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Bold Furniture — How To Make It Work

Large wooden, rustic entertainment unit in a modern living room

The famous American poet, Robert Frost, is quoted as saying, “Freedom lies in being bold.” While he was likely referencing the power of the written word, and not furniture, there is truth in this statement when it comes to your home. We encourage you to move away from being timid in your design choices and be bold.

 

Being bold is empowering, it demonstrates strength, and it allows for creative design. Bold can refer to colour, style, size, or even the placement of furniture and decor — and it’s definitely not something to be afraid of.

 

At Smitty’s, we often get questions from customers who are nervous about purchasing larger furniture pieces or dramatically designed pieces. In this blog, we hope to inspire you with some tips on how to make bold furniture work in your home.

 

Bold Designs

Modern glass and metal shelf with two layers and funky design

 

Not every home is bright or airy or spacious — but every home has the potential to show off its unique features by accenting the space with bold designs.

 

A bold design could be an artistically crafted console table (as with this gorgeous Hooker Furniture table above), or it can be colourful area rug or glam floor lamp.

 

Here are some simple ways to bring some bold design into your space without breaking your budget or completely redesigning your space:

 

Colourful and metallic accent piecesGlass and brassy gold candle hurricanes

Start small by adding a combination of colourful or metallic decorative pieces. These decor elements can be placed on side tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, dining tables, counters, and more.

 

Artwork

Contemporary, colourful artwork with a white mat and black frame

 

Changing your wall art can instantly refresh your entire room. Adding a strongly painted, colourful, or large painting is a great way to add some boldness into your space. You may also consider adding two or three smaller pieces and positioning them together as a group on your wall.

 

Coffee tables

Wood topped metal, rectangular coffee table with a funky design

 

Coffee tables are typically one of the focal points in your living room, which makes them an ideal piece to update with something bold. Consider glass, metal, wood, or a combination to make a strong statement.

 

Bold Furniture

Funky dining room with large bench and chairs and hanging lamps

If you are ready to replace larger furniture pieces in your home, then you have the opportunity to add some bold furniture and change the look and feel of your space.

 

The top furniture pieces that can help you make an instant statement in your home include:

  • Dining room table & chairs
  • Hutch
  • Living room entertainment console
  • Sofa
  • Bedroom suite

By updating these integral furniture pieces with new designs that offer bold features will give your home new life. It’s amazing the difference you can make by replacing a major item in the room.

 

In fact, often our customers will decide not to paint their rooms (saving themselves both hassle and money) because, after they’ve installed their new furniture, they discover that the whole room has changed for the better — and the painting project is no longer necessary.

Bed with wooden and fabric headboard and metal legs

For example, if you have a dark bedroom space, because of a darker paint on the walls or limited natural lighting, consider replacing your bedroom suite with a lighter coloured bed with a more pronounced headboard. A larger, bolder headboard will naturally draw your focus to the bed and surrounding furniture pieces, rather than the dark walls.

 

Whatever area of your home you are looking to update, don’t shy away from bold furniture. Making a strong choice in your design will showcase your space and will make you feel positive about your environment.


Visit us as Smitty’s and let’s update your home with some fantastic, bold furniture.

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How To Add Natural Elements to Your Decor

Linen sectionnal, wooden coffee table, wicker accents

This is the perfect time of year to bring nature into your home. Natural and organic fabrics and decor will add warmth to your space, and will also help create a relaxing environment. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when considering adding natural elements to your decor:

 

What kinds of natural fabrics are available for my furniture?

 

There are more natural fabrics on the market than ever before, it just depends on the brand and the retailer.

 

Some furniture brands, like Brentwood and Decor-Rest offer the ability to customize your pieces by choosing from a range of fabrics. These fabrics may include the following natural fabrics:

  • Leather
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Jute
  • Wool

It is important to consider that different natural fabrics offer different levels of wear.

 

For example, silk is more delicate and is not meant for high-wear areas, like sofas. On the other hand, leather is extremely durable and wears well over time, which makes it ideal for sofas.

 

What kind of natural fabrics are best for my furniture?

 

Choosing which fabric will work best for your sofa, accent chair, or other furniture pieces comes down to how the furniture will be used. Key questions to ask yourself include:

  • Who will be sitting on the furniture?
  • Will children use the furniture?
  • Will pets be allowed to sit on the furniture?
  • Will there be food or drink consumed (i.e. dining chairs)?
  • Will it be placed by an entryway (i.e. dirty footwear)?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may want to consider a more durable and easy-to-clean natural fabric, like Crypton fabrics.

