To Sectional or Not to Sectional

– that is the question.

For most furniture shoppers, this is one of the most common questions one ponders before finalizing their living room seating of choice.   Different factors come into play when making this decision such as looks, size, room layout, comfort, lifestyle and personal preference.

Let’s take a crash course on sectionals – defining common terminologies and identifying their pros and cons.  When we’re done you’ll be well on your way into making the right decision to sectional or not to sectional.

SECTIONAL 101

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sectional
[sek-shuh-nl]
n. a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.
(www.dictionary.com)

Sectionals come in a variety of shapes- L-shape, U-shape, or semi-circular.

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In regards to design, there are two types – stationary and modular.  Stationary sectionals are the most common. They are a set shape, and are locked in place by hooks or latches. The pieces cannot be separated besides for moving purposes.  Modular sectionals have pieces with finished edges, offering endless configurations and each section can be setup as a standalone piece.  They are basically big comfy lego blocks.

BASIC LINGO
Chaise – An extra long seat offering full leg room (great for lounging)
Corner Chair – A sectional piece that looks like a wedge intended in to be placed in a corner
Armless Chair – A single seat sectional piece with no arms
Ottoman – A footstool without arms or back. Primarily used as a footstool but in modular sectionals can be used as a seat or table.
RAF – (Right Arm Facing) When facing the piece or section, your arm is on the right. i,e. RAF chaise means the chaise is on the right when you are looking at it.
LAF – (Left Arm Facing), opposite of RAF 😉

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Photo by Rogi Ramil, Red Knot Aiea

PROS
*Multiple seating looks cozy and inviting.
*Creates a nice setup to watch television without craning your neck (having a sofa and loveseat will do that to ya!)
*Offers lots of room not only for the whole family but also for guests and entertaining.
*The chaise is a great place for lounging, cuddling, sleeping and videogam-ing. 🙂

CONS
*Some sectionals (stationary) only have one configuration, which limits future rearranging plans.
*They can take up a lot of room visually and physically.
*The stationary sectionals also limit furniture add-ons.
*The wedge and corner seats can be awkward.

SOME QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
*Does my space allow for the size and flexibility of a sectional?
*Where is it going and what will it be used for? (Family room? Parties?)
*How many people do you need to accommodate?
*Am I planning on moving homes in the near future?

So now the last question is … sectionals – yay! or nay?

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Let’s Talk Texture!

In home furnishing, there are different types of textures and textiles.  Below are some of the industry’s basic textures and some FYIs to assist you in making the decision between one or another.

 

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COTTON
Cotton is the world’s oldest and most used fiber, making up 50% of the textile industry. It is highly versatile, being available in a huge range of different colors and prints. Cotton is a plant-based fiber and varies in thickness and length depending on the species of cotton. Organic cotton can be used in upholstery fabric and is considered renewable resource.
DURABILITY: Cotton fabric is absorbent, breathable, soft to touch and static resistant. Upholstered cotton will feel good against your skin no matter the temperature or the humidity. It is also cost efficient.
DRAWBACKS: Cotton is not wrinkle resistant, and prone to shrinking (when wet) and stretching. Cotton is highly vulnerable to sunlight, causing it fade over time. It is also prone to staining because of its great absorbency characteristic.
CARE: Always blot spills immediately. Do not rub! Spot clean with a damp cloth or sponge, and let air dry. Keep out cotton from direct sunlight to prevent fading.

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POLYESTER
Unlike cotton, polyester is a man-made fiber. Microfiber, a fabric popular in the home furnishing industry, is made of 100% polyester. It has a suede-like texture, almost like a rich, velvety feel.
DURABILITY: Known for its durability, polyester has high strength, excellent resiliency, and a high abrasion resistance. Low absorbency allows the fiber to dry quickly. It is resistant to shrinking, stretching and creasing. Unlike cotton, it is resistant to sun-fading. High-resiliency helps to prevent the saggy look some sofas get as they age. Microfiber is water repellent and handles spills well by keeping them on the surface rather than soaking them in.
DRAWBACKS: Polyester is a product of the petroleum industry- it is not considered organic or from renewable resources. It is vulnerable to high temperature, heat and burns.
CARE: Clean with a soft cloth, water and mild liquid soap. Because of its weakness to heat, avoid removing cushion covers and putting them through the drier. Also avoid other heat sources such as curling irons or lit cigarettes from coming in contact with the sofa.

