How to Understand Wood Furniture Door Styles

April 16th, 2019

by Vicki Nemeth
 
Amish storage furniture has so many door styles, you may not know how to talk about what styles you’re looking for.
The Barnloft Buffet from Amish Furniture Factory
Wood furniture has been around almost as long as people have, and Amish people have been around for over 300 years. With that much history, generations of woodworkers were sure to create variations and refinement until the sheer variety became overwhelming to anyone who was not an expert.
 
Luckily, there are some basic traits of all furniture doors that make it possible to decode what you’re looking at. If you start on the outside and work your way in, you can see what door type, and then what panel style you’re looking at. Let’s start with regular swinging doors.
 

How is the door set on the furniture? Overset or inset door?

 
Overset or raised doors sit over the storage compartment, maximizing your space inside, and creating a louder more decadent style. Overset doors emphasize light and texture.
Governor's Credenza from Amish Furniture Factory
Inset or flush doors sit just inside the opening of the storage compartment, making its style look understated and classic. Flush doors emphasize the geometric outline of the door on the face of the furniture.

The Modesto 60'' Credenza in hickory with natural finish from Amish Furniture Factory

What’s the difference between a raised and reverse panel?

 
Okay, now we get trickier. The door mounting style is the category we just covered, and the next category is panel type. There are three types of furniture door panels:

Raised panels

 
Raised door panels fit inside the frame pieces like a puzzle, but quickly curve out to protrude from the middle of the door so the most outward part of the panel is flush with the frame.
 
An angled view of a raised panel furniture door from Amish Furniture Factory
 
This angled view shows how the center of the door panel is raised compared to the hidden edges which are carved to fit into the frame. The frame also complements the panel’s shape with some carving of its own.
 
A deeply angled view of a raised furniture door panel from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Raised panels have their own way of reflecting the light. They add texture and dimension to your room and are popular with traditional looks.
 
The front face of a raised panel furniture door from Amish Furniture Factory

Reverse panels

 
An angled view of a reverse panel furniture door from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Reverse or inset panels sit inside the door’s frame, making the frame appear strong and elegant. They are classic and modern without being overly minimalistic. In terms of showiness, reverse panels fall between flat and raised panel doors.
 
A reverse panel furniture door from Amish Furniture Factory

Flat or no panels

 
Flat doors are plain and elegant. With no visible panels overshadowing them, the shapes of the doors themselves become the furniture’s primary style feature. When flat doors are inset, the rectangles of the doors’ outlines stand out and make a statement. When flat doors are overset, they don’t show as many lines around them and are their most minimalistic.
 
The West Newton Buffet from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Flat doors are more popular in modern furniture with artificial materials. In handcrafted furniture, flat construction is more common on drawers than on doors, because drawers tend to have smaller faces that are less likely to become warped during seasonal changes.

Plank panels

 
Some doors are simply made of full length planks fitted together.
 
The Moss Hill Kitchen Island and Bar Chair from Amish Furniture Factory

Panel style features

 
Once you understand door setting and panel types, it’s time to go deeper with style features! There are nearly unlimited shapes that workshops use to make door panels and frames. Below are only the most popular; there are potentially hundreds not listed here.

Cathedral panels

 
Most popular in raised styles, the cathedral panel features a central arch with a flourish on each side. Cathedral panels’ curviness suit the luxurious look of traditional furniture.
The Hoosier Heritage 2 Piece Deluxe Mule Chest from Amish Furniture Factory

Arched panels

 
This one’s pretty straightforward: arched panels have an arch shape at the top. That is, an upward curve.
 
The Colebrook 1 Door 1 Drawer Nightstand from Amish Furniture Factory

Half-arched panels

 
Arched panel doors are easy. But what about a single arch that stretches across two doors? Half-arched panels mirror each other with half an arch going each way. If you have end tables that come in pairs, you can even get them to mirror each other, creating a large arch pattern with your bed or sofa in the middle.
 
The Boulder Creek His & Her Chest from Amish Furniture Factory

Shiplap recessed panels

 
Shiplap is a wood surface made of several vertical planks with visible recessed edges in between them to create stripes. They look both finished and casual.
Helen's Buffet in seafoam paint from Amish Furniture Factory

Metal inserts

 
Metal inserts are specialized. They turn kitchen furniture into breathable storage for your baking, such as in a pie safe.
Classic 37'' High Pie Safe with Metal Inserts Door from Amish Furniture Factory

The Norwest Mission Pantry Cabinet has mullions on its lower reverse panel doors to match the mullions on its glass upper doors. From Amish Furniture Factory

Mullions

 
While glass windows have mullions to stabilize them, reverse panels can have mullions to add interesting shapes and patterns, or even to match nearby glass.