 

Crypton fabrics have built-in stain repellency, built-in odor resistance, and enhanced abrasion resistance. Smitty’s carries a range of Crypton fabrics and our team will be happy to review what is available for your particular furniture item.

 

What kind of natural decor should I get?

 

When choosing a natural, decorative item, it really comes down to your personal style.

 

It is very on-trend to decorate with wooden elements like naturally-shaped wooden bowls. However, wood isn’t to everyone’s liking.

 

If wood isn’t your thing, you may want to add a glass vase and some floral arrangements to your dining table, coffee table, or side table.

 

Another great way to bring some natural design elements into your space is to add a rattan or bamboo tray. This tray could be placed on a coffee table and hold other decorative items, like candles or books, or it can be used functionally to serve snacks or beverages.

 

Whatever your style, at Smitty’s, we can help you find natural elements to suit your taste and your lifestyle. Visit us for a free interior decorating consultation to learn more.

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Coffee Table, Side Table, or Ottoman?

Matching Sofa & Loveseat with Chrome Coffee Table & Side Table

It can be a tough decision…should you get a coffee table, a side table, an ottoman, or all three?

 

Your decision will vary depending on a variety of factors, most importantly your style and your budget. However, there are some important things to consider when you are trying to decide which furniture will work best in your space.

 

Pros & cons of coffee tables

Wood and metal coffee table

 

A coffee table is a key focal point of your living room. It helps to define your space and it provides you with functional space.

 

Coffee tables are available in an incredible range of materials, sizes, and shapes, and they can blend in with your other furnishings and decor or stand out as a design element. The table above is designed and built by Forge Design.

 

Pros of coffee tables

Creates a focal point in your room

Adds useful, functional space

Can be used to house decor

Can be used as a footrest

 

Cons of coffee tables

Gets in your way

Taking up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch

 

Pros & cons of ottomans

Blue fabric ottoman with nailhead design

An ottoman can also act as a key focal point of your living room. Much like a coffee table, an ottoman will help to define your room and, depending on its design, it may provide you with functional space.

 

Ottomans are also available in a wide range of materials, sizes, and shapes, and they can blend in with your other furnishings and decor or stand out as a design element. The ottoman above is designed and built by Brentwood.

 

Pros of ottomans

Creates a focal point in your room

Adds functional space

Adds storage space (some ottomans will open to reveal a storage compartment)

Can be used as a footrest, and padded ottomans are more comfortable for your feet than wooden or glass coffee tables

 

Cons of ottomans

Gets in your way

Taking up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch

 

Pros & cons of side tables

Chrome side table

Side tables help to define a living area. Traditionally placed on either side of a sofa or seating area, side tables are generally more functional than decorative — although there are some brands like Artage, (feature above) that achieve both form and function.

 

Pros of side tables

Adds functional space

Provides suitable locations for lighting

Frames a room

Adds a decorative element to your space

 

Cons of side tables

Getting in your way

Takes up valuable floor space in smaller rooms

Depending on the material it may require regular cleaning

May stain or scratch


There are plenty of good reasons to have one or more of these furniture pieces in your space. Visit the experts at Smitty’s and we’ll help you figure out the best options for your home.

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Decorating Tip of the Month: Vases

Wood boards with a hanging chalkboard with the words Helpful Tips

At Smitty’s, we want to help you furnish and decorate your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and decor that works — whatever your lifestyle.

 

Each month we will feature a decorating tip to help you achieve your interior decorating dreams.

 

If you have questions or tips that you would like our Smitty’s interior decorators to answer, just let us know.

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Three modern white and gold vases
 

Vases are a wonderful accessory that can be added to virtually any space in your home. Available in more shapes, colours, and styles than imaginable, vases are a great finishing touch to your decor.

 

Vases are practical as they can hold flowers and candles, or they can simply be decorative — it all depends on your space and your personal preference.

 

Here are a few ways to incorporate vases in your home:

 

Groupings

Placing small groupings of vases together is definitely on trend. The vase grouping will look extra special if you mix and match different sizes and shapes.

 

Colour and patterns

Grouped or solo, you can showcase vases of different colours and patterns for a whimsical look.

 

Locations

There are so many places that vases look great. Spaces include: bathroom counters, bedroom night tables, dining room tables, entryway consoles, media consoles, bookshelves, and more. Just make sure you place your vases in a spot where you won’t knock them over!

