Highlight: Decorium Photos Featured on Beautiful Design Made Simple

Highlight: Decorium Photos Featured on Beautiful Design Made Simple

We are very proud to have our products featured in the “Spring Inspiration for Home Decor” article on Beautiful Design Made Simple!

Read more: http://beautifuldesignmadesimple.com/2015/03/27/spring-inspiration-for-home-decor/

 

Thank you for including us!

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Top 5 Dining Trends at Decorium

The dining room is a place of gathering, socializing, laughter and food. Thus, it is important to create the right space, not only to invite your loved ones in, but to have them stay a while. Decorium’s dining selection encompasses something for everyone’s taste and space; from very traditional to contemporary to rustic vintage – for the vintage lovers. Once you know your style, you can find the right table with the right matching (or mix matched!) chairs.

One must also know what kind of feel they would like in their dining space. For example, a rustic wood table adds a relaxed vibe to a formal dining room. Start from the table to create the overall style and feel of the room. Consider the proper lighting and accessories for your room to create an inviting and appetizing look. Don’t be afraid to shy away from the traditional chandelier to add flair to your design.

To add the finishing touches to a perfect dining space, nothing says sit down and stay a while like a comfy, plush and tempting area rug under the table. It not only adds the final touch to your dining room, but it gives guests, or family, something to pamper every part of their body while dining.

Take a look at my Top 5 Dining Sets at Decorium:

Harrison

 

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Academy

 

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Almeria

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Carlington Grounds

Carlington Grounds Double Pedestal Dining Table

Perrison

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Article written by:

Marta M. Wojtal, Design Consultant at Decorium. 

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Top 5 Lighting Choices

Illuminate Your Home

Lighting is an important aspect of one’s overall décor. Choosing the right lighting, for the right room, will add to the atmosphere you are trying to create. When deciding what lighting to place in which room, here are the most vital pointers, in a design consultants eyes:

The Dining Room:

The most obvious room to place a well-lit crystal chandelier is over a dining table. This statement piece will not only add to the overall mood of the room, but it will help stimulate your guest’s appetite.

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The Family Room:

A family room can benefit from a few different light sources. Table lamps, floor lamps, or a tasteful hanging light fixture can all be useful in a multipurpose room. Whether you want to read a book while someone else watches television, a number of different lighting spots can accommodate the whole family.

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The Bedroom:

A couple that sleeps together stays together. While a nice chandelier can add a sensual feel to a bedroom, end table lamps can save a marriage. When striving to achieve harmony and compromise in the bedroom, lighting can be the answer. Placing a lamp on the night stand, on both sides of the bed, will allow couples to go about their pre-bed routine, without disturbing the other. While, a chandelier or hanging light fixture can disturb your partner, a stunning lamp and shade will illuminate just enough to satisfy both partners.

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The Kitchen:

To create a harmonious flow throughout the kitchen different light fixtures can be used for different sections. While the cooking area may be brightly lit, a pendant light with a warm lamp shade will do the trick for a cozy breakfast table.

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Children’s Bedroom:

A child’s bedroom is many things to them; a place to sleep, a place to relax, a place of adventure and imagination. The right lighting can stimulate these different opportunities for your child. Warm soft lighting is best for sleep. If your child does not enjoy the dark, this lighting can be achieved using a wall sconce. A table lamp can create a place to relax and read. A colourful desk lamp can encourage your child to read a book and imagine the impossible. Finally, a decorative lighting fixture can be just the thing to take your children and their friends on a play date adventure.

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Written By:

Alla Wolfson, Design Consultant At Decorium 

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2015 Spring Trends: From Runway to Home!

If you’re looking for a fresh space for spring, you will definitely want to get bold, warm metallic and seaside colourful! This year, these trends are particularly popular, both in fashion and interior design.

Geometric patterns that feature sharp contrast patterns, such as deep mocha and ivory tones, are being adapted for the home. Bold and catching, these prints seamlessly tie a room together. Notice how a strong geometric pattern rug makes a contemporary statement:

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Showcasing wide, striped prints is also bold, graphic, and can turn a traditional piece into a modern spectacle! This spring, you can really make a room exciting with this kind of transformation:
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Another notable trend is incorporating vivid blues into home decor. The fresh, seaside mix of blues and patterns add excitement and interest wherever they are placed:Accent Rug Blue Roomscene

Tufted sofas in bold or neutral colours are stylishly versatile and very trendy. Now is definitely the time to purchase one! Many beautiful chairs and sofas are available in different fabric styles, like velvet or microfiber, as well as leathers – the options seem endless! Look for glamorous, classic styles that can be paired with nearly any type of interior design with ease, like the Henley collection:Henley Fabric Sofa

Warm metal finishes, like brass, copper and gold, are one of the biggest new trends this year.  From lighting to furnishings to home accessories, these warm metals are making quite a comeback in home décor. The more you mix and match, the better they look! There is no need to display them separately. As a recommendation, use these metals sparingly, as they should be statement pieces, rather than trying to take over the whole space.Mill Street Accent Table Roomscene Closeup

 

By Azam Fakhrpour

azam@decorium.ca

To book your complimentary in-store design consultation, email azam@decorium.ca

FSLocal Article: The Importance of a Protection Plan When Buying Furniture

VP of Sales Howard Forberg discusses the importance of a protection plan on FSLocal.

