A dining room is a special place. It’s more than just a place to eat. A dining room is where celebrations are held, friends and family share stories and laughter, and memories are made.
Your Dining Room, Your Space
Your dining room is a reflection of your style and can be anything you want it to be — from formal and fancy to eclectic and casual. There are no rules anymore.
Renowned designer, Nate Berkus, once said, “I hate sets. I’ve always hated sets. I think that if you have a dining room, break it up!”
Gone are the days of matching table and chairs. No more concerns about contrasting colours or patterns. Tables don’t just come in one shape, colour, or size. Chairs don’t all have to look the same. Everything can be customized to suit your needs, wants, and desires.
Custom-Made Dining Tables
(The Table Factory Reclaimed Hemlock table pictured above.)
Our customers always tell us how much they love being able to customize their furniture, and this is especially true of dining room furniture. The ability to create your own table means that you can have a unique-to-you piece in your home, which will work perfectly in your space and for your lifestyle.
Custom dining tables generally allow you to select the following:
Size: This includes square, round, and rectangular-shaped tables. It can also include selecting the number of table leaves to extend your table for guests.
Tabletop material: This typically includes wood and glass.
Table base: This includes wood, metal, and steel.
Tabletop Thickness: For wood tables, this allows you to select how thick your tabletop will be.
Finish: For wood tables, this allows you to select the colour of your finishing stain and gloss.
The Table Factory offers an enormous range of options when customizing your table. Their selection of wood ranges from cherry to reclaimed hemlock barn flooring and their custom bases are offered in a variety of designs. This level of flexibility allows you to fully customize your table.
Bermex offers an absolutely staggering selection of table sizes to choose from. Their website provides customers with an online Design It tool to assist you in building your custom table online. You can select the height, shape, dimensions, legs, profile, finish, and ring with ease.
Live Edge Dining Tables
(The Table Factory Live Edge Steel T-Base table pictured above.)
An increasingly popular choice for custom-made tables is to have a tabletop with a live edge.
What is a live edge table?
A live edge table is a table where the craftsperson has incorporated the natural edge of the wood into the design of the table. In some cases, this will illuminate the wood grain (as shown in The Table Factory image above), while still providing a perfectly straight edge. In other cases, you may have a table with an organically-shaped edge that follows the natural line of the wood.
Live edge tables are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, as each piece will vary depending on the type of wood from which it was cut. These tables are unique pieces of furniture that are more than just conversation pieces — they are works of art in your dining room.
Custom-Made Dining Seating
(Hooker dining set pictured above.)
In the same way that you can customize your dining table, you can also customize your dining chairs. Remember, there are no rules. You don’t need matching chairs, you don’t need arms, you don’t even need seat cushions — you can do anything.
Some of our favourite dining seating options include:
Captain’s Chairs: Sometimes called Guest Chairs, these large, ornate chairs have arms and can be placed at the head and foot of your table to frame your dining table space and add some drama. Pairing captains chairs with more simple chairs along the sides of your table adds nice contrast to your dining area.
Dining Benches: Typically made from wood, either straight edge or live edge, these benches pair nicely with dining chairs. You can choose to have one bench on a single side of your table, or go for a symmetrical look and have a bench on either side. Benches are great, flexible seating options.
Bermex offers a wide selection of benches featuring wood and cushioned options. They also have the latest brass and bronze-coloured options.
Mix and Match: Your dining chairs do not have to match. You can have some with arms and some without, some with cushions and some without, or even chairs in different fabrics, patterns, and colours. This fun look will bring character to your dining space and a more casual feel.
Hooker Fine Furniture makes gorgeous dining chairs in all shapes and sizes that are perfect for mixing and matching.
Let’s start with some inspiration from well-known designer Candice Olson:
“A common mistake people make regarding dining rooms is to buy a matching set of table and chairs, which can be monotonous. I like to mix guest chairs in one style and head chairs in another for a more interesting, dynamic look.”
At Smitty’s, we tend to agree. Variety is the spice of life and having even different styles of chairs as a part of your dining room set can really create a wow factor for your guests.
