Furniture Glossary – A stands for…

Furniture Glossary – A stands for…

Have you ever gone to the net to search for something, but didn’t know what exactly to type into Google? Countless times I’ve had a picture of something I was looking for in my mind, but when it came to searching on line, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to type in!

There are a plethora of terms used in furniture design and construction that many of us don’t know, and would probably benefit from knowing. Well Decorium wanted to make things a little easier, by educating our readers on common terms that most people don’t consider when looking for furniture and accessories.

Over the next little while we will be supplying you with a furniture glossary, containing current ideas and pictures of furniture and design terms, to help spark ideas, and to help you find what you’re actually looking for.

Marking the beginning of our ongoing glossary, todays letter is A.



A vessel used to transport liquids from one location to another.

This version is a vase which can be used as an accent or to house an exotic fresh flower.

CERAMIC VASE 1 66821 Silo Antiquity Vase 64425 Silo

Gourd Glass Vase Turquoise Glass Vase


A French term used for a large movable closet or wardrobe, originally used to store armor.

Marsalis armoire silo

From the Marsalis Collection, Available to order in-store.

Glossary Entries By: Lisba Selbo

Sales Manager & Interior designer at Decorium on Yonge

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Fall Colour Trends 2016 – Sneak Peak

We may not want to believe it, but accept it we must…  Summer is coming to an end and fall has practically begun.  Everywhere we look, we see it…”Back-to-School” sales, summer items on clearance racks, and in their place, the latest in fall fashions and home décor.


No need to panic, or wallow while storing away that bathing, because here’s a ‘heads-up’ on this fall’s trends on colour, texture, and finishes!


Colorwise, in addition to the normal fall earth tones of greens and scenic browns, the Fall 2016 palette is being led by the Blue family.  Sky Blues gives us a sense of airiness, while Grayish blues provide us with a feeling of tranquility.  Introducing pops of vibrant red, purple, and mustard yellow add warmth and an exotic touch to your space.

Royale Bar Cabinet 66393 Silo 3

As always, there is reoccurrence of the use of fur, both real and faux.  The difference this year? It’s appearance in bold colours and patterns.

Cube Ottoman Teal

While metallic finishes are always a standout in any décor, this fall Gold is definitely making a strong return to fashion and home décor.

Sama Coffee Table 68337 Silo

All in all, it appears we’re definitely going to be having an exciting fall season to come with fantastic deals and exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else, making this season a great time to go shopping!!


 Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium On Supertest

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Back To School

Here we are again at that time of the year where while we are trying to enjoy the last days of heat and sun, we have to start thinking about getting ready to go back to school. What does this have to do with furniture?


Whether you have kids in kindergarten, elementary school, high school or college, you really want them to have a very good night sleep so that they are well rested to start school and focus on learning and studying. That’s why it’s the perfect time to get them one of our amazing “Marshall Mattresses”.


The other thing that you must take into consideration is to make sure your kids have suitable desks and bookshelves for their needs. For all ages, desks such as the “Bjorn writing desk”, or the “Jakob desk” are ideal, while bookshelves like the “Emile”, “Era” or “Gavin” may be more suitable for older kids…depending on how many books they have!

Jakob Writing Desk

Lighting is also very important when it comes to study. Take a look at our black or brass desk lamps, which add a generous amount of light, without being a distraction or taking up too much space.

Metal Table Lamp 66162 Silo

Here at Decorium, we can put their rooms together in the inspiration center, to help you achieve your goals regarding the furniture.


Once you are done preparing everything for them, such as vaccines, school supplies, clothes and furniture, you can treat yourself by getting one of our Stressless chairs and ottomans so that you can sit, relax, plan and think about the great school year that you have ahead of you!!! Enjoy!!!


Article Written By: Adriana Glait

Design Consultant At Decorium On Supertest,

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Helpful Furniture Tips

There are so many ways to decorate a home, and for those who are design challenged, it can get very confusing very fast. Sometimes following a step by step guide isn’t necessarily ideal, because everybody likes a different style. Sure you can apply guides to multiple styles, but that can take a lot of the personal connection out of your decor. Often people know what they are looking for, but need some helpful furniture tips to spark the AH HA moment!

Below are some of those tips that don’t require you to follow a step by step guide, and provide you the freedom figure out your home.

Accent pillows go along way

Mix different sized prints and patterns in your colour scheme.  It’s a simple way to pull a room together.

