Brass, a hot trend this year.

This year, brass is the key colour. It brings own elegance and warmth to your decor. Today’s most popular brass finishes are soft with a bit of patina. It’s warm sheen can make a room seem livelier, and cozy at the same time.

You can use brass for:
– pictures
– mirror frames
– light fixtures, kitchen accents
– drawer handles
– occasional tables
– vases and more!

Brass pairs well with lots of colours, like cream and grey. My favorite combination is Brass with any shades of Blue.

The best thing about brass is that, when done in a tasteful manner, it never goes out of style.

Article Written by: Renata Biala

Design Consultant at decorium

renata@decorium.ca

Mirrors

When decorating our homes, there are so many items to think about.  Some are functional, some are fashionable, and some we just can’t live without to make our homes feel complete.

MIRRORS are one of these things.

From the great Palace of Versailles, Maria Antionette was definitely onto something when she created the Hall of Mirrors.  However, if your home doesn’t have soaring ceilings or gigantic windows, there is no better decorating trick to make a space seem roomier and amplify light, than a well-placed mirror. It can also be used as an eye-catching focal point in any room.

Here are a few tips on how to decorate your home using mirrors:

  1.  Use large mirrors in a small room – this can reflect light and give the illusion of more space.
  2.  Make it a focal point – an oversized floor mirror, resting against the wall, can really dress up a space and add instant visual square footage.
  3. Mirrors on a gallery wall – this adds visual interest and reflects natural light if placed across from a window.
  4. Go bold with shapes – don’t limit yourself to round or rectangular mirrors, get creative by choosing geometric shapes, such as stars, and bold frames to create impact.
  5. Place mirrors smartly – make sure it reflects a nice view or bounces light in the room.
  6. Use mirrors in narrow hallways and staircases – this adds depth and can create a smooth flow from room to room.
  7. Place mirrors in the entrance way – this brightens up the entrance of your home and gives a welcoming feeling.

So, mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?  With no shortage of design and styling ideas, mirrors are magical and are one of the few decorating elements that can work wonders in every room of your home!

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola 

Design Consultant at Decorium 

beatrice@decorium.ca

Accent Chair Styles

 

One way to add comfort , function and style to your living room is with an occasional accent chair.  The same profile chair can have three UNIQUE looks.

 

If your taste is Traditional, then you can have a classic button tufted back.  If you prefer a transitional look, then you can choose a tight back.  Another style that is on trend right now is a channel back. If you like a sleek and stylish chair, you can try looking at any of these styles in leather upholstery.

There are numerous fabrics, leathers and wood finishes to make these chairs just the way you want them to look.  Make a statement in your living room by customizing a one of a kind piece. if you don’t know where to start, here’s a tip… one colour that is trending right now, and in high demand, is blush pink. With so many options to choose from, you can really create a look all your own!

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth

Design Consultant at Decorium

ellen@decorium.ca

Downsizing

 

Moving can be very frustrating and difficult, especially when you’re downsizing from a bigger home.


Typically the first couple of things people discover when downsizing, is that the new storage space is not big enough and the furniture that fit  your old home, seems too big and not suitable for the space you have now.

Whether this is an issue or not, depends on how you look at the whole picture.

The best part about this type of endeavor, is that you finally get to see and go through all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, and get rid of the things you find useless.

Decorating your new space could be challenging but exciting at the same time. There is a lot of pieces designed specifically for the “smaller spaces solutions”. Even sectionals can be configured to fit a smaller room, like a two seater with the a chaise.

By adding a stylish modern chair you will create a sensible and beautiful living room. Lastly, don’t forget to add a colorful rug and some lighting to brighten up the room.

New place!  New beginnings!

Enjoy!

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson

Design consultant At Decorium

alla@decorium.ca

How to effectively stylize odd corner spaces

 

With a little bit of creativity and imagination, every odd corner in your home can be transformed into something purposeful. Corners can be cleverly occupied and used, or totally awkward and wasted. Eliminate the awkward and make sure your corners are serving you as best they can.

Below are few effective furniture and or accents which you can add to your odd corner spaces, to make them more functional or simply to just stylize the space and not leave it empty.

Stylize with unique accents:

Uniquely styled accents can be part of these corner spaces, which can make bold statement to the dead space. Area around the staircases are either curved or straight angled, however, placing a round curved chaise or a bench with an accent table or lamp can simply add life to this corner.

Gallery of picture frames:

An interesting collage can be created with the use of family picture frames or abstracts frames, with the extension of frames on both the sides of a corner wall. Combining with bold colorful wall art within the collage, or a clock, can be an interesting eye-catching addition.

Indoor plants:

Either one oversized indoor plant or a set of three with different heights or size can also be a great space filling addition. Tall plants create a beautiful scale around the staircase area, while grouping small plants together, makes a beautiful home garden.

Building corner with shelving units:

Shelving units stretched on either sides of the corner wall can add convenient storage space as well as a pretty accent display wall. Putting a shelf in your kid’s room can be a useful storage tool, while placing it in the library or home office can make it a wonderful display shelf.