 

Feng Shui

Some people decorate by incorporating the principles of Feng Shui. In this case, you may want to create a ‘wealth vase’. A wealth vase is typically a vase with a smaller neck than the body, that has a cover. The idea is to fill the inside of the vase with contents to bring wealth into your life. Elements can include: gems, crystals, coins, etc.

 

Whatever your style, vases look great in every home. Visit us at Smitty’s to find perfect vases for your home today.

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Spring Decorating Trends

Ultra Violet, Flower petals, purple fabric swatch, purple sectional, and a woman wearing purple.

 

Spring has sprung, the crocuses are sprouting, and colour is coming back into our world. We can officially say goodbye to grey skies and dreary landscapes — which is great because, if you’re like the team at Smitty’s, you are probably ready for some colour!

 

By now, you’ve probably heard that the Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet. This is a dramatic colour and one that Pantone describes as: “Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

 

If being dramatic or intense is not really your thing, don’t worry — there are lots of easy ways to add colour (including the colour of the year) into your home without making your eyes pop out.

 

Decorating with colour

 

20+ colourful throw pillows on s large shelf

Decorating with colour means that you have permission to mix and match different accent pieces and have some fun with decor!

 

Aside from ultra violet, the trend this spring is to decorate by adding colour, contrasting tones, and a variety of textures to your home. Traditional design rules have gone to the wayside in favour of achieving a look that works for you. It’s not about aligning with Vogue magazine, it’s about feeling good in your home.

 

What is old is new again — and that means that colours like seafoam, teal, turquoise, and silver are all back and on trend.

 

A nice way to add some colour to your interior decorating this spring is to incorporate colourful throw pillows, area rugs, and accessories.

 

Here are a few easy ways to decorate with colour:

  • Place alternating coloured and patterned cushions on your sofa and accent chairs.
    • Include trending colours like turquoise and violet and contrasting fabrics like linen and silk.
  • Add small decorative items like candles, vases, and small sculptures in places where they will add interest and not get in your way.
    • Try placing three different shaped votives together in a grouping.
  • If you’re a book lover, try placing coffee table-size books on your side table or shelving units.
    • Stacking or displaying books with interesting images and contrasting colours will add character to your space.

Colourful furniture

 

Purple fabric accent chair with contemporary base.

If you are ready to add some colour into your living space in a more impacting way, we highly recommend taking a look at Brentwood furniture.

 

Brentwood designs and builds beautifully-crafted furniture using eco-friendly construction. The Delphine tub chair (shown above) is available in fabric or leather, and is made with a certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame, and soy-based polyfoam.

 

They offer an impressive range of available fabrics to choose from, which will allow you to find the perfect colour and print for your space.

 

Decorating with metal and wood

 

Hooker brand circular, metal nesting tables.

Another 2018 spring decorating trend is to decorate with wood and metal furniture. Adding a wood and metal coffee table, accent table, island table, or nesting table to your space is on trend and looks amazing.

 

When you purchase a high-quality piece, (like the gorgeous Hooker Furniture nesting tables featured above), you are adding a statement piece to your space that is both functional and beautiful.

 

Mixing wood and metal furniture will add character to any space and can be moved around your home for a variety of purposes — from front entryway to living room to home office. This style looks great everywhere.

 

For more spring decorating inspiration, visit the Smitty’s showroom and explore the latest in quality home furnishing and accessories.

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Updating Your Carpet

Stylish sectional with colourful area rug and vases on the window sill.

If you are looking for an easy way to bring new life to a room in your home, then we recommend updating your area rug. Area rugs not only help to ground a space by working with the other furniture and decorative elements in your room, they also add colour and dimension.

 

The amount of selection available in area rugs can feel overwhelming. There are more styles, fabric options, colour options, and size options than ever before. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when looking for a new area rug:

 

1.    Budget

 

Have a budget in mind before you go shopping. If you want a good quality rug that will last and wear well, then be prepared to spend accordingly. Some stores will offer cheaply-priced area rugs, but be prepared to replace them frequently as you will get what you pay for.

 

2.    Size

 

Measure your space before heading out to shop. If you are looking for a larger living room rug, be sure to measure the floor space — including six inches on either side of your sofa. If you’re measuring a dining room, aim to include 18 inches beyond the edge of your table.

 

3. Material

 

Consider where the area rug will be placed. If it’s going to be used in a bedroom, you may want it to be more plush and warm — you may want to consider a wool or silk rug. If you are using it as a runner, you may want it to be less dense and more durable — you may want to consider a sisal or synthetic rug.

