As we prepare ourselves for the cooler weather, we start to think about ways we can make our homes more comfortable because we will be spending more time indoors. For some people, it’s as simple as adding a throw blanket to a sofa. For others, it’s about staying on trend and updating their space so it feels fresh. Here are the top four trends for Fall 2017.
Oversized Furniture Is Out & Scaled Furniture Is In
Remember when it was all the rage to buy that extra deep and extra wide sofa? Your feet couldn’t touch the floor, but it was in style. Bigger was better.
Things have changed. Now designers are moving towards less bulky furniture pieces. Smartly and beautifully crafted sofas and accent chairs are replacing those enormous pieces that took up half your floorspace.
Brands like Palliser, Magnussen, and Brentwood (just to name a few) are designing and producing furniture that fits your space, and doesn’t overwhelm it. Thinner arms, shorter depths, and sleeker designs are the way to go this Fall.
Industrial Is Out & Wood and Gold Is In
Shiny and brushed metal, like steel, are now taking a back seat to wood and gold. Designers are moving towards warmer palettes — and just in time for Fall!
Now, the trend is to incorporate solid wood pieces that are finished in deep, rich tones. Carefully crafted furniture pieces, either classically designed or with a contemporary feel, are where it’s at.
Warmer metals are also en vogue. Bronze, gold, and champagne colours and accents achieve a subtle elegance unlike the sharp contrast of brushed steel.
Brands like Artage, Amisco, and Durham excel at designing beautifully crafted pieces that achieve this warm and elegant style with ease. They can also custom-create pieces and blend wood and gold together for a classy look.
Greige Is Out & Jewel Tones Are In
There was a time when everyone painted their walls in soft tones, purchased neutral colour rugs, and arranged beige furniture in every room in their home. For some people greige is just fine and will never go out of style — for others, it’s time to bring in some colour.
You don’t have to go crazy with colour to bring your room into Fall style. You can achieve a more colourful look by adding a fun accent chair, gold side table, or coloured throw pillow.
Many of the brands we carry at Smitty’s allow you to select your finishes and fabrics. This means you can do anything! Pair a neutral sofa with bright throw cushions or add neutral/solid coloured pillows to a patterned sofa. It’s all up to you.
Seamless Upholstery Is Out & Nailhead Details Are In
There was a trend towards seamless upholstery. This style of finishing makes for a more formal look for your sofas, chairs, and other accent pieces.
This Fall, nailhead detailing is in. Whether it’s a footstool, bed frame, or accent chair, finishing the seams with nails adds a fun bit of energy and style to your furniture. Nailheads can be simple and run only around the edge, or they can incorporate additional patterns and designs.
Brands like Durham, Magnussen, and Donald Choi (to name a few) are experts at finishing their unique furniture pieces with the hot nailhead trend.
Come and visit Smitty’s to check out the latest styles in furnishings for your home.
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.
September 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Gina!
Gina has been with Smitty’s for over 31 years and has worked in many departments.
Gina began her career with Smitty’s in the buying and accounting departments, but much prefers serving customers directly and has enjoyed helping them design their rooms and homes for over 20 years.
Gina’s gift is finding a clear decorating vision. She loves being able to help people, who cannot visualize or articulate their needs. By getting to know her customers, she is able to put together a home that will thrill them in the end.
Gina stresses that, although she can work with customers directly in their home or in the store (whichever they prefer), she can really help customers best when they bring in pictures, samples, and dimensions of their space. A picture is worth a thousand words, and combined with talking and learning about her customers, she is able to identify their style and needs.
“I have had the opportunity to work in several areas within Smitty’s during my 30 years as an employee. My passion and knowledge of furniture, design, and space planning has lead me to my role as an Interior Decorator/Sales Consultant. Understanding my clients’ needs and wants is the platform by which we start developing a plan together. My goal is to find solutions that exceed my customer’s expectations!”
While the kitchen may be the hub of your home, the bedroom is your personal sanctuary — it’s also where you will spend the most time over the course of your life, so you want it to be perfect.
