Outdoor Furniture Materials

Home Decor & Furniture, Outdoor & Patio Ideas Published: March 5, 2024

Learn more about the different types of outdoor furniture materials, and which is best for your climate.

A Guide to Coastal Décor and Furnishings

Home Decor & Furniture Published: March 5, 2024 | Updated: April 19, 2024

Earthy Home Décor Essentials

Published: November 2, 2023

Want to achieve an Earthy aesthetic for your home? Get inspired and check out these earthy décor essentials for any room in your home.

Buying Guide: Fire Pits

How To, Seasonal, Winter Inspiration Published: August 11, 2023 | Updated: August 15, 2023

Check out XO Ashley’s guide to choosing a fire pit! Learn what to look for in a fire pit, what types of fire pits are best, and where to place your fire pit.

2023 Home Decor Trends

Home Decor & Furniture, Ideas & Trends Published: March 14, 2023

Stay trendy with Ashley’s round-up of 2023 home decor trends! Learn more about the styles and colors that will dominate next year.

How to Furnish Your First Home: Checklist & Tips

Home Decor & Furniture Published: March 14, 2023

Just purchased your first home? Learn how to furnish your first home quickly and on a budget with our checklist!

A Guide to Refreshing Your Master Bedroom

Bedroom Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture Published: March 7, 2023 | Updated: March 9, 2023

Makeover your master bedroom with these easy tips to create the bedroom of your dream.

How to Spruce Up Your Bedding

Published: March 2, 2023

Find the best tips for sprucing up your bedding to make the perfect cozy bedroom.

Spring Decorating Ideas & Inspiration for Your Home

Seasonal, Spring Inspiration Published: March 1, 2023 | Updated: March 7, 2023

Make your spring decor spring into life with these tips and tricks!

Balancing Old and New: Finding the Perfect Combination of Furniture

Published: November 10, 2022 | Updated: December 5, 2022

Check out how you can blend modern and traditional furniture for a cohesive look with these ideas from the XO Ashley blog.

How to Create a Peaceful Home

Published: October 19, 2022 | Updated: March 2, 2023

Read our tips for how to create a peaceful home that promotes relaxation for you and your guests.

Sofa Buying Guide: How to Choose Between Sofa Styles

Home Decor & Furniture, Living Room Ideas Published: May 5, 2022 | Updated: March 31, 2023

Read our Sofa Buying Guide for tips on how to choose a sofa type. Learn whether a loveseat, sectional, or sofa is best for your home.

Summer Décor Ideas

Guides, Ideas & Trends, Summer Inspiration Published: March 29, 2022 | Updated: March 31, 2023

Celebrate the arrival of summer with refreshing decor. Check out XO Ashley’s guide to decorating your home for summer.

Minimalist Decor Ideas to Brighten Your Home

Guides, Home Decor & Furniture, Ideas & Trends Published: February 14, 2022 | Updated: April 3, 2023

From minimalist neutral decor to lighting, learn how to brighten up your home for spring with our minimalist decor ideas.

How to Make a Gallery Wall

Home Accessories Ideas, How To Published: October 11, 2017 | Updated: June 1, 2023

Learn how to make a gallery wall! Get tips and tricks for how to choose your art and frames, as well as how to arrange everything.

Outdoor Materials Guide

Guides, Home Decor & Furniture, Outdoor & Patio Ideas Published: September 26, 2017 | Updated: March 16, 2023

Learn more about the different types of outdoor furniture materials, and which is best for your climate.

Boho Décor Essentials

Home Decor & Furniture Published: February 8, 2017 | Updated: April 21, 2023

Trying to achieve an effortless bohemian look for your home? XO Ashley shares our boho décor essentials and popular color palettes for this style.

How to Decorate a Bookcase: Ideas & Inspiration

Bedroom Ideas, Home Accessories Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture Published: November 18, 2016 | Updated: June 21, 2023

Have an empty shelf on your bookcase? Go beyond books and get inspired to decorate your bookcase with ideas from the XO Ashley blog.

Dining Room Ideas, Guides, Ideas & Trends Published: July 8, 2024

Dining Mix & Match

Dining tables and chairs are not just pieces of furniture you retreat to for a meal. They are representative of your unique style. One of the most appealing ways to accessorize your new table is with mix-and-match chairs. The contrast in design and style lends itself to the ultimate dining room creativity. At Ashley, we believe that dining tables and chairs are important design elements that combine function and beauty for any home.

Ashley is ready to use years of experience to help you find exactly what you’re looking for in dining furniture. Whether you’re renovating your home or just ready for a change, we have a range of styles both online and in-store to help the discerning customer stand out from the crowd while sitting comfortably.

Dining Rooms Have Many Roles To Play

We know that your dining room is the ultimate multitasker. It serves a multitude of purposes for you, your family, and your friends. From eating a quick bite to a five-course sit-down meal in celebration of a special event, dining tables are gathering places that bring people together. These surfaces are perfect for laying out a work or school project from one end to the other. Puzzles beg to be put together here. And let’s not forget about the chairs. They need to be comfortable so everyone will want to stay a little longer, talking the hours away and creating memories.

