7 Home Office Setup Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners

As more people are working from home, researchers are noticing an exciting trend. Workers are more productive.

According to a survey by Airtasker, working from home can “increase productivity and leads to a healthier lifestyle.”

One of the most effective ways to boost productivity working from home is by properly setting up your home office. For example, studies have shown that plants can boost productivity by 15 percent.

If you are working from home and would like to boost your productivity, keep reading to discover seven common home office setup mistakes to avoid for beginners.

1. Too Much Clutter

Having too much clutter is never a good thing, but especially when it comes to your home office. Clutter can get in the way of your work and can limit your creativity as well.

Organization is critical when it comes to designing your home office. To start, it is recommended to limit the number of personal items on your desk to three, anything over seems to be too distracting.

Another thing to keep in mind for your office is storage. Having a place to store office essentials properly will create a more comfortable and visually pleasing office. Simple bins and baskets can be used to keep essential items within reach and still out of the way.

2. Wrong Office Chair

Having the right office chair can make or break your home office. Nobody wants to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 8, 9, 10 hours, or longer a day.

Purchasing a comfortable Stressless office chair will be worth the investment. Having the right office chair will not only help you feel better at the end of your shift, but it can also boost productivity and work satisfaction.

The perfect office chair will vary depending on the worker’s height and preferred style. It is recommended to look for something comfortable but not too much so to where you will just want to relax in it, remember you will be sitting in it for 8+ hours a day.

When shopping for an office chair for desks, it should have a good balance between being supportive and comfortable.

3. Too Dull Lighting

Have you noticed a difference in your work on days when its sunny out compared to those dark and dreary days? That’s because natural sunlight has been shown to improve your mood and ability to focus.

According to a study on employee health conducted by the University of Twente in conjunction with VU Amsterdam and CBRE, when participants were introduced to the right lighting:

  • 71% felt more energized
  • 76% felt happier
  • And 50% felt healthier

It is best if you can utilize natural sunlight for your home office lighting but, if not, there are a few things you can consider. Avoid using direct light sources as they can create glare and distract you. You can also create different “layers” of lighting by using various sources of light for tasks and the general lighting of the room.

4. Near Too Many Distractions

When working from home, it is no secret that there are more distractions around you. Distractions are everywhere, but you can do your best to limit them and avoid letting them get to you.

Some of the most common home distractions that people experience when working from home include:

  • Kids
  • Cell Phones
  • Background Noise
  • Other Duties
  • Checking Email
  • And Clutter

However, the number one distraction reported by remote workers was the television, according to a study by Porch. To avoid this as a distraction, it is recommended to keep your office space and personal space separate. This way, you won’t have the temptation to turn on the TV.

Another way of avoiding distractions is by choosing an area of your house that isn’t as busy, the fewer people walking past, the fewer distractions you will have. Also, if you are easily distracted, avoid placing your desk right in front of a window if the scenery tends to be busy.

5. Ignoring Ambiance

When talking about ambiance for your home office, it is crucial to consider what you are looking for. The ambiance is all about having character and what feel you want the room to have.

The ambiance of your home office will include many things like lighting, design, layout, and accessories.

An important thing to keep in mind when considering the ambiance is having space for desks and how you will utilize that space. It is recommended to create a space that is fitting for you. There is no “one size fits all” for the design of your home office.

Some people prefer having a classic office style setup and others like the look of a modern home office setup. You will have to decide what works best for you and in what setting you are most comfortable.

6. Not Having Enough Space

Sure, when working in the office, you are typically confined to a cubicle or a smaller environment. But when working from home you will want to adequately utilize your space and make it as useful as possible.

To start choose a room that is sufficient enough to get work done in. This means having space away from distractions that will be big enough to work in.

Avoid having a desk in your room if at all possible. You will want to separate where you work, from where you sleep. It’s best to have a dedicated workplace that you can go and be fully plugged into work.

7. Failing to Consider Ergonomics

Ergonomics refers to doing what is necessary to increase productivity and efficiency, while at the same time reducing discomfort.

Important things to keep in mind while considering ergonomics include:

  • Desk height
  • Chair height
  • Chair design
  • Where your computer is sitting
  • And your posture

Setting up your home office to make it ergonomically correct, along with making sure you purchase ergonomically correct office chairs, will give a significant boost to your productivity as well as your health.

Need Help With Your Home Office Setup?

Working from home has its perks like having more freedom, no commuting, and less workplace drama. But to be able to do your job effectively, you must have a proper home office setup.

If you are looking for furniture or accessories for your home officecontact us today, and we can help answer any questions you may have.

5 Simple Tips for Creating a Stressless Dining Room

If you’re like us, you can get enough of Scandinavian designs. Its clean lines and functional pieces offer a simplistic elegance that is hard to match.

Thinking about changing up your dining room? Follow these five simple tips to create the ultimate Scandinavian dining room.

Scandinavian Dining Room Design 

Every few years a new design takes over. We’ve tons of designs come and go. Yesterday’s rustic farmhouse is today’s modern elite.

But Scandinavian interior design has real staying power. We’re not saying those other designs are out of fashion, but we can’t get enough of Scandi decor.

Nothing looks better than a Scandinavian style dining room. It provides a simplistic, clutter-free space for elegant dining and entertainment. Here are a few of our favorite Scandinavian dining room ideas that you can replicate.

Choose a Simple Color Palette

What colors come to mind when you think of Scandinavian designs? A quick Google search will show you lots of Scandi dining rooms that are white, grey, or off-white.