It is important that a bedroom is comfortable so you can feel calm and get the rest you need. But bedrooms can offer a lot more than comfort, and they aren’t just a place for sleeping. More than ever before, bedrooms are incorporating style and character and are becoming a fashionable oasis in people’s homes.
What are the steps to creating your ‘wow’ bedroom?
Get To Know Your Style
First things first, you need to ask yourself what you like. You can sift through some home design magazines for inspiration, but it might be simpler and more fun to take the HGTV Bedroom Personality Quiz.
Styles include romantic, dreamer, rebel, creator, and more!
What Is Your Colour Palette?
Once you have a sense of your style, it will be important to examine the colour palette in your space, and in your home.
Are you looking to paint your bedroom, or keep it the same colour?
Do you want your bedroom to blend in with the rest of your home, or stand out?
Do you like bold colours, or are you more interested in neutral tones?
How much room do you have to work with?
Is there a theme for your room (e.g. black and white retro, or airy beach)?
Do you want your furniture to match, or mix and match?
After you’ve answered these questions, you will be better prepared to begin selecting bedroom furniture pieces.
What Style of Bedroom Furniture Should You Choose?
There are many options to consider when selecting your bedroom furniture, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.
Classic bedroom style traditionally incorporates a wooden bed frame with a wooden headboard, matching bedside tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror.
You can choose a sleigh bed, with its lovely curved headboard as the centrepiece to your room. Then, you can finish the look with solid wood tables, matching dressers finished in rich, deep coloured stains, and matching bedside lamps.
This classic style offers a warm look that will stand the test of time.
Contemporary bedroom style can incorporate a wide variety of furniture pieces, from wood to steel and upholstered to iron.
You can pair a bed frame and headboard with matching nightstands and offset the match with a different style of dresser.
You can also jazz up the centrepiece of your room (aka your bed) by selecting an extra large headboard.
Traditional headboards are typically 0-3” wider than the bedframe and extend upwards between 14-29” above the horizontal plane of the bed.
Contemporary headboards can extend along the wall, taking in the width of your nightstands, and they can be as tall as you like.
The Mix & Match
Mix and match bedroom style allows you to pair pieces from different sets without being limited to one particular look and feel for your room.
You can pair a new headboard with an antique style dresser, and then match it with a contemporary bedside table. There are no rules.
This carefree look is easily updated and can be altered to go with your ever-changing style.
You Can Do It!
There are a lot of ways to turn your bedroom into a ‘wow’ bedroom. Come and visit Smitty’s and our expert decorators will help you bring your desired look to life.
It’s true that soft, muted colours are warm and relaxing, but greige (grey/beige) is moving toward more of a foundational colour than a statement colour. Trends come and go. Styles constantly change. But, in 2017, colour is king.
You Don’t Have To Ditch Your Sofa
Just because the style gurus are suggesting that “colour is in” doesn’t mean that you need to get rid of your grey couch — unless it’s falling apart, or you no longer love it, in which case you should kick it to the curb.
You can enhance your current furniture with pops of colour.
One of the hottest trends this year is to add colourful accents to your home. You can do this quickly and easily without breaking the bank.
Cheery coloured throw pillows are a great, and inexpensive, way to bring colour into your space. You can add to, or replace, your existing cushions and give your furniture a whole different look and feel.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match sizes, colours, and patterns. It’s okay to pair stripes with polka dots, or green with blue. This is no longer considered clashing — it’s fun, funky, and totally en vogue.
At Smitty’s, we have a huge selection of gorgeous fabrics, in all the colours of the rainbow, for you to choose from to make your custom throw pillows.
Refreshing the lighting in your space will make a huge difference in your home.
Whether it’s side table lamps with colourful bases, or floor lamps with interesting shades — new lamps will not only light up your space but they will help to give your room new life.
Another consideration is to create layered lighting to enhance the atmosphere in your space. Mixing task lighting (like a reading lamp next to your sofa) with ambient lighting (like a corner floor lamp) is what designers call ‘layered lighting’.