 

4. Placement

 

Take into account where your area rug will be placed, as you don’t want any trip hazards. If it is placed by a door, you want to be sure that the door will be able to clear the rug to easily open and close.

 

This spring, try adding some colour into your room with a Kalora area rug. Visit us at Smitty’s, and our expert interior decorators will help you choose the perfect area rug for your space.

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How To Design A Room with Eclectic Furniture

Many homeowners feel like they need to pick just one style or theme for their home or for a room in their home. Confining yourself to a single style can be challenging for a multitude of reasons, including trying to make use of:

  • Furniture that has sentimental value, but doesn’t really match anything.
  • Decor or pieces from different decades.
  • Pieces of art.
  • Furniture from your former residence, or your partner’s former residence.

The good news is that eclectic decorating is on trend and never really goes out of fashion.

 

Here are some expert tips to help you design your eclectic space.

 

Throw Convention Out The Window

 

Don’t worry about making sure that your accent pillows match the sofa.

Don’t fret about dining room chairs that don’t match.

Don’t stress about getting a rug that blends in with the furniture.

 

While there are no set-in-stone rules, when it comes to eclectic decorating, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Don’t overfill your rooms.  
    • You may want to incorporate your favourites pieces into a certain room, but that doesn’t mean that you should use all of them. Keep in mind that your room needs flow and clutter will disrupt this.
       
  • Find a focal point.
    • You can mix and match different decor and furniture pieces in your space, but you want to ensure that you have one area that is featured in your room. This could be a sofa or a large piece of art — every space is different, but this element needs to be considered. Too many focal points and the room will look busy, sloppy, or crowded.
       
  • Have some fun, but don’t go crazy.
    • Eclectic design doesn’t mean that anything goes. You want to consider colour hues and colour families. If you decide to pair contrasting colours together, go for it, but keep it consistent. Pairing different contrasting colours too many times, in the same space, will create more of a circus look than a designed look.
       
  • Make sure you can move, and live, in your space.
    • It’s great to fill your shelves and tables with fun decor, lamps, plants, etc. but you want to make sure you can actually move through your space comfortably, without worrying about knocking things over, breaking things, or feeling confined.

Smitty’s Pro Tip: Magazines often showcase coffee tables that display trays of delicate glassware, books, and candle sticks. While these tables look beautiful, they may not be practical for your particular needs. If you have children, pets, or storage requirements, piling items on your coffee table isn’t a good choice. Remember that design should not trump lifestyle.

 

Eclectic Tables

 

 

 

Selecting a unique dining table is a great way to create a focal point in an eclectic space. Dining tables come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many finishes, colours, and materials to choose from. When selecting your table, remember that it’s about both function and form.

 

To make your arrangement eclectic, consider accompanying your new dining table with a mix of chair styles — and they don’t all have to match! You can select different chairs for the heads of the table, different sizes or finishes, or even select a bench to run along one side.

 

The Table Factory, located in Waterloo, crafts gorgeous, solid wood tables that are durable and design-focused. Featuring a range of materials, you can mix and match your table top and base. Imagine how stunning a live-edge walnut table with a stainless steel base would look in your home!
 

 

 

Hooker Furniture is another manufacturer that designs dining tables, side tables, and coffee tables offering an eclectic look and feel. The L’Usine Cocktable Table (featured above) provides a gorgeous focal point for any living room. Full of character, these unique pieces will give your space instant style.

 

For more dining room tips, click here to read our Finding the Dining Set That Fits You blog post.

 

At Smitty’s, we have an enormous selection of high-quality furniture that can be mixed and matched for a truly eclectic look. Come and visit us to find your next inspiration!

 

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Brass & Bronze Are Back

 

 

 

They say that what is old, is new again — and this is true for furniture.

 

This year, brass and bronze are back. Shiny and light, or muted and deep, these tones are available in dining room tables and chairs, coffee tables, and side tables. Showcasing these warm tones will add an element of sophistication to your home.

 

Here are two of our favourite brands that will help you achieve this gorgeous look:

 

Artage Coffee & Console Tables

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for ‘wow’ factor, then look no further than Artage. Artage has been producing fashionable metal furniture since 1967, and they remain one of the few metal fabricators left in North America that produces occasional tables.

 

All of Artage’s metal tables are produced at their Canadian factory. From the beginning stage of working with raw metal, to the welding, drilling, and polishing, Artage pays careful attention to the entire process. They are focused on ensuring that the highest quality standards are upheld and evident to the customer.

 

Always on trend, Artage is showcasing a wide variety of brass, gold, and bronze-toned occasional tables, drink tables, wine/storage carts, and console tables.

