Refresh On A Budget

 

Refreshing your bedroom doesn’t have to be expensive. Just making a few small changes can make a big difference.

Here are some quick tips to get you stared!

  • Change the wall print or hang personalized artwork.
  • Add some pillows or change the pillow casing with a bold pattern.
  • Lay down an interesting area rug.
  • Change your bed sheets for a fresh look.
  • Elevate the look with green plants, fresh or silk flowers.
  • Bring some furry throws, embroider fabrics for texture.
  • Update window treatment: new blinds or curtains.
  • Put in a new lamp. Bedsides lamps are particularly cozy and useful as well.

These are extremely easy steps to do and you don’t have to be a design wizard to be successful.

Curve Appeal

Curvy furniture is a big design trend. A curvaceous chair adds great welcome comfort factor to any home.

Consider a tub chair in a luxurious velvet. It’s like sitting on a chair that is giving you a hug.  Studies have shown that curvy furniture evokes the feeling of relaxation over pieces that are linear, like a club chair.

If you have a contemporary style sofa, try incorporating a curvy chair in the space.  Mix up the styles in the room to keep it interesting.

Celebrate curves by having a circular coffee table in the space or a round ottoman.

Curvy furniture is eye catching when it’s mixed with straight line furniture.  Embrace this curvy trend and it will undeniably have curve appeal!

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth

Design Consultant at decorium

Ellen@decorium.ca

Decorating Using The Colour Green

’It’s Not Easy Being Green’  Decorating Using The Colour Green_

Decorating with the colour Green may seem a little intimidating, but it’s actually one of the most soothing colours to the human eye and it’s the easiest to create a variety of moods in any room.

The colour Green has the ability to be warm or cool; introduce a sense of calm or excitement; and to bring the outdoors and nature into your home.

Here are a few great colour combinations to help inspire you to use Green in your home:

– Mossy green and soft blue – brings in notes from nature such as the forest and the sky.

– Kelly green and white – creates a bright, fun, crisp look.  Great for the kitchen and living room.

– Sea-foam green and chocolate brown – creates a restful spa-like feel.  Great for the bathroom or bedroom.

– Lime green and soft pink – creates a light-hearted, playful look.  Perfect for anything from a bathroom to a child’s room.

Use it in small doses for Accent – such as in painted trim work, area rugs, pillows, accessories, or in natural florals and plants.

OR

Go Bold and decorate an entire room in Green for a chic, timeless look.  Paint your walls green and then layer in various other shades of green throughout the room using patterns and textures on fabrics and furniture.

With so many wonderful options like rich emerald, earthy moss, calming sage, and bright Kelly, it’s no wonder the colour Green is a favourite of designers’ to decorate with.

So, however you choose to use Green in your home; whatever the mood you’re trying to create, Don’t Be Afraid…it’s actually QUITE EASY BEING GREEN!!

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium

Beatrice@decorium.ca

Making A Statement With Art


Photos or canvas works make a great artistic statement in your home.

Art is colorful, bold and visual, but it can also be very personal.

When you decorate with art you not only add a new exiting element, you add something creative and intimate.

Bring a touch of uniqueness to your space by adding something that visually represents your attitude and character.

Select pieces that add bold visual interest, and complement your current decor.

Place artwork in blank areas to complete the space.

Art work can enrich an interior design space and provide a very special and exclusive ambiance.

 

Article Written By: Renata Biala 

Design Consultant at Decorium

Renata@decorium.ca

Summer Colours – Keep the Season Going

Just because Summer is almost over, it doesn’t mean your home has to lose the sun indoors.  Keep your home cheerful and bright, and evoke an everlasting summer with these decor ideas.

Flowers and Plants

Bring nature inside with potted plants and fresh flowers.  Spread green throughout your home with easy to maintain succulents or other bursts of green. Buy a fig tree or a palm tree for tropical decor in your home .
Take flowers one step further with pillows or floral wallpaper .

 

Brilliant Colours

Yellow is the most obvious colour to use to inject sunshine into you home. Don’t go overboard, rather use it as an accent in vases or art.

Pastel Colours

Add pops of colour like blush pink, aqua or lilac.  Use pretty pastels or shades of blue in a living room.  An occasional chair or even a sofa in pink will keep the summer feel in your space.

Mirrors

Bounce the light around with the placement of mirrors .

Summer holidays

Did you go on vacation this summer?
Perhaps Niagara on the lake, Greece, to the cottage in blue mountain or elsewhere… Wherever you went, print pictures and put them in frames as a reminder of happy summer memories in your family room .  Every time you look at these photographs it will conjure up warm feelings!

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth 

Design Consultant at Decorium

Ellen@decorium.ca

Back to School

Summer is quick ending and an exciting new year of school and university is approaching very fast. That’s right it’s back to school already!

