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


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.




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Tips for Buying Furniture

We thought we’d share a few helpful tips!

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Tips for Buying Furniture

We thought we’d share a few helpful tips!

Before buying furniture, asking yourself these questions may prevent hasty decisions. It would be sad to spend a lot of money, only to be overcome by buyers remorse as soon as the eagerly awaited purchase is delivered.

At that point there are two unpleasant choices: the hassle of returning or exchanging your furniture, or learning to live with it even though it doesn’t feel right and no one wants that!

In other words, impulse buying when it comes to furniture is best avoided as it can wreak havoc with your sanity and pocketbook.

It is easier to figure out what you need by asking yourself these simple questions:

How much space do I have?

Space is important because it determines the scale and number of pieces to buy. What would you consider absolutely essential in a small space? Could something serve a dual purpose? Would a certain finish or color make a piece less overwhelming?

Furnishing a Small Space

A large space might mean that your furniture has to be scaled accordingly, as small pieces tend to look scattered and without anchor in larger spaces. Scale plays a large role in the decision of any item you desire. The wrong scale can ruin an entire space.

Obviously you have more leeway in choosing a style or fabric if only you are going to use that space. However, if others are sharing it, their needs and preferences have to be addressed as well.

This is important in determining the type of furniture you need, its height, width and even the depth of a seat. It should be a consideration in choosing colors, fabrics, finishes and material. For instance, a delicate color or fabric would not work well in a room where small children play. Be carefule to choose wisely while keeping the people that use the space in mind.

What is the space used for?

Your furniture should always serve as the background for your life and as it is meant to enhance and complement it, it should not be a maintenance nightmare.
Is it the room where the family watches TV and unwinds? Then comfortable seating and a coffee table with a hardy finish should be among the pieces you consider. Maybe you need fabric protection if your family likes to snack while watching TV.

If it is a dining room or bedroom will it also serve as a home office? Or will your home office double as a guest room?

Which colors do I find attractive?

Do you find yourself gravitating towards certain colors? It would be smart to consider them, because your favorite colors tend to make you feel comfortable and happy. Are there any colors that you absolutely, positively hate? Avoid them even if they happen to be in fashion at the moment. What about the vibrancy of the color? Decide on colors that make you feel good and bring out the kind of mood you want in that room.

Is there other furniture or artwork in the room already?

Any furniture, rugs, or artwork that you already have can serve as a good starting point. It’s a good idea to take pre-existing pieces into consideration or your room could end up looking hodgepodge and uninviting even if all the pieces are wonderful individually. You should also consider if your new piece is going to be the focal point in the room, or play a secondary role.

While this can be scary, it can also be very exciting. What can possibly be more exhilarating than furnishing your own space the way you want to?

If it is difficult to get started, go through magazines, catalogs and websites, to collect pictures that appeal to you. It will soon help you determine your own personal style if you don’t know it already.

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How long do I plan to use it?

How long you plan to use a piece of furniture determines how much you should spend on it, or whether you’d be satisfied making a compromise. If you plan to use something for just a couple of years or like to change your surroundings frequently then it might not be a good idea to buy very expensive furniture. However when you want something to last it makes sense to look for quality and thats what Decorium offers.

And finally, but most importantly, what kind of a budget do I have?

Is money no object or do you have a limited budget? Even if it is the latter, you can find a variety of furniture to fit any kind of taste, budget or need at Decorium.  You should end up with something that you absolutely love which after all is what we do…making beuatiful rooms together.