Interior Design Trends

There’s plenty of reasons to shop at Star Furniture, including everything from our extensive selection of high-quality furniture to our exclusive interior design resources. In addition to our free furniture arrangement tool and our robust home design blog, Star Furniture also offers in-store complimentary interior design services to our customers. We sat down with Lucia Gentry, an interior design expert at our Clear Lake location to discuss the Star Furniture experience, home décor trends she loves, easy interior design tips, and her favorite furniture collections for sale at Star.

What’s one new design trend you love this year?

I’m excited that grey has made a comeback for interior wall paint color. People are choosing light and cheerful furniture with modern and traditional styles to complement grey walls. The kitchens in new homes and the Harvey remodels are mostly white with dark grey islands and accents.

What is one easy tip anyone can implement to design a beautiful home?

Wow! I wish there was one easy home design tip. Come to Star Furniture to find the look and comfort you want to convey in your home. Start with inspiration from Google, Houzz, home furnishing magazines, and Pinterest. When you’re ready to begin decorating, choosing a rug first is always a great place to start.

What are some of your current favorite furniture pieces available at Star Furniture?

I love working with the Hooker Chatelet Collection and Kincaid Weatherford. They both have a large selection of beautiful pieces for every room in the house. The farmhouse style of the Kincaid and the rustic charm of the Chatelet, along with the greys, whites, and warm wood tone finishes tend to mix well with a variety of collections and decorating styles.

What’s your favorite part of working for Star Furniture?

The people I’ve gotten to know and assist over the years; helping them create beautiful rooms and enjoyable homes.

Lucia Gentry Interior Designer

Visit a Star Furniture store in Houston, Austin, San Antonio or Bryan, Texas to find great deals on high-quality furniture from brands like Modern, Rachael Ray Home, and Trisha Yearwood Home. You can also follow our interior design blog for articles on how to make the most of a small kitchen, dining room furniture ideas, and plenty of other home design tips. Start shopping today!

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best mattress for back pain

Lower back pain can develop whether you sleep on your back, stomach, side, or some combination of the three. Because people have different styles of sleeping, there is no one-size-fits-all best mattress for back pain. That being said, medium firm mattresses are generally best for preventing back pain, and memory foam mattresses tend to be better than traditional innerspring mattresses. By pinpointing your sleeping position, you can help determine which mattress might work best for you.

Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers with Back Pain

best mattress for back sleepers

You’re in luck if you tend to sleep on your back, as many medical professionals agree that this sleeping position is the most conducive to spinal health. But just because you sleep on your back doesn’t mean you don’t experience back pain. If you’re a back sleeper who experiences lower back pain, we recommend sleeping on a medium firm, memory foam mattress. The medium firmness level in a memory foam mattress allows it to contour to your spine, and unlike innerspring mattresses, the memory foam will remain intact for much longer than an innerspring mattress, which means you’ll experience the positive benefits longer.

Mattress Suggestions for Back Sleepers
Tempur-Flex Contour

Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers with Back Pain

best mattress for side sleepers

While back sleepers don’t typically contribute to their back pain while sleeping, sleeping on your side can greatly increase the potential for back pain. That’s because sleeping on your side introduces additional curves and pressure points that can lead to pain and injury. In addition to back pain, side sleepers tend to experience hip and shoulder pain as well. Finding the balance between something firm enough to prevent back pain but soft enough to accommodate contouring will be key.

Mattress Suggestions for Side Sleepers
Tempur-Cloud Prima
Serta IComfort Blue 100

Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers with Back Pain

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Without proper support, stomach sleeping can cause serious back pain and even spinal issues. That’s because stomach sleeping puts extra pressure on parts of your spine. In fact, while many people with back pain attempt to sleep on their stomach to provide temporary relief, long-term stomach sleeping can make existing pain even worse. While medium firmness is generally recommended to prevent back pain, stomach sleepers should consider mattresses that exist somewhere between medium and extra firm, as the extra support can help increase comfort.

