqueness and charm.

  • Conversational Piece – This quadrant speaks for itself, literally. If you so choose you can add an item that will spark up conversation with your guests. For the first tray below we chose some apples and wood carvings. In the second tray we used a gold geometrical figure that adds a unique design element. In the third tray we spiced things up by adding different levels for a balanced look.

Farmhouse and Fruits:

Round tray with farmhouse touches like fresh fruit, wood carvings and aluminum bowls.

Modern Minimalist:

Artsy and Abstract:

round tray with levels of accessories

#4 Style It Your Way:

However you choose to style your tray, make sure it’s what you want and what you like. Also, don’t forget to try placing your trays in unique locations. For instance, on your bed, coffee table or kitchen counter. Do you have some tray styling tips? Share with us in the comments section below.

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Compare Tempur-Pedic Mattresses For Your Perfect Sleep

What is Tempur-Pedic?

Imagine lying in bed on a super cushiony mattress that hugs every inch of your body and makes you feel as if you’re sleeping on a cloud. That’s Tempur-Pedic®.  If it’s time to replace a mattress, go the extra mile and explore Tempur-Pedic.

The first question you may ask: What is a Tempur-Pedic mattress made of? Each mattress is created with TEMPUR® material, a foam that reacts to your body heat to minimize all of your body’s pressure points and helps reduce motion transfer from your partner.

Image of young girl happily sleeping on a tempur-pedic mattress

Choosing a mattress that caters to all of your needs is an important step towards getting restorative sleep. Every Tempur-Pedic mattress helps deliver sound sleep by providing many health benefits, including:

  • Pain relief

Foam contours to your body to provide relief at your body’s pressure points.

  • Proper spinal alignment

Foam cradles you on an even plane from head to toe.

  • Allergy relief

Inorganic fibers make up the foam, which prevents dust mites and other allergens from accumulating.

Discover Your Tempur-Pedic Choice

Because each person has different sleep needs, Tempur-Pedic offers mattresses in four different feels. Find your best feel then get ready to compare Tempur-Pedic models.

Compare Tempur-Pedic Models

When comparing the many models, narrow your choices down by keeping in mind how you sleep and knowing what you expect from a mattress. Explore these six models, each with a unique feel.

Too hot when you sleep?

If you usually feel hot and sweaty as you sleep, a TEMPUR-Breeze® mattress will help keep you cool. Its ultra-breathable design with comfort and support layers is responsive to your body temperature and transfers heat and humidity away. The top layer has TEMPUR® material infused with PureCool technology for cool comfort. A cooling cover made of lightweight, breathable fabric provides a cool sleep surface.

tempur breeze mattress outline

You’ll also want to consider mattresses with the SmartClimate™ System. A top layer of moisture-wicking fabric draws moisture away, while an inner layer provides cool-to-the-touch comfort.

Do you need more support?

Find support in every cradling layer of a TEMPUR-Contour® mattress. Layers of thick TEMPUR material respond to your unique body weight, shape and pressure points. The thick core delivers the support you need, while the top layers are firm—great for proper spinal alignment, reduction of pressure points and deep-down support for restorative sleep.

Tempur-pedic contour side view look.

tempur-pedic contour layout

Too hot and need additional support?

You’ll find cool support in every layer of a TEMPUR-Contour Breeze® mattress. Check out a combination that offers the coolness of a Tempur-Breeze mattress and the firm support of a Tempur-Contour mattress. The ultra-breathable comfort and support layers work together to allow heat and humidity to flow away from your body. A unique TEMPUR-Climate layer distributes your body’s weight and channels excess heat out of the mattress for a sound sleep.

tempur-pedic contour breeze bedroom

What is the softest Tempur-Pedic mattress?

If you want soft comfort, the extra-plush layers of TEMPUR material in a TEMPUR-Cloud® mattress cushion you as you sink into your sleep position. The core adapts to the shape of your body for support, while the pillowy softness of the TEMPUR-ES® material delivers personalized conformity—ideal for pain sufferers. These mattresses include the SmartClimate™ System for a cooler feel.

tempur-pedic cloud mattress

tempur-pedic cloud layout

Looking for soft comfort and a cool sleep?

You’ll find a soft feel in every layer of a TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze® mattress. Discover a combination that offers the coolness of a Tempur-Breeze mattress and the soft support of a Tempur-Cloud mattress. An integrated, multi-layered system of cooling technologies, including extra soft TEMPUR-ES® infused with PureCool and the SmartClimate™ System, combines with the sleep-transforming benefits of TEMPUR® material for a dream sleep experience.

Templur Cloud Supreme Breeze Full Mattress

Just need the basics?

If you want firm support and a soft feel, a TEMPUR-Flex® mattress delivers both. This mattress delivers a traditional mattress feel with a little give. Hybrids have top layers of cushiony TEMPUR material that quickly adapt to your body. Under those top layers are precision coils for an ideal balance of comfort and support. The coils provide pressure relief and distribute your weight evenly, so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Some models include a quick-responding TEMPUR-Response™ material that works in harmony with the underlying supportive coils to naturally respond to your body’s movements. Moisture-wicking SmartClimate® also helps keep the mattress cleaner, drier and fresher.

Adaptive and Responsive

tempur-pedic flex mattress

tempur-pedic flex mattress layout

Once you have selected a mattress, you’ll want to choose a base, bed pillows, duvet and all the bed essentials. To get more ideas for your new bed, check out this blog.

With the right Tempur-Pedic mattress and all the cozy bedding you’ll find at Ashley HomeStore, your dream of a cloud-like sleep is sure to come true.

If you have a Tempur-Pedic mattress, please let us know which one you chose and share how it has changed the way you sleep.



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