People will come together at all hours to enjoy their favorite beverages, some delicious food, and heart-warming conversation. With those visions at the forefront of your mind, we want you to find the best dining room table and chairs to mix together and make your dream come alive.

Important Points To Consider Before Mixing and Matching Dining Furniture

We know that everyone is different, and there are varying perspectives on how to decorate one’s home, including the dining area. With that individuality in mind, here are some of the finer points to take into account as you’re shopping for your next dining table and chairs.

  • Measure twice to ensure the table and chairs you select will fit into the desired space in your home and allow everyone to pull back from the table and sit comfortably. Ask us for help or a second opinion if you need it! That’s what we’re here for.
  • Make sure the chairs you choose will fit well when pushed into the table. Unfortunately, some of our chairs may not easily fit side-by-side under smaller tables. Let us help you find suitable options so you can dine in style.
  • Look for uncomplicated, simple, modern styles or maximalist and detailed pieces, depending on your preferences, so the new furniture integrates with your current decor.
  • Keep current trends and social media posts in mind as you shop if staying on trend is desired. Ashley’s up-to-date website makes it easy to know what you’re looking for and match the latest internet trends with our inventory before you even enter the store.
  • Search for the many high-quality items that we carry and will stand the test of time while still adhering to your desired budget.

Find Inspiration in Mix-and-Match Dining Furniture Guidance From Ashley

When you choose to color outside the lines and opt for mix-and-match dining furniture, you have a lot of fun choices to consider. Let us help you make the right ones with this helpful information.

  • Color and Detail: The colors and details of your new furniture are highly personal. Find pieces you will enjoy looking at every day and that bring a smile to your face. Focus on small elements, such as the precise nailhead trim on the Valebeck Ladderback Dining Chairs with upholstered linen-colored cushioned seats. Pair these comfortable chairs with the Parellen Dining Table. It has a unique melanin table top that mimics a barn wood effect along with tapered legs in a gray finish. You can also mix and match the table stain with a different colored set of chairs for a high contrast or a subtle nuance. Take note of your dining room’s current colorways to bring in more differentiation or coordination among the pieces.
  • Materials: The sky’s the limit with material selections. Look for a heavy wooden table, such as the Isanti Dining Table, made of mango wood in a light brown finish, paired with Lyncott Upholstered Dining Chairs, made of solid hardwood in a medium-brown wood tone finish with a soft cushioned blue or mustard colored fabric for incongruent compatibility. When you go in a different direction with bright fabric chairs that meld perfectly with a traditional wooden table, you get to decorate with multi-dimensional panache.
  • Textures: The grain, fissures, mineral deposits, and veining on a one-of-a-kind table, such as the sleek Isanti Round Dining Table, made of solid mango wood in a natural light brown finish and a white marble top, is an Ashley exclusive not to be missed. It has a thick pedestal and pairs nicely with the different textures of the sturdy solid wood Isanti Dining Chairs with rattan seats and a matte black finish that adds visual interest with clean lines.
  • Fit: Finally, do the pieces fit well together? Mix and match the Havalance Rectangular Dining Table, which consists of a vintage base of detailed legs and a weathered gray table top, with sophisticated Skempton Ladderback Dining Chairs adorned with upholstered seats in a distressed grayish-white finish. Come into our store to move things around or create an inspiration board online until you achieve your vision. Our team will help you pull it all together and then ensure everyone will be able to sit comfortably once the pieces are paired with each other.

Contact the Mix-and-Match Dining Furniture Experts for Your Dining Room Needs Today

Your dining room furniture should be comfortable, stylish, and reflect your distinctive character. Update this important room today with a new mix-and-match dining table and chair set curated just for you. Our team of experts at Ashley is waiting to help you show off your personality. Go ahead and create a space that you’ll be happy to share with your family and friends. Look at our expansive collection online and in stores today. We know you’ll love what you see when you combine a mix-and-match aesthetic with a new table and chair collection coming together in creative harmony.

Guides Published: June 13, 2024 | Updated: June 27, 2024

Sealy Mattress Buying Guide

Investing in the right mattress is the most important thing you can do for a good night’s sleep. When you’re trying to decide which brand to go with, a long history of helping consumers get good rest matters. Sealy mattresses have been around for over 140 years, and millions of Americans have trusted Sealy with their best night’s sleep.

Our Sealy mattress buying guide compares the most popular options to give you the information you need to meet your sleep needs and preferences. Whether you’re seeking relief from back pain, looking for a different firmness, or simply craving a restful night’s sleep, we’ll help you find the perfect Sealy mattress for you.

What Sealy Mattress Collections Are Available at Ashley?

We typically sell three of the most popular Sealy mattress lines at Ashley. Pricing varies by line, style, and size, but assume that each mattress type starts at a twin and goes all the way up to California king mattresses.

