Decorating Your Condo

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Decorating Your Condo

Living in small spaces can present a major challenge for home owners particularly in cases where one is downsizing and moving from a large home to smaller accommodation. This challenge can be dealt with and overcome at two different levels. Firstly, there is the mental aspect of adjusting ones’ mindset to the space that they have to work with. A positive attitude will go a long way.

 

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Secondly, there is the matter of ensuring that the furniture and décor selected, serves to maximize the limited space available. For example, light colours will help to improve optics and provide airiness in small spaces. Dual purpose furniture such as sofa beds will also make a difference, especially if they offer storage capacity.

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In kitchens one should choose a modern look with light colours and metal base tables. When furnishing living rooms, sectionals can make a room appear larger; while in second bedrooms, a cabinet bed or a sofa bed can also be included to better manage space. Generally in choosing appropriate furniture for small spaces one should seriously consider utilizing the complimentary design service which Decorium offers. This tool can help anyone take full advantage of and enjoy living in a small space.

 

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Article Written By: Bill Lampert, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest.

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Finding The Perfect Sectional

Decisions Decisions! Stop finding yourself lost in a sea of sofas and read these tips on finding the perfect sectional.

Measure: To determine the best size sectional for your home, the first thing to decide is where you want to place it. If you choose to situate it by a wall with a window, the sofa should not be very high. If you’re putting it by a long wall, you may want to consider a large model. It is also important to consider the height of your family members and house mates. While small supports are great for shorter people, they will not be as comfortable for someone tall; and vice versa.

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Type modular: Picking the type of configuration you want is dependent on many factors, like the occupancy of your home, how often you have guests over, the size of your rooms/doorways and halls… etc. Typically sectionals are two or more seats, with a corner or chaise. It can be configured according to the available space, so it is important to have a floor plan to find the best solution. For small rooms we recommend the L-shaped sofas, and for large rooms, the U form.Brando Sectional 902445 Silo

Upholstery: We recommend fabrics resistant to abrasions and easy to maintain. The most common materials used are leather, cotton or synthetic fibers. Leather never goes out of style, but fabric offers more possibilities for designs and colours. Another material commonly used is PU. Considered as ecological, it’s made with polyurethane and surpluses from leather-making process. It has a smooth texture and is highly resistant to light and breakage. It is more similar to natural leather than PVC.

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Style: The style you choose should represent your taste and personality. The sectional should be combined with or complement the other accents and accessories in the room. Most popular are classic or modern style sofas. The classic sectionals have curved lines, both on the back and arms, while modern sofas have straight lines and lower arms. Both easily transcend and mesh with a variety of home design concepts and living space styles.

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Value and quality: We all want to keep our furniture for a long time, especially sectionals, so when we make the decision to buy a piece we must pay attention to this aspect. You will not save money by purchasing a cheap sectional with low quality materials. You will save money by spending it! Good quality furniture lasts longer, so you end up pay less in the long run. When shopping, ask about the materials that are used to make what you’re looking at, then research them when you go home. This will allow you to understand the type of material that best suits your needs. That way, when you see something you’re interested in, you’ll know what to expect when you bring it home. Also ask about guarantees before you say yes to that sectional; you may just save yourself from a future headache.

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Colour: To decide on a colour, you have to think about the rest of your furniture, the colour of the walls, curtains, carpets, etc. for that room. It is useful to bring pictures or samples of fabrics and colors from your room. It will be much easier for the designers to advise appropriately, which assists in the certainty of your choice. Neutral colours combine easily while stripes are more stylized. As for patterns, they work best in large and bright spaces.

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Visit our stores: We have a wide selection of sectionals, endless fabric and leather samples as well as a team of design consultants that are trained to assist you in more ways your could even imagine. In addition, the designers will help you configure your sectional and ultimately make the room of your dreams a reality.

 

Article Written By: Carolina Remer, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest.   

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Psychological effects of having good furniture

Having good furniture influences your subconscious. Why is it that your home is the place where everyone wants to congregate? Is it because of that great plush sofa in your family room, is it that table that stands proudly in your dining room, where family and friends want to gather around for a great meal, or is it just because you took the time to enjoy and create a personal style that belongs only to you!

Work with your design, so it pleases your body and mind! Believe it or not, the choices that you make when designing your home will have an effect on your emotions and how your family and friends feel when there are in your home. The colour of the walls in your home can portray the type of person you are, and so can your furniture. That being said, your style of couch should lead others to assume that you are “sociable”. Take a look around and see if your home is giving out the right impression.

 

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-That cozy sofa that everyone wants to be on

 

 

 

 

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– That beautiful chest of drawers, that houses all your loved ones photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-That dining room table, set with your grandmothers old china for all cherish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember those words from the Wizard of OZ,

“There’s no place like home!!”

Article Written By: Anna Carullo, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest 

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Holiday Lighting

With winter around the corner, it’s time for holiday lighting, so brighten up your home with these beautiful pendant lights. Like jewelry for your home, pendant lights give rooms the perfect finishing touch. From fun to fabulous, these lights will brighten up your homes for the holidays!

 

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Written by: Tara Bennett, Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge Street.

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A cozy Corner

The Doctor of Relaxation has noted that the cold weather is here and it’s time to make your cozy corner! Create one in your home with one of our stunning chaise lounge, a couple of decorative toss pillows and a throw. Get ready to kick back and relax by a fire or in a corner of your bedroom, there is a spot to find in everyone’s home!