 

Glass doors

 
Of course, you can skip paneling altogether if you’re looking for a glass door. Glass doors display your belongings while your furniture stores them. That’s why they’re popular in hutches and electronics centers, and even some bookcases. Glass also brightens a room by reflecting light.
 
The glass in doors is usually inset, similar to a reverse panel, and comes in a variety of shapes, colors and textures:

Mullions

 
Mullions are pieces of wood or metal which sit across the window from one side of the frame to the other, and reinforce it while adding more style. Some mullions create art shapes and hold multiple pieces of glass together, such as in stained glass windows.

Stained glass

 
Stained glass adds color and vintage style to a piece of furniture. Vintage-style cabinets and barrister bookcases may use stained glass to imply seriousness and value within.
 
A McCoy with Glass Panels Storage Cabinet from Amish Furniture Factory

Plain glass

 
Don’t let the “plain” in “plain glass” fool you. Plain glass is functional. It offers the best visibility for the items stored inside, and emphasizes the style features of the wood framing around the glass.

Baroque glass

 
Swirly and wavy, baroque glass simulates an old method of glass making, in which slightly different batches of glass are just mixed together so they adhere, but their different colors or densities stand out and make waves.
The Saratoga 4 Door Hutch in brown maple with Earthtone stain from Amish Furniture Factory
Samples of seedy glass, antique straw glass, and water glass from Amish Furniture Factory

Straw glass

 
Straw glass looks as though someone had dropped pieces of straw all over it while it was soft, to create the appearance of short lines scattered all over.

Water glass

 
Water glass has fluctuating thickness throughout, so it looks as though light is shining on it as it would through a naturally moving water surface.

Seedy glass

 
Seedy glass is full of bubbles, as though someone had scattered seeds over it while it was still soft.

Smoked glass

 
Smoked glass is as modern and smooth as plain glass, but a blackish tint keeps it dark and conceals many of your items inside. It’s popular in TV stands as it lets the lights of your electronics show through while the casings don’t.
The Alamo 72'' TV Cabinet from Amish Furniture Factory

Beveled glass

 
Thick glass may have edges that taper toward the frame, reflecting light in different directions. Sometimes beveled edges help glass match the shape of raised wood door panels elsewhere on the same furniture. Beveled glass creates a luxurious appearance and may even have a prism effect of refracting rainbows in the room.
The Artesa Glass Top Coffee Table with Shelf doesn't have a door, but it has a great bevel.—Amish Furniture Factory

Frame construction

 
The frame that makes up the edges of the door and holds the panels can also come in a variety of styles.

Regular frame

 
A furniture door frame usually consists of two vertical pieces running the full length of the left and right sides, with two horizontal top and bottom pieces in between. The panel goes in the middle of these four pieces.

Mitered frame

 
A frame has mitered corners when each piece joins the next one at an angle. Instead of fitting the horizontal pieces inside the vertical pieces of a door frame, mitered joints give each piece an equal role in holding the door together. Mitered doors make a piece of furniture look dapper and held together.
The Bradbury 3 Door Hutch from Amish Furniture Factory

Molding

 
A furniture door frame can be more than just boards around a panel. Craftsmen may carve those boards in a variety of textures. Some frames are rounded, while others have grooves progressing toward the panel. Textured door frames can add rich detail to wood furniture.
 

Unusual door mounting types

 
Swinging doors are the most common wood furniture door mounting styles, but here are some other door types.

Sliding Doors

 
Sliding doors are most popular in electronics centers such as TV stands. Rarely protruding from the furniture makes sliding doors functional in specialized ways. First, since they are often close to the floor, they don’t risk tripping you as you walk by. Second, you can leave them open without using up extra space, to help your electronics vent and to keep buttons accessible. They are less likely to fall closed when you don’t want them to.
 
The Artesa 2 Door Corner TV Stand from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Most sliding doors need to fit in their tracks and pass each other by, so they will usually come in smooth elegant styles with limited texture and either a very small or no handle. But there are still thousands of style possibilities.

Tilt-out doors

 
Tilt-out doors are for convenient functional storage, like in a kitchen, office, or hobby room. They’re made for the contents of your furniture to slide out with a single arm motion of opening the door.
The Modesto Secretary Desk from Amish Furniture Factory

Tilt-up sliding doors

 
To protect valuable legal archives from dust, barrister bookcases have a glass door for each shelf which tilts out and up, and slides back into the shelf on treads. You’ll be able to spot a tilt-up door by the handles on the bottom.
 
