Factors to Consider When Buying Furniture

Because large furniture stores offer so many options, you may feel intimidated by the sheer number of choices. Luckily, we have created an easy-to-follow guide that can help you out. Below are some factors to consider when buying furniture for your home.


The first factor to consider when buying furniture for your home is what its purpose will be. Are you looking for office furniture? Kitchen furniture? Living room furniture? Nailing down where the furniture will go will make your search far more efficient and the furniture’s function far more effective.


Before you start to look at furniture, you should also do plenty of measurements in your home. You will want to get furniture that will properly fit in the desired location. Furniture that is too large can overwhelm limited space or may not even fit altogether. Taking measurements can help you avoid that and help you visualize the room you are putting together.


The furniture’s appearance might be the most important aspect that people care about, and it’s one you should think about as well. For one, you want the furniture’s aesthetic to remain consistent with the rest of your home’s design. Elements to keep in mind regarding the furniture’s appearance are its color, materials, and overall construction.


Of course, you also want to make sure the furniture is comfortable as well and doesn’t just look good. The great thing about going into furniture stores is that you have the opportunity to test out the furniture and get a feel for it.

The Great American Home Store is proud to be one of the premier furniture stores in Memphis, TN. We have a wide selection of quality furniture for every room in your home, from your living room to your kitchen to your home office. The Great American Home Store also offers plenty of décor and accent items to provide the finishing touches for all your decorating needs.

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The Impact of Color In Design

We live in a world of color! There are many different shades, values, and hues, but why? Why is color so important, and why is color important in our homes? The way we use color can leave people with different impressions of our style, it shows our unique personalities, and there is also a psychological aspect to color. We will go through some basic colors and principles of design to show you why color is so important when it comes to our homes.


How Do We Perceive Color?

First let’s discuss how we see all of the colors that we see today. What we see through our eyes is the electromagnetic radiation at specific wavelengths. Not everyone sees color the same; women actually perceive color better than men do, and then some people are color-blind. Not only does gender factor into how we see color, but our state of health and age do too. Younger people tender to gravitate towards more bright and vivid colors, while older people feel better surrounded by muted shades. Color is a big factor when it comes to setting a mood. It can stimulate our imagination to express a variety of emotions and senses. Finding the right choice of colors to use is an art form in itself because everyone perceives colors differently. Once you have a fundamental grasp on the perception of color it will help you create color palettes that will evoke the emotions you’re looking for when designing a room.


How To Choose the Best Color

There is no one best color for your home. The trick is to finding a series of colors that work together cohesively. There is no color scheme that is universal, because everyone is different. That’s what makes your home so unique. When using color in your home it’s best to remember how they will affect you, and how they might affect other people. You shouldn’t choose a color because it’s popular and part of a fad, you should choose a color based upon your likes and dislikes, and how it makes you feel. You don’t want to paint the walls and then hate it a month later. Remember these three things:

  1. How it will affect you mentally
  2. The physical effects
  3. Ideal rooms for your color choices

Now you don’t have to follow these rules exactly, but they are things to keep in mind when designing your home. The biggest thing to remember is what are your likes, and dislikes, and will it be lasting in your home.


Let’s Talk About Color

Let’s take some time to discuss some basic colors that you might use in a color palette:


Red – It is one of the more dynamic colors, it’s a color of passion, exciting, and can be a stimulating color. It’s a color of power, and should be used in moderation. Red is commonly used in family rooms, dining rooms, and home gyms.


Blue – Is a color of safety, sincerity, peacefulness, and kindness. It is commonly used in bedrooms and in living rooms.


Orange – Orange is a friendly, warm, and welcoming color. Orange is also associated with high energy and should also be used in moderation. This color is often used in kitchens or children’s playrooms.


Green – Green is often associated with nature; it’s a fresh color that’s associated with practicality and security. It’s a grounding color, and it causes the least amount of strain on the eyes. Green is often used in home offices, study areas, and bedrooms.


Yellow – Yellow is associated with the emotion of intuition. It’s a cheerful color, and optimistic. The problems with yellow that it is a very irritating color to the eye, and should be used in moderation. A good place to use yellow is in bathrooms and breakfast nooks.


