Creative Lighting Ideas and Solutions

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

 

Room Planning

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Room planning, the proper way, is the first and most important step in designing the space of your dreams. At Decorium, we know how difficult it can be to visualize how you are going to fill the space in question, especially while keeping all the necessary measurements in mind.  But DON’T FRET! Luckily our website has an extraordinary room planning tool to help ease the process and give you the opportunity to design your space, blue print style, over and over.
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Found under our service & tools, the room planner is simple to use, and all you need to know are the exact measurements of the room, the location of the door and windows, as well as any special curves of the walls and posts. Once you have done your “homework” and gathered all the necessary info, you can go ahead and start making the graphic plan right on our website. Choose from pre-built plans that we’ve created for your bedroom, dining room, home office, living room and youth bedroom, or start fresh and design your own.

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Feel free to play around with it creating different configurations until you find one that is suitable for you and your family. When experimenting with the placement of your furniture, it’s important to make sure the measurements are scaled correctly, so you know what pieces will fit where. One last piece of advice is to make a list of activities and number of people that are going to use the room. That way you can create the ultimate ideal room for you and your family.

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If you are ever lost and need some guidance, you can always count on one of our qualified designers at Decorium, to direct and help you design the room of your dreams, using the room planner to visualize it.

Good luck everyone!!!

Article Written By Adriana Glait 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

Adriana@decorium.ca

You Get What You Pay For

When shopping for furniture you will always have a wide range of prices due to many factors. The Location of where your sofa is comming from, is one of the most persistant reason that sofas of a similar looking style and construction can be very different in cost.  One sofa may be available in a particular colour at a low price, while another may be available in many fabrics at a higher price. The imported product is usually the former and domestic product the latter.

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When furniture is made at a lower porice point, thre manufatcuring is often off shore to reduce manufaturing costs. Under these conditions imported or offshore sofas are often made in vast quantities in one fabric or leather and marketed in North America at lower prices. By offering less customized options, manufacturers are able to cut costs and offer savings to retailers and in turn consumers. Like any mass manufactured item, the production line method sacrifices some quality for cost, shortening the lifespan of the piece. To satify our customers, Decorium works with suppliers that keep a reputable balance between the elements of quality and cost.

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Domestic or “Made in Canada” sofas are made one at a time in the fabric you select with the options that you select (cushion firmness, leg finish, toss pillows). This sofa is sold at a higher price but was created to your specifications, and will last for many years.

The higher priced sofa also has a lot of hidden features such as a higher quality frame and springs, more resilient foam and fiber as well as abrasion tested fabric. When you invest in quality it will give you a longer period of enjoyment and satisfaction.

Hence, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

Article Written By: Mike Brown

Design Consultant at Decorium On Supertest

mike@decorium.ca

Avoid the Winter Blahs

We all know it’s coming….dark days and long nights. For some people Winter brings with it SAD, or seasonal adjustment disorder. Makes you feel sad, sapped of energy and a craving  to just hide away from the world. Not being bears, hibernating isn’t possible for most of us, so make your home as cozy and bright as you can to fight off the bleakness and avoid the winter blahs.

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Here’s a few extra tips to keep in mind this season when you’re feeling not quite yourself!

If you aren’t bathed in much natural light at home, you can purchase special light bulbs that mimic daylight and help to ward off SAD syndrome.  Brighten up your space with rich colours. Jewel tones are hot and they add loads of warmth and luxury to a space. Drape your sofa or chairs in faux furs or velvet throws. Use multi- directional floor lamps to enhance dark corners without crowding your floor space. Add artwork that you truly love and de-clutter your surfaces so you don’t feel overwhelmed with stuff.  Give yourself and your home some breathing space.

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Above all, make your home YOUR comfort zone.   It will be your refuge from Old Man Winter.

 

Article Written By: Shelley Fraser,

Design Consultant At Decorium On Supertest,

shelley@decorium.ca

Fur For Fall

Fall is once again nearly upon us, and with it comes the ultra-chic, ultra-fun, use of fur and faux fur in our home décor.

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Toss pillows, throws, bed spreads…however you use it, fur and faux fur accessories add warmth and texture to every room in your home.

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Looking for some extra inspiration? Add a bit of fun to your room with fur benches and foot-stools; one of this season’s MUST-HAVES!  They’re fun, dramatic, and BEYOND GORGEOUS!!

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Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

Beatrice@decorium.ca

The Wonderful World Of Ottomans

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Ottomans are fantastic furniture pieces that can increase the value of a room and dramatically change the appearance.  They are a great source of comfort and tranquility, while offering a way to really sit back and relax with your feet up!

 

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There are many different types and styles of ottomans available on the market, in various colours, materials and sizes, so make sure you explore all the options before you settle.

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Ottomans can be designed in any type of home décor style including traditional, modern, and mid-century.  There are hair-on-hide ottomans with a cross chrome base, swivel faux leather ottomans, circular ottomans with tassels and fringes, black and white cowhide ottomans, black velvet cube ottomans with thin gold legs etc. and that’s just a few examples of how ottomans vary in style. There are even shaggy fur ottomans with tripod legs!

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Ottomans are not limited to being a foot rest! They can be used in an entryway, at the end of a bed or beside, and in some cases, even as a coffee table.
Overall, ottomans are fun, functional, and can make a real statement in a room.

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth

Design Consultant At Decorium, on Supertest

Ellen@decorium.ca

The Beauty of Solid Wood Furniture & How To Care For It

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There are many Solid woods used in furniture, with the most popular woods used in Canada being Maple, Birch, Cherry, Oak & making a come back is Ash & Walnut. All these species of hard woods are strong and very easy to maintain.  Furthermore, any hard woods kiln-dried in Canada have a 6-8% moisture content which prevents cracking, splitting, & warping.

No longer do we have to use polishes, due to technological advances and improved finishing processes. As a matter of fact the manufactures now advise not to use commercial spray polishes, as they can dry the wood out because they contain silicone. While using a damp cloth to clean minor dirt & dust is sufficient, your best option is a wonderful product from Guardsman we have here at Decorium, which not only nourishes your fine wood furniture but also helps protects it from harmful UV rays.

People ask me all the time why some woods do not have a high glossy finish, but the truth is usually the only time a high gloss finish is applied is when using Veneers. That being said, try to avoid traditional wood polishes like mentioned above, and stick with the stuff that won’t harm the surface of your wood furniture, like Guardsman.

Lastly, it is also very important to keep the humidity in your home at 30-50%. This will help preserve the beauty of your solid wood furniture and keep your decor looking fresh.

 

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald 

Design Consultant At Decorium on Supertest

jane@decorium.ca