Mattress Suggestions for Stomach Sleepers
Tempur-ProAdapt Firm
Serta IComfort Blue 300


At Star Furniture, we do everything we can to simplify the complex mattress-shopping experience. Ask our expert staff about mattress sizestypes of mattresses, and mattress life spans, and browse our extensive mattress collection today. You can also check out our interior design blog for more information about how to take care of your new mattress.

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Feng Shui Furniture Arrangement Guide

At its core, Feng Shui is a practice that embraces the idea that our homes mirror our inner lives. By directing the energy of our home, we can influence our internal energy. While Feng Shui can seem abstract and complicated, understanding these Feng Shui basic principles can inform different interior design ideas and serve as a practical guide to home décor.

Eliminate Clutter

One of the most important aspects of Feng Shui is a clutter-free foundation. While it’s important to have meaningful items in your home to achieve Feng Shui, there needs to be a clutter-free system of organization. Depending on what room you’re designing, you can utilize bookshelves, coffee tables, dressers, and china cabinets to help organize your belongings in an aesthetically pleasing way. You’ll want to choose an array of shapes and materials that make good use of your specific space.

Focus on Flow

In traditional Feng Shui, you always want to accommodate the notion of Chi, or Universal Energy. Practically speaking, this means making sure that people can easily pass through your room without running into anything or getting “stuck.” Traditionally speaking, this means avoiding long, straight lines, and opting instead for curved lines whenever possible. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid main doors directly in line with the back door, a mirror facing the main door, or stairs facing the main door. You’ll also want to make sure that the furniture in public spaces is arranged in a way that facilitates conversation and relaxation.

Let Light In

Ample natural light is one of the main Feng Shui principles. Even if you’re designing a space with few windows, you can still find ways to utilize the natural light and add additional layers of light with table lamps, floor lamps, and overhead lighting. Smartly-placed mirrors are a great way to amplify natural lighting in your home to better achieve Feng Shui. You’ll also want to choose lamps that light outward, rather than pointing straight down to avoid targeted lighting all in one spot.

While Feng Shui can be quite complicated for the beginner, utilizing some of these more basic principles of Feng Shui can help you transform your space. When you start the planning process, be sure to use our complimentary furniture placement tool to try out different furniture arrangements before making any decisions. In fact, you can even take advantage of complimentary interior design services from our team of home design experts.

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We know how hard you work! Visit Star Furniture during our Labor Day Furniture Sale, where you’ll find high-quality furniture to help you enjoy your down time. These 10 pieces of furniture are perfect for helping you relax outside of work hours.

Gotham 3-Piece Chaise Sectional

White Chaise Sectional For Sale

The work/life balance can be incredibly challenging, but having a comfortable space to gather with family and friends can make it easier to build strong, rejuvenating relationships. This 3-piece sectional from Gotham is durable, stylish, and comfortable, making it the perfect addition to your living room.

Paula Deen Dogwood Ottoman

Patterned Paula Deen Ottoman

Especially if you’re working on your feet all day, the Paula Deen Dogwood Ottoman is just what you need so you can put your feet up and relax. You’ll love the traditional style, fun pattern, and removable tray storage.

Dani Velver Chaise

Chaise Lounge for sale

When you work hard every day, it can be difficult to remember to take the time to relax. That’s why we recommend creating a designated space to lay down and take it easy. We can even help you learn how to design your own reading nook for just this purpose. With the Dani Velver Chaise, you can quickly add an inviting piece to your space to encourage relaxation.

Trisha Yearwood Coming Home 5-Piece Dining Room Set

Trisha Yearwood Dining Set Texas

Eating a homemade meal can be a great way to unwind after a hard day at work. This dining room set from the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection allows you to bring the whole family together for a delicious meal together.

Picasso Prairie Leather Recliner

Brown Leather Recliner

Whether you’re watching the big game, binge-watching your favorite television show, or sitting back with a crossword puzzle, lounging in this brown leather recliner is the perfect antidote to work stress.

