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In 2020 our homes became the center of our worlds. It’s where many of us work, where we gather as a family, and where we spend the majority of our days. Form, as they say, follows function, and so design trends for 2021 reflect the new ways in which our homes function in our lives. Now more than ever, home needs to be the place where we want to be. It should feel comfortable, calming, and relaxing – a place to breathe deep and let go. To that end, this year’s home decor trends embrace harmony with nature. From style to materials to color, we are bringing the natural beauty of the outdoors in.

 

Style

In 2021, it’s decorator’s choice, what’s important is that your home reflects you while keeping it comfortable, up-to-date, and modern. This year we are seeing a new kind of minimalism, a definite move away from stark, almost bare interiors to rooms that feel welcoming and cozy yet uncluttered and fresh. Our interiors should be minimal but luxurious. In our living rooms and bedrooms, we love anything that is overstuffed. We want sofas, chairs, and sectionals that invite us to curl up. Think down-filled cushions and rounded edges that lend softness and classic elegance. 

 

 

Brentwood Classic's Marcus sectional embraces this cozy clean aesthetic perfectly. Features such as rounded sofa arms and a pleated slipcover create a timeless and inviting look. Natural materials and fibres such as wood, cotton, wool, stone, and metal are used throughout the room to hint at the outdoors, adding a sense of calm and refinement.

 

Materials

Bringing nature in means incorporating earthy organic materials and textures. We’re thinking of wood, stone, metal, leather, cotton, and wool. These materials are not only on-trend, they are also renewable and recyclable. As interior design catches up with the environmental movement, designers are embracing eco-friendly materials. In addition to the more commonly used natural materials in furniture design, we are also seeing increased use of bamboo, straw, and rattan – all of which grow fast, are plentiful, and incredibly durable. 

 

And this year, don’t be afraid to mix and match. We are thinking a lot about texture and the way different materials can come together to create interesting new looks. Try pairing a woven rattan chair with a white sheepskin throw, add a glass-top side table and woven wool rug and you’ve got a stunning natural look. If luxury and opulence are your preference, try a combination of leather, marble, metal, and a touch of refined crystal.

 

 

Canadian manufacturers such as Palliser give you a wide range of choices when selecting materials for your sofa. This rich brown leather is luxurious and comfortable.

 

Colour 

It’s a known fact that colour affects mood. This year’s colour palette reflects our focus on nature and calm. Neutrals such as, white, cream, and grey and beige tones remain a staple that provide a beautiful natural foundation upon which to build your room’s colour scheme. When adding colour this year, go earthy - muted saturated reds, bright yellows, burnt oranges, olive and mossy greens, and brown tones. These earthy colours will contrast beautifully with your neutrals and will keep the room feeling clean, fresh, and bright.

 

 

Like Palliser, Canadian manufacturer Brentwood Classics gives you a choice of fabrics and colors for your sofa. This mossy green by Brentwood Classics hints at the forest, while the cream-colored throw pillow with black geometric design maintains a modern look.

 

As you head into this new year, consider some of these ideas for freshening up your home. Think about what you can do to make your home the sanctuary that it should be. Our designers at Smitty’s are always happy to help, contact us for a free in-store or virtual consultation

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes accidents happen. Protect your furniture investments with Smitty’s Furniture Extended Protection Plans. Here are four reasons to purchase a plan to protect your furniture:

 

  1. Accidental stains and spills: Over the life of your furniture stains and spills are likely to happen. Smitty’s Extended Protection Plan covers food and beverage stains; human and pet stains; pen, ink, and crayon stains accidents; cosmetic and nail polish mishaps; even newsprint and denim dye transfers on all types of upholstered furniture, from fabric to top grain leather!
  2. Accidental mishaps: Has an accidental burn or fabric rip occurred? Don’t worry! Smitty’s Extended Protection Plan covers these mishaps, too.
  3. Wood Furniture protection: Beautiful wood finishes are worth protecting. Finished wood furniture products under the extended protection plan are protected against stains from common household food and beverages, heat marks, liquid rings, watermarks, and accidental scratches that penetrate the finish. This includes damage from food and beverages that cause warping or lifting of wood veneer. Glass or mirror components are protected against accidental breakage, chipping, and scratches too.  
  4. Peace of mind: When you consider investing in furniture for the long term, a concern usually arises over how to protect it against accidental damage. Unlike manufacturer warranties on components of the furniture, these extended protection plans offer additional coverage that allows you to relax knowing that while accidents do happen, they can be fixed. Smitty’s Extended Protection Plans are for up to five years and so you can focus on enjoying your furniture.  
 