Traditional Barrister Bookcase from Amish Furniture Factory

Roll top doors

 
Roll top doors aren’t only for the bread box. They’re useful on any piece of furniture that can benefit from a flexible door that hides away when open. On desks with high side panels for privacy, roll top doors follow the shape of the panels and use up no extra space.
The Heirloom 56" Rolltop Desk with Flat Sides and a hutch from Amish Furniture Factory

Bi-fold doors

 
These doors are two doors in one that fold together while sliding on treads, just like closet doors. This helps them swing out of the front less.
The Centennial 57" TV Cabinet with bi-fold pocket doors from Amish Furniture Factory

Pocket doors

 
Popular in combination with bi-fold doors, pocket doors slide back into the furniture to stow away when open.
 

Why do doors have panels?

 
Wood furniture doors have panels because wood is porus, having previously been alive. Because it breathes and absorbs moisture, wood changes shape with the weather. Sometimes the change is too subtle to see, but sometimes it is severe enough to warp or crack large, flat pieces.
 
Constructing a door out of smaller pieces allows them room to slide subtly in and out of each other, so the door can retain its overall shape.
 
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about Amish furniture door panels today? Let us know in the comments below.
 





The Heritage 49” Flat Panel TV Stand

April 1st, 2019

 

 
The Heritage 49” Flat Panel TV Stand mixes tough construction with luxurious details to make a statement. This TV stand features crown molding under its 1” thick roundover table top. The glass doors are overset in keeping with the dimensional style. Shapely feet make up the Jonie base. The Heritage has solid sides and holes in the back for electrical wiring. Shown in oak.
 





10 Reasons Why John Only Needs 1 Dining Table

March 26th, 2019
This Double Pedestal Dining Table has all four leaves in for a length of ten feet.—Amish Furniture Factory

Double Pedestal Dining Table in oak with Medium Walnut stain. With all four leaves in, John’s table is 10 feet long.

John is really excited to have his new Double Pedestal Dining Table:
 
“Laura I just wanted to write and thank you for all your help. The table arrived on Friday and my wife and I are very happy with it the quality and workmanship are excellent and I can’t say enough about how helpful and responsive you were it was a real pleasure dealing with you. Also, I wanted to say how fantastic (the delivery driver) Peter was.
 
Thanks again
 
John from MA”
 





How New Furniture Helps Douglas Display His Antiques

March 23rd, 2019

 
Two Bel Aire Bookcases in oak with Copper stain from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Douglas from California chose two Bel Aire Bookcases in solid oak with Copper stain to organize his antique library. The doors contribute to the space’s luxurious hardwood style; by couching the colorful books, they allow Douglas’ grandfather clock to stand out.
 
Douglas writes:
 
“I was most pleased by the entire process and the bookcases were absolutely beautiful and the construction and woodworking a bit beyond my very high expectations. Several neighbors have also been simply amazed by the quality.
 
The Bel Aire Bookcase has two full-length glass doors.—Amish Furniture Factory
 
“Lastly, the delivery fellas were terrific, bent over backwards to make sure the last step of the delivery process was perfect, even in the winter wonderland of Lake Tahoe at the time.
 
Cheers
 
Douglas from California”
 





How to Choose the Best Handcrafted Outdoor Furniture for Your Property

February 20th, 2019

by Vicki Nemeth
 
A 5' Adirondack Poly Vinyl Swing in purple and black on a Classic White Poly Vinyl Swing Stand from Amish Furniture Factory
 
If you want your outdoor furniture this year to be handcrafted, planning early will buffer the time that workshops take to build your things. To help you get ready on time to use your whole spring and summer, here are the most important things to consider about your land and what you want from your furniture.

Who Uses Your Yard?

 
Who will use your furniture might affect which pieces you choose. For instance, if your family is growing, you might want to use regular size items instead of a bar height dining set. Kids might appreciate the bright colors of poly vinyl. It’s also the easiest surface to clean up after kids of all ages.
 
Two small boys playing with water in a shallow garden pond.
 
Will anyone with limited mobility be using your furniture? Luckily, you can choose from numerous items that are easy to get up and down from. Depending on the person, a glider might be more practical than a rocking chair or swing. A conventional patio chair might be more relaxing than a low, angular Adirondack.
2' Plain Pinewood Bench from Amish Furniture Factory

What Do You Want to Do Outside?

 
Knowing what the people who use your property do out there, and where on the property they do it, will help you decide what furniture will make those experiences better for them. You may also have some activities that people currently do indoors that they would take outside on a nice day if they had the right furniture.
 
