Where Rustic Meets Modern

Where Rustic Meets Modern

Design Consultant Ellen Zworth from Decorium on Supertest, discusses on FS Local, how to use rustic and modern design elements, in tandem, to create a trendy home setting with a stunning visual contrast. Click the link below to read the full article!





How To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

This is a very common situation that all sorts of people deal with. Whether a young person moves away to school, an older couple decides to go from a huge house to a small condo, or a young couple that are just starting their lives together in a tiny apartment, you’re not alone!

Here are some tips to make life easier when you are furnishing your smaller space:

  • Choose furniture with exposed legs versus skirts, and cushions versus boxed seat cushions

E200 8pc. Sectional         Jacinth Sofa

  • Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of more space; always reflecting windows, art, etc. Reflecting natural light makes the room feel larger.  A mirrored wall will double the size of a room.
  • You can also break some rules! Just because you are furnishing a living room, doesn’t mean that you have to have a sofa, a loveseat, coffee table, etc. You can take a risk and design it in a different way. For example, four accent chairs; as long as it works with your everyday use.

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  • Limit the number of accessories to avoid a cluttered feel.
  • De-clutter the rooms. The lighter, minimalist look will be the right solution for this case – less furniture, less accessories.
  • Use materials such as glass or lucite, which happen to be very in style now, to help create a lighter look.


There is always a solution for every situation when furnishing your rooms. If you take into consideration some of the tips above, you will be able to create more inviting rooms, multi-functional and chic, all at the same time.

Article Written By:  Adriana Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest 

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Allentown Wall Clock

Spoil Your Dad on Fathers Day

Spoil Your Dad for Father’s Day at Decorium!


If you are planning to purchase a gift for your Dad at Decorium there are a few things that you need to consider:

Please take a moment and think about what kind of person your father is.

  • If your Dad likes to have all the family over for dinner, then it would be a good idea to choose one of our beautiful dining sets, like the Samira collection, the Carlington Grounds collection, or even the Leander Collection.

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  • If your Dad likes to have family movie nights, then the best gift would be one of our most comfortable sofas, like the Timothy or the Chloe sectional, with a suitable configuration.


  • If your Dad likes to nap on Father’s day, the perfect gift would be one of our queen or king beds. Our Tara collection hit the floor just a few days ago, and if your Dad lives in a condo, our Noho bed is just the right fit.

Noho Queen Storage Bed      Tara

  • If your Dad likes to rest, relax, listen to music or read a book, his perfect gift would be one of our relaxers. Our IMG or one of our special Stressless chairs and ottomans are the perfect partner for your father.

Eagle Chair & OttomanRelaxer Silo

  • After all this thinking, if you still don’t know what gift is right for him, you could choose something from our wide selection of accessories.


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Bicycle Bookends - Pair


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In the end, the most important thing is to celebrate together, enjoy your time with him, and honor him on Father’s Day. Please don’t forget to add a card to your Decorium present!

Happy Father’s Day!

Written by: Adriana Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest 

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Being Bold In An Urban World

Maybe you have downsized or have just bought your first condo, one thing’s for sure, the development of urban living is on the rise and here are some tips to bring out your bold side; and make that new living space roar in the concrete jungle!



Colour! Colour! Colour!

Gone is the myth that you can only use light colours in small spaces! Grab some deep rich tones like emerald green or royal blue and see how your furniture pops while your body relaxes. Darker walls help create a cozy atmosphere and show the world you’re fearless!


Accent walls

Not ready to go bold on all your walls? Try an accent wall by choosing a statement pattern like a Damask or Geometric. Balance out the other walls with some big pieces of art.

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Anchor your space

Choose a dark grey or black and have this in several spots around your home. This helps to balance out your room and works well with bold and vibrant colours creating a very sophisticated and modern look.



Size Matters

Choose large area rugs with big patterns and large wall art. The bigger the better when both of these things are concerned – think how many city buildings have giant art done by professional graffiti artists on the

outside – bring that idea inside!


Remember, urban dwelling is meant to be hip and cool. Don’t worry about trends just go with what makes you feel like you own the city!

Article written by: Victoria Manning, Design Consultant at Decorium Yonge Street

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Tips For Designing Your Home Office

Steve Forberg reveals secret hints and tips about designing the perfect home office space, on FSlocal.

Check it out here: http://www.fslocal.com/blog/decoriums-tips-for-designing-your-home-office/



Small space designing and tips


With the surge of condos, the need for small furniture that maximizes the potential of the space is growing. People need to take advantage of each nook and cranny but still want to be comfortable and stylish. Here are some tips:


Multi-functional furniture


Atton Writing Desk


Look for pieces that have more than one use. If you need a desk but don’t have enough room, look for a dining table that will meet both needs. If you tend to have guests stay overnight, invest in a sofa bed which will maximize the use of your space. Coffee tables with shelves, storage ottoman are also great space savers.



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Mirrors are a great way to make any room seem larger. If you position them across from a window it will be a great spot to receive natural light and reflect it to the rest of the room.


Translucent furniture

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A great idea for tables and chairs is to select clear/glass materials. This allows for more light to travel through the small space and decrease visual cramping.


Save space

Strawberry Creek Storage Rack


Invest in large bookcases that can serve multiple storage needs. This can be placed in a central location and store books, dishes, bins, baskets, treasures, linens, and office supplies.


Furniture placement

Many condominiums feature open concept living spaces and furniture is a great way to divide it up. For instance, it might make sense to place your sofa in the middle of the room and the tv on the wall facing it. You can then place a console or buffet behind it which can be used to store items for both living and dining.


