7 Tree-Trimming Tips for Holiday Magic

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For many, the Christmas tree-trimming is the center of holiday magic.

Whether you host the holidays or travel, have a large family or small, one theme transcends time and location — the need to rest and relax. This year, don’t let decorating feel like a chore. Be reasonable in what you undertake and choose to focus on what brings you the most joy.

Using one or two colors as a theme for your tree gives an elegant look.

Whether you create a traditional tree full of handmade ornaments collected over the years, or more of a “decorator” tree with careful planning and attention to detail, these 7 tree-trimming tips will help you create your best tree.

Make the top of your tree the focal point

Tip One: Make the top the star. While it’s usually the last thing people decorate, it should be one of the first things you consider. From a traditional angel or star to modern sprigs of colorful decorative branches, be sure to accentuate the top of your tree. 

For a decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. This tree’s elegant color scheme is cream, chocolate brown and spring green, and the finishes are all gold.

Tip 2: Set the Foundation. The foundation of a tree is its’ shape and color. Make sure all the lights are working and you have enough for the size of the tree. Now, consider your color scheme. For the decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. In the tree above, the color scheme is elegant and consists of cream, chocolate brown and spring green, with all gold finishes. 

In the tree below, the color scheme is more organic, and features white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents (although it looks warmer/more golden when the lights are on).

This tree’s color scheme is organic, featuring white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents.

Tip 3: Use ribbon and greenery to fill. Whether your tree is natural or artificial, there will inevitably be gaps in the branches where you can see the trunk. Twisting ribbon and wrapping it in and around those areas helps create a fuller look and set a color theme. I do this before I place ornaments and prefer wired ribbon for its ability to be molded. At the very end, after you’ve placed all your ornaments, go back and fill any empty spaces with decorative picks and/or more loops of ribbon. In this tree, I filled in gaps with floral picks that look like natural cotton branches, as well as pinecones dusted with white sparkles. 

To give your tree balance, use the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top.

Tip 4: Hang ornaments from the top down, smallest to largest. When you hang the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top, it makes them easier to see and appreciate. I also tuck some ornaments farther into the tree and pull others out to hang near the end of branches to provide visual depth. I recommend green ornament hooks; they disappear and let the ornament shine.

Choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and bring you joy.

Tip 5: Make it meaningful. Even if you’re creating a decorator tree, choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and that bring you joy. It might be angels, scotty dogs or a favorite college or team — as long as its meaningful to you, the result will be beautiful.

Don’t get so busy shopping, cleaning and cooking that you forget to make time to appreciate your creation.

Tip 6: Sit back and enjoy your tree. Time shared around the Christmas tree are memories in the making. 

If you don’t have an extra-comfy recliner or sofa like the Lavon, it might be time to ask Santa to bring you one.https://barcalounger.com/?s=LAvon

Tip 7: Make sure you have comfortable seating. Today’s recliners come in styles, shapes and sizes to fit everyone. From plush fabric to sumptuous leather, a chair or sofa is a gift that keeps giving all year long. If you or family members find yourself squished in a typical recliner, you’ll love our Big and Tall options.   If you have small children or just find rocking to be relaxing, our Rocker Recliners and Swivel Glider recliners should be on your gift list.

Here’s wishing you both a happy and RELAXING holiday.

Inspiration: Island Living

Tips and Ideas for Bringing the Beauty of the Beach to Your Home

Turquoise waters, golden sand, salty waves and blue skies. Want to recreate the same island vibe in your home? Here’s how!

If you love the calm, laid-back feeling of sand, sunshine and island life, the launch of summer is the perfect time to incorporate that inspiration into your home décor.

Try these tips and ideas to create a space that feels like a vacation from the outside world, year-round.

Accent a blue leather sofa like the Kelso Sofa Group with natural materials and soft neutrals for an island-inspired palette. Photo: Barcalounger

Start with Color

Bringing the beauty of the beach home starts with surrounding yourself with ocean-inspired colors. Combine shades of blue and green with neutrals such as tan, white and gray for an island-inspired color palette. Start with a blue leather sofa, such as the Kelsoand accent it with natural materials and soft neutrals. Artwork is another great way to bring the spirit of the beach into a room, while tying the colors in a space together.

The soft white leather cover on the Cosmo Group provides a neutral backdrop ideal for a modern coastal aesthetic. Photo: Barcalounger

Focus on Relaxation

One of the most appealing parts of island living is the relaxed lifestyle. As you design your space, incorporate furniture and décor that helps create this atmosphere. Recliners and motion sofas make it easy to relax in comfort and style. The Cosmo’s soft white leather cover provides a neutral backdrop ideal for a modern coastal aesthetic.

Capture the Spirit

Island living doesn’t have to mean over-stuffed and excessively casual—it’s more of a feeling than a specific style. If your taste runs more traditional, infuse your space with the island vibe by focusing on your color palette and relaxation theme. The Warrendale Sofa Group has more classic and refined styling, and is available in a stunning Shoreham Blue, the perfect shade for an upscale island design aesthetic.

