The Ultimate Showdown: Fabric Vs Leather

The Ultimate Showdown: Fabric Vs Leather

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clientss when it comes to choosing a material for their sofa or sectionals, especially if they have pets and small children is, Fabric or Leather, which one should I get?

Now, there are valid arguments I can make for both options, but in the end what I always reply is that it’s a matter or their personal lifestyle, design preference, and budget.

When it comes to choosing between Fabric or Leather there are pros and cons for both.  Here are  few that can help you decide which one would be best for your home and your family:

  •  Maintenance:  Spills can be the nemesis of any sofa.  Leather can be slightly more forgiving.  However, regardless of your spill type, both should be treated the same way; soak it up ASAP.
  • Lifestyle: If you have pets, leather tends to be the better option, although it can get scratched easily.  But if you have children, especially if they enjoy using crayons or sharpies, fabric is a good choice because most fabric sofas come with cushions that are flippable.
  •  Comfort:  The feel of fabric sofas tend to be overall softer, warmer, and much more comfortable than leather; which can feel hot and sticky in summer and cold in winter.
  •  Colour and Pattern:  Although leather is now available is a variety of colours, they are still limited in texture.  Fabrics are virtually unlimited when it comes to colour, pattern, and texture.
  •  Hypoallergenic:  People suffering from allergies can often do better with leather versus fabric because it doesn’t harbour dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens.
  •  Cost:  It goes without saying that a sofa in a good quality leather will always cost more than in fabric.

Regardless of which you choose, there’s no fool proof way to protect your furniture.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to choose high quality materials.  The better the quality the longer your furniture will last.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola
Design Specialist at Decorium
Beatrice@decorium.ca

Measurements

It is extremely important to have the correct measurements  when you are ordering the furniture.

Especially the bigger pieces, like sectional sofas and over sized couches.

The  entrance to the room is the first step in the right direction.

The double doors to the house usually  have no problem to carry the furniture through, it is when there is one door entrance the size of the piece is especially counts.

Then the configuration of the room itself.

Make sure you have the floor plan available for the placement of the set.

Smaller pieces in the bigger space will make the room bigger and vice versa.

Article Written By: Renata Biala
Design Specialist at Decorium
Renata@decorium.ca

Sleep on a Marshall

My grandmother used to say: “thank God for the night”..

I never understood what exactly she meant, but now, getting older, I really appreciated her saying.

The most important part of your day is night! That’s where you regain your strength and beauty, where your whole body is getting stronger and rejuvenated for the next day.

That is where having a good mattress comes into play.

Marshall mattress is the the company that started as the makers of mattresses for hospitals; specifically for the orthopedic patent’s to help with problems like muscles and bones.

Getting Marshal mattress is simply investing in your health.

They are the inventors of the pocket coil springs, using all natural material like wool, cotton and  silk.

Have a good rest and sweet dreams!

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson
Design Consultant at Decorium
Alla@decorium.ca

Using Artwork In Your Home Decor

Whether you are a collector of original art or like to showcase your own photographs, displaying artwork is a great way to spruce up your walls, show off your personality, and create a flow of colour in your home decor.

Here are a few easy tips for Using Artwork In Your Home Decor:

  1.  Hang It Low – When hanging artwork, make sure to position it so the centre is at eye level.  If hanging it over furniture such as a sofa or table, the bottom of the frame or canvas should be only 8-16 inches above your piece of furniture.
  •  Set The Mood – As with all things, the colours in your artwork will set the mood in your room.  Use soft neutrals for a calming effect and bright colours for a lively, cheerful mood.
  •  Placement – When deciding where to hang your artwork, look around the room as you enter it and see where your eye lands first.  This will determine your focal point and the best place to hang your art to create the most impact.
  •  Spread The Love – Hang artwork in every room of your home (yes, even the bathroom). There’s nothing more depressing than a blank wall.  Wall art is a perfect finishing element that helps pull a space together and make it feel complete.
  •  Mix Things Up – For a striking display, mix different scaled pieces together.  Plan your layout on the floor in front of your wall first and play around with the arrangement until you achieve the visually balanced look you want.

KEEP CALM AND ART ON – Using artwork in your home decor doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  The most important thing is to buy and display what you love and surround yourself with pieces that will provide you and your guests with great pleasure on a daily basis.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola
Design Consultant At Decorium
Beatrice@decorium.ca

Spring and Summer Decor Trends

Colour trends:

Orange:  It radiates energy and excitement and can really brighten up a room

Yellow:    It stimulates feelings of happiness

Toffee:    It is a great classic neutral that can be put together with other lighter colours

Blue:        It is the perfect choice for a modern room, it brings depth to a space

Trending now:

90% white 10% colour : the addition of a touch of colour amidst tones of white brings calm to a room.