These colors are at the heart of Scandinavian style but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of color in your dining room. Trying adding a pastel or blush color for a subtle hint of color.

Color doesn’t necessarily have to come from your walls. Add a splash of color by hanging art or putting new throw pillows on your couch. Even a simple colored lampshade can do the trick.

Monochrome

People who live by Scandinavian design usually opt for a monochrome palette in their dining room to achieve a clean, more put-together look. While black and white may seem boring it can provide a pretty bold statement if done correctly.

Try leaving all your walls a crisp white and accenting them with black and white framed photographs. You can also lean into the monochrome look by using all black hardware such as knobs, curtain rods, and the base of light fixtures.

Add Warmth With Textiles

Once you have the color palette down for your Scandinavian dining room design, add warm with textiles. Blankets and pillows can help soften the look of your monochrome room and make your home look inviting.

Play With Fabrics

In the dining room, opt for textured dining room drapes. Keep the color of the drapes in your color palette and focus on the feel of the fabric. This will help play up the drama of your design.

Add seat cushions on your chairs to make your dining room appear more comfortable. Bonus: they will also help keep your chair’s cushions from getting stained in case of an accident. Or even go all in and get upholstered dining rooms chairs made to match your color scheme.

Hang a tapestry of a woven macrame piece on the wall for extra flair. Play with animal skins by adding a sheepskin or cowhide rug to your nordic living space.

 Bring the Outdoors Inside

One of the common features of the Scandinavian style is using natural elements in the design. This could be as simple as opting for a solid wood dining table that is finished with a light-colored stain to bring out the natural knots in the wood.

Find a buffet table or China cabinet in natural wood and display your minimalist dishes in it.

Add a Few Potted Plants

Bringing in a few minimalist plants that can survive indoors is another great idea. A simple orchid or succulent will add to the Scandi look. Place larger plants on the floor and arrange smaller plants on plant stands or tables.

Bringing plants inside your home will also help keep your home’s air purer, particularly in winter. This is because plants breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen.

Even if you don’t have a green thumb and you’ve killed every plant you’ve met you can achieve the same results with a few high-end silk plants. Just be sure to dust them. There is nothing worse than a dusty silk plant!

Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is the star of Scandinavian design. Whenever you can design your dining room around the closest natural light sources. This could be an open window or a skylight. Leave your curtains open during the day so your dining room can soak up the warm glow of the sun.

Keep Your Home Free of Clutter

A key element in a Scandinavian dining room is for it to appear very minimalist. This doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be achieved through careful organization and strategy.

Get Rid of Excess Junk

Seriously, let it go! If it’s been a while since you’ve used your Keurig machine, maybe it’s just not for you. Why let it continue to take up space in your home.

The same goes for pieces in your dining room. Do you have a bunch of random wall hanging or collectibles? Donate them or give them away to someone who can use them.

This will allow you to make space for the items you truly care about.

Things like decorative items and fancy serving pieces that you got as a wedding gift can easily be stored in the bottom of a cabinet if you are not ready to part with them yet. But remember, they are taking up valuable space for things that you would actually use.

Choose White Flooring

The flooring that you choose for your dining room could be the biggest way to bring the Scandinavian design aesthetic to light in your room. Scandinavian spaces are defined by their white wood or concrete floors.

Choose a pinewood floor and give it a rustic whitewash to bring in more organic touches. If you don’t feel like taking on this project yourself you can always buy wood that comes pre-stained.

White tile or concrete floors add to the stark minimalist look and will help to highlight your furniture instead of the flooring. You can always add a rug under the dining room table to bring in some warmth.

Create a Dining Room You Love

You don’t have to live in Norway to enjoy the look of Scandi design. A Scandinavian dining room adds a flair of elegance and sophistication to your space. Follow these 5 tips to create a beautiful Scandinavian styled dining room today.

If you have any design questions be sure to contact us. We’d love to help you with your room’s design.

Timeless Interior Decorating Trends That Will Never Go out of Style

Your home is your sanctuary, your place of peace, and comfort.

It is true that a well-decorated home can ease your stress and anxiety.

Too much clutter, undesirable decor, and nonfunctional pieces can make you overwhelmed and leave you feeling anything but relaxed in your house.

There is a solution though…

We have put together a list of the 7 timeless interior decorating trends that will keep your house stylish and save you from outdated decor.

So say goodbye to that shag carpet and let’s decorate!

7 Timeless Interior Decoration Trends That Never Go Out Of Style

Let’s take a look at the trends that have stood the test of time.

1.Black and White

This color duo is a timeless combination. The classic colors are high contrast and give a room an elevated look. Consider trying the following:

  • A classic white kitchen with black appliances and cupboards
  • A clean and modern white bathroom with a black door and black framed mirror
  • A black recliner or sofa with mixed textures of white pillows and throws

These are just a few options to choose from. The black and white color scheme is incredibly versatile and easy to play around with.

2. Oversized Mirrors

Mirrors serve many purposes in the home. We use them to get ready, to take pictures in, and they reflect light within the room. Mirrors are both functional and decorative which is why they have never gone out of style.

Your eyes process images in just 13 milliseconds. Mirrors can help you trick your eyes into thinking that the space you are in is larger than it actually is. Try using an oversize mirror in your bedroom leaned against the wall for a more casual look than a mounted mirror.

3. New and Old

This is another timeless duo that is loved by interior designers. Mixing bold new pieces with classic heirlooms is a great way to incorporate favorite older items without making the space look too dated.