Corey Chair 60976 Silo 7

Books are objects

Stack them on a coffee table or display them on a console.  They add colour, texture and interest to a room and inject a dose of your taste and personality.

Steinway Coffee Table 66967 Silo

Hanging art

Hanging art too high is a common design error. Ideally, the center should be about 57″ to 60″ above the floor. If you are hanging art over furniture, allow 3 to 6″ of wall space above a sofa or headboard.

Windsor Green RS 2

Avoid impulse buying

Plan your room in advance, colour, positioning, etc.  Avoid spending money on items that don’t work. It’s better to have a plan for the room and buy items that you want. because you can purchase as much or as little as you desire – and at least you’ll have a vision for the complete room.

Using Symmetry

Another quick way to make a room look pulled together is to place a matching pair of lamps on night stands or end tables or behind a sofa.

Felix Queen Bed 68150 RS

A headboard makes a good focal point

It also makes a bedroom look finished.  It’s a good starting point to base your decorating scheme around.

Laila Complete King Bed 68043 Silo

Consider a statement rug or art piece

Allow a beautifully patterned rug or piece of art to be the starting point for your decorating scheme.  It’s a quick way to establish a colour palette as well as a mood for your room.

Loft Haze Rug 62799 025 RS

Create an everyday centrepiece for your dining table.

Consider items like a ceramic flower, black wire flower, or a decorative bowl.

Fresh flowers bring a space to life, but need to be replaced… that being said, greenery is the cheapest and easiest way to add colour and vibrancy to a room.

Sawyer Coffee Table 63801 RS2

Group objects in odd numbers

When creating a vignette, group items in threes.  You can style a coffee table by putting a tray on the top with a variety of interesting items, like a coffee table book, a fresh orchid or a candy dish.

Antique Glass Bottle 2 66813 RS

Consider your sight lines

In an open concept space it is important that colours flow.

Oslo White RS

Have fun and good luck achieving the best results for your home!

Article Written by: Ellen Zworth

Design consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Working From Home – A Perfect Home Office

Working from home can be a very challenging situation for some, especially when tackling something that requires great attention to detail.

You need to completely disconnect with the home environment and concentrate on the work to be done.Gavin Offic Desk 64912 RS

Your home office should be furnished and accessorized accordingly, with décor that will provide you with an effective work space.

Obviously a good place to star is with a nice spacious desk and a comfortable chair.

Mccartney Curved Desk 902459 right RS

Once you’ve got ahold of that, then you can start adding some accessories to inspire and lift your mood, like a warm table lamp or maybe a vase with some fresh flowers.

It’s always good to have an extra small chair to the side, so you can relax and rethink the work you have been doing, or for simply providing the ability to invite someone into your office.

The colour, or colours, you decide to paint your office can make or break the ambiance. Effective work spaces should be warm and calm, but bright enough to keep you on your toes.

At Decorium, we have all the necessary furniture and accessories for a distinguished home office that perfectly meets your every need!


Article Written By: Alla Wolfson

Design Consultant At Decorium On Supertest

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Furniture Trends

We all know a piece of furniture that screams too loudly from decades past… the south western/mojave pink and blue sofa, the 70’s shag carpet and avocado stoves… I’m sure we just described the childhood home of some of our readers!

All very good, once upon a time, but most trends will eventually date your room… And not like how a classic piece of furniture might. By all means, explore the latest trend, but remember that by the time the public is on to it, the design world has long since moved on. That’s just the nature of furniture trends and trends in general.

Classic furniture never goes out of style. A bergere chair recovered in a rich jewel tone would be considered on trend today, and can be mixed in with so many other styles of décor. The love affair continues with the Danish mid-century modern style, but again, mix it up with other designs so your living room doesn’t look like a set for the dick van dyke show.

Denise Accent Chair 64674 Silo Camille Bergere Chair

When a style becomes popular, all kinds of knock offs happen. Quality goes out the window and you’re going to be replacing that ‘iconic’ piece far too soon. Don’t go too far out of your comfort zone unless that is truly what you love. Outside opinions on your space should only matter if they know you and know what looks good.

Remember that furniture trends come and go, but good pieces of furniture and an open mind will never be off trend.  Try a few pieces in a particular style, and see if that works for you.