An outdoor kitchen and dining space aren’t the only uses for your backyard. Maybe you would like to create a theater, a place to talk over tea, or a spot to watch horses. There are limitless uses for your outside.

Climate and Ecosystem

 
A field in the foothills of a mountain with dark storm clouds above
 
America is a big country with a diverse range of ecosystems. Some areas have burning hot summers. Some have tornadoes and hail. Some areas have a drastic temperature difference between summer and winter. Some are damp or may flood. And if you have an outbuilding to store furniture, you’ll get different results depending on whether it’s a shed, garage, tent or boathouse.
 
Amish outdoor furniture has solutions to help you deal with the weather. In the summer, wood won’t heat up as much as smooth surfaces like metal or plastic. Many outdoor dining tables can receive shade umbrellas. Cushions can protect you from a hot seat.
 
This poly vinyl dining set has an umbrella in the table. Amish Furniture Factory
 
Poly vinyl won’t bend or crack in sudden episodes of moisture or temperature fluctuations. It can survive being thrown around or hammered on.
 
If you’re really cautious of your local climate, folding furniture is much easier to keep indoors.

Maintenance Commitment

 
Furniture maintenance is easy to overlook when you’re designing your dream property. But choosing the right maintenance level can help you stay satisfied with your furniture longer. Here are some questions to consider:
 

  • Which furniture will stay under a roof, for instance on a porch?
     
    Glacier Country Lawn Swing hanging from an A-frame from Amish Furniture Factory
     

  • Which items will sit on grass, deck, or patio?
     

  • What will be near a fire pit and smoke?
     
    A couple roasting marshmallows on the beach
     

  • Do you want to carry items inside when you’re not using them, or leave them out in the elements? What about winter?
     

  • Do you have a shed where you can keep things?
     

  • Do you have a big property, so some things will be sitting far out where they will be impractical to carry inside nightly? Do you have a vehicle to help you carry things?
     

  • How physically fit are you? Do you have help? A raccoon in a tree
     

  • Do you ever have to clean up after uninvited wild animal guests?

 
Some furniture is easier to carry to storage: it folds or it’s lighter in weight. Poly vinyl will survive a hands-off maintenance approach longest, but even wood outoor furniture should last through an impressive number of winters, and some people like the weathered look of wood that has been outside for a few years. You don’t have to choose wood to maintain a rural look; poly vinyl is available in traditional colors such as browns and greiges. Go easy on yourself, it’s supposed to be fun!

Materials

 
There are valid reasons for choosing any of the materials available in Amish outdoor furniture.
 
Poly vinyl
 
Poly vinyl is so easy to take care of, it’s virtually a no-maintenance material. But did you know that it’s made out of post-consumer recycled plastic? Wondering how plastic furniture can be handcrafted? Easy, Amish workshops get the poly lumber in and build with it like any wood. Combining a nearly invincible material with Amish craftsmanship creates furniture that can almost last forever. The boardstock comes in nearly every color, from natural shades to bold modern colors. If you’re looking for furniture that doesn’t fade, try poly vinyl.
Four colorful chairs around a Poly Vinyl Deluxe Conversation TableWood
 
Softwood furniture can still have a long life if you take care of it. Some people prefer the traditional country style of wooden furniture in their outdoor spaces. Here are three types of wood that are well-suited to the outdoors.
 

  • Southern Yellow Pine
     
    4' Classic Highback Pinewood Swing from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    Southern yellow pine is the most versatile softwood for Amish furniture and a popular choice for beloved classic styles. This pine is pressure-treated for longevity and hand selected by craftspeople. Many yellow pine furniture pieces come with a large number of options for outdoor finish colors, embellishments, and accessories.
     

  • Aromatic Red Cedar
     
    48" Loveseat Glider in aromatic red cedar from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    Aromatic red cedar is a classic way to add color to a rural yard, beach or dock. It’s popular for both furniture and garden ornaments. Outdoor sealer helps it stay smooth outside.
     

  • Lodge Pole PineA Folding Adirondack Chair from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    American-grown lodge pole pine is a popular choice for lightweight, rustic-style pieces and log furniture. Consider getting an exterior finish to help it last outside.

Whatever material you use, your furniture will last longer and keep nicer if you wipe it down after it rains and store lightweight or collapsible items indoors.

Decor Is for Outside Too

 
Humans aren’t the only people who use outdoor furniture. Birds, critters, and garden plants will enjoy climbing or perching on your decorative items. A trellis, planter or arbor will help your garden grow in three dimensions. Cedar lawn ornaments offer traditional elegance, so you can escape the big box store plastic look. Remember to add finishing touches while you furnish your outdoor space.
 