Here are some examples:

  • A modern dinner table with antique place settings
  • An older cabinet with updated fixtures or paint
  • An upcycled mirror in a newly renovated room
  • An antique chair that has been reupholstered

Upgrading older pieces with newer trims or finishes is a smart way to preserve the timeless items you care about and keep with current decor trends.

Consider buying items that you will get the most use out of new, such as, sofas, dinner tables, and office chairs. Then you can accent those items with older or antique decor.

4. Fireplaces

Nothing says timeless like a fireplace. They are another function staple in the home that doubles as a decor focal point.

While they are a timeless decor standard, they can look outdated if not maintained or updated. For example, if your fireplace has glass doors with gold trim, you should consider removing them to give the fireplace a more modern look.

Consider upgrading the fireplace by refinishing the mantle or if you have a brick fireplace you could try white paint with black accent bricks.

Even if your fireplace is purely decorative it still serves a function as a key piece. Fireplaces scream luxury and sophistication so long as they are maintained and clean.

5. Area Rugs

Whether your home is all wood or carpeted or anywhere in between, area rugs are a timeless decor option that your home needs.

Area rugs can completely change the vibe of a room in seconds. They can add color, texture, and dimension to a room.

Using rugs that have deep complex patterns can immediately make a room feel cozier. On the other hand, brightly colored more abstract patterns can liven up a room making it feel more youthful or energetic.

Try using rugs with different materials than carpet for an even more unique vibe. The area rug will help you to define space within a room with proper placement.

Placing a large rug under the dining room table can help split the room if you have an open floor plan.

6. Neutral Walls

The world is your oyster with neutral walls. Having a muted color scheme on your walls will not only make your space look bigger, but it will also let you get creative with decor without competing with the wall colors.

Try sticking with time tested neutrals like off-white, light grey, or taupe. These colors are easy to dress up so to speak.

Once you have your walls painted you can decide on decor that will add flair to the room such as uniquely patterned throw pillows or antique mason jar vases.

Adding little pops of color with throw blankets or rugs won’t fight with your wall color if you stay neutral.

When you grow tired of the decor it is easy to change than the paint.

7. Minimalism

Clutter is always a big NO! Not only does it add stress to your day to day it just looks…bad.

No matter which decor options you choose, remember the mantra, less is more.

Minimalism also helps you keep your home organized and it makes it easy to keep clean. Not every wall needs a painting hanging on it and not every corner needs a little table.

Your eyes will see the negative space created by the minimal look and you feel more peaceful and relaxed.

Final Thoughts

Your decor is really up to you. You want your personality to shine. Creating a timeless interior is really about finding the pieces that are true to you and making them shine.

Check out our blog for more tips and tricks.

Tips For Working Remotely: Productivity and Office Setup

Let’s face it: before the Coronavirus outbreak struck the nation, more than 5 million Americans were already working from home. Now, that number has likely skyrocketed as people who ‘could’ work from home (but didn’t) are now forced to. If you are new to working remotely, it may be difficult to know how to get the perfect home office setup for you.

That’s where we come in. If you’re looking for tips for working remotely, take a look at our productivity and office setup guide today!

Tricks to Make the Transition

For those of you who are working from home for the first time, you’ve come to the right place. We understand how difficult it can be to make the transition, so that is why we have a few tips for working from home up to our sleeves.

Here’s the thing. It’s not uncommon for you to feel anxious, frustrated, or isolated at first.

On the flip side, some of you may be feeling energized, relax, or relieved. Wherever you are on the emotional spectrum, it is important to give yourself some time to adjust to this challenging transition.

One of the first things you should do is set an alarm to take a stretch break every half hour or so. Even those of you who work at a standing desk can benefit from walking around your home while talking with a colleague or a friend.

Another word of advice is to take a 30-minute scheduled lunch break away from your computer.

In addition to this, it is a great idea to stick to your office hours, whether you are “in the office” or not. Better yet, ask your roommates or family members not to disturb you during the working hours either. If you are not a fan of confrontation, just tape a simple “Do Not Disturb sign” on your door.

Pro tip: it doesn’t hurt to buy a white noise app or machine to reduce noisy interruptions in your at-home office.

Besides this, you’ve got to have the comfiest, ergonomic office chair that you can get your hands on. Plus, finding a hands-free headset is a super useful addition too. Problem solved!

Tips for Working Remotely

When it comes to tips for working from home, we’ve got you covered. First things first, it never hurts to over-communicate with your colleagues. This is particularly true if you have two members of different ages on your conference call or email conversation.

While you’re at it, it pays to know your new work policies for remote workers too. Has your company has made you work from home due to the Coronavirus? If that’s the case, your human resources department has probably sent out guidelines or handbooks for you to review during this time.

What better time than now than to look over all this essential paperwork?

Also, if you’re a manager at your company, it’s important to let your team members know how they can get in touch with you as well. So, this can include letting them know if you prefer to communicate via:

  • Email
  • Text
  • Instant message
  • Skype
  • Zoom

Again, the only mistake that you can make is not communicating with your team members. Additionally, it is a smart idea to let your coworkers know when the best time to reach you will be.

For example, do you prefer to check in during the morning or in the middle of the afternoon? The sooner that you let your colleagues know what your time preferences are, the better. This is especially the case if they work in a completely different time zone than you do!

Setting Up Your Home Office

And now, for the fun part: setting up your home office. Before we dive in, you should know that having a proper workstation is more than just a chair and a desk. The way you furnish or decorate your home office will set you up for success for weeks (or months) to come.

