When it comes time to buy furniture, we often think about the big ticket item–like a new couch, dining room table, or a bed. Well, those high profile items look a lot better in our home if they are surrounded by a strong supporting cast! That’s why Accent Furniture is such an important piece of our inventory at Steinhafels–so we can provide our customers with every piece necessary to round out an entire room.
Big statement items help fill a room, but it’s the accent pieces that truly show a homeowner’s personality, and tie a room together.
Step inside Steinhafels, and it’s easy to see some of the principal trends in Accent Furniture right now: Metal and Wood Combos, Reclaimed Furniture, and the colors Turquoise and Red.
Jenny Kordus is the Accent Furniture Buyer for Steinhafels. She says she has seen some interesting changes in the industry lately, along with some tried and true constants:
-Customers are reacting to “mixed media” pieces that feature both metal & wood accents.
-Some pieces have “chicken wire” in place of glass on the doors.
-Some pieces have caster wheels.
-Some items feature “barn doors” with rolling doors.
-Occasional pieces usually feature wood tops with metal bases, frames, etc. This trend is working in transitional and contemporary styles and at low and high price points.
Kordus notes we are also seeing some changes in the furniture that is designed for entertainment areas. Flat screen TVs have basically replaced tube televisions. As for TV consoles, The smaller and sleeker the better! Most do not look like big, bulky walls anymore. In many cases, homeowners are simply putting wall-mounted or pedestal-mounted TVs over slimmer consoles–providing for a more modern look, but still supplying space for storage of various media and gaming devices.
Many Accent vendors are also adding “wire management” to pieces. These are ways to make it easier to plug electronics into the wall, without a wiry mess. For example, many furniture manufacturers now cut a hole or several holes in the back of a piece, so wires can remain hidden in the back.
There are many other accent pieces we haven’t touched on–fireplaces, curios, clocks, and benches–just to name a few! Go ahead, get out of your comfort zone and show your personality with a unique accent piece you won’t find anywhere else.