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.
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 pieces
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.
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 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.
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
Living room entertainment console
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.
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.
Furniture trends come and go...and often come back again, but one thing that never goes out of style is circular design.
There is something timeless and beautiful about circles. Perhaps it’s their simplicity, their versatility, their flowing contours — we may never know. What we do know is that the use of circles in your furniture and decor is something that will work and look good in the long-term.
Here are some fun and functional ways to bring circular design into your home.
Circular coffee tables
Round coffee tables are warm, inviting, and flexible, as they can be accessed on all sides and used for a variety of functions. Their smooth curve is visually appealing and the lack of hard corners is also nice to have — just ask yourself how many times you’ve bumped your knee on the hard corner of your existing coffee table? Ouch!
Circular coffee tables are available in a wide range of materials, including combinations of wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Depending on your prefered brand, you may also be able to customize your fabric or wood finish.
Mirrors are the perfect way to bring some circular design into your home. Aside from helping to brighten your space by bringing in light from outside, mirrors are useful for checking your appearance before heading out for the day.
Key places to consider placing a mirror in your home include:
Your living room
Your guest room
At Smitty’s, we have a lovely range of mirrors by Surya to check out.
Circular dining tables
Every home needs a dining table and, if you’re considering updating your dining suite, we recommend a circular dining table. Round tables, small or large, offer a comfortable seating arrangement where everyone can easily see each other, pass food items, do homework, and play games.
Round dining tables, like the Hooker Furniture table featured above, are available in a range of materials and sizes — from pub size to family size, you can achieve the circular look with ease.
Remember those awkward and ugly pieces of furniture that were in your grandparent’s house? You know the ones — the small seat and attached mini-table, where the telephone was located. The hutch that was only able to hold a few tea cups and nothing else. The television stand that had no place to store the remote or the VHS tapes.
Those pieces of furniture didn’t match any of the other furniture pieces in the room, they were really uncomfortable, and they were totally out of style — but it was forgivable because they had a purpose. They had a job and were functional.
Today, furniture with function doesn’t have to be utilitarian and uninspired. Now, functional furniture is beautifully designed and offers incredible storage benefits.
Here are some of the Smitty’s team’s favourite pieces of functional furniture.
Ottomans with Secret Storage
Storage ottomans come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. They are extremely handy to store useful items in your living room that you may not want on display. Now, instead of trying to dig your remote out from between your sofa cushions, you can place it neatly inside your ottoman!
Depending on your lifestyle, ottomans can be a comfortable place to rest your feet while relaxing on the sofa, or they can act as a low table for a tray with decor items.
Available in a range of widths and heights, be sure to check your space before shopping. You want to be sure it will fit in your living room and won’t get in the way of your other furniture.
Lift-Top Coffee Tables
Lift-top coffee tables have changed everything. This innovative design allows you to have hidden storage, visible storage, and a functional surface area.
This lift-top table looks exactly like a regular coffee table until you raise the easy-to-use surface. The table will then provide you with a great desk for working, a table for eating while watching your favourite show, or a surface to play a game. It’s an amazingly versatile piece of furniture for your living room!
Available in a variety of styles and finishes, these cleverly-designed coffee tables are terrific space savers.
It’s great to have your glassware, beverage accessories, and bottles handy — and what better way than to store them in a beautifully crafted console.
Available in an array of styles with solid wood or glass doors, glassware shelving, and bottle shelving, these are not your parents’ hutches.
Stylish and functional, these consoles offer an easy way to stay engaged with your company, while preparing a beverage. No more leaving the room and missing out on the conversation, the movie, or the game.
Smitty’s has an array of functional furniture to choose from. Come and visit us today to see how we can help you make your space look stylish and functional!
Today’s housing market has exploded and prices are through the roof. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or are considering making a move the costs of purchasing a home are prohibitive.
So what are people doing?
Trends show that people aren’t buying homes as much as they once were. Instead, they are investing in their current home and making it a space they can continue to enjoy for years to come.
Homeowners have started to realize that any type of house — detached, semi, townhome, or condo — can be upgraded and updated. You can make your house a home.
At Smitty’s, our decorators love to help homeowners breathe new life into their homes by updating their spaces with new furniture and accessories. Here are some of our favourite ways to turn your house into a home.
The kitchen is the hub of every home. It’s the place where you spend many hours preparing meals for your family and friends — and the dining table is at the heart of every kitchen or dining room.
Your dining table is used as a surface for entertaining, working, playing games, and as a place to gather around for quality time. It is a multifunctional workhorse.
Selecting a new dining table is a great way to update your space and meet your current lifestyle needs.
How do you choose the right dining table?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a new table:
How big is your space?