Article Written By: Shelly Fraser, 

Design Consultant At Decorium On Yonge,

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Embracing a change of scenery

Whitechapel Bedroom RS

There are a lot of people in this city who don’t know how badly they need new furniture. Too many people are comfortable with sticking to what they know, which can sometimes be a bad thing. Embracing a change of scenery is the first step in realizing that you need an update!

Change is necessary in order to stimulate the mind and purchasing new furniture can be very good for your mental, physical and sex health. Old home décor, especially fabrics, are breeding grounds for dust mites and mould, so taking the time to replace upholstery, rugs or mattresses can be extremely beneficial to your health.

Proper comfort and support is important also. If your chairs, sofas or beds are uncomfortable, it would be beneficial for your posture, pressure points and over all body to replace them. Changing your furniture can also make you feel happier. If your home doesn’t make you happy at the end of the day, just small things like changing accessories, furniture and wall colour could instantly brighten up your mood and home. It is so important to make your home a place that makes you happy.

Metal and Glass Table Lamp 66164 SiloCleff Table Lamp 66784 SiloLaura Area Rug 49900 RS

Buying new linen, or hanging new pieces of art are quick ways to enhance your surroundings. You don’t need to go to extreme measures to do it, small things will add value and appeal to your home. Drop by Decorium and we will be pleased to help you out.


Article Written By: Tara Bennett 

Design Consultant At Decorium On Yonge

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A Pop of Colour

After several years of the beige brigade and grey mood makers, many of us need a little zing in our décor.  While neutral colours present a calm and quiet environment, a splash, or a pop of colour is a great way to set a focal point and inject a bit of drama into a room.Luna Accent Chest

If you have a favorite colour, like a deep blue or rich red, try it out in a hall cabinet or a side chair. Bright or rich colours energize the space and create a noticeably pleasant contrast.  The colour you decide upon can be sprinkled throughout the room with hints and shades in a painting, accessories or drapes.

Callum Chair Side Table 64453 RS

Article Written by Shelley Fraser,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge Street

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Choosing the right accent chest

Before choosing the right accent chest for your room, you need to understand and determine what you are trying to achieve with it.

Selene Accent Chest


Accent chests come in a big variety of styles, sizes, finishes and colors. We usually use them to organize a cluttered space, to create a focal point, as a decorative piece or just to add sophistication to the room. They can be used as a unique night stand in a bedroom, as a hall entrance piece, in a living room as the focal point, on each side of a fire place, in a small dining room as a server, in a washroom to add storage, in a home office as a work space, and in any other place of your home you would want an attractive and decorative space saving storage solution.

Sideboard 68180 RS1

When most people choose to get a chest, they are trying to give a final touch to the room, bringing it together with elegance and sophistication. You could go with a chest that will match with all of your décor, or a specific colored one to emphasize the accent color that you chose to decorate your room with, or lastly,  you can go with a completely different one to make it stand out. This is why it is so important to know ahead of time what you need the accent chest for. Once you’ve figured that out, it will be easier to find the right one that fits your space.

Afrique Accent Chest

To make things even easier for yourself, you can come visit us in one of our locations and we will help you find the best, most unique option for your home.

Article Written By: Adriana Glait,

Design Consultant At Decorium on Supertest,

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Best Decorating Tips

Is there such a thing as the Best Decorating Tips?

When it comes to decorating, there isn’t one single tip that trumps them all. In reality, different tips will be better for some and worse for others, depending on your style, layout, needs and wants.

On the other hand, there is one decorating tip that applies to everyone, and that would be to give your furniture some breathing room! It can be hard to resist overcrowding, but it’s a great tip if you’re on a tight budget.

Bronson Accent Chest

Hang your artwork approximately 60 inches from floor to midline of the piece you’re hanging. Remember if your ceilings soar, it doesn’t mean you need to hang your pictures higher. In home design needs to relate to human scale not structural scale. If you have low ceilings purchase low back furniture, it’ll give you more space to work with.

Prelude Cocktail Table 67275 RS1

Choose your star piece and make it the focal point. Focal points can be a mantel, artwork, stove hood or headboard and are usually the most dramatic piece in the room.

Layers of lighting, pot lights table and floor lamps, create interest, intrigue and variety.

Lastly try to pick your colour last. You want the colour that best compliments your Upholstery, artwork, rugs and accessories. 

There is no secret rule book. Consider a foundation and develop your own style. Be creative and design your home to suit your needs. 


Article Written By: Mary Spataro

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest 

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