Keeping your home warm and cozy when it’s cold outside

Keeping your home warm and cozy when it’s cold outside

With colder temperatures outside we find ourselves rushing home more quickly to the comfort and warmth that awaits us.  Here are a few quick ways to create your own sanctuary that will feel cozy even on the chilliest of days:

Use soft plush textures to create a cozy atmosphere. Fabrics like velvet and wool inherently have a natural warmth that will feel luxurious on a cold day. Velvet pillows are an excellent way to make you living room inviting, while faux fur items, like an ottoman, will add texture to your room.

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Warm colours can be a powerful tool in creating atmosphere. Tones like pink, orange and red automatically generate a bit of heat.

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Decorate your dining table with lots of candles to create the ambiance of warmth, and some literal heat!

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If you live in a condo, try flipping on the fireplace channel for a great mood setting effect.

Add pictures of family and friends to bring an emotionally warm and homey feeling to the room.

Whether you’re relaxing or entertaining, these ideas will create a warm and inviting environment, year round.

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth, 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

Ellen@decorium.ca

Coffee Table Alternatives – Thinking “Outside The Box”

It’s a known fact that there are some items a home can’t be without, in order to provide convenience and comfort. The coffee table is one such piece of furniture.  You can eat on it, work on it, store interesting books and accessories on it, etc…etc.  But this doesn’t mean you have to be limited to a boring old square table!  Here are a few alternatives you can use:

 

Ottoman – great if you like to prop up your feet when watching t.v. or reading.

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Poufs – these are easy to move around where needed.  They’re very chick and, in a pinch, can be used as extra seating.

 

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Side tables – grouping small side tables side-by-side gives the illusion of one table, while at the same time it looks lighter.  Use mismatched tables or alternate heights for a creative look.

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Ceramic Garden Stools – in a small space use one.  If you need more space, group a few together of the same height to create a more eclectic look.

 

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Trunks – these are great for extra storage and add a nice touch of style.

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Whatever your style, when deciding on a coffee table for your living room, ‘Think Outside the Box’ to add interest and surprise to your home….the list is endless!!

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge, 

Beatrice@decorium.ca

Stressless Deal

If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of sitting in a Stressless, now is the opportune time to do so. Until March 6, you can go from one level of luxurious leather to a higher grade, or from fabric to leather, at no cost. With four different grades of leather in the most beautiful colours you could ever imagine, it’s wast to imagine integrating the ultimate comfort of Stressless into your home.

 

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What Kind Of Bed Should I Get For My Child’s Bedroom?

Faced with a difficult decision of furnishing your child’s bedroom? Do you go with a trendy youth themed style or choose something they can grow into?

I almost always recommend my clients to purchase a set of good quality & stylish furniture that their children can use for many years and that will allow them to decorate around, changing styles as they get older.

If you choose to go this route, please keep in mind the size of the bed. If the room can accommodate a Queen bed, I say GO FOR IT!!

 

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Parents normally think little child, little bed and that’s great for the early years… but, as your child gets older & bigger, do you really want start searching for a bigger bed, struggling to match the style & finish of the existing set? I have had numerous customers commenting “Why didn’t I buy the Queen Bed when I had the chance”; as they become frustrated driving around searching for the right one. Another burden to up-sizing a bed is that you have to buy new larger sized bedding, and that can become very expensive.

When our kids grow up & start their lives, it may be nice to have the option to take their bedroom set off to College, or even to a new home there after… Whatever the choice may be, even if they don’t take it, you just got yourself a new guest bed.

Decorium has many style options to match any décor. By letting our Interior Design Specialists assist you with your search, we can ease the stress of looking for that distinctive bedroom set for your unique little one.

 

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

jane@decorium.ca

 

Ambient Lighting During Winter

During the winter months, we often are swept up into the Holiday season. When the days are shorter and the nights longer, there is an allure to capture the ambiance or feeling of light and atmosphere. During the colder months, when texture is used throughout the home, to stay warmer, layering light can be as important as it is interesting.