Read the article: http://www.fslocal.com/blog/importance-protection-plan-buying-furniture/

How a dress can influence your next paint project

Check out this blog link, posted below, by Eiei Home on the infamous blue and black dress debate and how it might relate to your home!

http://www.eieihome.com/articles/dress-can-influence-next-paint-project/

 

Where Art Hangs: Choosing What’s Right for Your Home

 To experience the full enjoyment of what the right piece can bring to your space, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting art …

First, get to know what you like! Spend a little time researching. You may already know that you really like abstract art or that you prefer a more traditional style, like figurative sketches. Find your favourites and if a piece inspires you, it’s a sign to buy it!

Hang art on the walls that demand the most attention – where you and your guests will benefit the most from this eye candy! Use this wall as an indicator of what size painting or picture will fit the space best. If the wall is tall and narrow, choose something that is similar in shape. If you’re placing a piece above a long sofa, choose something wide that doesn’t get lost in the competition or focus. In other words, fill your wall as much as you can!

An arrangement of several smaller pieces on a wall can also work to give that “wow” impact your space deserves. You can play on the textures and styles or even the positioning and heights. Keep in mind that not every piece needs to have the same frame or even be framed at all!

Care about the colours! Cool and muted tones are serene while bold colours demand more attention. So ask yourself… what tone would you like to achieve? Do you want your piece(s) to be the room’s focal point or rather it contribute more calmly to an overall ambience?

Lighting is also critical. You want to be able to see the art in its entirety and get the full experience with ease. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Watch out for glare on glass. It’s distracting and you may lose the whole effect of the piece!
  • Know that the colour of the lighting will affect the colour of your art. Options are available from warm white light to cool white light. Halogen bulbs are the most popular choice.
  • Position your lighting in relation to the piece of artwork. To reduce glare, place the light at a 30-degree angle from the piece (for a larger frame, add 5 degrees to that angle to avoid casting a shadow). If you want to accent the texture in your art, place the light at a 25-degree angle.
  • If you want to spotlight your art, use a secondary light source that is three times the brightness of the room’s ambient lighting.

Always remember to buy what you love! If you feel strongly about a piece, you will find the right place where you enjoy it most! Art can bring much happiness to you and your guests for years to come, so don’t be afraid to express yourself; and listen to your heart and soul!

Article Written By: Victoria Manning Design Consultant at Decorium

When is it Time to Buy a New Mattress?

Do you often wake up tired or sore? Is your mattress aged and starting to sag? If you answered “Yes”, it is time for a new mattress!

Mattresses should be changed at least every 7-10 years. Finding the right mattress is key to a good night’s sleep.

To help you make the right choice, there are two very important things to consider when buying a new mattress:

 

  1. The comfort of the mattress is what helps you fall asleep. This feeling comes from layers of foams, fibers and upholstery. Some of us prefer a firmer feel or a very soft, plush one. This preference depends on the individual. To make sure you find the right comfort, try at least 3 different feels before making a decision.

 

  1. A mattress should provide adequate support for all areas of your body. Some of us will choose traditional coil mattress while others prefer a foam mattress. This choice is up to you. Something that is important, but often overlooked, is making sure your Queen or King-sized mattress has extra support in the centre. Selecting a frame with centre support rails and extra legs is a great way to maintain the integrity of your mattress and its warranty. Also, protecting your mattress from stains and dust by using a mattress cover will help.

 

Decorium has plenty of mattress options to offer, no matter what comfort and kind of support you prefer. We offer Serta and Marshall mattresses, as well as our ever popular and couple-friendly ZedBeds. With ZedBeds, the King size offers comfort and choice to both partners by giving different options for either sides of the bed.

 

So, when it’s time for a new mattress, be sure to remember these tips in order to make the right choice!

 

Vaneers or Solid Wood?

It was in the 50’s when veneers first got a bad reputation, and it stuck ever since. The popular perception is that furniture that incorporates veneers is lower quality than solid wood pieces.