How many people need to fit around the table?
Do you need a table with extensions, to fit more people?
Do you want a round, square, or rectangular table?
Will the table need to be versatile and used for more than just eating?
Sometimes all it takes is updating your dining table seating to give your space a whole new look and feel. There are more options and styles to choose from than ever before — and you can mix and match seating to suit your needs.
How do you choose the right dining chairs?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting dining chairs:
How many people need to fit around the table?
This is important when deciding how wide each chair should be.
How tall is your dining table?
Most tables range between 28-31 inches and people typically prefer sitting with 10-12 inches of space between their lap and the tabletop.
Do you want arms or armless?
If you want arms, do you want the chair to slide underneath the tabletop?
Would a bench provide you with more flexibility?
Benches can slide under a table and save on floor space.
Our showrooms are filled with amazing chairs, from wood, to fabric, to leather, to metal — we’ve got it all.
For the biggest impact, the number one piece of furniture to update in your living room is your sofa. By replacing a sofa, sofa bed, or sectional, you can make a room feel completely different.
How do you choose the right sofa?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a sofa:
How much room do you have (both width and length)?
How many people are you looking to fit on your sofa?
Do you want your sofa to fit into a corner of a room or divide a room?
Do you need extra sleeping space for guests?
Do you have pets and need to consider cleaning or fabric options?
Smitty’s Pro Tip: Don’t forget to measure your front door. You don’t want to order a new sofa only to find out that it won’t make it into your home. As part of our service, Smitty’s can offer you a free check measure, to ensure your furniture will fit into your home.
We have a huge selection of sofa styles ranging from traditional to modern. We also offer brands that are customizable — allowing you the flexibility to select your fabric, legs, and throw cushions.
The expert decorating team at Smitty’s will work with you to find and customize unique pieces of furniture to suit your space. By ordering your furniture in October, you can have your new furniture (and your refreshed space) in time for the holidays!
Amisco is a Quebec-based furniture company that designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction, Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful.
Dining tables and chairs have changed a lot in the last decade. The traditional rectangular or round table was typically finished in a simple, sometimes uninspired, way — more function over form. This uninteresting table would, traditionally, be accompanied by four to six identical hardback chairs. That’s it. That’s all.
Now, dining tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are tons of finishes, colours, and materials to choose from. It’s about both function and form. You can also accompany your dining table with a mix of styles of chairs — 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 of your table!
Easy ways to update your dining room
It’s easier than ever before to update your dining room without breaking your bank, or redesigning your home.
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 and heights. You can select a dining table and chairs, or a pub table with stools, or and you can mix and match table bases and table tops. The selection is enormous!
Amisco also makes several lines of extendable dining tables. These tables open so easily that even one person can manage it, and once you add in the table leaves you can increase your table size by over two feet!
What’s even more clever is that the tables feature built-in leaf storage — no more trying to find a safe home for your table inserts so they don’t get scratched between uses.
Whether it’s wood, steel, or glass, Amisco has an amazing selection of tables and chairs that will make it easy for you to update your dining room exactly the way you want.
Visit Smitty’s and we’ll help you select the perfect Amisco dining furniture for your home.
Bermex is well known for their tagline, ‘Design It Your Way’, because that’s exactly what they specialize in doing.
Founded in Quebec, Bermex has become one of North America’s largest dining furniture manufacturers focused on producing personalized, quality, solid wood furniture. Their styles range from casual to formal, contemporary to traditional, American Country to French Country, and transitional to mix and match.
What is truly exceptional is that Bermex can offer customers dining furniture that can be finished in over 170 different finishes and in over 300 different fabrics, including leather. They also have over 400 chairs and bar stool models, and more than 80 table sizes. Whether you’re purchasing a complete dining room set, or a single bar stool, the flexibility that Bermex offers on their products is incredible.
Quality and environmentally-friendly construction
In order to achieve the highest quality results, Bermex maintains total control over the manufacturing process. From start to finish their expert builders are involved. With more than 500 employees and state-of-the-air technology, they are focused on quality.
Bermex also knows the importance of sustainability. Their tagline ‘Bermex furniture...made in harmony with environment’ is something they take seriously.
Green initiatives include:
For each tree that is cut down, a new plantation is done. This is an excellent way of ensuring the renewal of used resources!
Every necessary effort is done so the wood that is cut away during production of a Bermex furniture is used for creating marketing tools or other items.
All residues coming from different products used by the finishing department are 100% recycled by CHEMREC.
A structured planning process allows Bermex to ship furniture while minimizing the carbon gas emissions and fuel consumption.
Quality of Bermex furniture offers an optimum life span. This is a heritage that contributes to protecting your environment and that of following generations. To choose Bermex is an intelligent investment.