Sealy Essentials Collection

The Sealy Essentials Collection offers comfort and support at a lower price point than the Posturepedic® lines. That doesn’t mean their design is lacking in any way. These mattresses are ideal for consumers who may not need the customized support of the other lines.

Sealy Essentials Collection mattresses are designed to provide a comfortable sleep surface, high durability, and breathable materials for temperature regulation. Expect high quality at an exceptional value with the mattresses in this collection.

Sealy Posturepedic® Collection

The Sealy Posturepedic Collection is Sealy’s best-selling mattress collection. High-density coils are designed to reduce tossing and turning throughout the night, while foam layers provide customized support where you need it the most.

What are the benefits of a Sealy Posturepedic mattress? Sealy Posturepedic mattresses offer targeted support for healthier sleep. While they’re engineered with responsive coils for full-body support, they’re particularly popular with those who have lower back pain.

These mattresses come in firm or soft to suit different sleep preferences. The added benefit of Posturepedic technology means extra support in the middle of the mattress, an area that can otherwise sag over time. A layer of dense memory foam and additional coils in the hybrid options promote better spinal alignment and more durability for your mattress.

Sealy Posturepedic Plus Collection

The Sealy Posturepedic Plus Collection is the premium line of Sealy mattresses. They come with all the expected comforts of the Posturepedic brand, plus additional pressure relief and reinforced support to disperse weight more evenly.

These mattresses are ideal for warm sleepers. They feature cooling technologies to regulate temperature, promote airflow for a cooler sleep surface, and remain cool to the touch from the moment you go to bed until the next morning.

Mattresses come in firm, medium, or soft, depending on your preferences. While these are the most expensive mattress options from Sealy, the line boasts an extensive record of positive reviews from customers impressed by an upgraded sleep experience.

How Are Sealy Mattresses Constructed?

Sealy mattress construction typically includes materials like innerspring coils, memory foam, and/or gel foam layers. Your Sealy mattress may contain a combination of these materials to suit varying densities and firmness levels, especially if you choose a hybrid style.

The right mattress for you depends on your preferences. Innerspring mattresses are firmer and better for those who need extra support. Foam constructions give you that sinking-in feeling and may be better for those who want extra cushion at the shoulders and hips.

Hybrid mattresses use both coils and foam layers in their construction for well-balanced rest. Most of Sealy’s mattresses use hybrid construction.

Why Buy a Sealy Mattress?

Any of the mattresses in the Sealy mattress collection are backed by a legacy of expertise in sleep. The company’s offerings have only expanded over time to offer more personalized comfort, targeted support for any aches and pains that may be keeping you up, and pressure relief.

Sealy is committed to quality, durability, and innovation, and its mattresses have a variety of price points. At Ashley, our financing options allow customers to keep monthly costs more manageable so they can invest in the mattress they need.

Accessories for Your Sealy Mattress

Once you’ve decided on the right Sealy mattress for you, thanks to our Sealy mattress guide, you’ll want to consider accessories to complete your new bedroom setup.

Sealy Foundations

A quality bed foundation is important to preserving the life of your Sealy mattress. Sealy brand bed foundations are designed to complement your mattress and provide a solid base for your bed setup.

The high-profile Sealy foundation adds 9 inches of height to match conventional box springs. The low-profile Sealy foundation adds 5 inches of height. The foundation you choose will depend on your preferences for the look and feel of your bed.

Sealy Adjustable Base

An adjustable base offers an even more personalized sleep experience for those who have unique preferences and uses for their bed. The Sealy Ease Power Base comes with stackable legs that allow you to choose your desired height in the moment and change your mind as you please.

An easy-to-use wireless remote comes with Zero-Gravity presets that simulate weightlessness from different positions. Return to the flat position at the touch of a button.

All Sealy mattresses are compatible with the Sealy Ease Power Base. Most platforms and frames are compatible as well, but if you know you’d like to purchase one, it’s best to purchase the base first to ensure a proper fit with the rest of your bed.

Upgrade Your Sleep With Ashley

At Ashley, we know that a high-quality mattress is a big investment for your home. We also know how important it is to find that balance of good sleep and durability. Sealy boasts a long-lasting history of ensuring a restful night’s sleep for its customers.

If you’d like to compare with another of our favorite brands, we also carry Stearns & Foster mattresses. Sealy and Stearns & Foster are both owned by the same parent company, Tempur Sealy International. Stearns & Foster is the more expensive of the two, and these mattresses promise a more high-end look and feel. These beds deliver the luxurious experience you’d expect with a bigger budget.

Upgrade the rest of your sleep space while you’re at it with matching furniture sets, bedroom benches, and quilts and coverlets to set the mood for sleep and relaxation. Create the space you need for your best rest at Ashley.