Wheelbarrow Planter in aromatic red cedar from Amish Furniture Factory

Go Outside!

 
A girl crouching in dry autumn grass blowing dandelion seeds
 
When you have your best furniture outside, you’ll want to use it. What kind of things would you put in your perfect outdoor space? Let us know in the comments below.





12 Top Outdoor Seating Types For Your Porch, Lawn or Patio This Spring

February 9th, 2019

by Vicki Nemeth
 
Do you want to go outside more this spring and summer? Do you want to get the kids off of their devices and into fresh air? Maybe you need a place to sit. Here are 12 kinds of outdoor seating to make your yard appealing throughout the warmer months.
 

  1. Bench
     
    Homestead Deck Bench from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    A bench is a staple of outdoor seating. It invites people outside and brings them together. A bench is a great way to maximize the number of available seats, since individual chairs need more space from one another.
     

  2. Patio Chair
     
    Two Poly Vinyl Comfort Rockers and a Poly Vinyl Deluxe End Table in color weatherwood with chestnut brown legs and trimSometimes you have a nook outside that best fits one person. Many lawn chairs are smaller versions of benches that can keep one person, plus a small pet or your crafting, cosy. Some chairs have optional footrests.
     

  3. Rocking Chair
     
    A rocking chair is a staple for relaxing indoors or out. As long as you know your chair, your rocker lets you lean back when you want to or sit up when you want to. Sometimes the constant movement is what makes people happy to sit in rocking chairs.
     

  4. Glider

    4' Hummingbird Pinewood Glider from Amish Furniture Factory has a stamp of petunias and a hummingbird on the head rest. 
    For many people, a glider meets all the function they need in its ability to move, even while it stays upright. A glider base is a technology that “rocks” back and forth while its feet stay flat on the floor. This keeps you from damaging your deck or lawn over years of rocking. Gliding bases make new kinds of furniture available. Now you can get a glider foot rest for your chair whether it’s a rocker or a glider. Benches are another thing that were not practical to design with rockers but can be built with a glider base.
     

  5. Lounge Chair
     
    Poly Vinyl Lounge Chair in lime green and black from Amish Furniture Factory

    Now let’s get down to business. A lounge chair is designed specially for loafing around on. The back goes all the way up to your head, while the seat goes all the way down to your feet. The whole thing is contoured to the shape of the human body, and it reclines back. Most lounge chairs come with matching-length cushions. This big lounger for one is great for falling asleep while reading a book.
     

  6. Adirondack Chair
     
    20" Adirondack Lounge Chair with matching ottoman and side table from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    To lean back without using as much leg space as a lounger, try an Adirondack chair. Named after the Adirondack Mountains, this chair is easy to recognize by its fanned plank back that is angled back to encourage lounging.
     
    The Adirondack’s design follows the natural bends of the human body. The broad paddle arm rests sit at an ideal angle to the seat and curve out to follow a partly spread human arm. The seat may angle downward toward the back, so the user gets in and relaxes. The corner where an Adirondack back meets the seat makes it feel like a rocking chair that is rocked back. But an Adirondack’s stable base keeps it that way all the time.
     
    An Adirondack’s seat can feel low, so in the higher part under the knees, the seat planks curve and offer a stable base to get up and down from.
     
    If you can’t decide between a lounge chair and an Adirondack chair, try an Adirondack with a specially shaped ottoman so you can switch between them.
     
    Adirondack Poly Vinyl Balcony Chair in green from Amish Furniture Factory

  7. Balcony Chair
     
    A balcony chair is a raised chair in any variety of outdoor relaxing styles, and differs from a bar chair that usually comes in dining chair styles. A balcony chair’s many functions give it an advantage over a bar chair. It’s tall enough that a sitting person can be similar in height and socialize with people who are standing or walking by. It’s tall enough to use with a pub or balcony table, or between meals, to sit back and look out over the railing.
     
    The most distinct advantage a balcony chair has over a bar stool is its stable base with a step that you can use to climb in and rest your feet instead of letting them hang. If you have a small patio that might otherwise make you choose between designing a lounging and a dining area, a balcony chair can do both without taking up double the space.
     

  8. Swing
     
    5' Classic Highback Poly Vinyl Swing in dove gray and black from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    A patio swing is a well-loved country classic in outdoor furniture. Suspend a bench with a chain and you have seating that rocks in the breeze while you settle down with a book or a cup of tea. If you have a covered porch, you can hang your swing from a strong ceiling beam. To place your swing anywhere you’d like, choose a free-standing swing and hang it from an A-frame or a swing stand.
     