Purple – If you want a color that helps stimulate imagination, or that sense of magic, or bring out some richness in your home choose purple! It helps stimulate creativity and is perfect for use in your hobby or creative space. Lighter purples are also perfect for use in nurseries.


Neutrals – Neutrals can be founds across the entire color spectrum, but they usually lean towards the grey spectrum of colors. Neutrals are commonly associated with harmony and formality.


Color and home design is an exciting thing; don’t let it become a daunting task. Using color in your home gives you an opportunity to express yourself and your uniqueness. Designing your home to how you want it can be an incredibly exciting time. You can make your house so that it is perfect for you. Even doing something like getting a company to sort out a residential window replacement can really make a difference to the exterior of your home. You don’t even need to make really big changes like changing the windows though, instead, you can just change the color of each room and this could be enough to make all the difference for how things look. There are many tips and tricks out there, and you can find more on our Pinterest Board. Do you have some color design stories? Let us know in the comments!


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Recliners and More – 8 Unique Reasons to Love La Z Boy

La Z Boy has been a household brand in America for almost a century. The brand is known for its recliners and people often visit La Z Boy first when they’re looking for the best recliners for their home. However, La Z Boy offers more than people think. Here’s a glimpse of the reasons we love La Z Boy Furniture and think you should too:


1) Hundreds of customization options.

La Z Boy Custom Sofa and Love SeatYou’ll never have to worry about finding the right look to fit in your space. La Z Boy offers over 900 types of fabrics and leathers that fit your unique style and family’s specific needs. Even if you’re not a design expert, our furniture specialists can help you pick the right fabric to match your room.


2) Unique features.

La Z Boy Leather Recliners and Reclining SofaIn addition, La Z Boy products offer several patented features that you won’t find anywhere else. The 16 click mechanism allows for 16 individual reclining positions — more than any other motion furniture brand. The Reclina-Rocker® recliners also offer the ability to recline while you rock, which is unique to La Z Boy.


3) Made in the USA.

La Z Boy Recliners Being Manufactured in the USLa Z Boy is one of the few American furniture brands that decided to remain on local soil during the recession. The company has five manufacturing plants across the USA that employ thousands of people to ensure top quality products. Because of this, getting repairs and replacement parts for your La Z Boy furniture is much quicker and easier than with many other brands that rely on foreign manufacturing.


4) Trustworthy brand.

1969 Photo of La Z Boy Reclining Love SeatLa Z Boy recently celebrated their 90 year anniversary. The brand invented the first mechanical rocking chair in 1928 by creating a chair that had the same features as the recliners they make today. Since then, the brand has continuously improved the features that they offer by innovative updates that build off of the original characteristics that they are known for.


5) More than recliners.

La Z boy is a brand that most people know for the quality of their recliners. What many don’t know is that they offer a full range of living room furniture. Inside the La Z Boy Comfort Studio at Great American Home Store, you can try out dozens of couches, love seats, and sleeper sofas. Each one features the special qualities that generations of families have loved about La Z Boy, all available with a plethora of options. The Great American Home Store is proud to serve the mid-south as the largest authorized La Z Boy dealer in the area.


6) Quality you can count on.

La Z Boy Laurel Sofa and Chair in Living Room SettingThese days it’s rare to find a company that will stand behind their product for life. La Z Boy offers a lifetime warranty to cover your product. All fabrics are tested for durability, giving you peace of mind that your product will withstand everyday wear and tear.


7) Let the kids and pets on the sofa.

La Z Boy Stain Resistant Fabric is Pet and Kid FriendlyWith La Z Boy’s iClean Technology, stains are a thing of the past. Spills and messes can be easily removed with water and a cloth or towel. Their website offers specific pattern properties and cleaning tips for care after purchase. So go ahead go for that chic white sofa look that you’ve been wanting!


8) Not just your dad’s favorite recliner.

Although they are a go to for comfortable recliners, they also provide stylish options for all tastes. From traditional to bold and modern, anyone can find their ideal look without sacrificing comfort.

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Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines: NEW Pieces in All Collections!

Great news! Magnolia Home, the wildly successful furniture and home accessory line by Joanna Gaines, has expanded.

All of the original collections have new products to discover. Just click any category below to see them!


Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info. 

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