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History of Light: Illuminate Your Home with a Beautiful Lamp

a woman and a child sitting on a couch reading a book while being well-lit by some floor lampsAnd then there was light. And there has been light indeed, for a long time, because since early history, human beings have searched for ways to illuminate their landscape, their paths, and their humble abodes. Life needs light and today, more than ever before, we depend on light and energy to fuel our everyday activities. The history of the lamp goes way back, but the lighting mechanism is much more than a practical addition to the home; it comes with its own aesthetic and stylistic components. 

According to some accounts, the preliminary lamps consisted of hollow rocks, shells, or natural objects that could be soaked with moss, filled with animal fat and ignited. Later on, wicks were added for control. It was around the 7th century BC, when the Greeks began experimenting with some new forms of torches and started making terracotta lamps. In fact, the word lamp is derived from the Greek word “lampas,” which means torch. 

And just like with everything, people continued to improve upon the old designs and experiment with new materials. Light created through an oil-fueled source was part of the next wave of experiments and was used widely throughout the world in religious ceremonies, for homes, and more. 

The Electric Lamp Shade

In the late 19th century, the invention of the electric lamp was in the works as the light bulb came to fruition. In 1801, Sir Humphrey Davy invented the first electric carbon arc lamp. He connected two wires to the battery and attaching a carbon strip to the other side making the carbon glow. The technology was then taken further. This priceless invention has a direct correlation to the invention of the light bulb itself, as it was in the laboratories of Thomas Edison, that the first commercial lamp emerged.  These lamps work by using a physical filament that allows the electricity to light. In 1879, the street lamp was invented by Charles F. Brush. 

Skipping ahead to 1927, a patent for the first fluorescent lamp was submitted followed not long after for a halogen lamp. In the 1970s, companies like General Electric continued to experiment and develop the halogen lamps and make them more convenient and functional. 

Today, a beautiful table lamp can add an impressive element to your living room or bedroom. If you’re looking for a way to illuminate your home with style, consider looking at an array of lamps and see how they can spice up your house. National Furniture Liquidators can help you find the perfect fit for your style. 

How the Right Living Room Can Bring Your Family Together

entertainment centers

Oh, the digital age. It has given us so much but taken so much as well. While we have fast and easy access to all information, business websites, reviews, videos, we have also developed some strange dependence to these devices that take us there. Just look around in any restaurant to see a family sitting together but their eyes and ears glued to the moving pictures and status updates on their own devices. So how does today’s modern family return to an exceptional evening together? We have some ideas. The right entertainment center and living room can be a great solution for today’s modern family woes.

Entertainment Centers — Endless Options for Televisions

Whether you want to go with a wall unit or television stand, choosing the right piece of furniture can help bring the room together and make it more functional.  Any wall unit will have a variety of spaces that allow for your television and additional items. Your wall unit might have a variety of drawers and compartments that allow you to keep your DVD’s, books, video game consoles, and more. There are entertainment centers in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes, and arrangements.

Even if you have a flat screen television, entertainment centers can still maximize the space, as many of today’s modern furniture is designed with the popular flat screen television in mind. There are even entertainment fireplaces, which include their own personal fireplace to make things even more comfortable and cozy.

TV Stands — A More Minimal Approach

Television stands are a little simpler and minimal. They allow you to place your televisions on top of a table-like piece of furniture that has a lot less space but makes the television more the center of attention.  They also have some additional storage including a few drawers and space.

The Living Room Set Up

For many of today’s families, the living room is the place where everyone gathers around on family movie nights in order to spend an evening together. Looking for the perfect living room can really enhance the space and ensure that everyone is comfortable and has their own space. You can choose to include a reclining sofa or reclining love seat as part of your setup.  Choose a set of smaller sectional couches or big couches that wrap around the entire room. Add a reclining sofa sectional or have it off to the side where dad can do some afternoon reading on his days off. Choose from a variety of materials including polyester. These living room sofas offer utmost comfort in the footrest and headrest.

Find the Right Fit For Your Room and Family

So whether you have three kids or five, a dog, two cats, a parakeet, and maybe one of those adorable little pigs, we have a living room arrangement and entertainment center that can ensure you bring all the family together. There is nothing like a family movie night where everyone can enjoy great entertainment and relax, while remembering what’s important and where the heart of our lives really lies: at home, with family, with the ones we love.

 

Room Psychology: Expressing Yourself With Dining Room Furniture

Every room in our home serves a practical purpose or function. The bedroom is where we rest, relax, and wind down after a long day at work. The kitchen is where we cook our meals, prepare the morning coffee, and congregate before a busy day. The living room is where we watch television, relax, and have family time or where friends hang out. The dining room where we have family meals, holiday parties, or intimate conversations with people we love. The right dining room furniture can help you create a better dining experience, a positive atmosphere, and be welcoming and inviting.

