What Should I Buy? Leather or Fabric…


What Should I Buy? Leather or Fabric…

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get when a client needs to buy a sofa is, “What should I buy, leather or fabric?”

There is no right answer. 

There are some advantages and disadvantages with both options, but understanding the differences will certainly help you make the right decision for your home.

 Advantages and Disadvantages of Fabric:

  • Fabric tends to be more comfortable than leather, because overall it is softer and warmer.  

  • Wear and tear on fabric can vary depending on the grade and the contents of the fabric. Fabric will not scratch like leather may.

  • Fabrics are unlimited in their colour and pattern selections. This is a very useful feature when matching a sofa with already existing pieces or colours in a room.

  • In terms of budget, fabric is usually less costly than leather.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Leather:

  • Leather is more sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, where it can feel warmer in summer and rather chilly in winter. 

  • Wear and tear on leather is very consistent. Initially, leather can be stiff when it is first purchased, but with time, the material becomes more flexible and relaxed.

  • When it comes to colour and pattern, leather options are more limited than with fabric. Leather is available in its natural form, dyed or undyed, but the combinations of patterns and textures are more restricted, given the natural characteristics.

  • Leather sofas are not susceptible to dust mites and other allergens that you will find in a fabric sofa. This is a very important advantage to leather, especially if there is a member in your family that suffers from allergies.

  • Leather is very easy to clean. Spills can easily be wiped off with a lightly dampened cloth. If taken care of properly, it is very durable, having greater resilience to wear and tear. 

There are pros and cons to both choices. By better understanding them, we hope you have gained the right tools to find the material that will best suit your lifestyle.

At Decorium, both these materials meet a common ground when it comes to warranty and protection. With the protection plan that we offer, you can protect your furniture against many of the disadvantages mentioned above. 

Article written by Adriana Glait, Design Consultant at Decorium Furniture.


Top 10 Furniture Buying Tips

Shopping for new furniture is exciting! It can be challenging, but when conducted properly, it’s not! Before beginning to look for your next show piece, consider the following tips to make your endeavours a whole lot easier:

  1. Remember to measure your room, access hallways and elevators, doorways, stairs and ceiling heights. – Your furniture needs to fit; both in the new space and en route to its designated spot!
  2. Understand the scale of the furniture as seen in-store. Even though a piece may appear “just right” it could end up much too large for your room. (Remember step one!) Bring your measurements with you whenever you visit a showroom. At Decorium, we can show you which pieces will fit your specific dimensions with the desired style in mind.
  3. Know the colour(s) you want to work with. Our memory for colour is not always exact. Be safe rather than sorry! – Under different lighting, certain shades can seem very close in appearance, but in fact, they are quite dissimilar. If you are matching colours in an existing room, bring the actual colour(s) into the store to co-ordinate the hues. Get the colours right the first time!
  4. Trends and colour fads may come and go. If you change your furniture often, then go ahead and be a trendsetter. If not, choose furniture that will appeal to you now and for years to come.   Owning a basic, more neutral style of furniture can let you accessorize according to the current trends and seasons.
  5. Consider how the room will be utilized. If it’s going to be designated as the family room, maybe using ivory silk isn’t the best of ideas. Embrace a look that accommodates you and the people who will actually enjoy the room.  It’ll be very important to think about how much traffic the room will encounter. Higher traffic areas should receive pieces with higher quality craftsmanship.
  6. It’s a good idea to try out the comfort of your items before actually buying them. If purchasing from a catalogue, ask to try something similar to get a general feel of the item. Stores often carry multiple products from the same supplier. So take a seat and try out all the options!
  7. If you’re unsure about something, ask as many questions as you can about the furniture you are thinking of buying. –  (Once again, consider step one!)
  8. Get as much input as you can  from friends and general family members before making any purchasing decisions. Only the true decision makers should be involved in making the final purchase, however. Of course, you will buy what you like, but making an informed decision will lead to greater and lasting satisfaction for everyone! – Here at Decorium, we’re happy to help you figure out what’s right for you and your family.
  9. Recognize that value means more than price. One generally gets what one pays for, so if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Look for quality, function, durability and price as a true measure for “value”. – In getting a little background understanding of the construction and craftsmanship involved, this will help you better define quality furniture.
  10. Finally, seek out and communicate with the true professionals/salespeople in the stores you’re browsing. The staff host a wealth of information they are glad to share to make your final buying decision far easier. Go ahead and ask for more details. The staff are there for you; they must know a thing or two!

So whenever you decide to start looking for you next piece of furniture, keep these helpful tips in mind. You will be off to a great start in picking what’s right for you.

Article written by Lisba Selbo, Decorium Store Manager/Interior Designer



Area rugs and hardwood floors are not mortal enemies!

Area Rug 101

What kind of thoughts come to mind when thinking of an area rug – maybe cozy? Warm? Ever wonder what the real purpose of an area rug is?

Know the basics

Our Design staff at Decorium will agree, although area rugs are warm and cozy, their main purpose is to define the space and designate a functional zone – for example the living room and dining room in one large open area.

The most important thing to know is that the size of the area rug conveys the approximate size of this ‘zone’.