To begin, choose the space in your house that is the best location for your office. If you’re lucky enough you may be able to relocate to an empty basement or even an empty corner of your bedroom will suffice. Otherwise, setting up shop at your kitchen table is a more space-friendly idea.

Additional ideas include the following:

  • Unused corners
  • Large closets
  • Under the stairs

To be quite honest with you, all that it takes is some creativity to get the job done. That said, there’s no harm in purchasing a room divider to separate your office from your home if possible. Even better, hang up a curtain from a rod or the ceiling to give you some privacy for your office.

Also, think about who else will be using the furniture in the space along with you. For instance, will you share your office with your kids to do homework? Is your partner also working from home?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might want to pick up a desk setup that can fit two people at once. And even though you may not have clients stopping by for a while, it’s always nice to add some chairs or seating to your office for others in your household.

Your Work Setups Is Key to Office Productivity

Looking for more tips for working remotely?

Fortunately for you, we’ve got exactly what you are looking for. We can’t emphasize this enough: a clean and organized work set up is the key to office productivity. Now that you know what to do, good luck!

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Modern Scandinavian vs Minimalism

Understanding the Key Similarities and Differences between Scandinavian Design and Minimalism

If you follow trends in contemporary design, two terms you will often hear are “minimalism” and “Scandinavian”. And ever since Ikea rose to prominence, the two terms have often been conflated.

But while the two styles share similar roots, minimalist and modern Scandinavian styles do differ in a few substantial ways.

They reflect different mindsets. They demonstrate different reactions to social and environmental conditions. 

But how do two seemingly similar styles represent a clash in conception? And how does that difference manifest itself aesthetically?

Keep reading to learn more about these two styles and answer these questions.

Modern Scandinavian vs Minimalism

The way people decorate their homes reflects the society in which they live. In this respect, both styles reflect similar but distinct reactions to industrialization. 

As the 19th century ended, the effects of the Industrial Revolution crept into day-to-day life. What we would now call “modernism” was beginning to manifest.

This point is important because the two styles we are looking at demonstrate two different ways of reacting to a changing cultural landscape.

Minimalist Design

The term “minimalism” first appeared in the 1960s. It was used to describe the work of American visual artists like Robert Morris and Anne Truitt. 

The movement was a reaction to contemporary art. Specifically, abstract expressionism, which the minimalists felt was self-indulgent and stale.

Abstract expressionism relied heavily on a biographical component to relay meaning. Presented in a vacuum, a piece would appear either incomprehensible or meaningless altogether.

This was one of the primary philosophical differences of the minimalist mindset. Eschewing biography, they attempted to make art that could be anonymous. In a way, this also made it more universal.

This reaction would extend into all areas of art, including interior design. Minimalist design is defined by functionality, geometry, and its penchant for prefabricated industrial materials.

Its functionality comes from the absence of clutter. Say you knew nothing about minimalism but the word. You would still probably image an open-concept floor plan with sparse ornamentation.

Minimalist design is also characterized by bold, clean lines and geometric patterns. In terms of color, it favors a neutral base with accents of black and chrome.

In regards to how minimalism reflects changing attitudes, it embraces modernism.

Modern Scandinavian

Scandinavian design as we now know it was codified around the same time as minimalism. The style emphasized sleek, accessible, affordable furnishings and interiors. It also drew inspiration from the region’s climate.

During Scandinavia’s long winters, the days are cold and short. The popular design reflects this by contrasting that reality as much as possible.

Light, for example, is a key aspect of Scandinavian design.

The style combine open spaced-floor plans, pale colors, and minimal ornamentation. All aspects which contribute to an effort to maximize the amount of light in the space. The idea is to make the home bright and inviting as a reprieve from the cold gloom of the outside world.

Functionalism is another defining attribute of Scandinavian design. Again, due in large part to how harsh the Scandinavian climate can be, function has long been favored over form.

As part of the effort to de-clutter the space, single-function areas like dining rooms are eschewed. Instead, the open design is intended to be flexible. Each space can accommodate a variety of activities, maximizing the economy of space. 

But that is not to say that Scandinavian design is just about empty rooms with muted walls. On the contrary, it expresses a desire to marry function and form rather than favor one over the other.

It takes inspiration from nature in its choice of materials. And that distinction is one of its big differences from minimalism. 

Material and Mindset

A primary distinguishing characteristic between modern Scandinavian and minimalist design is the materials used.

Minimalism is distinguished by its industrial inspirations. It incorporates materials like steel, chrome, and lacquered plastics. While minimalist spaces can feel open and streamlined, they can also feel sterile and cold.

By contrast, modern Scandinavian seeks to move in the opposite direction. In creating a respite from winters of northern Europe, modern Scandinavian goes for a space that is open, but still lively.

It incorporates natural materials and organic shapes that appeal to the human eye on a basic level.

Minimalism can feel almost brutish in its utilitarian functionality, Scandinavian design is softer. It is cozy, without being overly rustic.

It is still defined by functionality but lends itself much more to a home than to a factory or a workplace. It typically allows for a wider range of colors than minimalism. Using bursts of blue as an accent is a trendy choice in Scandinavian design right now.

Further, if minimalism is industrial in nature, then Scandinavian is lived-in by contrast. Gently worn leathers and other natural textures are ways in which the style makes itself feel homier and more inviting.

If minimalism is embraced modernism, that Scandinavian subtly resists it. Its penchant for natural materials and organic forms is something of a throwback. It brings to mind the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. Which itself was a sort of post-romantic resistance to industrialization.

This places the two styles in contrasting positions.