Psychologists will tell you that there are clues all over your house and living spaces that say important things about you and who we are. We organize and decorate our homes with furniture, photos, trinkets, or artwork that is important to us. Some might even say it is a window to the subconscious.

 

When it comes to dining room furniture, there are plenty of options to express yourself and create a room that is inspirational and says something about you. First, you might consider what the main activity is in the room. You might use your dining area as more than just a place to eat, but a half office or workspace that is always occupied. This might affect your decision.  Let’s start with the basics. Most people will choose dining room furniture based on a couple of general styles:

  • Traditional: This is for people that want their dining room or experience to have a more traditional feel.
  • Modern: For people that want to see more modern shapes and room decor and might want a more relaxed or chic look.
  • Mix: Maybe you are somewhere in between. You like the traditional with the touch of the modern.

Shape

Dining tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each adapts and depends on the shape of your room, the space in your room, and your personal preference. Some common shapes are:

  • Square: This is a great choice for someone with a reduced space, who wants something simple and to the point. It can be very minimalistic, modern, with a touch of the traditional.
  • Rectangular: This shape is the most popular and might be for more traditional dining rooms or for larger spaces that occupy a bigger open space. Maybe suitable for larger dinner parties and families. At the same time, this shape offers a lot of possibilities and can also be used in a modern playful way.
  • Round: This can evoke a more homely simple atmosphere, can be traditional or modern and be large or small.
  • Oval: An oval shape will resemble a roundtable, but will have more elbow room and with a lengthier surface area. It is better suited for bigger spaces.

Materials

Along with the shape and size of your table, you can have a wide variety of choices in terms of materials. The material used for the table can evoke an entirely different style and mood and will compliment your surrounding decor and furniture differently.

Wood: This is a popular choice and can be used in a traditionally styled table or a modern design. Quality wood will never go out of style as it offers a long-lasting material with rustic qualities.  

Glass: Can have a very elegant look and also be used in a fashionable way. It is an extremely versatile material that can be combined with a variety of different bases.

Marble:  Talk about elegance and bringing a unique quality to your dining room. Marble is a preferred material for countertops and can really shine in the middle of the dining area.

Metal: This is a very hip choice, but is also very durable, stain resistant, and cool to the touch. Gives a dining room a very different vibe.

Go with Style and Price

Finally, you can have a combination of several of these elements and look for a touch of creativity or unique design that will really make your dining room stand out.  

In the end, you want dining room furniture that compliments the rest of your home, says something about you and your style, but is also functional and good quality. The options are truly endless as designs often combine elements and they implement the traditional with modern and new designs. At National Furniture Liquidators , we have a vast array of options that will look great in your home.

Bedroom Furniture to Ask for Christmas This Year

bedroom furnitureIf your bedroom furniture isn’t cutting it for you anymore, you’re in luck! Because Christmas is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to ask your sweetie, your parents, or whoever for new bedroom furniture. While they may not be willing to buy you the four-poster bed you’ve always dreamed of, there are certain pieces of furniture and decor that are perfect to ask for for Christmas this year. Check this list out.

1. A New Trunk

Trunks look great at the end of our beds or used as a nightstand beside them. They’re great for extra storage. Plus, many of them are equipped with drawers for extra clothes storage—and who doesn’t need more clothes storage? Personally, we like keeping our winter clothes in ours! That way, they’re ready to whip out the second El Paso decides to grace us with colder weather.

2. An Ottoman/Storage Unit

Ottomans are usually purchased to complete a living room, but they also look great in the bedroom! They’re perfect if you want a window seat, a place for your pet to sleep, or need some extra storage and sitting space in your bedroom. We have a wide variety that’ll look great in the bedroom and the living room, whichever you prefer.

3. A Bigger Dresser

If your dresser is just too small and not cutting it anymore, ask for a newer, bigger one for Christmas! This way you have enough room for your socks, jeans, pajamas, t-shirts, and whatever else you choose to store in yours. Plus, with more drawer space comes more counter space, perfect for placing picture frames, jewelry boxes, and your favorite knickknacks, whatever you need!

4. Decor and More

Bedroom decor is the perfect way to make your bedroom truly yours. From paintings and photos and everything in between, pick out the best of the best in decor and add it to your Christmas wishlist.

5. A New Lamp

Lamps are an odd piece of furniture to replace, and if you’re not wanting to buy one for yourself, add a new lamp to your Christmas wishlist. We carry a variety of lamps and light fixtures for you to choose from!

Bedroom Furniture from National Furniture Liquidators

If you’re looking for new bedroom furniture to ask for for Christmas, check out our selection online! We carry the best of the best in bedroom furniture. Check out our site today!

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