Getting the room ready for studying could be interesting and challenging at the same time.

Starting with a desk and a comfortable chair is the first step.

Depending on the size of the room, the best place for the desk is by the window.

A comfortable and supportive chair is the most important piece to choose.

It has to be suitable for sitting for a long periods of time.

The room will also benefit with some bright pictures and lighting; an aspect that is extremely important and often overlooked.

The right table lamp is great to start with because it can be both bright and beautiful at the same time.

It’s always a good idea for your study room to be comfortable and inviting.

Good luck!

Article Written by: Alla Wolfson

Design Consultant at Decorium

Alla@decorium.ca

Think Pink

Pink has been one of the most popular hues of the year. This hue is a beautiful pastel color that lends a soft and feminine touch to any decor.

Pink has developed more power than ever, and you can see its big influence in the fashion, beauty and interior design industry.

You can often see pink paired with neutrals, soft textures and metallics. To decorate your room you can start with accent pillows, throws or benches.  Once you’re ready, you can move on to bold piece of furniture that will make a statement in the room.

 

Article Written By: Renata Biala 

Design Consultant At Decorium

Renata@decorium.ca

Decorating For The Whole Family

If you live alone, as I do, selecting the perfect furniture for your home is fairly simple; if I like it, I buy it…BOOM…DONE!

If, on the other hand, you a have a spouse or family, it can make choosing furniture for your shared living spaces a bit more complicated.  Everyone has an opinion; spouses, children, parents, in-laws, siblings…sometimes even your neighbours. They all want to give you their opinion on what you should or shouldn’t put in your home.

When choosing furniture for your home, especially in shared living spaces such as the living, dining, family room, and kitchen, it’s important to ensure that all members who will have use of that space get a voice on what you choose…after all, it’s their home too!

It’s all about BALANCE.

Here are a few tips that can help you to choose the right furniture that will make everyone happy:

  1. Keep larger, signature pieces (such as sofas) neutral in colour, as it works with both feminine and masculine decor.
  2. Balance light and dark values when choosing accent colours.  This creates a palette that feels both light and airy, as well as dark and bold.
  3. Mix textures and patterns. Combine florals with geometric patterns on items such as toss pillows, bedding, drapes, and area rugs.
  4. Keep it simple! Choose transitional or contemporary furniture with clean, straight lines.  This creates an uncluttered decor and will stand the test of time with changing trends and tastes.

Although decorating for the entire family may seem like a decorating dilemma, it’s really quite simple.  You just need to remember to find a happy medium; consider the energy you’re hoping to achieve and who will be using the room.

Everyone’s opinion is important; your spouse, kids, even the family dog…your neighbour? Not so much!!

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium

Beatrice@decorium.ca

How Do You Want Your Room to Feel?

 

It’s not always “what do you want your space to look like”, but rather “how do you want your room to feel?”  Interiors are more than just how the space looks.  Do you want your room to look comfortable and calm so at the end of the day you can relax?  Perhaps, you desire a coastal beachy feeling in the room. 


Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a client who 
lived in the Caribbean for thirty years and now she resides in a condo living on the 30th floor in a high rise.  She overlooks Lake Ontario and loves the breathtaking view of the water.  She fell in love with a blue sectional for her space with toss pillow in different shades of blue, because it reminds her of being at home.  It’s possible to create a feeling with colour. 


Would you rather be at the cottage?  If so, you can incorporate some rustic items in your space to 
make it feel more like you’re there.  Would you like to be in Florida?  Try putting some green palm trees in your space.  No matter the style of your furniture,  if  a room has a good feel to it, it will always be an inviting home.

 To quote the Beach Boys song In My Room, on the album Surfer Girl

There is a place I can go to veg or chill!

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth 

Design Consultant at Decorium

Ellen@decorium.ca

How to add colour to a room

When you want to decorate one of your rooms, the big question you should ask yourself is: what colour should I choose?

Even though your choice will depend on the room you are working with – as certain colours are more suitable depending on what you are planning to use the room for, like resting , sleeping ( blues, greens), entertaining, eating, studying ( bright reds, yellows, oranges), – there is always a way to add some color.

The safest way is to start with neutrals. It is timeless and sophisticated as well. Next, you’ll want to choose a punch of colour, by selecting an accent wall, introducing colour with toss pillows, throws, area rugs, accessories, art work, etc.

Another way to add colour to a room is by taking the upcoming season into consideration, because there are specific colours for every season we go through.

A big Holiday like Christmas or Chanukah can always give us some inspiration to add a little extra colour to a room.

It is always easier and less costly to change accessories than furniture. It keeps you in a good mood and it is uplifting as well. Change is always good.

Article Written by: Adriana Glait

Design Consultant at Decorium

Adriana@decorium.ca