A Homestead or a Workshop

While the two share some core similarities, the difference between them is primarily a matter of philosophy.

Minimalist design is an offshoot of an artistic movement that drew inspiration from the inorganic and was in part defined by its anonymity.

Modern Scandinavian came about in response to the environment. It was to provide a warm, inviting escape from a long, dark winter.

This difference in philosophy manifests itself in the choice of material, form, and color.

If you want to see more Scandinavian design, check out our 25 favorite Scandinavian style blogs. Or consider visiting our showroom to view examples of Scandinavian-infused design in person.

An Introduction to Himolla Furniture from Germany

Updated for 2020: European Leather Gallery is proud to be the United State’s Largest Himolla Dealer

In recent years, Americans have fallen in love with modern European design through the likes of mega stores like Ikea. Suddenly, hard-to-pronounce, mass-produced DIY furniture kits became the latest craze in home furnishings.

But, unlike Ikea, other time-tested European manufacturers have been humbly perfecting their craft for generations, offer the utmost in stylish, modern furniture, build products inherent with renowned quality, and bring incredibly comfortable furniture that’s uniquely suited for discerning modern families.

One of those manufacturers is Himolla. Himolla offers some of the most contemporary European designs available on the market, specifically made of the highest-grade leather and components, and yet, many people simply haven’t heard of this worldwide sensation. Read on as we introduce you to a leader, both in European styling and ultimate family comfort. We promise you won’t be left putting these show-worthy pieces together yourself.

Quick History of Himolla

In the mid 1940’s, a small community south of Munich in southern Germany called Taufkirchen saw the birth of a family-run furniture producer named Himolla. Himolla began manufacturing furniture on a simple premise – quality craftsmanship and innovation over stagnation. The company quickly grew in size to start mass producing upholstered furniture lines. By the 1970’s, Himolla was investing heavily in new buildings, fleets, and equipment to keep up with rising demand. It was during this time, Himolla would become one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of upholstery. By the early 2000’s, Himolla had grown its distribution to include more than 40 countries, worldwide. Today, Himolla USA continues to focus on its roots by producing artisan-inspired and fanatically-engineered armchairs and sofas centered around ultimate relaxation and built to last a lifetime.

What is Quality From Germany?

Germans are somewhat persnickety about quality. Even with furniture making, as a society they have even instituted laws around producing at a minimum standard of quality, which, compared to other countries, is actually quite high. Even so, Himolla design staff institute far stricter quality assurance standards for each piece of furniture to meet. From the first stitch of material through the final sale and delivery, Himolla embodies a culture of quality throughout the entire organization. Himolla stands proud to represent this culture in every product and every customer interaction. Employing some 3,000 workers, it can sometimes be difficult if not unwieldy to manage a company this size. But Himolla deploys continuous training programs and even a lengthy apprenticeship program to ensure workers are given the best tools available to make the best possible product for customers. This complete package means Himolla furniture is at the same time durable, as it is reliable, but also ingrained with unrivaled beauty inherent to its modern European designs.

In a World of Compromises, Himolla USA Makes None.

It has become commonplace in our society for consumers to have to fight businesses for even clear-cut warranty issues or simply to have a job finished in the manner agreed upon. Himolla doesn’t believe you should ever have to compromise form versus function or quality versus price and you should never have to fight for a warranty issue. Himolla builds some of the world’s most advanced ergonomic designs, engineered for a lifetime of faithful service. After putting their furniture and materials through a stringent series of tests affectionately known in-house as the “folterkammer”, or torture chamber, Himolla has absolute confidence each and every component will stand up to years of use for you and your family.

The torture chamber proving grounds includes:

  • Furniture covers that have seen abrasion testing over and over again so they withstand any and all abuses thrown at them.
  • Electrical components that are put through the most extreme conditions possible for days at a time, so you know they won’t fail when you simply need to relax.
  • Upholstery inside Himolla pieces that are compressed tens of thousands of times with heavy weights to make sure their cushions stay hard and remain at their intended height for years and years.
  • Critical foundation pieces like the frame and non-moving bearing components having to meet rigorous strength training involving hundreds of pounds of weights being summarily dropped on them thousands of times.

If a single component doesn’t meet Himolla standards, it’s back to the drawing board where a team of more than 100 research and development specialists continue to design, test, and improve the products again and again, year in and year out. Even with all of this testing, Himolla wants you to have peace of mind in your decision to purchase their furniture so offer a 5-Year guarantee on most all components of their furniture.

Himolla Furniture Frequently Asked Questions

Himolla stands for nothing less than perfection in design, function, and quality. Below we’ll explore some of our more frequently asked questions from your fellow discerning furniture buyers regarding Himolla furniture pieces.

What types of furniture does Himolla manufacture?

Designed for other-worldly comfort, Himolla offers pieces for both home and office. Himolla furniture from Germany is the global leader in luxurious furniture options including zero stress recliners, recliners with integrated footrests, recliners with footstools, and reclining sofa sets. Most pieces have integrated power systems to let you kick up your feet at the push of a button. While Himolla’s North American offerings are somewhat less than what they offer currently in Europe, European Leather Gallery continues to add new Himolla lines so be sure to check back for additional options.

How do you transform raw leather (rawhides) into a beautiful showpiece?

