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How Native American Culture Has Shaped Interior Design

nativae American inspired furniture. Couch with cushion, pillows, and a blanket.

The Native American culture is a rich and vibrant one that’s 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. 

The Architecture 

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.

What Makes a Sofa a Sofa?

Nice sofa in living roomIf you’ve recently remodeled your living room or you’ve moved into a new home, chances are you may need some new furniture. Furniture is what will make your house feel like home and be a comfortable place for rest and relaxation. Sofas are what specifically make a living room feel comfortable because you will spend a lot of time sitting on them. If you are in El Paso or the surrounding areas, National Furniture Liquidators can help you find the best couches for your home. Our team knows the importance of finding affordable and comfortable furniture for your living space.

A Couch Is What Makes A Living Room Great

Sofas are what make a living room look and feel complete. They are a place for people to gather and socialize, which is why comfort and size are important. Some people may only have one sofa while others may have several. This all depends on the size of your home and the space you have in your living room area. Once you have established a spending budget for a sofa, you can start searching for quality ones in your price range. It’s possible to find a comfortable, affordable, and quality couch for a great price. This will all just depend on what research you do and where you ultimately look. Furniture shopping should not be stressful; it should be fun and exciting as you envision a fun and comfortable living space for your home.

What Are You Looking For In A Sofa?

Once you have established your purchasing budget, you can make a list of what you may possibly be looking for in a sofa. For example, what size of sofas are you looking for? Do you want a couch that seats three or a sectional that can seat a large group of people? You may also have a preference on what type of material your sofa is made out of. There are also many, many styles of sofas to choose from and at times it may even seem a tiny bit overwhelming. However, a warehouse employee should be able to help you and show you to the couches that will truly interest you. A furniture warehouse is a great place to go for a number of beneficial reasons. For one, they will have a large section to look out and choose from. They will also have great prices that you really simply cannot find anywhere else. They also have expert employees who know a lot about furniture and furniture styles.

Find Something Affordable And Comfortable Today

Our team at National Furniture Liquidators knows the extreme importance of finding comfortable furniture for your home. Sofas are incredibly important because you spend a lot of time on them. All in all, they should be comfortable or what’s the point? Our team will be able to point you in the right direction at our warehouse based on what type of sofa you are looking for. If you would like more information on how we can better assist you and your furniture search, please give us a call today!

How to Pick the Right Sofas for Your Living Space

luxury living room with two couchesBuying a sofa is just a part of expressing yourself in your home. The problem with this of course is knowing what to buy. National Furniture Liquidators has a huge selection of sofas to choose from. Before going to shop, think about the size, shape and where the sofas will go in the home.

Think About Size

Knowing the size you want and the size you can have are two very different things. This may seem like an obvious thing to know, but so often, the furniture looks right in the store, but ends up being too big or too small. This is not because you could not tell, but because when you see the piece in a show room, it seems a different size. This happens because of the size of the room combined with the space the sofas are apart from each other. The best way to avoid such a mishap, is to bring a tape measure with you. First measure the space you have. Then compare that to the size of the couch you are interested in. if the measurements match, you are good to go.

Think of shape When Searching for Sofas

Depending on what kind of room you want the piece for, there are specific shapes that will work better than others. For large open rooms, an oblong or curved couch can work nicely. This is because the room will feel spacy and let the people sitting on the couch feel free. This shape does not work for small rooms with low ceilings or a single entryway. This is because the couch will likely take up all the space and make the occupants feel crowded. For small low ceiling rooms, consider love seats or a single full size.

Decide Where the Couch Will Go

Besides knowing the room that you need the piece for, you should also decide where it is going to go in the room. This means thinking about angles, placement and what other furniture is going to go in the room. One way to clearly see this is to place pieces of newspaper in the assigned positions. This is great way to visually see what the room will like when completed. If you are replacing a couch, then you want to think about color scheme as well. You want to make sure the couch you pick will match with the room décor. Another note is to be careful of dark colors for rooms with little to no lighting. This will make the room seem drab and depressing. On the other hand bright colors in a likewise brightly lit room can make it too bright and uncomfortable.

You home is your castle and every aspect of it is sprinkled with your own unique tastes. A big part of any room design is the couch. National Furniture Liquidators has some of the best sofas to pick from. Before going to buy a couch, consider the size, shape and where the couch will go. Doing this will help you make the right purchase for your home.

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If you have questions, feel free to give us a call. If you’re in the market for new furniture, visit one of our many locations in Albuquerque and El Paso. We promise you won’t be disappointed with the selection of furniture and the personalized care from our employees that is available for you. Call today!