  9. Lawn Glider

    The Rollback Rose Double Lawn Glider from Amish Furniture Factory has a rose stamp on each seat back

    Speaking of swinging around, a lawn glider is a unique design of backyard swing that mounts two seats facing each other for conversation and teamwork. You and a friend can have fun talking and swinging together on a double lawn glider. Here’s how it works.
     
    The frame supports a gliding mechanism at the top. Instead of chains or rope, solid poles swing from the mechanism and hold the seating structure of two benches and a footrest. From a sitting position, you can make the glider move by pushing and pulling the footrest with your feet. When two people get in opposite each other, it’s a great way to make a connection.
     

  10. Picnic Table

    Poly Vinyl Octagon Picnic Table in dove gray and slate from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    Your back yard is a great place to go on a picnic. A picnic table is a convenient multipurpose item that keeps the benches and table in one piece so you won’t have to track down chairs at the end of the day. It’s easy to keep organized around kids or on a big property. That’s why households can benefit from picnic tables as much as parks and resorts can.
     

  11. Dining Set
    Poly Vinyl 4' Round Table Set Number 2 in cedar and black from Amish Furniture Factory

    Surprise! A patio set has stools or chairs. Some patio sets have height options so you can get bar chairs and a nice high outdoor dining table. Dining chairs are light, simple, and easy to move around, and outdoor ones survive being lost track of. Next time you have an outdoor activity together, you might only need to move your outdoor dining chairs around to where you need them.
     

  12. Dining ChairsIsland Poly Vinyl Side Chair in chestnut brown from Amish Furniture Factory
     
    Of course, you can always get spare dining chairs above and beyond the chairs from your patio set. And don’t forget all the options you can get, like a swivel base and barstool height. If you choose poly vinyl, you won’t have to worry about your guests being rough while hauling your spare chairs around.

 
Surprise Features
 
Outdoor furniture’s rugged, elegant look makes it easy to design with options and conveniences. Keep an eye out for benches that morph into picnic tables, chairs that fold, and different chair heights. Some chairs have gliding and swivel options. Accessories include cup holders, umbrellas, weather-resistant cushions, gliding and non-gliding footrests and ottomans.
 
Get Ready
 
If you’re ready to design your best patio yet, these seating options can keep it fun and relaxing.
 
How are you planning to get yourself outside more this year? You can join the conversation in the comments below.
 





How to Design Interiors with the Color Coral in 2019

January 26th, 2019

by Vicki Nemeth
 

 
2019 is here, and the color coral is hot. Actually, it’s a warm and expressive response to the middle of winter. Pantone made Living Coral their Color of the Year for 2019, to provide a needed sense of optimism. For the rest of us, coral can be an encouraging reminder to lower our carbon footprints and take care of our reefs.
 
So how can a homeowner use the color coral in their interior design? The first step is to understand the color theory and history underpinning it.

First, what is “coral”?

 

 
The color coral comes from a particular genus of coral in the ocean called Corallium. Corallium is a group of coral species which humans commonly call precious coral or red coral. Various species live in the Mediterranian Sea and off the eastern coast of Asia. Throughout history, humans have harvested precious coral to create art, jewelery, and folk medicine.

Today, local fisheries and conservationists are debating different ways to protect the species and harvest them responsibly. But coral has established its legacy as a sophisticated tertiary color.

It’s not pink, it’s light orange-red

 

 
The color coral is not a pink. It’s partly orange. The confusion comes from the fact that orange contains some red, and pink is a tint of red. But coral is a tint of orange-red.

It’s good news for blue lovers

 

 
Coral’s red-orange origins affect which complementary colors match. While pink is an adventurous off-match for blue, coral complements blue more directly. On the other hand, pink is a better complement for various greens than coral is. Prefer blue-greens like cyan and teal? Coral and red-orange are perfectly opposite to those, perfect complements.

There are always neutrals

 

 
Neutrals may go with everything, but everything has a unique effect on neutrals. Coral is louder than pink but gentler and more sophisticated than orange. It is a color of joy: happiness that is employed wisely. A pop of coral in a neutral environment is not just stylish but also rich and welcoming.

Use your eyes, not your computer screen

 
When deciding where to put any color, it’s imperative that you get physical samples and view them in various kinds of lighting you plan to use, on the materials you plan to use and the angles you plan to see them from. For example, you may want to view a paint swatch in indoor daylight and evening lighting.
 