Article Written By: Rajvi Patel

Design Consultant at Decorium

Rajvi@decorium.ca

How to Choose the Right Lighting

Choosing the proper lighting for your living space is a key element to making your room look it’s best.  Proper lighting enables you to perform tasks more effectively, makes you feel safe and comfortable, and helps set the mood in your space.

Lighting, when it’s done right, is rarely noticed, but when the lighting is poor, you notice it immediately.

When choosing the appropriate lighting fixtures, it’s important to determine what your lighting goals are.  Here are a few tips on how to incorporate the 3 layers of lighting in each room:

  1. AMBIENT (indirect) Lighting – This is the most common type of lighting and is usually the first lighting chosen for a room.  It’s used for ambiance and overall lighting of a space, by filling it with a flat, natural light.
  • Lighting Types: recessed ceiling lights; chandeliers and pendants; wall sconces and wall lights.
  1. TASK (direct) Lighting – This is usually a smaller, more focused light, used to illuminate a space where you are trying to work or perform a task.
  • Lighting Types: under-cabinet lighting in a kitchen; floor lamp next to a reading chair; vanity light above a mirror in the bathroom; desk lamp.

  1. ACCENT Lighting – This is used to add drama to a room and to illuminate pieces you want to display or highlight, while leaving other areas in shadow.
  • Lighting Types: table lamps; picture lights; recessed or track lighting with adjustable fittings.

Whether you’re planning a whole-house makeover, or just want to improve the lighting in a particular room, a good lighting plan will enhance every room in your home and make it feel warm and inviting.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola 

Design Consultant at Decorium,

Beatrice@decorium.ca

Metal finish trends for 2018

Mixing metal finishes continues to be a popular trend in home decor. From furniture to fixtures, lighting, hardware and all accessories, copper, gold, brass, all work together. 

 

If you are going this route remember to pick one dominant metal to carry the room, and use other accents to embellish the style.

Sticking to just one metal can be boring.

Have fun with your decor by mixing up the hues.

 

Article Written By: Renata Biala

Design Consultant at Decorium

renata@decorium.ca

How to decorate your home, on a strict budget

There is always a way to decorate your home , even if you are on a strict budget. The first step should be to look at every room that you want to change and make a list of what you would like to achieve.


The list of priorities is necessary specially when you want to decorate the whole house. Lets start with the kitchen for example. Ideally you would like to change it all, but we are working on a strict budget, so you could either freshen up the cabinets with a coat of paint, or you can just change the chairs that are around the kitchen table , or you can buy different counter stools to set around the island. With only one small change , your kitchen will look completely different.

If you have the type of living room, full of old furniture to the point that you can hardly spend a couple of minutes in it, there are some easy ways to clean up the space, without replacing and removing everything. If you love your old furniture, and don’t want to part ways with all of it, keep only the pieces that you like the most, or the ones that are in good shape.  Once you’ve chosen what you’re keeping, change the toss pillows, or move the furniture around, add a nice area rug, or just change your old ottoman for a glass coffee table. Revitalizing a room can be just that simple. You can even freshen up your bathroom by just changing the shower curtain.


As I said before, small decorating tips can freshen up your home and still keep your budget to your needs.

 

Article Written By: Adriana Glait

Design Consultant at Decorium

adriana@decorium.ca

Extra Seating

Creating extra seating can sometimes be a challenge, especially in small spaces.

When it comes to providing some extra seating in these types of spaces, think benches, ottomans & stools, as they can be used in a variety of ways. Not only can an ottoman or a grouping of stools be a great place to put your feet up after a hard day’s work, when company comes they can be used as extra seating.

Using a long storage bench at the bottom of your bed, if space allows, can be convenient for storing extra bedding, or in the foray for winter scarfs, gloves, or kids’ outdoor toys.

 

 

There are so many ways to find a solution to the dilemma of extra guests dropping by when you least expect it. Where do they sit?

With the right pieces you can avoid cluttering up the room by adding a nice accent that can be utilized in a variety of useful ways.

Think about the maximum people you might have to entertain, now look for the perfect ottomans, poufs, or benches that are the right fit & feel for your home. These types of accents can be conveniently & comfortably turned into added seating, even at the dining table.

 

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald

Design Consultant at Decorium

jane@decorium.ca

Summer Decor

Summer is here! Finally we get to see the sunshine, green trees and flowers blooming!

 

Now it’s time to bring the summer mood into the house and make some changes to your home decor. Accessories are the easiest and best way to begin freshening up any and every room in the house.

 

It’s ideal to start with the rooms where you and your family spend the most time together, like the family room.

 

A bright new rug with some bright new accent toss cushions for the sofa will change the room in an instant!

 

The dining room can be brightened up with some new vibrant colored paintings and fresh flowers on the table.

 

The bedroom can be revived with new bedding in bright summer colors like green, pink and yellow.

 

Whatever the changes you will make, big or small, bright colors will change the house and put you in a happy and joyful mood!

 

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson 

Design Consultant at Decorium

alla@decorium.ca