Sourced only from rawhide producers with the same quality mindset as Himolla, raw hides are first preserved in salt to prevent decay and sent to Himolla’s tannery. After cleaning, rawhides are softened in rotation barrels and get a water bath. Hair and dirt fall away and the hides are then rolled to remove any remaining impurities. As the pieces move down the assembly line, they are cut to fit into a thickening machine that splits the hides into a uniform thickness. Back to the baths where a special mineral bath is used to preserve and strengthen the now not-so-raw leather. Tanning takes about 24 hours after which hides are hung and then rolled to remove moisture. Next, a thin layer is shaved off and the hides folded, ready for coloring. Back into the barrels they go to receive color and oil for softness. 24 hours later, hides are placed on special stretching racks that gently stretch to remove wrinkles while hot air is circulated. At this point the leather is largely finished and can be used in different production capacities depending on the furniture piece. Watch the full process here.

How should I clean my Himolla furniture?

To maintain a fresh from the factory look, Himolla includes a free leather care kit with each purchase. Himolla recommends cleaning your furniture every 6 months and as soon as it arrives because it’s possible for a few months to have passed between when a piece is manufactured and arrives at your location. After the initial cleaning, maintaining your furniture with a quality leather care kit will keep each piece looking as fresh as the day it rolled off the factory floor. As a general rule of thumb, leather pieces should be wiped with a clean, dry cloth at least weekly to remove dust. Your leather care kit will include wipes to remove any dirt and body oils on the leather’s surface. As with a small child, be careful with any sharp objects around your leather furniture. While durable, a knife or pair of scissors can easily puncture your upholstery.

Where can I view the Himolla furniture lines European Leather Gallery carries?

European Leather Gallery carries a variety of different Himolla pieces including recliners, zero gravity chairs, and sofa sets. We are also continuing to add to our Himolla product line so be sure to check in often for the latest options. All of our Himolla products can be viewed under the Himolla Furniture tab in the navigation menu.

What is the Zerostress?

Everyone is different, yet most furniture is uniformly made for the masses. Your furniture should match you. After all, it will be apart of your life for years to come. Himolla’s Zerostress lines offer not only hundreds of color, fabric, and leather options, but can be form fitted especially for your body. When you kick back in a Zerostress recliner, perfectly molded to you, you are immersed in unparalleled relaxation. The experience is only made better knowing your favorite chair will stay as supportive and beautiful as the day you bought it for years.

Most every piece of Himolla furniture boasts the ability to independently adjust the unit’s footrest, backrest, and headrests – making the pieces completely form-fitting to your individual needs.

Ready to enter a world of absolute relaxation with Himolla Furniture?

Recline in lavish style while being mind-blowingly comfortable. Himolla offers the best in ergometric, stylish design mindfully engineered to last for years of enjoyment in your home. When you want the very best in fine, European furniture, skip the DIY furniture kit and step into the world of stress-free furniture that is Himolla. Contact a knowledgeable Himolla furniture specialist today for a complete listing of our current products and for the best prices available.

Decorating Tips: How to Mix Modern Scandinavian Decor With Existing Decor

Modern Scandinavian design was popularized in Europe and America in the 1950s, blending traditional Scandinavian style with the clean lines of modernism. The look is timeless and the feeling it creates in a room is so zen that it’s no wonder that modern Scandinavian design is still popular today!

You’ve seen the look in magazines and on HGTV. You want to incorporate Scandinavian designs into your own home, but you’re not ready to part with the pieces you have now.

But how do you blend the two together? How can you create harmony in your home with different styles of furniture and decor?

Read on to find out some of the best ways to bring a taste of modern Scandinavian design to your home without having to replace everything you already own!

Let There Be Light

One thing you’ll often notice in modern Scandinavian design is the abundance of neutral tones. Light neutral tones like white, tan, and soft grey maximize the natural light in a room. Dark neutral tones like black, brown, and charcoal should be saved for accent pieces to create visual contrast.

Paint your walls white if they aren’t already. Get rid of heavy curtains that may be blocking natural light and leave windows bare or covered with light, semi-transparent curtains. Finally, amp up your unnatural lighting with modern fixtures like hanging globe lights!

Reduce Clutter

Scandinavian decor is minimalistic and practical. If you have a lot of small accent pieces in the room you’re hoping to make a little more Scandinavian, consider redistributing them in other rooms or spacing them out so no one area looks too busy.

Ultimately, try to stay on top of your cleaning game. That doesn’t mean that you need to vacuum the rug and dust the bookshelf every day! It just means that you should cut down on the clutter like junk mail and stacks of magazines.

The lack of clutter is perhaps one of the most soothing aspects of modern Scandinavian design. Clutter has been shown to increase anxiety and irritability and having a clutter-free space to relax can really boost your calmness.

Bring in Natural Materials

If you’re looking for a few Scandinavian-style furniture pieces, think natural. Leather, wood, and metal are all suitable for a room with modern Scandinavian influence!

For a living room, look for couches and chairs with dark leather upholstery, like the Ekornes Stressless Recliner. For a dining room, look for a dining room table made of a light wood with clean, modern lines, like the Toscana Dining Table.

Natural textiles are also a great way to incorporate natural materials. Look for area rugs made of wool or sheepskin or add chunky wool-knit throw blankets to your seating area. Chances are, you already have some items like these–now it’s time to display them!

Mix Clean Lines with Organic Shapes

Part of what makes modern Scandinavian design look so neat and tidy is the use of clean lines and sharp angles. Look for couches, tables, and chairs that will give your room an almost geometric appearance.

That being said, too many clean lines may take you out of the Scandinavian zone and into something more modern industrial. Remember that Scandinavian design is heavily influenced by nature, and there are some seriously funky organic shapes in nature!