 
Different materials and textures can affect the way a color looks in real life. For example, a computer screen can’t simulate all the dimensions of a fabric weave. Plus, computer screens differ from one another. Your computer screen can help you make preliminary color choices, but it won’t represent colors accurately enough to ensure your final decision.
 
Since different colors interact with light differently, you should even use real samples to view complementary colors together, to ensure they match the way you intend at different times of day.

Can’t find coral decor solutions? Try using the light

 
Since coral is a relative of pink, you can use lighting to temporarily turn a pink or red object coral. For coral in daylight, place a translucent red drape over a sunny window to turn it coral in appearance or to shine coral light into the room. For coral in the evening, select light bulbs that are warm in color to add that golden tint to a pink or red item.

Brands always have a different idea of what a color name means

 
Another reason why your computer screen can’t finalize your color decisions is, your paint and textile brands have their own meanings for color names. Coral pictures and swatches you find online may not look the same as the color any given brand calls “coral,” and brands will differ from each other, too. That’s why they have their own palette and sample booklets. Sometimes they even require you to view swatches under certain light and light color levels to make sure you’re seeing the sample color they meant for you to see.

The difference between coral and Living Coral

 

Coral Living Coral

 
Pantone creates its colors by mixing pigments, so they can never quite show up properly on a computer screen. When designers do their best to simulate Living Coral on screens, the result is a pinkish red-orange, while most coral colors are orange-red.
 
Wait. Red-orange? Orange-red? Yes, those are different colors. Red-orange has a more red hue. Orange-red has a more orange hue. All coral colors are lighter tints of these hues that you can see between red and orange.
 

Orange-Red Red-Orange

 
Another trait that distinguishes Living Coral from many coral colors is daring brightness and saturation. Living Coral catches the eye almost as though Pantone managed to create a new color. Its perpetual youth is challenging enough to please eyes hungry for stimuli, as the web and gaming generation begin to gain traction and become a buying audience.

Other similar colors

 

Coral Pink

 
Coral pink is, not surprisingly, a pinker version of coral. It’s a perfect complement to teal.
 

Bittersweet


 
Bittersweet is another orange with a little bit of pink in it. It came into its own at the turn of the twentieth century and is a luxurious member of the Art Nouveau palette.
 

Salmon

 
Salmon the color is more pink and delicate than coral with hardly any orange. Use it to send a gentler message or to balance a greener blue-green.
 

Light Salmon

 
Light salmon, with its lighter tint, may be easier than salmon to use in room designs. Nearly a neutral, it can set a calm mood while providing more color than traditional neutrals.
 

Tea Rose Orange


 
Tea rose orange is inspired by the pink and gold spectrum of hybrid tea roses which Europeans started breeding in the 1800s. These hybrids combine Chinese tea roses with English hybrid perpetuals to create petals with strong shapes, often with dual coloration fading from a yellow at the heart to pink at the tips. Tea rose orange is in the orange category, unlike regular tea rose, which is in the rose category.
 

Terra Cotta

 
Terra cotta is a subdued red shade with brown undertones. Rather than hot, it’s a warm color reminiscent of ancient clay.

Get inspired

 
With its tertiary personality, coral may seem like a challenging color to use in a home design. But it’s actually a human, emotive answer to quiet interiors stricken with the blues.
 
Do you plan to use the color coral this year? Reply in the comments below.
 





5 Solid Reasons Why This Couple Loved Shopping at Amish Furniture Factory

December 17th, 2018

by Vicki Nemeth
 
Mark and Terri bought a TV stand and a dining set on time for the holidays. Here’s their new Honeybee Mission 60″ TV Cabinet with seedy glass. The poinsettias add a holiday touch.
 
Honeybee Mission 60" TV Cabinet from Amish Furniture Factory
 
They sent us a letter detailing 5 reasons why they are happy with both the furniture and their shopping experience, so we’ve turned it into a list. Here is what Mark and Terri have to say, with our added explanations.
 

    “We had a wonderful experience with our furniture purchase from Amish Furniture Factory.
     

  1. “The quality of the materials and workmanship in our new TV console and dining room set are amazing.”
     
    All of our furniture is handcrafted in the USA with solid wood and no particle board. Table tops are at least 1” thick. Mortise and tenon joints hold our pieces together strongly, and dovetails keep our drawers in beautiful condition.
     

  2. “They matched perfectly with the online photos. They are truly beautiful and have become the focal points of our home.”
     
    Arts & Crafts Trestle Dining Table and Chairs from Amish Furniture Factory

    Here are Mark and Terri’s new Arts and Crafts Trestle Dining Table and Chairs. They also got matching bar stools.

