|Ideas In Choosing The Best Seating For Your Bedroom
Posted: 09 Jun 2016 04:00 AM PDT
A master bedroom is more than a sleeping place-it should provide enough relaxing retreat during any time of the day! One thing many people neglect is the importance of comfy seating in the bedroom, even if most of them tend to go there in the afternoons and read or watch TV.
Choosing the best seating for your bedroom will depend on many factors: your style, preferences, beds, and other furniture. Luckily, the offer of bedroom sitting area furniture on the market is almost unlimited, and you can easily find a piece that looks nice, and serves the purpose. Before you start searching, check our tips that can help you determine what you really need:
Space is of utmost importance
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Buying furniture without considering how much space you have is never a good idea. You need to make calculations, instead of buying the first piece you like and concluding that it is too overpowering for your already heaped bedroom.
The trick is simple: balance between too large and too small, and leave enough space to move around freely.
If we’re discussing a small room, go for a small piece that you can push in the corner, a rocking chair, for instance. Large bedrooms, on the other hand, allow even for large, luxurious ottomans that can accommodate more than one person.
The second thing to consider is form
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Once again, the size and the layout will be decisive for the form. Small bedrooms are more suitable for chairs, while medium and large ones give you more choice to buy the piece that you really like.
The luckiest ones who have large bedrooms can really get creative with their sitting areas.
It could be a private, boutique-like corner with a couple of chairs and a footstool, even one that is absolutely segmented from the sleeping part with smart, targeted lighting. Other creative accessory that divides space visually is rugs and freestanding screens in all colors and patterns.
Next step: Function
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The model will depend on the function: will it be a loner’s cinema, or a romantic lounge where couples spend their evenings chatting and drinking wine? This is probably the most decisive question when it comes to choosing the right type of seating that your bedroom needs.
An extra storage tip
Assuming that you have a bedroom acre, storage may not be a top notch priority, but if you don’t have one, than it certainly is. It is difficult to get creative with storage, so the smartest idea would be to check magazines and catalogues with concealed storage options.
Some of the most common solutions are tables with opening top flips, sofas with installed drawers, shelves, or decorative boxes. It is great to have these solutions placed close to you, so that you can easily take what you need from them while resting.
Imagine how wonderful a comfy armchair with in installed drawer is-you sit, you relax, and you reach for the drawer to take your favorite book. Ideal for personal reading corners, isn’t it?
The most popular option is ottomans, because they serve many purposes: they can be your footrests, coffee tables, or seating pieces, of course. If your space allows it, go for the largest rectangular ottoman you can find, or two smaller square ones.
Go on with the theme
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Assuming that you’ve already chosen a theme for your bedroom, there is no need to change it in the sitting area. In fact, you are supposed to continue the décor and make a visual connection between the two (this will even make the room look bigger and better-designed than it actually is).
Let us explain you how: If you have light blue walls with occasional green shades, you can add a couple of impressive blue chairs in the corner to attract attention immediately.
At the same time, the look can be finished with few green accent details, such as soft pillows for extra flair. For rooms with antique themes, we recommend vintage solutions: rocking chairs, plush throws, or whatever you think would complement smartly you hardwood floor and rustic color palette.
A visual connection can be obtained through color, material, or design, but one thing you should have in mind is that seating is not more important than the bed.
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There must be consistency between the two, meaning that wrought iron beds will not look amazing with loud upholstery or carved furniture. Think cohesively-a bedroom is supposed to be peaceful and relaxing after all!
A seating as a small living room
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How does a living room in the comfort of the bedroom sound? With a spacious room that can allow it, you can transfer full scale living areas in the room that allows most privacy.
It can be a couple of small sofas, an interesting L-shaped sectional, or just few reading chairs. Obviously, the space should be rounded out with a nice coffee table.
Doesn’t it sound like the luxurious hotel suite you often dreamt of? If nothing else, it will be the cutest home getaway money can afford.
More than one sitting area
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The number of sitting areas depends on your lifestyle. For instance, if your kids have the habit of coming to the room to watch TV in the morning, while you’re checking emails on your desk, think of seating that is good for both purposes. ‘Living bedrooms’ on the other hand, are perfect with separate des chairs, couches, and conversation areas.
