How a dress can influence your next paint project

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!


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?


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.



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!


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!











Color Palette Ideas



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.

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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