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Incorporating decorative lighting is a simple challenge, if you arm yourself with some helpful tips. Consider using halogen light bulbs to reduce electricity consumption, while adopting the same theory of layering natural light and purposeful lighting, to create the atmosphere you are hoping to achieve.

Brass and copper finishes are a way to incorporate stylish lighting in your home and décor. They can be mixed or added to create more depth in your already existing decor. Accent lights are perfect for highlighting or displaying art work, fireplaces and ornate pieces of furniture. The use of task lighting along with ambient lighting will produce that incandescent layered the effect, bringing even more depth and interest to the room itself.

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Establishing a mood is essential and equally important during the winter months, especially when we all cozy up with our loved ones during the Holidays. Sometimes the right lighting can be effective and evoke the right spirit. Where glitz and glam will reflect light, you need to be careful that darker tones and jewel tones don’t end up receding in it, which is why it’s recommended to begin layering with natural light, that will also compliment the decor choices made during the winter months.

 

Finally, to strike the right balance, try incorporating evenly distributed lighting and decorative lighting to enhance your environment, especially during the cooler winter months. Overall, it’s about combining different types of light to create a mood or ambiance you want to achieve this Holiday Season.

 

Article Written By: Ashlee Farmer

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

ashlee@decorium.ca

IMG Relaxer

Turn your day from stressed to care-free with an IMG Relaxer

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All IMG Relaxers are made with cold-cured molded foam cushioning. Insuring comfort and body correcting support, this special foam allows the chair to hold its same shape for many years, so it will always have that new look to it.

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All IMG relaxers have a 360° swivel, gliding/rocking function, and adjustable head and neck support. All these features combine to help you achieve the right posture while you are reading, watching movies, or just having a snooze.

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Considering that good posture is pivotal for your back, neck and overall health, IMG Relaxers are a valuable asset in anyone’s home. On top of this, the chairs offer peace of mind with a 10 year warranty on the steel frame and molded foam cushions; so in the end you really are receiving great value for your dollars.

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If you would like to experience this true comfort come and visit us in our showroom at 363 Supertest Road, just the third light south of Dufferin and Steeles.

 

Article Written By: Mike Brown 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

mike@decorium.ca

Refresh Your Home With Colour

Make your own sunshine!  Contemporary spaces can look cold and bleak if they aren’t decorated mindfully. Using too much of one colour will make everything blend like camouflage, leaving you with a solid “brick” of colour rather than an elegant pop of excitement.

 

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Shades of grey have been a popular colour choice for sofas over the past five years, at least, but the hue simply becomes blah if you don’t enhance it with other colors. So keep those comforting neutrals and just add a little zing to them! Pick mood lifting colors that burst to wake up basic spaces and make them more comfortable. For example, you can add some personality to the room with a gorgeous saturated purple area rug and some toss pillows in indigo blue, with a faux fur texture.

 

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Today, with the ever expanding growth and change in design trends, styles and what people consider to be acceptable, there is much more freedom in décor than there ever has been. Mixing and matching is very popular these days, so placing an occasional arm chair in your neutral space with gold arms and legs, isn’t something out of the ordinary.

 

If you don’t like mixing styles, such as modern and traditional furniture, try playing with texture and colour to make a difference in the room. Velvet adds some glamour and sophistication to a space, while a pop of color, like teal or chartreuse, will make a statement.  If it’s attention you’re looking for, black faux leather with gold will certainly do the trick. Lastly, when all else fails, try adding art to introduce color to an otherwise neutral room.

 

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So all in all, if you are feeling a little grey or if your room is looking a thunder cloud, then add some sunshine with decor!

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth

Interior Design Specialist at Decorium on Supertest,

Ellen@decorium.ca

Creative Lighting Ideas and Solutions

Looking for creative alternate lighting solution to brighten up your home? Here are some recommendations to make your home feel unique.