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LEATHER
Leather is a natural product, made from animal skin. It is the most expensive cover used in upholsteries. Leather is luxurious, sophisticated and eludes an aura of prestige. It will never look dated and over time will develop character, a great advantage when it comes to longevity and value. There are upholsteries that are matched leather (100% leather on the seating area and vinyl on sides and back) and all leather (seating area, sides and back are 100% leather).
DURABILITY: Leather is exceptionally durable and long lasting- the longer you have it, the leather will become softer and more comfortable. It will even develop it’s own patina.  It is resistant to tearing and easy to clean. Leather does not attract or collect dust and is resistant to dust mites.
DRAWBACKS: Leather adjusts to your body temperature, so it gets really sticky and uncomfortable in hot weather conditions.
CARE: In general, leather sofas are easier to keep clean than fabric. a regular vacuum and a damp cloth is all you need. Proper conditioning will also help to protect and prolong the life of your leather upholstery.

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Wood

WOOD
Wood has many uses and purposes, and is a favorite choice in home furnishing. They are divided into three types- hardwood, softwood or engineered wood. One of the factors determining the quality of your furniture is the type of wood. There are also wood veneers. A veneer is a thin piece of premium, high-quality wood over a lower quality piece of wood.
DURABILITY: Hardwood (deciduous trees) includes oak, mahogany, cherry, teak and birch. These are the most durable as they have strength and stability. Softwood (coniferous trees) includes pine and redwood. They are easier to carve and craft. Engineered wood includes plywood and particleboard/fiberboard. Plywood will have 3-5 thin pieces of wood glued together, and particleboard is created from milled lumber. They are less susceptible to splitting or warping. Veneers are used even in expensive, high-quality furniture so don’t be fooled by the term.
DRAWBACKS: Hardwood is not easily carved or crafted. Softwoods are more prone to scratches, marks and dents. Engineered wood does not last as long as hardwood. Fiberboards will soak up water and other liquids causing it to swell. A wood veneer is so thin that it is limited to the number of times an item can be refinished.
CARE: Dust thoroughly using a feather duster, lint-free/microfiber cloth or terry towel. Do not clean wood with water, or use all-purpose cleaning sprays. Instead, use a paste or wax that is made specifically for wood furniture. For slight scratches, use a felt-tip touch-up pen to fill in scratches.

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Melamine

MELAMINE
Melamine is plastic resin created with formaldehyde and hardened through a heating process. It comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, and is applied to wood or particle board to make melamine furniture.
DURABILITY: Melamine is flame-resistant and is used in aprons, thermal liners and firefighters’ uniforms. It has a very smooth texture and will not scratch as easily as a veneer. It is also environmentally friendly as most melamine is used over particle board, a recyclable material.
DRAWBACK: Melamine is flat and cannot be curved at all.
CARE: Remove all dust thoroughly either using a duster or a damp washcloth. Use mild soap and water as your homemade cleaner solution- avoid using household cleaning products. Use a sponge to wipe down sprayed solution, then a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe away your cleanser. Clean once or twice a month.

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Lacquer

LACQUER
Wood furniture takes on a different look and protection with lacquer finishing. Lacquer is a type of sprayed-on finish giving furniture a smooth texture and high-gloss look. Lacquer is often mistaken as a trait of modern furniture, but it actually originated in East Asia hundreds of years ago.
DURABILITY: Lacquer finish does not turn yellow, unlike shellac or polyurethane. It also last longer without flaking or chipping.
DRAWBACKS: Like any varnish, lacquer finish is vulnerable to scratches. Select lacquered furniture that requires little to no day-to-day use of its tabletop.
CARE: Clean with liquid soap and warm water, and dry with non-abrasive cloth.

