The Native American culture is a rich and vibrate one full of color and incredible architecture. It has contributed so much to modern American culture, in ways that we fail to recognize. Modern interior design has borrowed a lot from the past and has taken some great inspiration from cultures all over the world. Everyone wants their home to feel unique and welcoming to them. Our living spaces are crafted to our desires by ourselves or sometimes, interior designers. We have often looked towards Native American culture to gain inspiration to make our homes, apartments, and condos comfy and cozy.
From patterns to architecture, many homes take a lot of design inspiration from Native American cultures. Native Americans were the first people to build in the land here in America, so naturally, they played a big part in how we build our homes. Native Americans in New Mexico were known for building adobe houses that have withstood decades, and sometimes even centuries. There are adobe houses still standing that date all the way back to the 16th century. They set the standard as to how to build a home for the dry and hot climate of New Mexico.
These homes were typically made of adobe, which comprised of sand, clay, straw, and water. They were very sturdy and influences of this can be seen in modern homes through stucco and the use of roof beams. You can also see the influence in the shape of modern homes. Many modern houses are square or rectangular in shape with flat roofing. These homes allow for heat to remain outside of the house during the day, and kept inside at night. This style of architecture has become synonymous with the southwest and has stood the test of time against the dryness and heat.
Fabrics and Weaving
Many Native American cultures have introduced weaving techniques and unique fabrics, that were then very useful and practical, but now are mostly used for aesthetic and decorative purposes. Woven textiles have been used to make baskets with eccentric patterns on them and various pieces of fabric that have been used as tapestries and blankets. Weaving and fabrics have become very popular in modern southwestern style interior design. They allow for an earthier feel that’s welcoming and inviting. Typically made of wool, weaved fabrics are very strong and can last for years and years. Weaving can also be done with plants and is typically applied to weaving baskets.
Baskets and blankets can also have a variety of patterns weaved into them. These patterns seem to be integrated into the natural weaving pattern of the fabric. The patterns are very angular, linear, and triangular in shape. These pieces of fabric can be both functional or just purely for aesthetic purposes. Many times, these pieces of fabric are hung up on walls so that they can be displayed as their own pieces of art to be viewed and admired. They are a great addition to any home, apartment, or condo.
Patterns and Natural Materials
You see Native American inspired prints and art everywhere. Patterns can be used on almost anything, so it’s natural that Native American inspired patterns would find their way onto almost anything. You can find it on paintings, blankets, pillows, and even entire pieces of furniture. They are colorful and beautiful to look at.
Leather is a big thing amongst modern interior design. These past few decades, we have been leaning little more towards faux or fake leather, as a more ethical and cost-effective way of achieving the same look like real leather. Leather furniture is long-lasting and looks very chic in any home.
Pottery has also grown very popular over the past decade or two. They are useful for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Many people use them to keep plants alive and just to store whatever they need to store, while also looking appealing in their homes. Native American inspired pottery is found everywhere in the wonderful state of New Mexico and for good reason. It looks great and is probably the most practical thing on this list.
Native American culture has done a lot to improve and inspire the world of interior design. Whether it’s patterns, fabrics, or pottery, any of the elements listed above would look great in your home. National Furniture Liquidators has plenty of Native American inspired pieces to make your home complete. Call us and see how we can help you make your house a home.Furniture Maintenance: How to Keep Your Furniture Clean and Intact Forever
We at National Furniture Liquidators not only want you to get high-quality furniture from us, but also maintain it for years to come. That’s why we thought we’d go over the basics of furniture care, so life doesn’t take too much of a toll on your beautiful furniture.
Heat = Damage
Heat is one of the most common causes of furniture damage. Spilling hot beverages, forgetting about hot mugs and irons, and other forms of heat can warp or melt the furniture that it’s on, which makes the furniture deformed and less useful. Never put extremely hot items on your furniture, because it can be the quickest way to turn your beautiful furniture into a nightmare.
Mold and Mildew
Just like heat, excess water can also be a huge problem for your furniture, especially if it is wooden. Water, if left unchecked, can breed fungi and mold onto your furniture, which looks terrible and can be hazardous to your own health. To get rid of fungi or mold, make sure the room the furniture is in is as dry as possible. A humid room will activate and accelerate mold spores, but once the room is dry, they become dormant. Making the room very cold will also make the spores dormant, and then the mold can be safely removed. Generally, you want your furniture in a cool, dry area to have the best results. If your furniture is leather, be sure to wipe up water as soon as it is spilled; otherwise, it can discolor the leather and it will be an eyesore.