The 3-position recliners in the Westbrook Sofa and chairs offer the beach vacation-inspired R & R. Photo: Barcalounger

Inside Out

Once you’ve brought the beauty of the outdoors to your interior, consider taking the comforts of indoor living to your outdoor spaces. The Westbrook Reclining Sofa Group  from the Barcalounger Outdoor Living line includes a 3-position recliner that’s perfect for beach vacation-inspired rest and relaxation.

Sometimes, all it takes is a touch of color from a few accent pillows to refresh a space. Accord Jade is a stylish open pattern featuring beach-inspired shades of teal and sand. Photo: Barcalounger

Accent with Style

Sometimes all it takes is a touch of color from a few accent pillows to refresh a space. Check out our new Outdoor Living Pillow Program  offering decorative pillows designed for outdoor living. 

Available in four sizes and with a variety of fabric, pattern and color options, these stylish outdoor accessories in the Outdoor Living Pillow Program make it easy to elevate the look of an outdoor space. 

Here’s to a summer where you bring the relaxation of island living into your everyday life, and the beauty of the beach to your home — inside and out!

Make Yourself at Home on the New Barcalounger Furniture Website

FullHmpgScreenShotRecliners (1) The homepage of the new Barcalounger website features a slideshow of rolling photos, a menu to explore the product line of recliners, pedestal chairs and motion sofas and for finding a local retailer.

 Relax and make yourself at home on the new Barcalounger furniture website. The website was designed with you in mind, as Barcalounger seeks to fulfill its mission to help you enjoy life’s moments at home.

Come along for guided tour of the website, a place where you can get informed about Barcalounger’s extensive line of recliners, pedestal chairs and ottomans and motion sofas, view all of them from different angles and zoom in, view chairs and sofas in alternate colors and covers,  order swatches, contact us with your questions and sign up for our newsletter. 

On our new website, every chair and sofa is described in detail and can be viewed from different angles, zoomed in and seen in different color/cover options. Click on this screenshot photo or magenta text to visit the Roscoe Pedestal Chair page.

Also on every product detail page, you can share the photo and description on social media, email it to a friend/spouse/family member, print out a tear sheet by clicking the printer icon, and even “Find it Now.” Click on Find it Now to be directed to a local retailer in seconds, where you can see the product in person or order it. Visit the Kelso Sofa page by clicking on this photo or the magenta text.

The ‘Artist’s Lounge is an assortment of some 70 recliner and sofa styles and nearly 90 cover choices that allow you to get creative while personalizing your comfort zone. On this page, use the sorter at the top to pick the style, cover type and mechanism type of your preference so you can streamline your selection process!

Barcalounger Furniture has now taken its brand of comfort and style to the outdoor space with the Barcalounger Outdoor Living line. When you click on Outdoor Living, you’ll be able to browse all 5 outdoor collections.

The Tacoma Collection is just one of five full collections of seating, dining, accent pillow, umbrellas and table collections you can browse on the Barcalounger Outdoor section of the website.

See something you like? You can find an authorized Barcalounger Retailer near you in seconds on our Find a Retailer Page, and be able to call ahead of your shopping trip.

The Find it Now Page on the Barcalounger Website.

And don’t forget to connect with us on Instagram and Facebook! Click on the screen shots below or the magenta text to visit our pages. 

Barcalounger’s new Instagram Page.

Barcalounger looks forward to connecting with you on our website and social media, and invites you to make yourself at home anytime!

Barcalounger’s Facebook page.

 

‘Dress Casual’ Looks for Your Family Room

Damon modular room The new Damon Modular has a refined casual style with a curved track arm, a chaise end and tailored cushions. Photo: Barcalounger

Casual, comfortable style takes many forms.

There are blue jeans and sweatshirts, there are jeans and a shirt, and then there’s what some call business or ‘dress casual.’ It’s a more refined look, often with layering and details, such as slacks with a button-down shirt and a jacket or vest…set off by just the right accessory.

That ‘dress casual’ look is the vibe for BarcaLounger’s new introductions set for the April High Point Furniture Market.

The new Seymour leather sofa group has casual and inviting, yet sleek and refined lines. Photo: Barcalounger

 

The looks are refined modern, or traditional with a twist. For instance, the new Radcliffe recliner and the Ryder recliner are casual, yet dressed up with rich wood trim and clean lines.

Wood trim in a sleek black or warm wood adds a sophisticated touch to the Radcliffe and Ryder recliners. Photos: Barcalounger

 

In all, Barcalounger is introducing 24 recliners and pedestal chairs, 8 motion sofa groups, and has a new emphasis on leather sectionals and modulars at the international furniture market

The looks are inviting and comfortable, yet sophisticated. Kind of like the slacks, shirt and jacket wardrobe you’d wear for a fun but special occasion on the weekend.

The Beasley Pedestal Chair and Ottoman blend a Mid-Century-Modern Vibe with a classic button-tufted back and a sleek silhouette. The pillow-top feature on the ottoman and seat adds plushness. Photo: Barcalounger

 

Stylish tailoring stands out on this recliner that offers a tall back and additional leg extension. Nailhead trim accentuates the arms, sides and modified wings on the chair, and top-stitching detail is featured on the leather seat.