Why does size matter?

An undersized rug will make a small room seem smaller and a large room look disconnected; therefore, go big! Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of the couch and chairs to create a cohesive look. Rugs typically look better when all the furniture is on them!

Remember, area rugs are a detail that make a room feel finished so choose one that complements all of its surrounding components. One thing I always tell people about patterned area rugs is to recognize where the pattern will ‘land’ after placement – if it is not an all-over consistent pattern (asymmetrical) then you must keep in mind where that big bold flower (for example) will be located once your furniture is placed on top.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix the scale of designs within the room. Have a small scattered print on your drapes? Try going for a large lively design on the area rug!

Get fearless, have fun and buy what you love! Afterall, the area rug can be art for your floor!

Article written by Victoria Manning, Design Consultant at Decorium.



Think Globally: 7 Interior Design Trends for 2015 from Decorium

Buyer Tara Lindsay discusses the latest interior design trends for 2015 on FSLocal.

Read the article: http://www.fslocal.com/blog/think-globally-7-interior-design-trends-2015/


How to Choose a Quality Sofa!

Whatever you call it – a sofa, chesterfield or couch – it is a major investment. While style is a personal preference, it is important to keep in mind these universal criteria when selecting your sofa:

Check the Frame

Quality sofas should feel solid and heavy. Look at a frame made from kiln-dried hardwood, such as such maple or birch, or alternatively, a high quality hardwood plywood. A sturdy frame means a longer lasting sofa with a stronger foundation.


A good sofa should be comprised of sinuous spring construction which is at least 8 gauges in size. Higher price point sofas (with higher end quality) will have 8-way hand-tied web and coil construction. Good spring construction will provide extra support and lasting comfort throughout the years.


A good quality sofa should have at least 1.8lb to 2lbs of high resilient density foam. Oftentimes the foam is wrapped with 100% polyester fiber. Higher density foam means the sofa will keep its shape longer over time.


The best sofas have joints or corners that are double-doweled, corner-blocked, glued and secured with screws (not stapled) into place for greater durability.


It is extremely important when you are selecting a fabric for a sofa, in a high traffic area, like the family room, to choose a durable fabric. You can’t usually tell how well a fabric will hold up until it has been tested! For designers, the testing method is called abrasion data or double rubs. What this means is quite simple – a double rub is a testing method that uses a special machine that passes a testing pad back and forth over the fabric until it eventually wears out. Each back and forth pass is known as a double rub. The number of double rubs a fabric has is always labelled on the back of the fabric sample. The entry level of double rubs for a residential sofa is 15,000 double rubs, so if the fabric exceeds 25,000, it should be very durable for everyday use in your home!

Since sofas are a big investment, you’ll want yours to stay in fashion as long as possible. Given that, it’s best to stick with a neutral fabric. You can always add colour and pattern with a few pillows. Plus, pillows are easy and inexpensive to change should you decide to redecorate.

Buy the best quality sofa you can afford that has the comfort you like and the style you love!


Design advice by Ellen Zworth at Decorium



How to Design Your Dining Space to Stimulate Everyone’s Appetite!

Dining is always enjoyable but it can be simply sensational when served with stunning home décor!

The look of your dining space can amplify the appetite of your guests and create a more satisfying ambiance. When planning your dining decor, whether you are hosting a dinner party or simply dining with the family, here are a few things to keep in mind to get others to eat more generously:


Plan the dining room from the ground up. If you need to replace the existing floor, there are many options to choose from. Hardwoods, ceramic tile and slate are all good options for a more natural, timeless look. An accent rug is much easier to clean or replace than a fully carpeted room. Remember, a space that is not easily cleaned is not very practical!


Comfortable chairs and a large table are essential ingredients to serving up great décor in the dining area. Don’t be afraid to mix and match chairs for a more personalized, transitional look.

For the table itself, make sure that the table size can expand to accommodate a larger party or shrink to become an intimate table for two. A sideboard or serving buffet is also a luxurious addition for beautiful food presentation.


Softer, more romantic lighting is ideal. An ambiance that makes everyone feel more comfortable and relaxed – because hey, let’s face it, we all look better under softer lighting – can really whet our appetites! Wall sconces can also be a fantastic addition to your lighting plan and, of course, a few candle lights. Softer lighting will create that attractive atmosphere that makes everyone feel more satisfied and fulfilled throughout the meal.


In the dining room, vivid, deep colours can actually help stimulate appetite and conversation. Reds, spicy oranges and burgundies are excellent colour choices to warm things up. When setting a table, remember a darker colour palette will actually make the food appear more appealing. Some hues, however, sway a person to feel less hungry, such as greys and blues, and should be avoided at the table if you want your friends and family to eat heartily.


Accessories in the dining room are important because they increase the food’s appeal and connect the food with the surroundings.

Artwork appropriate for the dining space and style of décor is always a great idea. Art that depicts oversized wine bottles or a collection of black and white photographs of famous restaurants around the world are appropriate.

On a sideboard, perhaps arrange a wine bottle with a collection of glasses, with a bowl of fruit, oversized grapes or faux grape vines.