Don’t be afraid to hang onto some of your furniture or decor that has a rounded, jagged, or uneven shape. Use them to add some whimsy to your otherwise modern space!

Be Smart With Color

If you’re holding onto your old design elements while ushering in the new, you’re going to need to think hard about color. In most modern Scandinavian design, you’ll see pops of color like blue, green, and soft pink. Even those pops tend to have a minimalistic vibe, mixing a single bright color with more neutral tones.

So what do you do with your favorite prints that are both colorful and busy? Don’t worry, you don’t need to hide them away. You just need to use them wisely.

Use your brightly colored pieces to create contrast. Put together a gallery wall with a few of your brighter prints and a few neutral, minimalistic prints. Go for a cleaner look by framing your prints in single-tone black frames.

Remember that you’re not going for an exact Scandinavian look. It’s perfectly fine if your favorite decor doesn’t look like it walked out of a modern art museum! It’s all in the way you style it.

Go Green with Plants and Flowers

Once you’ve maximized the light, reduced clutter, and created a balance with your textures and colors, it’s time to add some plants and flowers!

Got any bowls or vases you’re incorporating into your modern Scandinavian design? Fill them with cut flowers!

Does your mantel look a bit bare after cutting down on clutter? Spruce it up with potted greenery!

Plantlife is the one thing you can go crazy with in Scandinavian design. If you’re having a hard time adjusting to the minimalist vibe, this is the best solution for you.

Go Modern Scandinavian Without Sacrificing Your Favorite Pieces

If you’re drawn in by the modern Scandinavian look but don’t want to get rid of everything you already own, don’t sweat it! There are plenty of ways to incorporate this clean, minimalist look into your home without doing a complete overhaul of your belongings.

Now that you know the different elements of modern Scandinavian design, it’s just a matter of picking the ones that suit your taste and your home the best. If you’re in the market for new furniture with a Scandinavian twist, contact us so that we can help you find the best pieces for the best prices!

Scandinavian Interior Design Trends You NEED to Know About for 2020

Time For a New Look

So you want to update the look of your living space, but you’re not sure where to start or what style you want to incorporate.

Maybe you need new furniture. You’ll have to decide between fabric and leather, or something more minimal.

Are you interested in updating your color schemes? What do you want to convey? Most people want to go with a neutral color scheme, something that isn’t too jarring. Here’s a hint, Light Blue is a great contrasting color to go with this season.

Beyond color schemes and furniture, you also need to figure out what kind of ambiance you want your environment to have. Some families are opting to make their living rooms tech-free and others want the most minimalist furniture possible (even getting rid of furniture completely).

A quick search for “interior design ideas” could cause anxiety for anyone — ideas and options are near endless. But for our tastes and interests, we love the design, styling, and aesthetics of Scandinavian design.

What is Scandinavian Design

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Scandinavian interior design has been a popular and influential part of design since the early 1900s. Unique design ideas and trends still come from that Nordic region of the world and change the ways that rooms across the world are decorated.

Here are just a few of those Scandinavian interior, decor, and furniture trends you might expect in 2020 and beyond.

LAGOM

One thing that is common in most design trends is having a “balanced” lifestyle. This is something that is stressed over when redesigning any room, in Sweden, they do it naturally.

But what, exactly is lagom? Well, lagom means “finding just the right amount,” which is an approach to life. Basically, it means not too little and not too much — “just right.”

This means living a lifestyle free from clutter but not so much so that you feel you absolutely have to get rid of something. The point is for it to feel right and balanced to you.

Incorporate Storage Into Your Decorating

Another wonderful design trend out of Scandinavia is the use of storage furniture as a focal point of your design scheme. Under normal circumstances, these pieces of furniture are a bit boring, but with a little ingenuity, you are able to make anyone want to copy your style. You can use anything from what was once a boring clothing basket to clothing racks in order to add some functional design to your living spaces.

Accenting With Bold Blue Colors

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What is the perfect accent color? Well, a favorite from Scandinavia is blue. A bright blue is often used in order to stand out in a brilliant way. A monochromatic scheme is fine, but throwing in that bright blue rug to contrast the white walls could be a wonderful addition.

Leather

Leather is a classic material, and a great Scandinavian trend is worn leather. Many Nordic interiors are transitioning to using worn leather. One great thing about worn leather is that it gives your home a wonderfully rustic feel, all without having that stuffy antique feel.

Feathers

Feathers have been catching on a little in the United States for a while, but they are also trending in Sweden. Everything from feather motifs to wall hanging decorations adds that nice texture to your home. You can work it into anything from your tabletop decorations to your wallpaper and even into your bedding. There is a definite trend of nature-inspired elements into any and every room.

Using Gray Colors for Your Walls

Grayscale has always held a special place in Scandinavian decorating. You are sure to have seen the black and white color scheme done many times before and may have been overdone. It’s a great thing, then, that grey walls are coming back into popularity. This is a great way to get the same appeal that comes with monochromatic design schemes without such stark contrast.

There is something about grey walls, white floors, and and black furniture to create a balanced monochromatic look. Choosing a perfect area rug will really finalize the look and bring the room together.

Going Tech-Free

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Nowadays, people are really concerned with going tech-free. Some family vacations are even centered around this fact, getting away from the technology and reconnecting with loved ones. This is also a way to balance yourself, just like the previously mentioned lagom lifestyle.