Avoid matching

Select fabrics for your furniture in a variety prints, patterns and textures.  It will create a cozy, welcoming environment that will also distract from the size of the space.



When selecting rugs for a small space, leave room for your flooring to be visible. A rug will anchor your furniture. To make the room appear bigger, choose an area rug in a light color.



Potters Ceiling Lamp


Use chandeliers or pendant lights to create a focal point in the room. The use of lamps will also make your space warmer and seem bigger.


Choosing larger pieces of art to hang on your wall can make a room seem bigger.


Wall colour

When selecting a paint colour for a smaller space, it is important to choose a light colour which will make the space seem bigger and brighter.


Article Written By: Tara Bennett, Design Consultant at Decorium, Yonge Street

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5 Ways to Make a Space Feel Larger

1.   Light colours.

This tactic is all about creating the optical illusion of a larger space. Reflecting more light and decorating a room in lighter hues will trick the eyes into believing a room is bigger and brighter. Cream colours and icy blues is a fabulous and trendy colour combination that can really convert a tiny interior into what feels like a bigger living space.

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Painting walls in lighter colours will also reflect more light, making a space feel open and airy. If you paint your wall trim and moldings in an even lighter colour than your walls, the wall will appear further back in the space, making your room appear larger.

Always remember that dark colors absorb light and make a room feel smaller.

 2.   Mirrors and glass.

Maximize light using mirrors and glass to create even more reflections and softly bounce light around the space.

You can do this with furniture items that feature more mirror and glass accents, rather than solid wood or opaque colours.



3.   Window coverings.

Consider streamlining your window coverings, so they don’t take over a room. Avoid bulky window coverings that hide away light!

Shorten any long-flowing curtains, so they don’t pool on the floor, or try tying drapes back tightly, away from the windows.

Another trick is to create a vertical illusion with striped fabric in lighter colours. This will give a small space the illusion of higher ceilings.

4.   Furniture

The taller your couch, table, bed and other furnishings, the more floor space is opened up – this makes your place look that much bigger!

Then, use a bright-coloured rug across the floor of your living space. This technique will draw the viewer’s eye across the room, making the distance seem farther away than it actually is.



5.   Lighting

Add additional lighting for the night time and special occasions. This will add visual layers of ambiance, making the room feel more spacious.

Hang a chandelier. Suspending a light or chandelier in your room will give the room a feeling of grandeur, especially if it is clear or silver. Placing it closer to the ceiling will also draw the eyes upward, making the room feel taller. Using a floor lamp will give you a vertical illusion of a higher ceiling and provide more light as well. Taller table lamps with light-coloured shades will also make your room feel brighter and larger.

Julia Lane Upholstered Chair


Design advice by:

Artem Gurikov, Design Consultant at Decorium. 

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About Colour

The ability to see colour is achieved by the visual interpretation of light interacting the light receptors in the eye.  In 1708, Claude Boutet presented us with these colour circles, which remain the basis of our current colour wheel.


Different colours range from 3 to several  thousand:

  • Red, Yellow & Blue are Primary Colours which can’t be mixed from any other colours.
  • Corresponding Secondary Colours form another traid – Orange, Green & Purple. They are made by mixing equal parts of 2 primary colours.

The Tertiary group of colours are Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Red-Violet, Red-Orange, and Yellow-Orange – all made by mixing equal parts of primary and the second colour next to it on the colour wheel.

To create a harmonious colour scheme in your room, use more subtle colour relationships than contrasts. Be happy and content in your home with your favourite colour combinations.


Written by:

Lisba Selbo, Manager at Decorium Yonge Street

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How to Create a Reading Oasis in Your Home

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, idea, shared experience and the fruit of many inquiries.” – A.C. Grayling

Caitlyn Wing Chair Aveline Collection Bookshelves



A reading oasis is an escape for the curious and the intellectual mind. In order to start creating your reading oasis, you need 2 basic elements: a favourite spot in your home and a comfy chair.

While you only need 2 basic elements, there is more to consider when creating your dream oasis. Choose a location near natural light or add your own warm lighting to create the best reading conditions. With the popularity of e-readers ever expanding, make sure to pick a spot where there is an outlet present, if you use an e-reader. This way you do not interrupt your reading when you are running low on juice!

City Highback in Black Leather


What goes better with cozy than warmth? Keep your feet toasty by adding an area rug to your hardwood or tile floors. This will create more warmth in your space and add to the overall indulgence of the room. During the cold winter months, be sure to add soft textures and patterns to your nook. Soft textures such as cashmere, velvet, faux fur and wool will condition you to cuddle in for the long haul. Throughout the summer months, add a light throw and a colourful accent pillow to your chair to brighten the space.

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Next, adding accessories can bring life to every room in your home. So what makes your reading oasis any different? Adding accessories and end tables will open up a world of possibilities. Book end can take reading décor to a whole new level. There are a variety of fun and colourful book ends as well as other accessories to bring your oasis to life. Be sure to choose smaller sized end tables to place next to your chair(s) to allow for more room. Small end tables will give you the opportunity to mix function with funky.

Reading Accessories

Last but not least, adding candles to your area will not only create soft and cozy lighting, but they can create an indulgent atmosphere if you pick an inviting scent.

Candle and Tree Accessories


Design Advice By: 

Narges Moatamadi, Design Consultant at Decorium

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Haven – How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Charging Station For Your Mind and Spirit

Decorium Sales Manager Lisba Selbo discusses ways to make your bedroom an organized and well-decorated retreat.

Read the article: http://www.fslocal.com/blog/haven-bedrooom-charging-station-mind-spirit/