On the other hand, if symmetry and coordination are more your speed, never fear — there are plenty of table and chair sets that still offer variation, but within the same style and colour palate.
Our showrooms are filled with gorgeous chairs from Bermex, Future Fine Furniture, Amisco, and many other Canadian manufacturers —but before we get too excited, let’s start with the basics.
Start with the Basics
(Bermex Chair C-1450 pictured above.)
First things first, how do you know what sort of dining chairs to purchase?
Here are a few expert tips to help you decide on the perfect dining chairs for your home:
1. Decide how many chairs you will need.
Ensure that you take into account whether you are looking for chairs for your existing dining table, or if you will be purchasing a new table. You don’t want to purchase only four chairs if you are upgrading to a larger dining room table, where six chairs would be more appropriate, or if you regularly require additional chairs for entertaining.
Expert Tip: If you’re unsure about how many chairs will fit comfortably around your table, aim to have a minimum of six inches between each chair, so that your guests will have some personal space while seated.
2. Decide if you are looking for wooden, steel, or cushioned chairs.
Consider who will be regularly sitting in your new chairs. If you have children, you may want to have a surface that can easily be wiped clean. If you appreciate comfort while dining, you may be more interested in getting upholstered seating.
3. Decide if you want your chairs to match your table, or stand on their own.
You aren’t committed to purchasing the chairs that match your dining table. All the rules that once applied have been broken. You are free to select any style that suits your taste, your budget, and your home. Feel free to mix and match fabrics, materials, and colours.
4. Decide if you will want to use your dining chairs in other rooms of your home.
If you would like to be able to use your dining chairs as additional seating in your living room, home office, or other area of your home, then make sure that you consider whether you will be able to easily move them from one space to another.
As we approach the holiday season, our thoughts turn to hosting, entertaining, and offering guests a lovely experience when dining at our homes.
Aside from providing delicious food and drink, the number one thing we all need is a dining room that can accommodate our needs and showcase our style — an elegant dining room never goes out of style.
While it’s true that elegance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, there are many components that will help you achieve an elegant result.
Here are a few key elements to achieve an elegant dining room:
Dining Room Sideboard
A sideboard, sometimes called a buffet, is an extremely useful piece of furniture. Available in a broad range of styles, a sideboard is a key addition to an elegant dining room.
Sideboards serve many helpful purposes, including:
Offering additional food serving space.
Acting as a bar cart.
Providing a display area for flowers, decor, and photos.
Storing items such as candles, serving utensils, extra plates, and more.
Hooker Furniture crafts gorgeous sideboards ranging from classic elegance in wood to more modern styles featuring chrome and brass, as with the Curata Wine Server (pictured above).
Dining Room Hutch
A hutch is certain to bring elements of formality and elegance into your dining room.
Typically a larger item, a hutch will consist of an upper section offering several shelves for storage or display, with either glass doors or open shelving. It may also provide additional shelving behind closed doors on the bottom section.
Hutches, like the gorgeous Bermex hutch pictured above, can be used to showcase any number of items, including:
While not every room is large enough to incorporate a hutch, if your dining room has the space, then adding a hutch can make for a gorgeous focal point.
Whether you’ve decided to update your entire dining room, or just a single piece of furniture, the one thing every elegant dining room needs is a finishing touch. A finishing touch is any decorative item, functional or not, that adds style and interest to your space.
We recommend the following types of elegant touches to finish your dining room:
Variety is the spice of life, so remember to change up your finishing touches from time to time — this will help to freshen up your space.
There are many ways to take your dining room from blah to wow. You can update your dining room table, add a hutch, or change-up your dining chairs — but one of the most overlooked ways to spruce up your dining room is to add an area rug.
A dining room area rug not only helps to define your dining space, it also adds colour, dimension, and comfort to your room.
(Surya Allegro rug pictured above.)
