Making A Statement With Art

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

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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.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Accessorizing with tiles

Tiles have made a huge comeback in many different shapes and colours: subway tile, mosaic tile, grid tile, geometric: diamonds, squares, hexagon, penny tiles…. You can use them in the bathroom, kitchen, hallways, back splashes, even walls.

Choosing your tiles means expressing your own personality, your style and your way of living.

The truth is, tiling is such an artful expression, that not too many accessories or extra pieces are needed to pull the look together.

Tiles look great paired with organic textures and wooden elements. For ex. macrame, terracotta vases, foliage-plants/leaves or any such greenery that brings the outdoors in.

Tiles are designed to be a focal point, and therefore you do not want to over accessorize.

Depending on the chosen tile, either the furniture or the tile should be the focal point.

You want to avoid the furniture competing with the tile. For example, terracotta tile pairs well with a more organic textured sofa, like linen. On the other hand, a vibrant mosaic tile could pair well with a velvet sofa –in such colours like emerald green or vibrant blue.

Pick your focal point and design the space with colors and textures that work in conjunction with tile, while enhancing the tile.

Article Written By: Renata Biala

Design Consultant at Decorium

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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

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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 

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