Layered lighting will help to give your room a different feel and this is an easy way to make a big difference in your home.
Colourful vases, candle holders, and artwork are budget friendly, quick fixes to bring colour into your space.
Mixing colours, shapes, and items together on a side table, coffee table, or dining table is a simple way to give you a pop of colour.
These smaller items are also easy to move around from room to room, making it a quick way to change around your space.
The trend for 2017 is all about texture. Texture isn’t just about fabric, in the design world it also refers to depth and variety. Adding pieces of decor that are different heights, sizes, and colours will provide your space with texture.
A great way to bring some colour into a room is with accent furniture.
Accent furniture is a piece of furniture that stands out in a room, but complements the existing design, layout, and colour palate.
This can be anything from a comfy chair, a glass coffee table, or even a mirrored side table.
By placing a piece of accent furniture into a space, you can easily add definition, colour, and even drama. Sometimes, adding a new chair that has a bit of flair can enliven a space and make it feel totally different and refreshed.
Updating your existing furniture
Perhaps you love your sofa, or your side chair, and you don’t want to replace it. That’s perfectly alright.
A great way to freshen your space, and bring in some colour, is to recover your furniture. That way you get to keep the pieces you love and update them with a great new fabric.
At Smitty’s, we have hundreds of fabric swatches to choose from for all your recovering needs and desires. From genuine leather, to wool, to cotton, to microfibre — we have it all!
Our in-store decorators will work with you to find the perfect fabric and will guide you through the process and timing of the upholstery experience.
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.
June 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Christina McClure
Christina is a certified interior decorator at Smitty’s Hanover location.
A natural born decorator, Christina was the kid who rearranged all of her family’s rooms so, her career choice was easy to make. Christina achieved her three year Interior Design Diploma in 2007.
Skilled at being able to identify customers’ needs, Christina is focused on resolving customers’ issues in their home and then she determines the best style to suit her customers’ lifestyle.
Christina breaks her customers’ needs into individual steps. This helps her customers feel comfortable with the process, and they are never overwhelmed. This process also saves her customers time and money — her customers feel lucky to have Christina on their side.
Often, Christina can help a customer identify how to break a project into phases. This helps the customer in two ways:
#1 - They don’t have to spend a large amount of money at one time.
#2 - They don’t have to replace the pieces that they treasure, like their grandma’s buffet.
Christina’s belief of function over form is especially important to her when helping her clients choose the right mattress for themselves. As a car accident survivor, Christina knows how it feels to live in pain, and she strives to improve the lives of her customers.
Christina believes that there is nothing more powerful than walking into your own home and feeling happy to be there!
“I think of myself as a detective. I gather up all the design clues and help my customer sort through the possibilities that will fit their unique lifestyle.”
We’ve all been there...you’re browsing Pinterest for design inspiration when you see the perfect piece of furniture for your space. Whether it’s a sofa, accent chair, media furniture, or an accessory, you just have to have it.
But in our quest to make our homes Pinterest-perfect, we often don’t stop to consider what each piece of furniture will look like in our space, or if it will even fit.
Enter the room planner from Smitty’s Fine Furniture. Our room planner is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week — so it’s perfect for those late-night Pinning sessions. It’s also easy to use. Here’s how:
When you open Smitty’s room planner, you’re given two options.
#1- You can select a pre-measured bedroom, dining room, or living room layout that matches one in your home.
#2 - You can choose to build your own, custom layout.
Simply get the measurements of the room you want to decorate, enter them into the room planner, and select the room shape that best matches your room.
Make the room your own
Whether you choose the custom room option or pre-measured rooms, there are more ways to make the room your own.
Take stock of where the doors, windows, power outlets, and other structural features are located throughout the room. This will help you with deciding where furniture and accessories can go, without getting in the way.
Furnishing your room
Once you have the technical parts of your room down, you can start furnishing!
Choose from a wide range of styles and shapes to build the perfect space for you.