Here’s how you can determine the perfect size dining room area rug for your home in three easy steps:
Step #1 — Organize Your Furniture
Make sure that all of your furniture is set-up as you like it to be in your dining area. This should include your dining table and chairs, hutches, sideboards, wine carts, cabinets, shelves, floor lamps, etc.
Expert Tip: Don’t tuck away any items or redesign your space at this point in the process. You want to be sure that every element that you need and use in your dining room is accounted for with its own floor space.
Step #2 — Mark Your Floor Space
Pull your dining room chairs out from your table as though you were about to sit down. Then, leaving the chairs pulled out, mark the floor with painter’s tape approximately 6” beyond the back foot of each of the chairs.
This process will provide you with a measure of the space that would allow a person to comfortably get up from their chair and still remain on the carpeted area.
(Kalora Alaska rug pictured above.)
Step #3 — Measure Marked Space
Measure the length and width of your tape marks to establish the approximate size of the area rug for your dining room. If your measurements are an odd number (e.g. not 5’ x 8’, or 8’ x 10’), don’t panic, just ensure that you round up in size. It’s always better to have a slightly larger rug than one that’s too small.
Once you know the size of rug that you are looking for, you can decide on material, colour, and pattern — the fun has just begun!
For expert help choosing the right rug, come and visit us at Smitty’s we have a wide variety of Surya and Kalora rugs to choose from. We’ll help you put some wow in your dining room.
Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to update your furniture as you plan to spend more time indoors in the cooler months ahead.
One of the biggest changes in home furniture that we’ve seen over the last few years is the addition of statement furniture because it’s both functional and stylish.
If you want to update a room in your home, adding statement furniture is a great way to go.
What is statement furniture?
Statement furniture is large-sized furnishings, like a sectional, oversized coffee table, extended dining table, bed frame with headboard, or hutch/sideboard that exhibits the following characteristics:
It offers a style or design that stands out from the rest of your furniture and decor.
It has a bold or strong colour.
It is made from a material that doesn’t exist elsewhere in the room.
Best places to use statement furniture in your home
Statement furniture can live in every room of your home. The first thing you need to decide is, which room are you wanting to update?
The top rooms to add statement furniture are:
Your dining room
Add an extended dining table or oversized sideboard or buffet.
Your living room
Add a sectional or oversized coffee table.
Add an oversized headboard and matching bed frame.
The Helix table and chairs (pictured above) by Legacy Classic Furniture can take your dining room from blah to wow. Its contemporary design and clean lines offer a strong presence, while still offering a high degree of functionality.
The gorgeous, mirrored console (pictured above) by Hooker Furniture would be a stunning addition to any dining room. Offering a beautiful and stylish design, this sideboard is highly functional and makes a statement in your dining room.
If you feel a bit nervous about adding a significant piece of statement furniture in your home, then you can tip-toe into the idea by adding a unique accent chair. The contemporary chrome and leather accent chair (pictured above) by Superstyle Furniture would be a great way to add a statement piece to your living room or guest room.
If you are looking for additional storage space, don’t just opt for the traditional bench or bookcase, try adding a statement wall unit. The Albany wall unit (pictured above) by Artage offers modern sophistication and elegant design, and it comes in a wide variety of finish options to suit any home.
Don’t be afraid of statement furniture
Some people are intimidated by the idea of adding large pieces into their living space, but there’s no need. Using larger and bolder furniture will add dimension to your room and help you maximize your space.
If you are still unsure of where to start, consider these expert tips:
You don’t have to pick an extreme colour.
You can certainly add a bright red chair to your cream-themed living room, but you don’t have to go this extreme. Adding a neutral-coloured chair that has a bold style or a unique design is all you need.
You don’t have to choose a style that doesn’t go with anything else in your room.
You can make a statement without fighting the flow of your space or the design of your room. Adding a uniquely-designed chair or sofa is great, but it shouldn’t prevent you from moving through your space or living your life comfortably.
You don’t want to have two statement pieces in one space.
It is best to have a single statement piece in your room. Adding two or more statement pieces will shrink your space and visually compete with each other. One piece is effective, but if you add more than that, you will begin to feel uncomfortable in your space.
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.