Bedroom

If your bedroom style is more industrial, a funky way to add more character is by incorporating the raw utilitarian look of metal Steampunk cage pendants. To get an even more authentic industrial feel, opt in for a filament bulb that gives out a warm comforting glow similar to candlelight.

A good way to adjust your bedroom atmosphere to match your current mood is to tune up or down the intensity of lighting. Simply connect the pendants to a light dimmer that is compatible with the incandescent light bulbs.

 

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Living

If you like to bend the rules, a mix-and-match option might be just the thing for you, when it comes to choosing lighting for living room spaces. Instead of placing matching table lamps on both ends of your sofa, try creating a vignette or a composition of similar style lamps on one end while placing a floor lamp on the opposite end.  To balance the vignette, make sure one of the lamps is about 1/3 the size of the other.  Also, because you are now having two light sources on one surface, their total luminosity level should equal to one standard lamp. For that you will need to find bulbs that in their combination will equal to about 1600 lumens. To find out how many lumens a bulb emits, simply look at the box! The information should be provided by the manufacturer. If you are having trouble, try typing in the brand and model of the bulb online, and you should be able to find what you’re looking for.

 

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Dining

If you want to impress your dinner party guests for the Holidays, reconsider complex table centerpieces for an overhead conversation starter, such as an unusual feather chandelier. Depending on your design goals, it is possible to create various feels with this type of bold lighting fixture. For example, in combination with light-colored and distressed French-style furniture, it may enhance the Shabby Chic atmosphere with its angelic ambient lighting. It will also work in a more monochromatic contemporary setting in synchronicity with glass surfaces and polished metals.

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Article Written By: Marta Scurtu,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge,

marta@decorium.ca

Modern Dining Tables – From Small to Large

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In many of today’s new home and condo designs, floor space is at a premium.  But, even though our spaces have become smaller, entertaining is still a big part of our lives and the dining table plays a major role in this.

 

This predicament has become a dilemma for an increasing amount of people, and the solution? You can find it in the ever-growing trend of fabulously designed pull-out, concealed, or disguised extendable dining tables.  These table have the leaves concealed within the table itself, without having to store the extensions in a closet or ‘under your bed’.

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Also on trend is the fold-down table.  Since both sides fold down, this provides a great solution for small spaces with a lack of space to hold any sized table on a permanent basis.  Some even come with side storage compartments!

 

Whichever you choose, any of these styles provide both functionality and visual appeal.  They can suit just about any space and are, in this girl’s humble opinion, the greatest innovation known to man since FRENCH TOAST!!!

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

Beatrice@decorium.ca

Basement Theaters

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The basement is a very special place that you can really turn into anything you can imagine. One of the most common transformations people carry out on their basement is to create a home movie theater out of the space.

Just the anticipation of going downstairs and disconnecting with the rest of the house can bring an exciting feeling of magic, content and privacy. On another note, it can end up giving you a perfect tranquil family room or even an intimate romantic set up.

Firstly, its good to start with the rows of special movie chairs. Depending of course on the size of the room, we generally see people do one or two rows with 2-3 chairs per row. But you can organize it however you want. You could even have 4 rows starting with 2 chairs at the top, moving up to 5 by the bottom

At Decorium we have a wide selection of different configuration of theater chairs made out of leather or fabric; some that recline and some with lighting underneath. We also carry special trays that attached to the chair for drinks and popcorn, to help boost the home theater experience.Wave Home Theatre Silo 1

Next we recommend adding some decor to maximize the relaxation and excitement your basement movie theater will bring. A beautiful rug would help set the space and fill the void between the seats and the screen, while some neat pictures of movie stars, movie posters or old Hollywood style accents will complete the home theater feeling.

To make it even fancier, a little bar unit in the corner of the basement, maybe with maybe with some swivel chairs, would bring more sitting space and would definitely be an all around good piece to add to the decor.

Now sit back, hit the lights, relax and enjoy the movie!

Article Written By Renata Biala

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

renata@decorium.ca