Entertaining, Party & Event Ideas for the Home Published: May 17, 2024 | Updated: May 22, 2024

A Guide to Hosting March Madness

So, you’ve been tasked with hosting this year’s March Madness celebration. March Madness is a special time for basketball lovers, foodies, and everyone in between. Your March Madness party can look a lot different, depending on when and where you’re tuning into the game. You can create your own game day experience right from the comfort of your home.

Hosting a March Madness party is quite like any other get-together, with basketball as the theme. You can effortlessly create the ideal atmosphere for every guest with the right mix of entertainment, décor, and delicious eats. Follow our tips and tricks to bless your friends and family with the best March Madness party of all time.

What Is March Madness?

If you’re not a sports fan, you may be wondering, “What is March Madness?” A yearly event, March Madness is when basketball fans around the nation crowd the stands and their living rooms to tune in to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament.

This single-elimination tournament of 68 teams begins with Selection Sunday around the second week of March. Selection Sunday is when the selection committee chooses all teams that will compete. The next three weeks are filled with suspense and excitement as sports fans remain glued to their TVs for each round until the final championship game in early April.

Dating back to 1939, when the term was coined, March Madness has expanded to a cherished event, even for non-sports fans. Friends and families get together to enjoy good food, cold drinks, and plenty of laughs as they cheer on their favorite team in hopes of victory and bragging rights.

How to Host a March Madness Party

Hosting a March Madness watch party is a task you shouldn’t take lightly. When you think of a March Madness party, imagine everything that encompasses attending a live basketball game. Friendly competition, lively energy, March Madness decorations, and plenty of delicious food and drinks to go around are a perfect place to start.

Think of the type of crowd you’re hosting. Some of your guests might be glued to the TV with a cold beer in hand, while others are chatting and tuning in periodically to check the score. You’ll want to be able to accommodate everyone that attends. Most activities will typically take place in your living room, kitchen, or backyard, so we recommend tackling your event planning by each space.

Living Room

The first and arguably most important section is the living area. Where will your guests commune to watch the game? Prioritize comfy seating, whether that be reclining furniture or a cozy sectional. Since many of your guests will spend much of their time in this room, you’ll want to be sure it’s open and welcoming. Another key element is the TV. Home theater TV stands are ideal to wow your guests and ensure their game day experience is one for the books.

Kitchen

Your next area to take on is the kitchen. Food is crucial for any party, especially a March Madness event (but more on that later). Be sure to have a functional setup in your kitchen, where friends and family can easily snack, grab, and go. Potlucks are ideal for hosting a March Madness party so guests can indulge in multiple dishes and return for more.

Backyard

If you’re taking the cookout approach for game day, your backyard will be a huge factor in your planning. Ensure there’s plenty of seating and areas to relax. March Madness party games like basketball trivia, basketball, or giant Jenga are an excellent touch. That way, you can easily keep guests entertained during intermissions or while they’re waiting for the game to start. Depending on your preference, gas or charcoal grills are a necessity. You’ll also want to fill coolers with ice-cold drinks to emulate the game-day experience.

March Madness Decorations

March Madness decorations are a must to get everyone in the competitive spirit. You can still go all out with decorations, even if you’re hosting a basketball-themed party for adults. March Madness decorating ideas translate best when your guests are at the forefront. Since so many teams compete in March Madness, you’ll want to keep your decorations neutral, unless your guests are rooting for a specific team.

Gathering the best basketball party supplies is crucial. Basketball-shaped confetti, streamers, banners, basketball balloons, and other themed party favors can all tie together the perfect party. If you’re hosting a championship party, implement a dress code with your favorite team colors and gear.

You can add a touch of March Madness to everything from serving trays to your desserts. Your snack table is the perfect space to pull out all the stops. Basketball-themed cups, plates, and an orange and black tablecloth all have their place here.

Snacks for a March Madness Watch Party

Of course, you can’t forget the light bites, drinks, and food for a March Madness party. Whether you’re ordering out or serving up your own dishes, you’ll want to aim for quick eats that pack a punch. Think buffalo wings, pizza, crockpot meatballs, chili, salad, and sandwiches. These simple dishes are easy to make (or order) and save you time and effort as you plan the rest of your party. You can also encourage your guests to bring their favorite dishes and set up a potluck at your kitchen island.

If you’re taking the barbecue route, classic hot dogs and hamburgers are the way to go. You can also amp up your party menu with grilled chicken, sausages, corn, mixed vegetables, and seafood.

Snacks, desserts, and drinks are no different. The ideal March Madness party has no shortage of tasty bites and sweets like nachos, mozzarella sticks, scrumptious dips, brownies, and cupcakes.

Are your party guests beer lovers? Try setting up a beer-tasting station with local craft beers in your kitchen or backyard. Don’t forget non-alcoholic beverages like seltzers, soda, and juice (if the kids are invited).

Even if basketball isn’t your thing, hosting a March Madness party brings your favorite people together for a memorable event. At Ashley, we’re all about curating these experiences. Browse our wide selection of affordable furniture and décor, and start planning your March Madness celebration!