Wax On, Wax Off
The same way you’d give your care or your body regular maintenance, your furniture needs regular maintenance too. We recommend waxing your furniture once a year, to rejuvenate it from the use that it has to undergo throughout the year. Also, it’s important to regularly flip or rotate your furniture. This is because sunlight can also slowly make colors fade, so you’ll want to move your furniture periodically so any fading or discoloration over time is even on your furniture.
Move With Care
When moving your furniture around (especially heavy furniture), make sure you don’t move it incorrectly and torque the joints and screws in the process. This can significantly weaken the integrity of your furniture, and increase the chances of it breaking and needing professional repair or downright replacement. Ask for help if you need to move furniture, be it for a remodel or just for spring cleaning.
If you have questions about your furniture care or are in the market for new furniture, National Furniture Liquidators can be your one-stop-shop for all things furniture. Call us today or stop by to see what we can do for you!Got Cats? Tips for Protecting Your Furniture from Scratches and More
When we think about home, we probably think about a number of things; our family, our furniture, our pets, our safe places. However, when we think about our furniture and our pets, it can be a bit stressful, especially if you own cats. Now, we’re definitely cat and dog people, but we’d be lying if we said our cats were perfect creatures. Just like dogs can ruin our carpets, cats can do quite a bit of damage to our furniture with their claws.
At National Furniture Liquidators, not only are we passionate about pets but we’re also passionate about furniture, and we know it takes work to make the two live together harmoniously, especially when we own kitties that like to use their claws. These tips can help you better protect it, so you all can live under one roof harmoniously.
#1: Cover it Up
Sometimes, doing something as simple as putting a tablecloth on your table or adding some decor can keep your cats off the furniture, keeping them scratch-free. Some items, such as the tablecloth, may also add an extra layer of protection for when they do. Plus, tablecloths and other decor can make your home look cuter and more spruced up. It’s a win-win situation.
#2: Give Your Cat Something Else to Scratch
Adding scratch posts, beds, and towers for your cat can give them an extra place to scratch and a good place for them to hangout, keeping them off the furniture and their claws something else to scratch. Cats are sweet babies and deserved to be spoiled anyways, and buying them these things will accomplish just that while also distracting them from the beautiful furniture you’ve bought from our store. Again, it’s a win-win situation.
#3: Get Creative With It
Sometimes, no matter what we do, our cats and their sharp claws can’t be stopped, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of whatever piece of furniture they’ve damaged or scratched. You can get creative with it–whether it’s covering it up or accenting it with a piece of decor. We know that sounds crazy, but adding a tablecloth, box, vase, or mat can help to cover it up, distract from it, or accent it in a nice way. This way, you can still keep the furniture you love without having to worry about people noticing the damage your cat has caused.
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If you’re in the market for new furniture—to replace the pieces your cat has damaged beyond repair—we’ve got you covered. Stop by or contact us today!The Best Furniture to Get When Furnishing a Small Apartment
Whether you’re moving into your very own apartment for the first time or are simply looking for something smaller and more affordable for the time being, it can be hard finding the right furniture that gives you the storage capabilities you need while also allowing you to #liveyourbestlife. These furniture hacks, brought to you by National Furniture Liquidators, can help you maximize the space you are given while also providing you with great storage options.
#1: Bed Frames With Drawers and Shelves
You can add extra storage to your room by purchasing a bed frame that comes equipped with drawers and shelf space. You’ll have extra room for clothes, books, knickknacks, and more! Plus, you won’t have to worry about this storage taking up any extra space since you need a bed anyway. It’s definitely a win-win situation.
#2: Ottomans that Double as Storage and TV Trays
If you’re looking for a piece of furniture for your living room that not only looks great but that also gives you extra storage and another place to eat dinner, ottomans are the way to go. We have ottomans in our inventory that double as storage and TV trays, giving you extra space and another place to sit, eat, or work without taking up the extra room. Another win-win situation!
#3: Shelves Galore
Whether you need storage for boxes and books, movies and vinyl, you’re going to need some shelves. We have a wide selection of shelves, bookcases, and other pieces of furniture—such as desks and bed frames—that come equipped with shelves. You definitely have options!
#4: Hanging Lamps
Lighting fixtures and lamps can take up a lot of extra room that could instead go to good use somewhere else. Hanging your lamps from the ceiling is just one way you can save space. Luckily for you, we have plenty of hanging light pendants in our inventory that you can choose from!
#5: Media Chests
If you’re looking to have a TV in your bedroom, a media chest is perfect for you! Not only does it give you a place to put your TV, but you’ll also have extra drawers for clothes and other items. You really can’t go wrong!