A dining room should always reflect a feeling of comfort, closeness, and sophistication. When you serve good dining décor in your home, you can actually make guests feel more at home, increase their appetites and help to stimulate conversation with the right elements. It’s what we all want!


Design advice by Alla Wolfson at Decorium


Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying New Furniture!

Shopping for new furniture is always an exciting experience! At the same time, it can be a very tiring task. If you are planning to buy furniture in the near future, here are some helpful questions to make the process a little easier!

Who will be using the space?

Is this space primarily for you, your children, your friends and family? Obviously for personal space, you have more leeway in choosing a style or fabric. However, if you’re sharing the space with others, their needs and preferences have to be addressed as well.

To better visualize the full scale of the new space for everyone, it’ll be beneficial to think about all aspects of the furniture before really starting to look. For example:

How much space do I have and will this new furniture fit into my house?

Before you begin to shop for new furniture, it will be important to write down ALL measurements needed for the process. More often than not, people will only take down the dimensions of the room they are decorating or the size limit of the furniture. These are big mistakes!

It will be essential to measure the hallways and doorways the furniture will be passing through to get to the room itself. Without considering the path, you may have a brand new hallway sofa to show off! Lol. 

Depending on how often you move and redecorate, you should ask yourself:

How long do I plan to use my new furniture?

The length of time you plan to use a piece of furniture can help determine the kind of furniture you need. If you plan to use something for only a few years or like to change your surroundings frequently, then it might not be a good idea to buy heavy or more permanent furniture. However, when you want something to last, it makes sense to look for quality; this is generally reflected in the price and the quality of manufacture.

To make sure you are getting the right quality, you should keep in mind:

What kind of attributes should I look for in my furniture?

For some people, it’s critical to know precisely how their future sofa is constructed or what type of solid hardwood is used to make their coffee table. The quality of the materials used is often reflected in the price point. For instance, if you are interested in purchasing something made out of solid hardwood, a higher price point can be expected. The more care invested in the manufacturing – such as the intricacy of the weave, fiber content, construction, and performance characteristics – the more likely the furniture will maintain its value over time.

Whether you need your furniture immediately or you have some time to reflect on your future purchase, it will be helpful to ask yourself:

When do I need my furniture delivered?

Sometimes quality furniture can take a long time to select and have delivered to your home. Delivery times can vary depending on the product selected. Custom-made products can take a bit longer simply due to the fact that a one of a kind item is being custom made to meet your specifications.

Are there ways to protect my furniture against accidents?

Other than the daily wear and tear, if you are concerned about accidents, you may want to consider a protection plan.

Other stores may offer other plans, but at Decorium, we offer a Guardsman warranty protection plan for all our furniture. Our protection plan requires a one-time payment and protects your furniture for 5 or 10 years, guaranteed.

With your newfound answers to these questions, we hope you can better find the furniture you’re looking for. With great selection and quality products, we also look forward to serving you soon!


Design advice by Artem Gurikov at Decorium


Tips for Modern Decor

When it comes to modern and contemporary, many people become confused with the two and what they actually mean. While contemporary is what is in and trendy now, modern in a sleek design that is more historical. When looking for modern furniture it is essential to pay attention to the lines of a piece. Here are some tips to help you in decorating a modern home.

 Make sure lines are simple and elegant

  • When going modern the room is about the space you fill and don’t fill. Not every way and corner needs to be covered. A modern décor is open and leaves room to breathe.
  • A modern design includes wall space that is a little bit more empty. 4-6 smaller symmetrical frames aligned or one large piece that leaves space creates the perfect modern focal point.
  • Modern style includes furniture pieces with low rise backs and clean lines.
  • When accessorizing simple lines and colours with bold graphics are the way to go.
  • For example, instead of a rug with many colours and patterns, try a rug with bold lines and one or two splashes of colour.  Modern décor can be tricky but these simple steps will help you in your modern journey.

Clean and simple lines

Bold and focused –  not scattered

And remember LESS is MORE!

 Design tips by Marta Wojtal at Decorium Furniture


The Virtues of our Family Business


Three generations ago our grandparents immigrated to Canada after the war.  Coming to this new land with nothing, they had no other option but to work hard to start their new life and support their 4 children.

Honesty, integrity, hard work and respect for others are the core virtues and values that we have inherited and continue use as the foundation for everything we do at Decorium. It’s the only way to live your life and the only way to run your business.  Just like our father Joe always told us, “You can sell a customer once or you can make them happy for a lifetime.” This is our objective at Decorium.

Over the years, we have learned valuable lessons from our father and our grandfather. These are lessons that cannot be learned without having the benefit of that experience in your family. We know we must extend ourselves daily to earn the trust and confidence of every single customer who visits one of our showrooms or visits our website or social media.

The world has changed over the past 70 years but the way people should be treated hasn’t! We get this at Decorium.




Deck the Halls – Classic Holiday Decorating Advice by Azam Fahkrpour

A sophisticated Holiday look is easy to achieve. Here are a few tips to create a romantic simplicity that’s about natural materials, texture, and pureness of the design by our Decorium Design Consultant, Azam Fahkrpour.

Read the article: http://www.fslocal.com/blog/holiday-decorating-advice/