All Posts Published: April 26, 2024

How to Organize Your Closet: Closet Organization Ideas & Tips

There’s a common theme with most closets — there’s never enough space! Clutter can be overwhelming, especially in small spaces. It might feel like no matter how hard you try to tidy up, your cleaning efforts never end. But each of our favorite pieces deserves a home.

Wondering how you can maximize our closet space? Don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re getting an early start on spring cleaning or your closet desperately needs a deep clean, we’re here to share our top tips and ideas to transform your storage spaces into the neatest areas of your home.

Closet Organization Tips

Organizing your closet is a lot simpler than it seems. The first and most essential step is decluttering. Decluttering is more than a physical task, it can also be emotional. We love to hold on to things that have sentimental or monetary value to us. That could be the $100 sweater you’ve only worn once or your favorite heels that can’t survive another walk in the park. Either way, it’s vital to take inventory of the pieces you need, want, and can’t live without. Everything else can go or be donated.

Once you’ve decluttered, investing in closet systems is one of our favorite closet organization ideas. Closet systems make it simple to compartmentalize your belongings. You’ll want a space for everything, like your clothes, shoes, bags, suits, and more. Depending on your closet size, you can purchase a simple shelf and drawer organizer, like our EasyFit Shelf & Drawer Tower Organization System. If you’re sharing a closet or have plenty of space, a larger system like our EasyFit Ultimate Corner Organization System is the perfect addition.

You can still effortlessly tidy up your space if your closet or budget can’t accommodate a closet system. Built-in shelves can serve equally as well. That way, you can customize your build to fit your space perfectly.

Proper closet organization also comes down to how you store your belongings. Simple tricks like efficient folding methods and dedicated spaces for items can make a huge difference in the amount of space you have. When it comes to clothing, hanging your things in a logical order can dramatically improve how tidy your space feels. But you can get creative with what this looks like. Here are some ideas for hanging your clothes:

  • Having subsections for your short-sleeve tops, blouses, dresses, and pants
  • Keeping your most-worn items on the most accessible side of your closet
  • Color-coding subsections or hanging items by color, with each color grouped together

Best Products for Organizing Your Closet

Closet accessories are a game-changer for revamping your storage areas. Hangers, laundry sorters, hooks, shoe racks, luggage storage racks, and baskets can all have their special place in your closet. You’ll want to organize your closet so everything is at arm’s reach. That way, you can avoid creating clutter by moving too many things around.

Prioritizing the items you use most often is another great approach. For example, if you’re creating a space for all your shoes, be sure to keep the ones you wear most often in an accessible shoe rack. The same goes for items you rarely use. If you only travel once a year, store your luggage on a rack in the back of your closet or find another spot outside your closet, like under your bed.

If you want to create an aesthetic for your closet, be sure your accessories complement each other. Having matching hangers is a must to create a feel of consistency and tidiness. Save your hanger space for items you want to prevent from wrinkling, like blouses, suits, and dresses. Adding small DIY spring décor or spring decoration ideas like baskets and canvas boxes can further create a look.

How to Organize a Small Closet

For those with small closets, organizing can seem a bit trickier. But, there are several ways to not only organize a small closet, but also make it feel larger. Hanging items is a simple trick to maximize space and keep your things easily accessible.

Since you won’t have much horizontal space, you’ll have to utilize your wall space and possibly your door. This could look like hanging shelves and using hooks or hanging closet organizers

Community, Crafts, Ideas & Trends Published: April 10, 2024 | Updated: May 22, 2024

Spring Planting and Gardening Ideas

Adding plants to your home is an excellent way to liven up your space for spring. Creating a beautiful spring garden or decorating with indoor plants can initially seem intimidating. You might be wondering what plants to get and how to incorporate them.

Keep reading to discover everything you need for decorating with spring plants.

The Best Plants for Spring

Selecting plants that bloom during this season is a must for decorating with spring plants. A thriving garden will be easier to care for while making your home feel lush and verdant.

Below are some plants that do well in spring and beyond.

Azalea

Azaleas are ideal for adding a pop of color to any outdoor space. They produce highly saturated flowers that will look full all spring long. You can find azaleas in various colors, from pink and purple to yellow and orange. These shrubs also vary in size. Some can get as tall as 20 feet, while smaller azaleas grow between 2 and 6 feet.

Tulips

These elegant flowers bloom between March and May. Ultimately, their bloom season and life span depend on the temperature. Tulips can last one to two weeks in cooler weather and bloom in late spring.

Rose Bushes

This timeless shrub typically blooms in the later part of spring. For that reason, rose bushes are wonderful transition plants when summer arrives. However, if you’re looking for a low-key garden, roses may not be for you. These plants require more upkeep than your average plant to remain healthy during the cold seasons.

Pansies

If you’re looking for an unstoppable color for your spring garden, pansies are a must. Although they require a lot of sunlight, they can still thrive in cold weather, so a little snow in the spring won’t hurt them.