Smitty’s is proud to carry quality and eco-friendly brands like Bermex. Come and visit us to see the latest dining room furniture designs and explore how you can customize your dining room to make it truly your own.
Looking for a great, stylish dining set to really make a statement in your dining room? Look no further than Bermex, proudly stocked at Smitty’s Fine Furniture.
Bermex is a Quebec-based furniture manufacturer specializing in dining set and pub tables founded in 1983. With more than 575 employees and 11 state-of-the-art factories, they are one of North America’s largest dining set manufacturers. Click here to see photos from our visit to their facility!
Bermex produces the highest quality solid wood casual and formal dining room furniture, pub tables and bar stools, with over 400 models to choose from. Their furniture is made only from select, solid North American birch wood. They control everything from the selection of the raw wood to the finishing of the furniture to ensure the best quality products for their customers.
Bermex dining furniture comes in over 140 finishes and almost 200 different fabrics, offering a wide choice of furniture as so you can get the look you want, as precise as your palette. With customizable features and the restoration hardware look, it’s no wonder they are renowned for their products.
In addition to being a leader in design, quality, solidity and warranty in the furniture industry, Bermex is also a leader in environmental sustainability. Their high quality furniture is built to last a lifetime, reducing waste. And for every tree they cut down to make a piece of furniture, a new one is planted.
Shopping for the perfect dining room set? In addition to shape, price, size and material, one of the main considerations when choosing a dining room set is style. And with all of the options out there, it can be hard to narrow them down. But the most common types of dining room sets are contemporary, traditional and minimalist.
Contemporary dining room sets encompass a wide range of styles, but, for the most part, they consist of a sturdy, rectangular table, often made of wood, paired with fabric dining chairs. Contemporary dining room sets are actually very versatile and can fit into any style of room, whether your style is more traditional or more modern. Colours for this type of dining room set are often muted, with solid woods and neutral fabrics for the chairs. Check out one of our favourites here.
If you prefer to stick to a traditional dining room set, these styles are often less rigid than contemporary styles. While contemporary dining room sets are often composed of clean lines, traditional sets offer a little bit more variety in terms of shapes and often feature more elaborate chair designs. Some traditional dining room sets include farmhouse-inspired styles or vintage elements, and often the chairs are not padded (though they can be). Here is one of our favourite traditional dining room sets.
If you’ve noticed the trend toward glass tabletops and metal structures, you’re probably familiar with minimalist dining room sets. These tend to be very modern in design, pairing glass tabletops with modern bases, or metal elements and simple, modern chairs. Most minimalist dining sets are neutral, like contemporary dining room sets, but are much more stark in their designs. Check out one of our favourites here.
Pro Tip: Watch out for new two-tone tables combining grey with creamy hues. It’s no longer a country look, instead it has become increasingly contemporary — you’ll see it in all the decorating magazines!
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.
Company Is Coming: Preparing Your Home with the Right Furniture
Thursday, October 6, 2016
It’s hard to believe, but the winter holidays are almost here! It’s a time for celebrating the season with friends and family - and inevitably having a house full of guests. If you’re hosting company this holiday season, it’s important to make sure everyone is comfortable and feels at home, which means having the right furniture.
Sofabeds are a great space-saving option for smaller houses - or if your house is bursting at the seams with guests! Sofabeds are sofas by day and beds by night, making it easy and convenient to turn your basement or living room into a temporary bedroom for someone.
Having a sofabedalso allows you to keep your common areas tidy and maintain their number one use. The bed can be tucked away quickly and easily, so you can get your living room back to normal for having a holiday party or sitting down to watch your favourite holiday movie.
With a house full of guests, it’s important that you have ample seating to accommodate everyone. If your sofa just isn’t going to be enough this year, consider adding a beautiful accent chair to your living room, basement or TV room.
Accent chairs are easy to place in a corner wherever you have some extra space. Plus, they look great and add even more style to your home.
Whether you have a house full of guests or just a couple of close family members visiting you this holiday season, a dining set really sets the tone for your big holiday dinner. And no matter what the size and shape of your dining room, there’s a dining set for your needs! From square to rectangular to circular, compact tables to extendable tables, farmhouse style or modern, it’s never been easier to shop for the perfect dining table for your home.
After those big holiday meals, chances are your guests might want to take a nap! Keep them comfortable with a recliner. We carry a wide range of recliners in different shapes, styles, materials and colours to fit your space. They’re also great for watching your favourite Christmas movie!
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we carry the top Canadian-made brands of sofabeds, recliners, accent chairs and dining sets like Palliser, Simmons and Decor-Rest, so you know you’re getting the highest quality products.