 

Let’s see why

During World War II when fine lumber was not enough to reduce the cost of production, many furniture companies created new process in making furniture from particleboard instead of solid wood.

In those days, for aesthetic purposes, veneer was used on top of the particleboard. Unfortunately inadequate adhesives, used to reduce manufacturing costs, led to substandard results. This was a bad experiment that continued throughout the 60’s.

Nowadays, we’ve improved our methods. Most fine furniture is made with a combination of veneers and solid wood. Solid woods and veneers are both excellent materials when constructed properly and used in the appropriate manner.

If you look at the elegant antique furniture showcased in museums, you will see how expertly-crafted veneer furniture has withstood the test of time.

 

What is veneer?

Wood veneer is a thin slice of wood cut or peeled from a log. The slice can be as thin as a piece of paper or thick enough to accommodate sanding and refinishing down the road. Veneers are adhered to another wood surface and typically, the outer layer is made with the most beautiful or exotic woods.

Veneer may sound like an inferior solution to enhancing a piece of furniture, but consider:

  • Veneer is less susceptible to climate changes, making exotic woods more adaptable
  • It’s light and malleable, perfect for curves and accents
  • Excellent for etching and fine detailing

In turn, veneers are simply a better choice when a craftsman wants to incorporate curves, reduce warping or use exotic woods.

 

Why not use solid wood?

Solid wood is essential for support posts and legs, framing, or for whenever carving is involved. This means that most if not every piece of fine furniture is comprised of at least some solid wood.

Though solid wood might seem all around superior, consider the following:

 

  • Solid wood can bow and warp over time.
  • Temperature and humidity changes can make solid wood expand and contract, leading to splits along the grain known as “season cracks”.
  • Solid wood is expensive.
  • Solid wood is heavy.
  • Solid wood does not bend easily.

 

 

How else do solid woods and veneers compare to one another?

Durability:

Solid wood furniture will last if it is made well. Years of heavy use may lead to dents, dings or scratches, but the benefit of solid wood is that surface imperfections can be sanded out and the furniture can be refinished. On the flip side, solid wood furniture is susceptible to warping and cracking if exposed to extreme climate conditions and changes.

Veneers are often used for stability on surfaces that may warp if made from solid wood. Panels, sides and fronts of cases are typically made from veneers. Veneers are very durable and malleable, as illustrated by the many pieces of antique veneered furniture that are still in use today.

 

Value:

Furniture made completely from solid wood is more expensive than furniture made from a combination of veneers and solid wood. This stands to reason, since a larger quantity of high-quality lumber is needed. In the case of exotic woods with limited availability, solid wood options may not even be available or may be so costly that very few people would consider a purchase.

In the long run, solid wood has more longevity than veneer or furniture made with a combination of the two. The price comparison is subjective based on how much you really like the piece. Solid wood pieces will last longer and endure more surface blemishes. In the end, a tattered piece of solid wood furniture, that means a lot to you, can be refurbished for a fair price.

Understanding the differences in these two materials is very important when deciding on your next piece of furniture. Now you have the knowledge to make an informed decision.  Maybe now we can start to put to rest the idea that veneer is tacky!

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How to find your style.

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Gore Vidal

Knowing yourself and how you want to be portrayed are important elements in understanding your style. When you are confident in this knowledge, you will find your personal strengths and know what complements your personality.

 

Follow these tips to get on a better path:

 

  1. Know your style. The first thing you need to know is what furniture styles work for you and makes you happiest (i.e. traditional, transitional, modern). Finding which design concept works best for you will be essential. This process can take time, so it’s helpful to give yourself reference points from photos and magazines.

 

  1. Keep a design diary. Any time you see a picture or colour you feel great about, add a note or picture to your diary. Create a scrapbook of styles that inspire you. Whenever you see other homes in a magazine or movie, or see something you admire, take a picture and add it to your design diary. This will work as a reference point when designing your own home, somewhere to look back and start your design inspiration.

 

  1. Understand your personal colour scheme. Colours have a huge impact on your style and how you feel in a room. Some colours, like yellow and orange, can make you feel happy and excited while others, like blue and pink, can make you feel more calm and relaxed. Selecting different colours with similar hues can also enhance the overall ambiance. Knowing your colour palette will help express your style more effectively.

 

  1. Be mindful of your style and simplify. Find the key elements in your style, honestly. Trying to rely on someone else’s opinion may cloud your judgment. You may enjoy an idea or piece, but if you’re not completely in love with it, realize this truth and let go. This will benefit you in the long run.

 

Here are a few examples to help you get started on finding your own style!

 

 

Modern

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Contemporary

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Transitional

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Traditional

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Color Palette Ideas

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