Dogwood

The dogwood shrub features stunning, large white flowers that blossom in April and May. Plant them in your front or backyard to add a clean, contemporary look to your home for the spring. Help dogwood plants thrive by keeping them in shady areas and moist, well-draining soil.

Magnolia

Magnolia blossoms have become a symbol of spring. Their soft pink petals and teacup-shaped structure will grab anyone’s attention. The time they bloom depends on the variety you get, with some popping as early as March. Add this tree to your garden for beautiful flowers year after year.

Indoor and Outdoor Spring Plants

There is no right or wrong way to enhance your home with plants. But that can make choosing the right ones hard. The best place to start is by deciding if you want indoor or outdoor plants.

Outdoor Plants

Give your curb appeal an instant upgrade by adding spring plants. Even a small spring garden will add sophistication, style, and warmth to outside spaces. Still trying to decide what to plant? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Plant Flowering Shrubs

There are many springtime options when it comes to shrubs. Azaleas, rhododendrons, and hydrangea are some seasonal favorites.

Add a Seasonal Flower Garden

Tailoring your garden to match the season is a fun way to switch things. Install a range of annual spring flowers to enjoy heady scents and vibrant colors. Pansies, gladiolas, and tulips are all good options since they handle cold weather well.

Plant a Vegetable Garden

Early spring is the best time to start growing vegetables. Here are a few that are in full bloom:

  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas

Plant Fruits

Don’t limit yourself to vegetables. Spring is the ideal season for fruits too. Here are some that are perfect during this time:

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Blueberries
  • Apricots

Indoor Plants

Plants aren’t strictly for outdoor areas. They can uplift your indoor spaces as well. Add them to any room in your house for a calm and chic atmosphere. Even though you can’t have all the same plants that you would have outside, there are still a lot of great options like:

  • Orchids: These sophisticated flowers add minimal elegance to any space.
  • Lilies: Peace lilies and Calla lilies are both ideal for springtime décor.
  • Gardenia: Fill your home with the sweet smell of spring with gardenias.
  • Snake Plant: The snake plant is easy to care for and has a striking appearance.
  • Aloe Vera Plant: A low-maintenance plant with a sculptural structure.

Don’t feel like you must commit to one or the other. Having some greenery inside and outside will give your home an inviting appeal, inside and out.

How to Decorate With Plants in Spring

Decorating with plants is a great opportunity to be creative. Think beyond the basic planter pot or outdoor garden. Here are some unique ideas that will set your home apart this spring.

Ideas for Decorating With Indoor Plants

Get a Plant Shelf

Make your indoor garden the focal point with a plant shelf. A cascading one will add a waterfall effect to leafy hanging plants. Or you can use a tall shelf to display various flowers and succulents.

Get a Hanging Plant

Hanging plants are wonderful for small spaces. Not only do they save room, but they also give the illusion of a taller ceiling.

Create a Terrarium

Terrariums are a clever way to add style, and they’re ideal for plants that require little upkeep. Air plants, succulents, and cacti are all good options for terrariums. Custom design your own with pebbles, soil, moss, and rocks.

Ideas for Decorating With Outdoor Plants

Lined Walkways

Make your home more inviting by lining your walkway with flowers or shrubs. Depending on where you live, desert plants like lavender, yucca, and agave also work well.

Container Gardens

Container gardens have become increasingly popular over the last few years. By choosing outdoor planters over traditional gardens, homeowners are saving time on maintenance while adding a contemporary look to their yards.

Hanging Garden

Vertical gardens are the latest outdoor trend making its way into everyone’s backyard. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also a great space-saving hack.

Door Wreaths

Spring flowers and wreaths will make your home shout spring. Add one outside or indoors to create a welcoming environment.

Should I Use Fake Plants?

Fake plants are a good option for low-light indoor areas like bathrooms and foyers. Many high-quality imitation plants look as good as real ones and will last much longer.

What Do I Need to Decorate With Plants?

Whether planting inside or outside, you’ll need some gardening essentials before starting. These items include:

  • Gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Garden fork
  • Hand trowel
  • Gardening spade
  • Watering can
Dining Room Ideas, Home Decor & Furniture Published: March 15, 2024 | Updated: May 16, 2024

How to Choose Dining Chairs

For many families, the dining room is an essential space to catch up with loved ones and enjoy a tasty meal together. The ideal dining room exudes an inviting atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable. That said, comfy dining room chairs are a must!

But how do you know how to choose dining room chairs? Don’t worry! Today we’re sharing our top tips and tricks for finding the perfect dining room chairs to complete your vision.

What Makes a Good Dining Chair?

A good dining chair creates a harmonious balance of comfort, durability, functionality, and style. Proper dining room chairs are designed with your comfort in mind. From cushions to structure, the ergonomic design of your dining room chairs is vital, as you’ll spend plenty of time sitting in them.