Yellow Rose Phoenix Cushion Firm Euro Top Mattress Set 

Ywllow Rose Phoenix Mattress

If you’re working hard every day, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep to stay well-rested and productive. This Yellow Rose Phoenix mattress is designed exclusively for Star Furniture, and once you sleep on it, you’ll know why we call it the most comfortable mattress in Texas.

Joplin 4-Door TV Stand

Joplin TV Stand

Vegging out in front of the television is a time-honored relaxation technique. This Joplin TV Stand features cabinet storage, a vibrant blue finish, and the space you need to display your flat screen television.

Smart Bookcase

Display Bookshelf

If you love escaping into a good book, this Smart Bookshelf from Star Furniture is the perfect fit for your home. Display your favorite books or use the shelves for storing your favorite board games and knickknacks.

Rachael Ray Home Highline Kitchen Island

Rachael Ray Kitchen Island

Even though you may be exhausted after getting home from the office, many people find that preparing a meal can help them unwind. This Rachael Ray Kitchen Island gives you the extra space you need to work your magic in the kitchen. We bet you’ll find good use for the built-in wine cabinet, too.

Rockford Power Lift Desk

There’s something to be said for keeping your home and work life separate, but we don’t always have that luxury. If you need to do some work from home, this Rockford Power Life Standing Desk allows you to stand or sit while you get things done.

In addition to taking advantage of special Labor Day furniture savings through September 11, you can also make the most of Star Furniture’s year-round perks. Enjoy free interior design services from our team of home design experts, access to our complimentary furniture arrangement tool, and our exclusive blog, which features interior design tips and furniture trends.

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Embrace the Traditional with our Arch. Salvage Furniture Collection

August 20, 2018

If you’re looking to furnish your home with traditional furniture, look no further than the Arch. Salvage collection at Star Furniture. These sophisticated pieces pair European architectural detailing with practical functionality. In fact, they’re designed to “salvage” different architectural flourishes and implement them into unrelated pieces for a vintage furniture look and feel. Arch. Salvage […]

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Table Lamps, Floor Lamps, & Ceiling Fixtures to Light Up Your Living Room

August 13, 2018

Getting the lighting right in your home or apartment can make all the difference. In addition to adding an element of style to your home décor, table lamps, floor lamps, and chandeliers can supplement traditional overhead lighting and the natural light of the room to create the perfect ambiance. Table Lamps (Left to Right: Eastland […]

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5 Popular Accent Chairs to Complement Your Living Room

August 7, 2018

Nothing ties a living room together quite like an accent chair. At Star Furniture, you can browse accent chairs of every style, including everything from mid-century modern to more traditional furniture. Here’s five of our favorite home accent pieces. Andrea Script Wingback Chair    Choosing an accent chair with distinct patterns can help make your […]

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Making the Most of Your Space: The Best Furniture for a Small Kitchen

July 30, 2018

Whether you’re living in a house or apartment, small kitchens can pose a lot of problems, especially when it comes to functionality and storage opportunities. These small kitchen ideas from the interior design experts at Star Furniture will help you make the most of your space. Choose the Right Kitchen Furniture Even if your kitchen […]

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Trend Alert: Reclining Sectionals, Sofas, Loveseats, and Chairs

July 23, 2018

After a busy day at work, nothing beats lounging around on the couch with the people you love. It’s no surprise then that people are combining classic reclining with more modern furniture so they can enjoy reclining sectionals, sofas, loveseats, and chairs. Here are a few of our favorite reclining furniture pieces. Reclining Sectionals Whether […]

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How to Take Care of Your New Mattress

July 16, 2018

If you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep, it can be hard to stay happy, healthy, and productive. But it’s not just having an old mattress that prevents you from getting the rest you need. These tips from the furniture experts at Star Furniture can help you learn how to take care of your new […]

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