They also have an ‘Options Program’ which allows customers to select from five domestically-produced table collections and customize the frame, finish, and top. From painted to plated, your custom furniture will look stunning.

 

Amisco Dining Sets

 

 

 

Amisco, located in Quebec, designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction — including the contemporary wood dining table with dark bronze steel base, featured above.

 

Amisco also offers customization of its products. Providing a wide selection of materials means that they can create a one-of-a-kind piece that fits your style and room perfectly. When you choose Amisco, you can achieve the look you want, without compromise.

 

Amisco has designed a huge array of dining tables and chairs that run from urban sleek to rustic farmhouse, and come in a variety of sizes. You can select a dining table and chairs, a pub table with stools, or you can mix-and-match table bases and tops. The selection is enormous! Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful, and their innovative designs look great in any space.

 

Come into Smitty’s today and our expert in-house decorators will help you choose the perfect pieces for your home.

 

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How To Add Warmth & Functional Luxury to your Home

 

Crisp whites and jewel tones are not hot this year. In 2018, the trend is to make your home cozy, warm, and functional.

 

Here are some tips on how to bring warm and functional luxury to your interior design.

 

Warm Up Your Living Room

 

The living room is a great place to start adding some warm tones and features. Depending on your space and lifestyle needs, you can consider adding a shag carpet, a leather sofa, a plush fabric ottoman, and accent chairs with pillows.

 

Selecting furniture in earthy hues like camel, tobacco, deep browns, and mahogany will make your space feel cozy and warm. Hooker Furniture has gorgeous styles of furnishings for every room in your room.

 

Smitty’s Pro Tip: You can easily enhance this warm look by adding pops of colour in burnt yellow or wine red using accents including throws or accent pillows and decorative tabletop items like candle holders and bowls.

 

Floral Rugs Are Back

A quick way to add some earthy and natural elements to your space is by adding a floral area rug. Floral prints are making a big comeback and can add some fun or elegance to your room — depending on your existing decor.

 

Kalora rugs are available in a wide variety of sizes and materials and can be added to your living room, dining room, bedroom, or entryway to really change the look and feel of your space.

 

Room Dividers

 

 

Room dividers are not what they used to be. You don’t need to purchase something large and cumbersome to delineate your space — adding a console table or island table is all you need.

 

Amisco island tables are a sleek, modern choice that allows you to easily create two spaces. These tables are available with long and short bases to best suit your particular needs. Specially designed to maximize space, these tables can provide more seating, act as a makeshift home office, and display room-dividing elements like table lamps, books, decor, etc.

 

There are so many ways to add warm and functional luxury to your home. Come and visit Smitty’s to find your perfect pieces.

 

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Take Your Room from Blah to Wow with Leather Furniture

 

Leather furniture never goes out of style. It’s easy to clean, it’s durable, and it’s super comfortable. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite leather brands that will take your room from blah to wow.

 

Leathercraft

 

Leathercraft has been manufacturing high-quality leather furniture for over 40 years. Offering customers a broad range of the finest leathers, sourced from around the world, their furniture is definitely ‘wow’ calibre.

 

Leather Craftsmanship

 

Leathercraft believes that perfect leather is one that shows the genuine character of the hide. Scratches, scars, insect bites, and neck wrinkles help to verify authenticity. The team at Leathercraft believe that leather should look like leather — not like the vinyl tablecloth you had at home when you were growing up.

 

Using genuine leather, and crafted by hand, their products range from chairs and recliners to sofas and ottomans — and are available in styles from modern to classic.

 

Always on trend, Leathercraft’s newest product lines feature wood finishes, nail trim, quilting, and curved elements. You will not be disappointed by the options and their selection of leathers is unmatched. Click here to check out their full selection — you will be amazed!

 

Palliser

 

Palliser is a Canadian company that has been designing and manufacturing high-quality, custom leather furniture for decades. Beginning as a family business in the 1940s, Palliser hasn’t wavered from their commitment to making furniture to fit your life, with customized options from the shape to the fabric.

 

Focusing on quality construction, Palliser has embedded quality control to every step of their production process. Every Palliser piece is built by North American craftspeople and every sectional ships with a photo of the product, and a signature of the craftsperson who completed it.

 

Palliser offers a broad range of pieces, from sofas and sectionals to chairs and theatre seating. Smitty’s is proud to be the region’s largest Authorized Palliser dealer.

 

Visit Smitty’s showroom today and check out our incredible leather furniture — we’ve got the best selection in the region.

 

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