Painted Rattan

He-ello color!  

Rattan and wicker furniture are making their way back to being fun and trendy again!  We’re not talking about your Great-Aunt Anne’s patio furniture.  We’re talking bold, striking, and stylish indoor wicker and rattan furniture.  Yes…for the living room, dining room, even the bedroom.

You must think we are completely out of our minds, but let us share with you the features of painted rattan and why they work well indoors. After seeing photos of the home decor ideas we have below, you just might be swayed.

Rattan pieces can go well with any taste of design.  The different textures add an organic, durable and timeless look.  It can be incorporated into a shabby chic, tropical or coastal setting but can also switch from traditional to a whimsical environment.   Furthermore, wicker designs made of synthetic materials can create unusual shapes and innovative styles.   Like any accent piece, a pop of color will add an element of surprise.  You can bring out your inner rebel by mixing and matching colors and styles.  In our world, it’s perfectly OK to have yellow rattan dining chairs with your sleek Calem glass-top dining table.

Still not convinced?  Here’s some inspiration to get you in the mood.

 

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Ready to break (and make) some rules by taking the so-called “traditional” outdoor furniture and elevating it to a more contemporary level?

Come shop at Red Knot and view our colorful rattan choices.

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500 Reasons to Follow Us

com·mu·ni·ty

kəˈmyo͞onədē
noun

1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Being the new kid on the block within the furniture and design community, is no easy task. To celebrate the coming of Red Knot’s modern affordable design options to Hawaii, we launched an Instagram contest: 500 Reasons to Follow Us. Our Instagram followers were given the chance to win a $500 Red Knot gift certificate. The response we received was amazing and it was encouraging to see we were not alone! We shared a common interest with so many people who craved fun affordable designs. And now our Red Knot community is thriving with design-savvy personalities.

At the start of October, we announced Michael Pistono as the lucky winner of 500 Reasons to Follow Us. We had the pleasure of meeting Michael at our Aiea store to snap some fun photos of him and our Red Knot team. Congratulations Michael and we look forward to seeing you again in our home!

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Red Knot Team Leader Honey Millon with Michael Pistono.
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Left to right: Janice Bookhart, Rogi Ramil, Honey Millon, Michael Pistono, and Mia Yosimoto.
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Who said you can’t have a little fun?

 

Let’s Play With Color

Looking for a way to change the feel of your home, but not sure exactly where to start?

Easy.

Play with color.

Color is a universal language and is psychologically proven to affect emotions and behavior. Colors in home furnishings and decor may affect your mood. It is a powerful design tool that can make your space feel bold, cozy, cheerful, calm, playful, and even dramatic.  Colors can also brighten or darken a room as well as expand or shrink a space.  The color red, for example, creates a bold, yet comfortable aura. Yellow and orange makes you and your surroundings feel happy and fun. The color purple encourages creativity and imagination.

Even if color doesn’t affect your emotions, one thing is for certain:  a vibrant colored piece of furniture can definitely make a statement in any space.  Yes, that lime-green swivel chair in the living room? All of your friends have sat on it, posted a selfie on IG while sitting on it, hashtagged their post #iminlove #iwishihadthis #thecoolestthingever. It will definitely make a statement in social media 😉

So don’t be afraid to experiment and use color. It’s time to explore the rainbow, open your box of crayons or your paint (or makeup) palette and embrace the numerous shades of color.

Red Knot’s selection of colorful home furnishings and accents can give your space that “pop” of color you have been looking for. Take a look at some of our most vibrant pieces below:

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*PURPLE TARKIO SOFA/ LOVESEAT

*ORANGE ACKERMAN BAR STOOL

*ROBINSON ROUND END TABLE

*BLOOM SOFA

*KIPP SOFA/LOVESEAT

*YORK SWIVEL ACCENT CHAIR

*DARYL DINING CHAIR

*STRYKER SPINDLE END TABLE

*JERVIS SOFA-CHAISE SECTIONAL

 

In love with any of these colorful pieces?  What are you waiting for?

Come visit our Beretania or Aiea location and let’s play!