The ideal chairs will provide the right back support. Often, it’s best to shop for dining room chairs in-store. That way, you can test out your options and get a firsthand experience of each chair’s comfort level. If you opt for shopping online, customer reviews can give you insight into the quality of potential chairs.

Functionality and durability are also essential. Search for dining room chairs crafted from and upholstered with top-tier materials that can withstand wear and tear. Here are some of our faves:

  • High-quality solid wood, like oak, maple, teak, and cherry
  • Metals like steel, aluminum, and iron
  • Upholstery: leather, cotton, linen, spider silk, and synthetic textiles

Your dining room chairs should set the tone for your other decor to complete your space’s aesthetic. The style of a dining room chair doesn’t necessarily determine the quality. But it can be a driving factor in the chairs you choose. If you’re searching for a specific style, make sure it also checks the other boxes for what makes a good dining chair.

How to Choose Dining Room Chairs

Choosing dining room chairs comes down to your preference and the interior design style you hope to achieve. The size of your dining room table typically plays a crucial factor. Your chairs should fit effortlessly with your dining room and provide a comfortable amount of space for each guest.

To determine the right size and number of chairs, start by measuring the size and shape of your space and table. For example, oval and rectangular dining room tables typically seat more people, and square ones provide a comfortable seating area for four. Pay special attention to the tabletop’s thickness and the overall table height, and choose your chairs following these tips:

  • Chair width is generally between 18 and 20 inches but can vary depending on whether it has arms.
  • When deciding how many chairs can comfortably fit, leave 6 inches between each.
  • Leave 36 inches between your other furniture or walls so you can easily push your chair back.

When deciding how to choose dining room chairs, consider your home’s aesthetic to create a cohesive story. Maybe the modern contemporary style speaks to you. If so, opt for chairs with clean lines and neutral colors, like beiges, grays, and taupes.

Arm vs. Armless Dining Chairs

Whether you opt for arms or armless dining chairs, the key is prioritizing comfort, functionality, and style. Each type of chair has its pros and cons. That said, it’s up to you to decide what works best for your lifestyle and space.

Armchairs

Experts agree that chairs with arms offer the most ergonomic support. These chairs not only provide a place to rest your arms but are stronger and more durable. Armchairs can make a space feel elegant and complete, especially at the head of the table. Still, armchairs take up extra space, so they can be more expensive and challenging to fit comfortably in smaller rooms.

Armless Chairs

Armless chairs are a current staple in modern dining room furniture because of their sleek look, ease of use, and convenience. They’re easy to move and perfect as a compact dining room chair option for smaller spaces. Armless chairs also make it simple to seat yourself and push in under the table when not in use.

If you’re going for a less formal dining room look, armless chairs might be the best choice. You’ll find countless eye-catching designs at multiple price points to complement your space. The main drawback of armless chairs is the lack of lumbar support. Without armrests, you’re more likely to feel uncomfortable and bothered when sitting on them for long periods.

How to Mix & Match Dining Chairs

When deciding how to mix dining chairs, the best part is — it’s all up to you! Still, understanding a few fundamentals in creating a visually appealing space is crucial. Like choosing a good dining chair, mixing and matching chairs is about preference. Many use three combinations with dining room furniture. You can choose matching chairs, match side chairs with different head chairs, or opt for an eclectic hodgepodge where each chair is different. The options are endless!

The simplest method is choosing matching chairs. Many dining room sets come with matching chairs, making it effortless to design a cohesive space. But maybe you prefer contrast. A popular choice for a table that seats six is mixing two armchairs at the head of the table with four armless chairs. Dining benches are another great furniture piece to elevate your space. Use a dining bench on one side of the table and armless dining room chairs on the other.

You can get more creative by mixing dining chairs of different styles that complement each other. Try pairing two upholstered chairs at the head of the table with rustic wooden chairs. From colors to styles to materials, your options for how to mix dining chairs are endless.

Revamp Your Space at Ashley

Understanding the basics of how to mix dining chairs and tables is just the start. Now it’s time to bring out your inner interior designer. So let’s get started! Ashley is the top spot to infuse your personality and style to create an equally functional and aesthetically pleasing dining space. Embrace creativity, experiment with different combinations, and trust your instincts to curate a dining area for cherished moments with loved ones.

All Posts, Home Decor & Furniture Published: March 5, 2024 | Updated: April 19, 2024

A Guide to Coastal Décor and Furnishings

Transforming your home into a haven is all about creating a space where you feel comfortable and at peace. Coastal homes exude an intrinsic charm, radiating a carefree, calm vibe. Whether you’re revamping your upstate beach house or bringing the coast’s soothing elements to your New York City loft, our guide to coastal décor and furnishings is everything you need to transform your space.

Difference Between Coastal Décor and Beach Décor

Beach and coastal décor are often used synonymously, but there are a few key differences. Picture the contrast between a tropical Aruban beach and the rocky seaside of Cape Cod. Both beach and coastal interior design draw inspiration from natural coastline elements but create a distinct aesthetic.

