On Your MARQ, Get Set, Design!

Hooker Furniture recently launched MARQ  – Modern. Aspirational. Refined. Quality. – a line of upscale, customizable modern upholstery exclusively for the interior design community.



Fully Customizable & Made in the U.S.A.
Manufactured in North Carolina, the 50-piece upholstery collection includes sofas, sectionals, dining chairs, accent chairs, ottomans and low-profile upholstered beds in a variety of modern and contemporary styles with crisp tailoring, refined scaling and premium quality. Fully customizable, pieces are available in a selection of 165 premium fabrics and seven wood finishes.


Designed for Today… Really
Designed to bring modern style to the real world, these on-trend, high-style pieces are perfect for the glorious gamut of everyday life.   



With just that in mind, the design experts have pulled together a few tips for furnishing and styling a variety of modern living rooms for today’s homes.

Five Tips For Styling the ‘Heart of the Home’
The living room is the heart of the home. It’s where your clients’ gather, relax and occasionally sneak in an afternoon nap or two. It’s also where they’ll want to share their personal style. Here are a few tips for helping them express their unique style in this essential gathering place.


1.   Natural Neutrals


Large windows, white walls and the contemporary Quinton Sectional in a neutral body cloth with a variety of pillows in rich terra cotta earthtones give this living room a clean, open and airy feel that is grounded in nature. Natural elements, by way of an acacia wood accent table, a white onyx cocktail table and simple greenery help bring the outdoors in.


2.   Go Bold



While it’s a little different from the traditional beige, black, and gray, navy used as a neutral offers a bold alternative. Here, the classic Zander Sofa is paired with coordinating accent chairs in a combination of different fabric textures and patterns for an eclectic, yet majorly sophisticated look.

Continue making a statement by adding bold wall art and rugs.  Daring patterns, bold hues, and large scale accents can help to make your clients’ living rooms feel rich and welcoming and appear even bigger, a major win for any designer!

3.   Float Furniture


Open up the flow of a large room by floating the sofa. Not only will it help define different areas of the room, it centers the focus and helps to eliminate awkward unused areas. With more room to walk around the furniture and the room, it ultimately results in a much more relaxed and welcoming space.

This living space, which showcases the Sebastian Sofa floating freely in the center of the room creates a feeling that is all at once intimate and spacious at the same time. Precisely tailored from every angle, Sebastian deserves to be the center of attention.  


4.   Make it flexible

For the client who is always looking to ‘change it up a bit,’ consider a modular seating solution that provides them with the flexibility to rearrange their space on their own.

Designed with a tight, deep box seat and a high back, the Zane Sectional offers an array of armless and corner pieces that are easy to reposition when they get that urge to make a change. Plus, the crisp tailoring requires no fluffing, primping or prodding to attain additional sectional nirvana. Add, subtract, mix and match and multiply individual pieces to get the look that’s a perfect fit for your client’s space.

5.   Play Some Tonal Tricks


Mixing dark and light hues can help create a dynamic look within a room and add depth and balance. Here, the use of many different shades of gray on the walls, curtains and upholstery accent pillows create a tonal harmony that makes the large space feel even more open.

And, speaking of large spaces, the Walsh sectional offers the perfect fit. Channeling the iconic conversation pit, circa 1960, Walsh’s pair of opposing tight-seat and back chaises flank an armless sofa to create this stately configuration. Sitting high on a wood-trimmed plinth base that seems to float the whole affair, this delightfully sprawling seating solution is perfect for spaces that are not horizontally challenged.

Bonus Tip: Add Some Kittens

Just kidding. But seriously, be cognizant about your client’s lifestyle. If they are pet lovers, be sure to select a durable performance fabric to help keep their new furniture looking as good as the day you installed it for many years to come.

Afterall, life happens, spills happen, even sunshine happens, all of which can wreak havoc on upholstery fabrics. Years ago, certain rooms were off-limits, except for special occasions. But with today’s more relaxed lifestyles, your clients like to live in every room of their homes. With that in mind, MARQ customizable upholstery pieces are available in a selection of 165 premium fabrics – 25 of which offer performance attributes that that resist stains, resist fading and clean easily.

Shipped directly from Hooker Furniture in Martinsville, Virginia, MARQ offers designers the convenience of purchasing furniture, mattresses and bed bases from one source, providing not only ease of ordering, but also an easier shipping process.

Want  to learn more about MARQ? Interior designers can set up an account with Hooker Furniture through their local sales representative for more information, including product pricing and details on HF Design Pro, a professional membership program that provides interior designers with additional exclusive benefits.

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