Having areas of the house, even if it’s just one room, designated as tech-free is a great way to get the same effect in your own home. This allows you to create a space that is truly customized for you. By removing the distractions of computers, phones, and television you are able to make the environment more warm and welcoming. These make for great spaces to unwind after a long day in a frenetic, tech-heavy world. You don’t have to stick with just one room either, we recommend making the bedroom as tech free as possible as well. Several studies show technology in the bedroom robs you of sleep, affects weight gain, affects your love life, and more.

Cottage, Finland Style

Most Scandinavian design revolves around Sweden and Norway, but Finland styles are beginning to trend just as much. Finland, said to be one of the happiest countries on the planet, has trending designs that focus on the outdoors. They have what has been referred to as “cottage culture.”

A lot of these designs incorporate communal living and eating spaces. They also utilize lights to simulate natural lighting. As stated, much of Nordic design takes a minimalist approach to everything, this includes tableware and decorations.

Whimsical Lighting Fixtures

Another popular trending coming out of Scandinavia is the use of whimsical and fanciful lighting. Asian light fixtures, like the giant paper lanterns, inspire many of these. My favorite place for these is around the dining table. These make for a lighter and happier atmosphere for family dinners.

Loving the Wood Slats

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You can line one of your walls with wood slats in order to give it a subtle serene feel. A great example of this is the Finnish Dream Hotel. They give of a wonderful ambiance that fans of Scandinavian design would love. This design doesn’t have to be overdone — it only takes one wall to change the entire feel of a room.

Tent Beds

Tent beds aren’t just for your little princess anymore. Kids and adults love falling asleep beneath one of those cute wood-stick tents that are coming out of Scandinavia. You can get this in many different styles and color schemes, but I’m particularly fond of the monochrome design schemes.

Graphic Calendars

You wouldn’t think it, but those over-sized Helvetica calendars are beginning to trend in a big way.

Highly customizable and easily affordable, these make for wonderful additions to living rooms, as well as for any kids room. First: they are functional — if you can’t remember if you have plans the next day, just glance at your calendar. These calendars can also double as “artwork” on the wall. Why would you ever deal with your standard phone calendar app when you could have a customized calendar sitting in front of you that brings real character to your living spaces.

Simple Art

We have already mentioned how monochrome color schemes and simplistic styling is used in Scandinavian decor and artwork is no different. Monochrome artwork has been on the rise, in both Scandinavian and American designs. Picking the right wall art is a conundrum for most amateur designers, but you can’t go wrong with black and white photography and monochrome images.

Scandinavian design has long been trendsetting, paving the way for many designers. Whether you want all of your furniture and decorations to be monochrome or you want to throw in one of those bright blue area rugs, you can’t go wrong with these Scandinavian interior design trends for the upcoming year.

5 Scandinavian Interior Design Trends to Stay On Top Of

The Scandinavian design has remained a prominent icon in the interior design universe.

These Nordic styles focus on neutral color schemes, paired with pops of calm colors and natural elements that bring the outdoors in.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the Scandinavian interior design is the concept of Hygge.

The word Hygge isn’t one that translates perfectly into English, but it references the feeling of coziness, simplicity, and warmth in a home.

Imagine a cool, rainy day spent cuddled next to a fireplace with fuzzy socks and a warm blanket. This is the feeling that is meant to be captured in the Nordic style, one of complete sufficiency, contentment, and warmth.

Learn how to infuse your home with five of the most recent trends in this traditional and minimalist style.

1. Pops of Blue

In the past, Scandinavian interior design consisted primarily of white, black, and wood. But, one new color has come to bring life into neutral spaces.

The perfect compliment for the pale, cool colors, blue promotes relaxation and breaks up the monotony of neutrals.

Consider incorporating a blue accent such as a rug, painting, or blanket to bring this deeply natural color into your peaceful space.

2. Gray Walls

This style usually emphasizes the dichotomy of black and white in terms of wall hue. However, gray walls are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative.

Gray is perfect to adhere to the overall theme while adding a level of unique beauty between the two predominant colors.

3. Worn Leather

There are few things in the world that blend as naturally and as beautifully as wood and leather.

These two elements of nature at a rustic charm to the Scandinavian style that would otherwise be overshadowed by the modern design.

The key is to find worn leather furniture that can provide the coziness that is the foundation of this interior design style, without sacrificing true quality.

4. Big Paper Lanterns

These large, white lanterns provide a modern and elegant alternative to regular chandeliers.

The placement of three to four of these in key spaces such as above a kitchen table is an ideal statement piece.

The lanterns come in different styles that can be customized to your preferences and placement.

5. Cacti

Last year, succulents completely dominated the indoor plant world. These resilient plants are not only hardy but also extremely unique.

However, their close cousins in the cacti family have slowly been gaining traction. Perhaps it’s the dangerous, yet innocent nature of cacti or perhaps it’s the pure beauty of these green life forms.

Either way, add small cacti to your space to bring the outdoors in while improving the aesthetic of the room.

Scandinavian Interior Design Principles

The key elements of all of these trends are the Nordic love of pale colors, nature, coziness, functionality, and contentment.

It can be easy to incorporate even a few of these design techniques to promote happiness and well-being in your home.

Simply invest in key elements that will bring make you feel “just right” rather than endless decorations that clutter and complicate your space. Keep it simple is the key piece of advice.

Check out European Leather Gallery’s high-quality leather furnishings to add to your new cozy little Scandinavian haven.

A Complete Guide to Designing the Perfect Dining Room

Recently Ekornes Stressless has launched a brand new Stressless Dining Tables and Chairs furniture line — with this awesome endeavor in mind, we at European Leather Gallery have decided to tackle a common design problem: How to Design and Layout the Perfect Dining Room.

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