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If you’re in the market for high-quality, affordable furniture, we’re the place to visit. We have a wide selection of beautiful furniture that’ll make owning your first home a breeze! Don’t wait! Visit our store today. We’re happy to help!Tips for Protecting Your Furniture from the Weather, Pets, and More!
Our furniture can see a lot of wear and tear over the years. If you’re the type of person who likes to see their furniture last for years to come–as we’re sure most people are–you’re always looking for ways to preserve the beautiful pieces of furniture that you love. These tips, brought to you by us here at National Furniture Liquidators, can help you take care of the furniture you love and preserve the pieces you want to keep for years to come.
Tip #1: Keep Your Sofas Clean
We spend a lot of time on our sofas. From watching our favorite movies to eating food and cuddling with our pets (though hopefully not at the same time), our sofas see a lot of wear and tear over the years from our frequent use. Keeping them clean, using blankets or covers while eating or spending quality time with your pet, and getting them deep cleaned after major spills can all help to prolong their lifespans.
Tip #2: Protect Your Outdoor Furniture from the Weather
Outdoor furniture is often used less than any other piece of furniture but they often get the most damage. From crazy weather patterns to pets and wild animals such as birds and squirrels can all have negative impacts on our furniture. For better furniture protection, it’s ideal to cover each piece when you’re not using them, store them somewhere safe during the winter, and to make sure everything is held down properly during some of El Paso’s notorious wind storms. This way, you can reduce the damage done to your outdoor furniture no matter the weather.
Tip #3: Protect and Preserve Wooden Furniture
Over time, wooden furniture can become scratched, faded, and dull. Using protective covers and hardwood oils and finishes can protect the furniture from future damages while also restoring its current shine and glamour.
Tip #4: Buy Furniture From a Trustworthy Furniture Seller
The point of purchase is just as important in how long your furniture survives as maintaining it over the years. Reputable furniture stores will be able to sell you the best of the best in furniture, meaning that you can rest assured knowing you’re getting high-quality, long-lasting furniture.
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If you’re in the market for high-quality furniture, visit National Furniture Liquidators in El Paso today! We carry a wide selection of beautiful, affordable furniture for all rooms of your home. Visit us or check out our selection online today!Does Color Really Affect Mood?
The short answer is, yes! Have you ever looked around and noticed that many major brands utilize similar colors? A huge part of learning design is color theory. Learning how colors affect mood and overall atmosphere can go a long ones. Color can make a huge difference even when choosing the decor and furniture in our El Paso. Take a look at these facts on the different effects of various shades and hues.
What Exactly is Color Psychology?
Visible color is made up of a single wavelength. When light combines, it can create other colors. Some colors even cancel each other out and create white. When looking at color it is important to remember that color holds cultural importance, too. In the U.S. white is a color that symbolizes purity, but in European and some Asian cultures white is worn for mourning.
Choosing the Right Color for Furniture and Decor
When you are choosing the furniture and design style for your home, you should strongly consider color theory. Different colors can indeed invoke different moods for you and your family. Take a look at the moods these commonly used colors can create:
Red: Words used to describe red are warm, passionate and intense! It can evoke strong emotions like love or anger. Many food companies use red as it is known to create hunger.
Blue: Blue is a shade that is widely loved by many people. It is also a color that represents calm. It can also convey a regal, professional or intelligent feel. It is a go to for many corporations trying to build trust through branding.
Green: Green is a calming color associated closely with nature. It can be used to create ideas of rebirth and renewal. It can be used to create a calm, pleasing mood.
Yellow: Yellow is a color known for happiness. The iconic happy face is yellow and the bright happy sun in the corner of drawings is yellow. It can be attention grabbing as well. Surprisingly, too much yellow can make babies feel fussy or cry more than normal.
How to Use Color for Evoking Mood
If you want to be bold and create a mood using color, the walls are the best place to start. Be sure to paint a small patch in different areas of the room to test how it looks in different lighting and different times of the day. Royal blue for a room or accent wall is currently a popular choice. This can convey a regal, cozy feel in a room. If you aren’t look for a bold look, or perhaps want to stay timeless, consider adding bright pops of color throughout a room. A small piece of furniture like an accent chair or a wall hanging can be a bright shade of red. You can pick neutrals like grey or brown for couches and use accents as well as rugs and hangings to add color. It can also be fun to create palettes with either matching or accenting colors.
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If you are in the market to upgrade your home and add stylish furniture, be sure to visit National Furniture Liquidators today. We have a wide variety of items in a huge array of colors. Stop by or contact us today for more info.