Summer brings baseball, beaches and barbeques, which means lots of guests, sunscreen, and ice cream. Is your living room ready?

When the Little League team comes to celebrate a win, the teens come home from the beach or the family gathers for a cookout, your furniture gets lived in. To ensure you’ll love it for years, consider style, comfort, flexibility and cleanability.

Want to impress visitors with a summer style upgrade? For a fresh look, choose the major pieces in fresh white or muted neutrals such as beige, pale grey and blush pink. Then add a pop of color - refreshing cobalt blue or a zing of orange - with ottomans, pillows, and patterned side chairs. Nail-head trim is back in a big way, too.

Many furniture styles deliver cozy comfort with big cushions, roomy sectionals, pillow backs, and tufted arms. Make sure you choose pieces large enough to fit your gang - there are options up to 102” in a sofa or 158” in a sectional. Speaking of which, sectionals are tops in flexibility.

Many offer the option to mix and match pieces to fit your space and your lifestyle. Consider our Urban Options Design Your Own (DYO) choices that let you mix and match furniture detail to suit your style. Choose from five arm styles, three back styles and two base styles. Then choose your frame type and seat configuration and you have a custom look that hits all your personal design bases.

Lastly, for cleanability and durability, you can’t beat performance fabrics like Kashmira®, Crypton®, Sunbrella® and iClean®.