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Upright Louis armchairs are amazing in their uniqueness, and you can use them as dressing table chairs to make a powerful statement. Your dressing area will be cool and impressive, especially when you combine them with sheepskin rugs, bright floor lamps, and the compulsory full-lengtht dressing mirror.
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Once again, you have to think in the functional way: bedroom accessories need to be bedroom appropriate, which means no exaggerating, and no extensive vibrancy. In the case of seating, the best choices you can make are colorful blankets and soft cushions.
Place it carefully
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The traditional location of bedroom seating is at the foot of the bed, and that should be your orienteer in case you have doubts where to put it. However, with a cozy fireplace or a large, sunny window, you have a much better option on the horizon.
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Obviously, your chairs will look amazing if you position them opposite each other, but functionality should not be sacrificed. If you really need a spacious sitting area to accommodate guests appropriately, putting it in a corner closer to the door (or around the fireplace, if you have one) is a much better idea.
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Master bedrooms should be both beautiful and functional. Before you decide whatever, you should consider the space you have at disposal, your needs and preferences, and choose something that suits your taste.
If you’re into ottomans, choose a beautiful one that saves space with extra storage for magazines and books. Ideally, choose seating that is movable (maybe even rolled under the bed when you don’t need it).
The main decisive factor is always space, but you should not let it be a deterrent of why you had to sacrifice the beautiful looks of your master bedroom.
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Your Facebook reach is declining. So is everyone else’s. Old news. Organic reach has declined to 6%, a drop of 49% since October 2013.
There are two big reasons: Facebook has become a crowded place and there is only so much space in each person’s news feed. There are 18+ million business pages competing with yours on Facebook.
The other reason is that Facebook makes money when you pay for Facebook ads to increase reach.
This information and more is available in an infographic by QuickSprout.
So can you do to increase your reach on Facebook? According to Lars Backstrom, a Facebook engineer, as many as 100,000 individual factors influence what content gets into your news feed. Facebook doesn’t tell us what they all are.
Priyanka Biswas of Social Media with Priyanka says that, “According to a study conducted by Locowise, the average organic reach for Facebook Pages is about 7% and this number varies depending on the total number of likes for a Page. Pages with less than 10,000 likes have an average organic reach of 11% (slightly higher). Pages with 10,000 – 99, 999 likes have an average organic reach of 6%. Pages with over 100, 000 likes have an average organic reach of 5%.”
Biswas suggest that to increase your likelihood of being seen on Facebook, you should post at non-peak times. “This theory works under the assumption that when there’s less stuff being shared online, your content is more likely to stand out,” writes Biswas.“This could be debatable, though. I say, try it out and see if it makes any difference to your organic reach!”
Biswas also suggests that you share original, behind-the-scenes photos of you and your team. “When Buffer posted 5 photos of their team’s trip to South Africa, all 5 of them reached their top 10 posts within the 2 week period,” she writes.
If you manage a Facebook business Page, you likely noticed a change earlier this month in how you’re able to access and interact with Page content and other Pages when acting in a business capacity. Basically, you can’t log-in as a Page anymore. Well, you can, but the system’s been changed to keep you logged in under your personal profile, as opposed to switching between entities (and worth noting, some users have had these changes in place for months, but they were rolled out more widely in the last couple of weeks).
It used to be that when you went to your Facebook profile and you wanted to switch accounts, you could just go to the top right drop-down menu, switch to your Page and you’d be logged in as that Page, instead of your personal profile. Not anymore – as you can see from the below screenshot, when I go to the Social Media Today Page, I’m still logged in as myself, as opposed to switching to the SMT account.
See, too, in the status update option (at the bottom), it switches to SMT by default – so when I actually do compose a post here, it’ll show up under the SMT profile, not my own, but accessing the Page’s News Feed is not an immediately obvious option and Liking/commenting on other Pages will default to my profile as opposed to SMT.
It’s important to note here that Page Admins have not lost access to any functionality as a result of the change, but the process of actually doing these things is different. So while it’s not immediately obvious where and how you access all the regular functions, they are still there.
Here’s where they’re hiding.
View Page News Feed
To view the News Feed for your Page – the content from the Pages you’ve liked as your Page, not as yourself – you now need to click on this option in your Page function panel on the left.
From here you can see all the content served to the Page’s News Feed, as well as a listing of all the Pages Liked by the Page.