Coastal décor mirrors classic marine elements and the ruggedness of the shore. Think of a tailored, refined feel with darker colors and vintage elements. On the other hand, beach décor translates the feeling of seaside relaxation with flowy linens and lighter tones and textures.

Must-Have Coastal Décor for Your Home

Coastal decorating draws from the natural elements of the beach, like sun, wind, sand, sea, and sky. A tastefully designed coastal home encompasses a collection of rustic furniture and décor to create a tranquil atmosphere. Unlike beach décor, coastal décor leans more on the nautical side, emphasizing deeper neutral-toned colors, natural materials, and soft-touch experiences. You want to paint a picture of scenic landscapes, crashing waves, and sunshine through your décor.

That said, everything from wall art to decorative vases can help you turn your vision into a reality. Here are some of our top, must-have coastal and beach décor pieces from Ashley:

  • Chevron Pouf
  • Precia Rug
  • Dallson Floor Lamp
  • Monterey Wall Art Set
  • Colburn Wall Sconce
  • Jamon Table Lamp
  • Dorcey Planter Set
  • Jocelyne Tray Set
  • Irvetta Pillow
  • Coenbell Pendant Light
  • Leonita Throw
  • Belenburg Floor Mirror
  • Hannela Small Vase
  • Elian Basket Set

Best Colors for Coastal Decorating

Coastal decorating takes a simple, minimalistic approach. A coastal-style color scheme captures the serene beauty of seaside landscapes with different neutral shades. White or beige walls create a light, open ambiance. Deep greens and royal blues reflect the soothing tones of the sea and sky. Earth tones and natural materials like dark oaks, pines, and wicker create a feel reminiscent of the sand and shoreline. Grays and creams transcend you to a rocky beach. If you’re leaning more on the beach décor side, subtle pops of color like coral, seafoam, and turquoise can exude a graceful, tropical feel.

You can incorporate these coastal home décor colors in many ways and add your personal touch to make your space unique. It’s all about telling a cohesive story with interior design. For example, if you choose a white couch, add contrast with gray or royal blue throw pillows. Or display neutral-toned ceramic vases, vintage-style mirrors, and nautical motives throughout your home to compliment your furnishings.

Furnishing Your Living Room at Your Beach House

When furnishing your beach house living room, always keep things light and bright. Maximize the natural light in your living room with strategically placed wooden or vintage accent mirrors. A visually appealing coastal living room has a mix of dark and light tones and textures that blend harmoniously. Couches, sofas, and accent chairs should evoke the comfortable, calming feel of the seaside. Stick with whites and neutral tones for coastal living furniture, and add subtle pops of color as you see fit.

A natural wood or white coffee table will further complement your other furniture. If you prefer dark tones, create a balance of light features with your décor. Tasteful wall art, large plants, candle holders, and coastal motifs can all add to your seaside oasis. Use natural textures like wood and wicker to imitate the shoreline feel.

Coastal Living Decorating Ideas

Every space in your home can emanate an enchanting coastal vibe. Now that we’ve covered living room coastal furniture and décor, let us paint a picture to spark creativity with these coastal décor ideas.

Foyer

After a day at the beach, entering a coastal home should enhance that tranquil feeling. A deep oak entryway table adorned with plants, a lamp, and other seaside elements is the perfect start. Add a decorative mirror to open your space and a neutral-toned entryway rug to tie it all together.

Kitchen

Light, airy, and inviting should describe your coastal home kitchen. Keeping with the coastal home color scheme and elements, line your kitchen island with simple, chic wooden chairs or barstools and hang rattan pendant lights above. Add a natural decorative tray to hold your olive oil cruet and salt and pepper mills. Complete your island with a decorative vase filled with beautiful flowers.

Dining Room

Create an open feeling in your dining room with a standout table set in deep oak or pine. You can also create contrast with a lighter wood table and coastal-style white chairs. Get creative with centerpieces! Some of our faves are plants, glass vases filled with seashells, or vintage candle holders. Amp up your space with framed beachside wall art and decorative mirrors.

Bedrooms

Your bedrooms are the ideal space for coastal-inspired wall art, a cozy white duvet, and stylish throw pillows in deep blues or greens. White ceramic lamps are the perfect addition to your nightstands. A wooden accent chair near your window can add a cozy space for reflection. Adorn your bedroom with other earthy elements like hanging plants.

Bathrooms

Transform your bathrooms by integrating weathered wood and driftwood for a rustic coastal feel. Use light airy materials for your shower curtains. Blend nautical motifs like coral, forage, and seashells with woven baskets, rope accents, and framed coastal-themed artwork to create a visually appealing space.

Design Your Coastal Oasis With Ashley

Embrace the beauty and tranquility of coastal living by designing a home inspired by the timeless allure of the sea. We believe the best home décor lets your personality shine through. Ashley is the top spot to embark on this delightful journey, with hundreds of furniture and décor options to create your seaside haven.

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