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Refresh Your Home For Spring-Huizen’s Furniture Edition

The time has come. It’s getting warmer in Michigan, and we are all about updating your home for spring here at Huizen’s! Our interior design services team can help you create an exceptional look with spring accessories and furniture. We have also put together a list of home refresh ideas that are simple and effective.

Are you ready for a change? Check out our suggestions below to get you started.

Switch Up Colors

One of the easiest ways to refresh your home decor is to add different accents of color throughout a room. This approach can be as simple as adding new artwork to the walls or as detailed as creating accent walls of bold colors. The lengths you go for this change will depend on your time and budget. However, there are many options to cater to all needs.

Taking a few hours of your afternoon to paint your picture frames a different hue can make your walls pop. As another suggestion, you can purchase new throw pillow covers for a reasonable cost and give a whole new look to your furniture.

Swap Out Fixtures

Another simple touch that significantly impacts your design is rotating in new fixtures throughout a single room or your entire home. Whether it’s new light switch covers or a new lampshade style, the look will immediately register as a welcome change. 

Sometimes the addition of a new lighting fixture packs such a punch that visitors will think that you redecorated the whole room. For this reason, it’s important to remember that small changes can make a big difference, and a complete overhaul isn’t always needed.

Add a New Rug

Over time our rugs can wear out. With constant traffic and use, you will start to notice spots that are becoming a bit bare and a few stains that won’t go away. If you are in this situation and also looking for a spring refresh to your home, the simple task of replacing your area rug can be enough to boost your spirits.

You can find rugs in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you want to go for a completely different style all together, or you just want an oval rug instead of a rectangle. Huizen’s has many options to choose from and can help you select the best one for your home.

Incorporate Some Greenery

We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” But that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the beauty of plants indoors. Adding some greenery into your interior can bring texture and color to a room in a new and rejuvenating way.

Whether it’s a potted plant on an end table or a hanging vine in the corner, the feel of the room will change with this subtle addition. 

In Summary

With spring here, we all have the itch to make some changes to our living arrangements. With our list of simple suggestions above, you can be on your way to a refreshed home in no time! Are you looking for a specific piece or want some direction on what to add to your home? Reach out to our interior design team today for assistance.

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Traditional vs Transitional Interior Design: What’s The Difference?

There has been some debate through the years between traditional vs. transitional design and how they differ. While both aesthetics have some commonalities, they also have components that set them apart. As providers of traditional and transitional furniture in Grand Rapids, MI, we wanted to set out the key elements that distinguish the two choices.

Along with our in-house Interior Design Services, let us help you find the best fit for your home. Whether traditional furniture or transitional, we have all options available to meet your needs. 

Colors

One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between the two styles is their colors. You’ll quickly notice that many pieces that fit in with the traditional style are darker hues and rich textures. You will often see the addition of patterns such as plaid or paisley within the design. 

With transitional decor, you will notice many varieties of beige, tan, white, among other solid shades. Often the focus with transitional furniture and accessories is a neutral palette. However, a traditional option will afford you more variety and a mixture of different color options.

Design Era

When you are shopping for traditional furniture, you will be targeting pieces that are replicative of 18th and 19th century European styles. The items that you peruse will have more refined looks and has a focus on detail. These pieces are created with looks and style in mind. 

Alternatively, when entertaining traditional vs. transitional, you’ll see that transitional has a greater focus on the modern concept, which includes optimal comfort. While style will be at the center of both aesthetics, transitional will favor everyday living and comfort versus appearance. 

Mixing the two design eras can seem overwhelming. However, our Interior Design Services at Huizens can help you meld the two together seamlessly to create the exact look you are after.

Materials

The difference in the materials used in the creation of the furniture and decor pieces will also dictate the difference between the two options. Most frequently, you will see a combination of different materials, mainly wood, when incorporating transitional items. However, the style is not limited to wood and can contain other materials as well. 

Traditional items can also be made with wood but have more ornate details. Often you will see the addition of clawfoot finishes and intricate carvings within the furniture pieces themselves. At times you will see metallic inlays or accents. 