Like Pages as a Page
If you want to Like other businesses Pages as your Page, instead of under your personal profile, you need to go to the Page you’re interested in then click the three dots at the bottom right of the header image.
Once clicked, you’ll be given the option to Like the Page as any of the Pages which you’re an administrator of, ensuring that Page’s content shows up in your Page News Feed and is listed as a Page liked by your own.
Comment on or Like Content as Page
And the final significant element affected by this recent update is the ability to Like and comment as a Page. To do this, you simply select the drop-down menu attached to the profile image on any post and choose which Page you’d like to post a comment as.
So as you can see, the functionality you’ve always had remains, you just need to access it a little differently. Which can be annoying, especially, as we all develop routines and habits around such functionalities (the Facebook help forums are currently loaded with questions and comments from Page admins who’re upset about this issue). But as noted, it’s important to underline that no functionality has been lost in this update. Everything you used to be able to do under the old Page login system, you can still do. You’ll just need to re-adjust your process.
The other alternative is to connect any Page you administer to Facebook for Business, Facebook’s free business management tool that separates out all the various Facebook admin elements – ads, Page access, role administration. Through Facebook for Business, you can access your business Page as a separate entity from your personal profile, making it a little easier to manage the Page admin changes as you’re effectively switching over and logging in as a Page, similar to the old system.
It doesn’t completely alleviate the issues you may be having, but it might make it a bit easier to stay on top of all the Page details. Sentiment around Facebook for Business varies widely – the only way to know whether it’s for you is to try it out. If you don’t like it, you can easily disconnect your Page from the tool also.
Why would Facebook make this change?
We’ve reached out to Facebook for an official explanation but we’ve received nothing as yet (we’ll update if we do), but the change could be geared around pushing more people to Like more Pages under their personal profiles, as opposed to business Pages. Facebook’s reportedly seen a significant decrease in personal updates on the platform of late. According to data published by The Information, overall sharing fell 5.5% between mid-2014 and mid-2015, with sharing of personal posts — i.e. people’s own thoughts and photos — falling 21% during that period. It could be that by making it harder to Like Pages as a business, and access the Page News Feed, maybe that’ll inspire more people to interact more via their own Pages. Maybe?
Facebook may also be pushing users towards their Facebook for Business platform to boost user take-up of that option – the benefit being that Facebook’s ad options are more easily accessible and manageable via the business tool, which could boost ad take-up.
The other common problem Facebook may be looking to address is the confusion some users have when switching between accounts and posting as different entities – you log on as your Page then you absentmindedly search for another Page and go to comment, and when you do, you’ve posted as comment as your Page, as opposed to yourself. Maybe, by adding an extra step to commenting, it’ll force users to be more aware of which account they’re posting as and help avoid such instances.
Without definitive clarification from Facebook, it’s hard to say why, exactly, the changes have been put in place. But either way, they have been put in place, this is how the system works now, and Page owners will just have to deal with it. It might be frustrating at first, but the alternatives are relatively simple to access and it won’t take long till you’ve adjusted to the new process.
UPDATE: Facebook responded to our request, though only to confirm the change had been put into effect, not why. Here’s their response:
“We’ve deprecated the ability to login and use Facebook as the Page you manage. However, we’ve built parallel features to enable you to do all of the same things you could previously do, without requiring you to use Facebook as your Page.
Using Business Manager is one great option. The following link will instruct you on how to set up Business Manager. http://bit.ly/23W3cwC
If you would rather not go that route, this article from our Help Center describes how to post, like or comment as your Page: http://bit.ly/23W3d3L.”
Organic reach has definitely declined significantly over the years, and with new brands popping up every day, reach looks set to continue its downward trend. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your own organic reach and get more interaction from your audience.
Increased reach means more eyes on your content and brand, as well as more opportunities to raise engagement and gain potential new fans and customers – in this post, I’ll show you how to increase your organic reach without spending a cent on social media ads.
What is reach?
Simply put, reach is the number of people who see your posts. You’ll also hear about “potential reach”, which is the overall number of of people your content could potentially reach, normally used in association with paid placement.
For example if you have 3,000 Twitter followers, potentially 3,000 people could see your tweets.
The ever elusive organic reach is not so elusive when you produce great content that your fans connect with.