It’s easy to drag and drop furniture to place it where you want it, and you can experiment by rotating each piece and tweaking its positioning. You can also adjust the size of each piece of furniture to match the piece you have your eye on. If it doesn’t fit, just choose another piece and work within the confines of your space. It’ll save you a lot of heartache.
Come into Smitty’s
Designing the room of your dreams with Smitty’s room planner is easy — and it doesn’t stop there. Once you have a room plan that you’re happy with, print it off and bring it into our Hanover or Kitchener location, (or email it to us), our highly trained team will be happy to help you find the furniture to match your space.
Home style magazines are everywhere. They are in the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and for some us, in our mailboxes. Inside, the glossy pages of these magazines show us a variety of rooms to drool over. Images of to-die-for living rooms, luxurious bedrooms, and stunning dining rooms are displayed with gorgeous photography. Some magazines even feature photos from inside celebrities’ homes to show us the latest colours, trends, and furniture. But, it all seems like a dream. Intangible. Beyond our capabilities. It makes us wonder, how can I possibly create such a beautiful space in my home and with my budget?
Don’t get bogged down with Oprah’s latest favourites that require a second mortgage. With a few pointers, you can create your own dream spaces — and Smitty’s can help.
DIY Like A Boss
You can create spaces that are functional, beautiful, and within your budget. You can, if you plan.
Make a Plan
Homeowners often decide they want to change a bunch of things in their home. A little over here, a little over there. But, what most people don’t do is make a plan to figure out how all these changes are going to happen, and if they’re going to work together.
If you buy the fabulous brown leather sofa, is it going to work the purple area rug that you’ve had your eye on? Probably not.
The comfy entranceway bench is lovely and would be so practical when putting on and taking off your shoes. But will it actually fit in your space? Darn it, that space is too tight.
Those side table lamps are great! One small problem...you don’t have any side tables.
These are some examples of real situations that people find themselves in when they are excited about a room redo, but haven’t actually stopped to make a plan.
In some cases, this lack of planning can result in frustration and disappointment. You can become overwhelmed by all the options and can’t see how it’s all going to work.
In other cases, not having a plan can result in a hit to your budget. You bought the fabulous sofa, but it won’t fit through your door.
With a little planning, measuring, and budgeting, you can turn those problems into:
That sofa works so well with the cream area rug in the front room!
That entranceway bench is the perfect fit in my foyer!
Those side table lamps look fantastic in my bedroom on my two new side tables!
So, try this:
Slow down and take your time.
Do measure your space.
Take a look at your finances.
Walk around your space to really take a look at what changes you want to make.
Once you’ve examined everything, let the hunt for the perfect pieces begin!
Does it come in red?
How many times have you caught yourself thinking...hm, I like it, but it’s the wrong colour.
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we pride ourselves on having a huge selection of custom options for your furniture. We have hundreds of pieces of furniture that can be customized for you. Whether it’s the type of fabric, the colour of the leather, or the type of leg on a sofa — we can help you create the perfect piece for your home.
We feature a wide variety of quality, Canadian brands like Palliser, Brentwood, and Leathercraft to offer you amazing products that are flexible and customizable. This means you can pick the style, the colour, and the fabric. This makes your furniture really your own.
So many choices!
When you’re shopping around for new furniture and home items, it can be mind-boggling. There are so many options. So many choices. How do you know what to choose?
Smitty’s in-store decorator experts will work with you to create your perfect space. Knowing the trends, understanding space planning, and coordinating budget and goals is our specialty. Our decorators will help answer your questions and will make it easy for you to get the home that looks like it came right out of a magazine.
So, don’t be afraid to come in toa Smitty’s store with your wish list, some photos, or even some magazines — we’ll help you sort it all out. Or, talk to us and we’ll arrange to have one of our expert decorators come to your home and assist you in making your design come to life, in your space.
Interior Decorating: You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself, Smitty’s is Here to Help!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Whether you’re redecorating your entire home or just focusing on one room, it can be tempting to take a do-it-yourself approach to decorating. In fact, many of us don’t even consider consulting with a professional.