    We know that online shopping can be a nightmare with thousands of made-in-wherever brands popping up every year. But we’re personally involved in the business of finding you the best furniture for your household. That’s why we’re a Better Business Bureau accredited business operating out of Fairfield, Iowa, and our manufacturers’ workshops around America are so close to home, some customers have even managed to visit.
     

  3. “The sales representative was very helpful and answered our questions. It was nice to have someone with whom we could discuss the purchase options.”
     
    Running a small business means we interact with our product. It means the same people gain more understanding of our furniture, year after year. Further, by fostering an understanding and working with craftspeople, we can imagine what options and even what customizations are possible. All you have to do is give Laura a call.
     

  4. “The volume purchase discount was a significant incentive in our purchasing decision. It made it worth purchasing the TV console and dining room set together rather than in separate orders.”
     
    We only require a 30% deposit on orders over $1000, plus we have scaling percent discounts based on the size of your order. Check out the savings in the table below:
     

    Price % Discount
    $1000 2%
    $2000 3%
    $3000 4%
    $4000 5%
    $5000 6%
    $6000 7%
    $7000 8%
    $8000 9%
    $9000 10%
    $10,000 11%
    $15,000 12%
    $20,000 14%

     

  5. “The delivery person was accommodating and adjusted the delivery to meet our schedule. He was skilled in the assembly and setup of our new furniture. I highly recommend the extra fee for the white-glove service, it was worth every penny.”
     
    It’s luxury furniture, and we want to treat it well. We also want to keep your deliveries secure from theft.
     
    Whether you choose white-glove or regular curbside delivery, they’ll call you to set up a delivery appointment so you can be there. White-glove has the added service of our delivery team doing all the lifting and set-up inside your home.

 
From the web search to the delivery, we made sure to provide Mark and Terri with the best customer experience we could. And it’s worth it when they say things like this:
 
“This was a five star purchasing experience.”
 





How Helping Your Parents Shop Online Creates a Solid Bond

December 10th, 2018

 
I’m at my mother’s for Christmas and finally getting to see the Classic Corner TV Stand we ordered. It’s beautiful. Mother wanted me to email this photo and let you know how pleased she is with it. Thanks again for all your help. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season.
 
Diana

 
Amish Classic 48 & 56" 2 Door Corner LCD TV Stand
 





Why Buying Amish Furniture on the Internet Is More Ethical Shopping

December 7th, 2018

by Vicki Nemeth
 
Econo Dining Chair in oak with Wheat stain from Amish Furinture FactoryLynne from Michigan bought some oak Econo Dining Chairs with Wheat stain. Because wood comes from trees that were living and growing in unique environments, even the simplest crafts from solid wood are individualized. North American growing conditions show in the distinguished oak woodgrain of the chair Lynne sent us a picture of.
 
Lynne’s purchase was small enough to fit in her car, so she wondered how to save on shipping. That’s when we realized that one of the workshops that make the Econo Chair was close enough for Lynne to drive. So she decided to tour Amish country and pick up the chairs herself at a builder’s workshop. Here’s where Lynne tells her story:
 
I am very satisfied with the quality of the chairs I ordered through you. They are beautifully constructed and finished, and comfortable to sit in.
 
I found the shopping experience very pleasant. I always got prompt replies to my questions and the chairs were finished ahead of schedule.
 
Amish tour buggy 
It was great that I could pick them up myself in Shipshewana and save on shipping costs. I would highly recommend your company to anyone looking for quality furniture.

Econo Dining Chair from Amish Furniture Factory 

Because Lynne chose chairs handcrafted in America, they tell a very human story.
 
We’re an online shop working with builders all over the USA, and it might just be a local drive from where your furniture is made to where you want to bring it home. We can save you carbon and chemicals compared to conventionally mass-produced furniture with their huge shipping and supply chains. We even helped Lynne get a taste of where and under what work conditions the craftspeople made her chairs.
 
In today’s era of internet shopping, the assumption is that you don’t have to leave your house to buy what you need. But with all the choices you can access at web-based stores, the web opens up a bigger and more interesting world. You could find you have more opportunities to leave your desk and adventure in the real world than before.
 
Here’s a shot of the Econo Chair from an angle so you can see more of its features. The Econo is a Windsor chair with plain spindles that keep it together in Shaker or modern decor schemes. But it still has contouring in the back and a small scoop in the seat, adding twenty-first century comfort to this design classic. For a handmade chair, it may be inexpensive, but that doesn’t mean cheap.
 
Have you ever gone on a trip to buy something special and unique? Let us know in the comments below.