Choose your furniture in function of your lifestyle. If you have children or pets, you should buy furniture that is stain resistant. Choose darker colors so stains or scratches are less noticeable. If you do not have pets or children, do not hesitate to purchase some lighter colors if this is the style you want. Look for colors that will still look good in a few years from now. Brightly colored furniture can seem like a good idea at the time of your purchase but you will quickly get sick of it.You can brighten up a room and change the whole look by simply adding a few throw pillows, a new side table or an accent piece. You can even add new wall pieces just to spruce up the space. Environmentally friendly furniture is quite popular today. However, watch out for ads that are misleading. If you are environmentally conscious or you want to "go green", then look for furniture that is certified by Oeko Tek or the FSC.This helps you quickly decipher whether or not this purchase will help the green movement. Make sure your potential furniture purchase has quality craftsmanship by checking out a few details. Are the buttons on it sewn to it to where they won't fall off. Is the trim even all the way around. If not, that particular piece is likely one to be avoided as it is not constructed with quality in mind. When you want to get a high-quality chest of drawers, make sure that the sides of the drawers are joined by dove-tails.Scientific Certification Systems uses an SCS label. Also look for SmartWood certification by the Rainforest Alliance. The Green Seal organization also verifies furniture, simply saying Green Seal on the label. If you are in desperate need of furniture but cannot afford it, thing about renting it. Many rental companies, like Rent-A-Center or Aaron's, allow you to rent sofas, beds, chairs, and other furniture without having to pay up front.