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, our team of expert decorators can help you plan and execute the room, or home, of your dreams.
Define Your Priorities
At Smitty’s, our decorators can help you every step of the way. First, we’ll help you define your priorities, like:
What do you want to use your space for?
What elements are important to you?
What style of decorating do you prefer?
By asking questions like these, we can help determine how to get started on your decorating project.
Scope Out the Project
Once we have an idea of the type of space you want, we then work with you to scope out the project. Having a general idea helps us to really get down to the details of your space. We also use this step to determine your budget, which we will use to figure out the details of the space.
Another important aspect of our design services is providing you with ideas you may not have considered. Whether it’s incorporating additional functional elements like storage in unique and hidden places, or guiding you toward a sectional sofa that can easily be added to, our designers are here to help turn your space into the room of your dreams.
Plan & Execute the Final Project
In addition to all of the features that you want and need in your space, another important consideration is making sure the space flows and has a functional layout. By combining furniture layouts with symmetry, asymmetry, accessories and more, we can create a space that feels cohesive and serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose.
Nothing brings a family together like the dining table. It’s where you celebrate holidays and birthdays, and share stories with your family at the end of a long day. So it’s important to bring your family together around the right table, choosing one that’s not only a great fit for your home — but for you and your family as well!
The first step to finding a dining table that suits you is to find one that suits your budget. This is not just a great way to make sure you’re not spending outside your means, but coming up with a budget will also help you navigate the hundreds of options for dining sets out there. Be realistic when setting your budget, and make sure you set aside any money for buffet tables or bar cabinets you need in your dining room.
2) Number of people
Did you just celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve at your house, only to discover that your dining set didn’t accommodate all of your guests comfortably? If you have regular, large gatherings at your house for the holidays, look for a dining set that will seat the number of guests you’re likely to have.
Consider an extendable table if the number of people who use your dining table on a regular basis is quite a bit smaller than the number you host for special occasions, so you can easily fold it up to save space when you don’t need it fully extended.
Lots of us probably think of rectangular shapes when we think of dining tables, but they also come in oval, round, and square shapes. Choosing the right shape depends on a number of factors, like the size and shape of your dining room and the number of people you need to seat.
It’s also important to choose a shape that will encourage conversation at those big holidays or dinner parties.
Take stock of the style of the rest of your home before deciding on a style of dining table. If your house is full of traditional design elements and furniture, it probably doesn’t make sense to choose a super modern dining set. But whatever you choose, make sure you like the style and that it works within the rest of your space, including the colour and the shape of the chairs. You’ll also want to make sure you feel comfortable in the chairs.
Dining sets come in such a wide range of materials, so there’s something for every taste. If your style is more traditional, there are tons of options for wood dining sets that might fit into your space. More modern styles are usually made of metal or iron. Consider what kind of materials you think will work well in your home and with your lifestyle, including any fabrics on the seating.
10 Steps on How to Choose the Perfect Sofa for Your Living Space
Measure the size of your room
Measure the size of all openings and doorways to get into that room
Bring your measurements to Smitty’s staff. They will create a room plan to find the best size sofa for your room and your family’s needs.
Smitty’s can arrange for a free check measure if there is any doubt whether the sofa you fall in love with will fit through your doors and halls.
Think about how you use your sofa – do you sit formally with your feet on the ground or do you lay out and lounge? Don’t be shy - Make sure you try out any potential sofa the same way you would use it at home.
Think about your style of the room – rounded arms are more casual, track arms are more contemporary.
Think about your budget and time of investment – find a manufacturer that matches the quality and price point that meets your budget. There are more options then you can imagine.
Take into account your family’s lifestyle and match the quality and type of fabric to your family’s needs. Canadian manufacturer’s offer a wide variety of choices to meet your needs.
Sight lines are an important consideration when choosing the height of your sofa.
Sectionals are not just for larger rooms. Sometimes a sectional is perfect to maximize the space in small rooms. Make sure you discuss this option with your sales consultant.