In Summary

It can be hard to pinpoint the exact differences between traditional vs. transitional. While there are several similarities, there are also definitive contrasts. Between the colors the styles embody, the specific eras they replicate, and the materials they are created from, they have elements that make them decidedly unique.

Are you interested in learning more about traditional furniture? If you’d like to speak with a member of our Interior Design Services team or take a look at the transitional furniture we have in stock, be sure to stop by our Grand Rapids, MI location today and Shop Our Selection!

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6 Types of Wood Furniture You’ll Want To Consider for Your Home

Wood Type

When looking at wood furniture, it is essential to know that not all styles are created equal. Some wood fixtures are smooth and finished, whereas others have a tough or bumpy exterior with a more natural look. 

Be sure to consider the room you are looking to add wood furniture to and what you want the overall look to be. Most furnishings are from oak, maple, cherry, hickory, walnut, and elm but can come in other wood varieties as well. 

Colors

The natural color of the wood will depend on the type that you choose. However, you can also stain them to match items in your home. When you are searching for new items for a room, take into consideration whether you want to have a solid wood look in its natural finish or if you want to select a stain that complements the rest of your home.

Many furniture selections will come with different color options, so don’t feel like you are limited to what you see in the picture. Additionally, company representatives are always willing to help design the perfect room and find furniture to match.

Construction Quality

Not all wood furniture has the same construction method. Therefore, some items may hold up longer than others. It is vital to not only know what kind of wood you are working with but also how the manufacturer made it. 

An easy way to tell if the furniture is high quality is to look for evidence of glue or staples. Well-made wooden furniture will be pieced together with interlocking sides, as well as screws and dowels. You will not see glue residue or staples in furnishings made with quality in mind.

In Summary

Don’t waste time in your search; view our selection of wood furniture today! We have many design experts waiting for you at our showroom that are excited to help you find the wood furniture of your dreams. If you would like to know more about what we can do for you in your design process, give us a call at (616) 452-9920 or send us a message through our online contact form.

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Why is Furniture Taking So Long These Days

If you’re planning on buying a new piece of furniture for your house, prepare to wait a while. You might find yourself frustrated after picking out the perfect couch for your living room, only to find out that it will be months before it arrives. So, what is taking so long?

Long story short, there are shortages on all fronts of the furniture industry. First, you’ve got labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Manufacturing companies are struggling to keep their factories and plants full of workers so that they can produce the same level of output as they did before. In addition, once the piece of furniture has been made, the shipping companies will move it more slowly due to labor shortages, too.

It’s not just a lack of labor that’s slowing down the process. There has been a huge foam shortage that can be traced back to a winter storm from February. This winter storm shut down 4 chemical plants in Texas and 1 in Louisiana after it caused widespread power outages. These plants produce the chemical propylene oxide which is the main ingredient in foam. While these power outages lasted only a few days, it threw off the plants’ schedule and they have yet to recover. Those plants were already backlogged with waiting orders before the storm hit, and the demand for foam in things like furniture, car seats, and molds for casting steel has stayed steady.

Finally, the trifecta of shortages ends with the current lumber shortage. The lumber shortage was not caused by a natural disaster, but rather by human error. As the COVID-19 pandemic started to affect the world economy, lumber manufacturers had a choice to make. They looked to past recessions and decided that the number of new houses being built (where most lumber produced goes) was likely to drop. 

So, the lumber industry slowed production to meet their expected drop in demand. Instead, the new house building industry strengthened. This left a lumber industry who was not prepared to meet the level of demand, and it was made worse by safety protocols needed for COVID-19 which slowed production even further. The result was an imbalance between supply and demand which the lumber industry is still reeling to make up.

Huizen’s Furniture | High quality furniture are fair prices

At Huizen’s, we’ve been in the furniture industry for over 4 generations. We pride ourselves on building strong, long-lasting relationships with our customers. With that in mind, we share your frustration over the furniture industry shortages. We’re here to do whatever we can to make the process of buying a new piece of furniture as easy as we can for you.

If you would like to know more about what we can do for you, give us a call at (616) 452-9920 or send us a contact form.

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