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Written by: Victoria Manning, Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge St. 

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Home for the Holidays – Decorium Design Tips

No one Says home for the holidays like Decorium.

Click the link below to check out this month’s expert advice on FS Local, provided by executive Tara Lindsay.

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Top 5 Lighting Ideas

Lighting needs in our homes change from room to room. Each space requires a different level of illumination. Light in the bedroom and dining room must have a level lower than in the living room or kitchen. These spaces are where we socialize; we enjoy meals and where we share time with family and friends. The lighting should be soft, enjoyable and lovely, so the important thing is to make sure to find the perfect lamp for every room of your house.

 

PENDANT LIGHTING

 

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Pendant lighting has been an important trend in decorating this year and will continue into next year. Using these lamps will help to create perfectly lit spaces. The kitchen especially needs far more light than other rooms in the house, so that you can safely see the food you prepare and cook. If you have ever tried to cook in a poorly lit kitchen, you know how disconcerting (and even dangerous) it can be. Some in-demand pendant lighting draw inspiration from the past, while other styles are unique and contemporary in design.

With any version of pendant lighting styles are popularly placed in a space with a contemporary design scheme. Bowl drum pendants and standard pendants are both important silhouettes. Multi-light pendants are another important category, with many trend-setters choosing several fixtures to incorporate with their internal designs.

 

CHANDELIERS

 

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Lighting choices can also take cues from transitional craftsmanship, defined by clean lines and lighter finishes. People have been looking at dark, heavy scrolls for so long that they are wanting something light and fresh.

A hot look in light fixtures right now is mixed metal, dulled gold, and foiled silver over gold. These finishes are popular with the transitional style because it has an antique yet contemporary look.

 

FLOOR LAMPS

 

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One of the easiest ways to create a romantic mood in the bedroom is by using floor lamps. Lighting is one of the most important components and a floor lamp can go a long way towards providing just the right mood. You’ll also want to consider the bulbs you use in the floor lamp, which are an equally important part of the equation.

If you prefer to convey a tranquil, relaxing mood in your bedroom, that’s another goal a floor lamp – with the right bulb – could help you achieve.

 

Origami Lamps

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Lamps I’ve introduce today are not only going to give an origami touch to your decor , but will also give an enigmatic touch to your room. Practically weightless and providing soft and cozy lighting, these lamps give to our rooms a special and different touch. With origami lamps, you can create very neutral lighting to match any style of furniture; with white being the easiest to match of course.

 

FURNITURE WITH LIGHT

 

Cabinets that have built-in lights, direct or indirect, help to create another level of comfort and amenity.
It is a trend that we will see even more.

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Article Written By: Carolina Remer, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Living In Colour

If you think of the way we describe certain emotions, seeing red, feeling blue, green with envy; there is no denying that colour and mood are linked. Slip on a tailored little black dress and you instantly feel chic and sexy. Pop open a sunny yellow umbrella on a gloomy day and some of that glow will rub off on you. In order to create the same feeling in your home, add some colour, or pops of colour to every room. Here are some colours and the moods they emit!

 

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Green  is a restful colour, relaxing and easy on the eyes

 

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Orange provides a room with an energetic feel

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Blue is calm and serene, perfect for adding relaxing touches to any room

 

Brown

 

Brown adds a warm and comfortable feeling to any room, from a den or family room to a bedroom

 

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No other colour can provide the excitement and fire that red can add to your home décor

 

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Touches of purple throughout your home add sophistication and fun

 

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Yellow adds sunshine to your life, your home and your spirit!

 

Article Written By: Anna Carullo, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest. 

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Sneak Peak On Fall Decor

Although I am very sad to see summer leave us, I’m excited for the Fall – the arrival of my first grandchild as well as fall decor & fashion (some really great boots!)

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Fall is a great time to transform your home to capture the spirit of the season by adding spice and warmth. This year, take a look at the beauty of nature’s fall wardrobe by using all the colors of the Autumn palette.

 

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When purchasing furnishing for your living room, look for furniture that is neutral and warm in color. Brown and mocha couches work well for all seasons, especially fall.  To create a warm, cozy feel decorate with fall colored accessories. Put an autumn colored throw pillows on your couch.

 

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Colorful candles bring beauty in the seasons’ colors. Even when not lit, candles create a warm ambiance in the room. Fall is about layering and creating warmth. It is about texture.

 

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So when the weather turns cool and crispy, your home becomes more a heaven than ever.  From golden welcoming space this Fall.

 

Article Written By: Marta Wojtal, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest. 

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Decorating Your Condo

Decorating  your condo, or any condo for that matter, can be a very challenging but gratifying experience, particularly in cases where space is often limited. In decorating your condo, the key is to develop a meaningful, yet realistic plan before you start. It is essential to organize yourself in order to maximize your space, but not necessarily compromise on style.

Be Creative and maximize storage opportunities where possible. Wherever you can benefit from built-ins, do so.

 

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Learn to utilize colour to visually expand space. For example in the case of bedrooms, dark ceilings can give a room height, while the use of mirrors can help to make a room larger than it actually is.

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Combining materials such as velvet and mohair’s with luxe lighting can connect rooms visually and give them a full and cozy feeling.

 

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Written By: Bill Lampert, Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest.
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