With more brands joining the social media world, user feeds get saturated, making it a little harder to get in front of existing followers, while making it even more difficult to get fresh eyes on your brand. It’s up to you to put your best content forward in the best way possible.
But what happens if you start to see a dip in your reach? Here are a few tips to help.
How will you know how far you’ve come without knowing where you are? Take the time to measure where your account is and track how it performs from here on out. This way you can see where you stand now, get an idea of where you want to be, and set up benchmarks along the way. Facebook and Twitter have built in tools to help you keep track of your progress. Instagram will soon be rolling out native analytics as well (I can’t wait). When no native tracking solution is available, third party and manual tracking will do (My team and I manually track and analyze metrics as back up).
There are three basic elements to each social media post: the content, the caption, and the time you post. Experiment with these 3 elements until you find a combination that works for your audience.
- Post at different times: Sometimes you need to shake things up, time wise. Use audience insights to discover when concentrations of your audience are active. Test different times and gauge reactions.
- Use different content forms: Videos seem to be outpacing photos – but see what kind of content your audience responds to. Use text to ask questions, if text alone gets nothing re-word your question and post it with a photo to see if anything changes.
- Vary caption lengths: Switch up the lengths of captions to see how your audience reacts to each.
- Try different hashtags: Use hashtags – but not just any hashtags (here’s my guide to hashtags if you need help). If you’re already using hashtags but aren’t seeing results do a little more research to discover new ones and give them a shot.
Make sure your images and videos are not only of good quality, but share content that actually adds value to your follower’s lives (even if it’s just a laugh).
Social media is constantly changing, and so is your audience and their interests. You need stay on top of trends, continue measuring your performance, and keep tabs on your audience. Your social media presence will evolve as time goes on. Don’t be afraid to try to new things and to ask your audience for their help and opinions.
HERE ARE A FEW NETWORK SPECIFIC TIPS FOR INCREASING YOUR ORGANIC SOCIAL MEDIA REACH:
As mentioned earlier in this post, in general if you see a dip in your Facebook reach, use your Audience Insights to adjust the times you’re posting.
Here’s one more thing to try if you want to really get creative with your fan Page – test organic audience targeting with “preferred audiences” and audience restrictions.
Preferred audiences: The preferred audience option allows Facebook to show your content to those who have expressed interests in line with interests you choose for each individual post. You can choose up to 16 interests. This won’t limit reach and should help your content get in front of audience members who will be interested in your content.
Audience restrictions: This option shows your post only to those accounts that fall under restrictions you’ve set for each post. Narrowing your audience down even more may feel a little counter intuitive, but hyper-segmentation enables you to create very specific content to appeal to individual sets within your audience.
This option came in super handy when I worked on experiential marketing campaigns which involved samplings in different regions across the U.S. We used post targeting to let followers in specific regions know where sampling would be happening without disturbing the larger audience.
If your Page has more than 100 likes, you should see a little target symbol in your caption box which will allow you to target your posts.
If you don’t see this symbol you can turn the setting on by going into your Page settings and ticking the “Audience Optimization for Posts” box.
Pin Posts: Use Facebook’s post pinning feature to draw attention to important posts, or posts you need more interaction on. Pinned posts stay at the top of your timeline for up to 1 week.
Embed relevant Facebook posts into your blog posts or website: Increase your reach by embedding your chosen Facebook post right into your website or blog post. Click the down arrow in the top right corner of your post, click embed and copy and paste the code where you need it.
If your tweets are lacking attention, a simple fix is to use photos, and again to use hashtags correctly and effectively for growth.
Here are three more suggestions when trying to increase your organic reach on Twitter:
Take advantage of real time conversation: Is there a topic that’s relevant to your brand stirring up a quality Twitter discussion? Is there a big event in your industry? Get in on the conversation. You’ll be surprised how much a little real interaction can do.
Find the event or Twitter chat and retweet, like, and respond to those taking part of the conversations – if you have relevant content, tweet it while you’re interacting. You’ll no doubt see a bump in reach (impressions on Twitter).
Use Twitter’s Native Creative (lol): If you can’t find the right photo, or just need something to drum up organic reach, try Twitter’s poll and GIF features.