Light colour floors are popular to give a room an open, airy look and feel. Floral patterns are seasonal for toss pillows, art or on an upholstered chair.

Copper is a metal that’s here to stay!

Sofas with curves are very much on trend in contrast to linear sofas, creating a softer look.

Sectionals that have pluma plush provide comfort like the softness of a cloud – perfect for lounging after a long days.

Try incorporating some of these trends to give your room a seasonal lift!

Happy decorating!

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth
Design Consultant at Decorium
Ellen@decorium.ca

Scandinavian Decor

Scandinavian interior design is still a very popular style in 2019.

Characterized by minimalism, simplicity and functionality, it also includes the use of natural materials such as leather and wood.

Simple clean lines are combined with urban textures, matte finishes and work to make everyday lives easier.

Key elements:

lighting

form and function

fresh flowers and botanicals

neutural colors

clutter -free interiors

Article Written By: Renata Biala
Design Consultant At Decorium
Renata@decorium.ca

How to Mix and Match and Furniture

In the past less used to be more, however today “more is more!” I don’t know about you but designing your space with all natural colors can sometimes look very plain and simple. Buying pieces for your home can be difficult, which is why sometimes most people like to choose natural colors and get matching sets for their space. However I am here to give you some nice easy tips that can help you make your space look more vibrant and interesting, but still elegant.

One of the best things you can do is to start with the main piece in the room, like a sofa in a living room. This piece can be a natural color which will be the main focus of you room. Using this piece you can now add smaller accent pieces that can pop in your space. Accent chairs are a really good way to mix and match furniture because you can make the chairs in a brighter more vibrant color which will create a nice contrast within your space.

Another great way to mix and match your furniture is by choosing some pieces that will complement each other, this can work by making sure that all your pieces in your space “work” together.

  1. Look at fabric, you can chose the same material but in different colors and patterns
  2. Keep the style of your pieces the same, for example; traditional legs or clean modern lines, this can tie the room together even if you don’t match all the same pieces from the same set.

These are some easy ways to create a unique and different look within your space by just using these simple mix and match tricks!

Article Written By: Yuval Elbaum
Design Consultant at Decorium
Yuval@decorium.ca

Massage Chair Anyone?

Finally! You’re in the massage chair and now you’re going to see what it does. All of the features are accommodating to you’re body size and shape. With one touch your body is completely relaxed and you also have the option to program in your favourite songs for additional comfort. Advanced technology is used to provide deep tissue relief and increased circulation. Com into Decorium and taking a 15 minute free demo and you can experience that sense of heaven before you take it home.

Article Written By: Rachael Perray
Design Consultant at Decorium
Rachael@decorium.ca

Furniture Size & Scale

The proper scale is extremely important when you design any room.

One improper sized piece of furniture can ruin even the most beautiful design.

In order to place your pieces of furniture correctly, it is a good idea to first do the floor plan.

At Decorium we have a special computer program where you can organize the room according to the size of pieces.

When you sketch out a room, you realized the different configurations available for it, as well as the proportion of the items that you need.  Once you are aware of your options, you can decipher what is most suitable for your life style. For example, you can choose whether you want 2 sofas and 2 chairs, a sectional and 1 chair, sofa and loveseat, etc.

The whole idea is to set up your space with the right amount of furniture so that you can enjoy your room.

If you feel overwhelmed, you can always contact one of our design specialists and we will discuss your needs, sketch the rooms for you and help you put them together with beautiful furniture and accessories.

Article Written By: Adriana Glait
Design Specialist at Decorium
Adriana@decorium.ca

Colours for the Fall

Warm colors for the fall!


The winter is around the corner and we do feel the change in everything around us.

All the colors are changing from green to red, yellow and orange.

It can be quite beautiful and calming at the same time.

Small changes in your rooms will  bring joy and readiness for the fall and winter.

Change the rug, some toss pillows on the sofa, new shades for the lamps to set the mood.

Add some new flower arrangements and you will feel prepared for the early evenings and long nights.

Fall and winter can be very beautiful seasons with warm colors for the accessories in every room in your house!

 

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson

Design Consultant at Decorium

Alla@decorium.ca