Built in Twitter polls let you ask questions with up to 5 different answer options. If you have a great caption, but lack a visual click the .GIF button and choose from Twitter’s expansive collection to add a little fun to your tweet.
Pin Tweets: Just like Facebook, Twitter will allow you to pin a tweet to the top of your profile. This will be the first tweet people see when they visit your profile, making it a great tool for visibility (this works great for building your email list too).
Beyond using hashtags on Instagram for growth, your can leverage user generated content. This method will not only solve your content problem, it’ll also show your audience that you care and want to highlight them.
You can also (with permission) repost lifestyle images that are related to your business to create the same effect and get new eyes on your brand – always remember to give photo credit to any image that is not original.
LinkedIn can be a little tough since we don’t have a working function for searching, like hashtags, to find content. One of the best ways to increase reach on LinkedIn is to get employees in on the action. Let your employees know when a new post goes up on your LinkedIn Company page so they can share it with their networks.
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A version of this plan built by C Corp Homes for the 2006 Central Oregon Builders’ Association Parade of Homes, won awards for Best Front Facade, Best Kitchen, and Best of Show. Cape Cod style is universally appealing as evidenced in this home. Cedar shingle siding, three dormers and a grand bay window are cherished exterior elements, complemented by an up-to-date floor plan. The great room is the center of the design and serves well as both formal and casual living space. It features an exposed-beam ceiling, a fireplace flanked by built-ins, a columned arched entry and double doors to a rear porch. The kitchen has a snack-bar counter open to the great room and sits between the formal dining room and the breakfast nook. A handy butler’s pantry makes for easy entertaining. The left side of the…
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A well-designed Craftsman home is a joy to behold, and the Beaverton is no exception. Lodge style elements – including exposed beams and an arbor – give this home’s exterior a welcoming sense of warmth and comfort. The Beaverton’s exterior has so much character that once you move in, you’ll find impossible to resist the urge to decorate your new home with hanging planters and attractive landscape features.
This home is the perfect addition to a country estate. From the Beaverton’s two-story patio and deck, you’ll have an excellent view of the gently rolling countryside. On this home’s deck, you’ll find a spacious outdoor kitchen that includes a grill. Here, you’ll spend the autumn grilling out and enjoying the fruits of the harvest. During the heat of the summer, you can spend your afternoons relaxing on the shady patio beneath as you take in the sights, scents and sounds of your rustic surroundings.
Inside, you’ll find a blend of formality and function that lends itself well to your diverse lifestyle. The great room, dining area and kitchen are separated just enough to make dinner parties seem more intimate, but at the same time, these areas are left open so that you connect with the kids in the great room as you’re making dinner in the kitchen.
Speaking of the kitchen, whether you enjoy gourmet meals or foods straight from your garden, you’ll find that this kitchen opens up a world of culinary possibilities. It starts with the enormous island that gives you plenty of space to prepare a main dish and all the sides before you start cooking. A large cooktop and dual ovens means that when you’re putting a massive holiday feast together, you’ll never have to wait for space in the oven or on the stovetop.
The Beaverton’s lower floor is ideal for entertaining. Invite your friends over for a holiday fete. Within the game room, they’ll be treated to view of a landscape blanketed in freshly fallen snow even as they enjoy the warmth from the crackling fireplace. A full bar and wine cellar lets you serve a selection of fine beverages with style.
Should your guests fall so in love with your home that they’d like to stay for a week or two, the Beaverton’s four bedrooms will easily accommodate them. In particular, the second bedroom – which includes a walk-in closet and private bathroom – will treat your guests to every luxury your home has to offer.
Refined elegance makes this home a standout in any neighborhood. Keystones accent the multi-paned windows and garage door. Columns support the covered entry. Double doors are topped by an arched and mullioned transom. The exterior features herald the graceful interior-a two-story foyer with winding staircase, double doors that turn a den into a private sanctuary, columns that accent the family room. The home plan is as efficient as it is beautiful. The kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room are linked, fostering family activities. The dining room and living room are linked, facilitating at-home entertaining. The kitchen accommodates a walk-in pantry and an island with a downdraft cooktop. The second floor houses four bedrooms plus a bonus room, which can be customized. The luxurious master suite includes a large bedroom with a stepped ceiling, a bath with a whirlpool tub and shower, and a his-and-her closet with a built-in ironing board.