How Does It Work?

If you accidentally spill a glass of wine on your couch, or notice a stain from your pet on your chair,  or cause any other accidental damage mentioned above, you can file a claim with your furniture protection plan within 14 days of the incident. 

 

Be prepared to take pictures of the damage. It might be helpful to also have a few pictures of what your furniture looked like new. This will allow you to get the best outcome. Free professional stain removal or repair advice can be obtained, and a cleaning solution may be delivered to you, or as the situation requires, the furniture may be serviced at your home by a professional technician. If the technician cannot remove the stain or repair the accidental damage, a replacement or exchange may be made.

 

 

Should You Get a Furniture Protection Plan?

If you’ve invested in quality furniture, this type of plan can protect your furniture from any damage. It’s especially a good choice for people with pets or young children, and it can give you enough peace of mind to relax and enjoy the comfort of your furniture. If you need any further information on our protection plans, please reach out to our team. We’re always happy to help you protect your furniture investments. 

 

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There’s no doubt that if you work from home you need a dedicated workspace, especially during these unprecedented times that are allowing people to work from home more than ever before. 

 

So, if you’re someone who is working from home long-term, it’s time to get creative with crafting a home office space in your living room. Here are four tips and recommendations to help you create a productive (but appealing) at-home workspace:
 

1. Behind Your Couch

For those whose family rooms have an open floor plan configuration, creating a workstation behind the couch can be a great option. In order to pull this off perfectly, you’ll need to pull your couch some distance from the wall. Apart from giving the whole room a nice facelift, floating furniture can help get rid of the dead space found in the middle of large living rooms. Having your desk behind a floating couch makes better use of the space and brings about a sense of organization to the area.

 

Amisco - Elwood
 

2. Dedicate a Corner of the Room

Setting aside a particular corner of your family room to act as a small workspace is a great way to make a workstation without using up too much space. This works great for people who have small living rooms. Keeping your office space in the periphery will enable you to work without getting in the way of other activities that may be going on simultaneously. In addition, using compact furniture will ensure that the general aesthetic of your living room isn’t ruined or inconsistent.

 

Amisco - Harrison
 

3. Create a Makeshift Cubicle

Create a separate office space in your living room by creating “walls” with your desks.  Creating an L-shaped desk helps to wall off the workspace from the rest of the room in a makeshift cubicle. 

 

Amisco - Rupert 

 

4. Utilize a Room Break

If you have a living room that has a six-inch wall that juts out and divides the room slightly, make use of that break. Place your desk there, and divide the room between “living area” and “work area.” 

Jofran - Carlyle Crossing

 

Your Living Room Is Your Canvas

The COVID-19 pandemic has made remote working the new normal and many people are just now coming to terms with it. The truth of the matter is that many individuals don’t have a spare room to use as a workspace; ergo, repurposing a part of the sitting room is perhaps the best option. Although working from home can be a rather difficult transition, employing the tips provided above will ensure that the change won’t be too hard. 

 

Liberty Furniture Heatherbrook 422-OT

Liberty - Heatherbrook

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Spending more time indoors isn’t just for us to get warm and cozy. Our furry friends need to get cozy, too! So why not find ways to pet-proof your furniture and snuggle up together? 

Here are five simple (and stylish) tips to start making your furniture pet-friendly so you can get comfortable together without worrying about your belongings getting ruined over the holidays.


 

 
1. Stick To Nylon Rugs

Whether you have dogs or cats, nylon rugs are very durable, stain-resistant, and handle wear and tear better than any other rug material. Nylon fibres are strong and do a good job to resist tears from your pets' clawing. Since they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, patterns and colours, you won't have a hard time choosing a nylon rug that looks great in your home.
 

2. Use Furniture Covers (No, Not Plastic Ones)

Thanks to advancements in modern technology, you don't have to protect your furniture with plastic covers anymore. There are washable, dog-proof slipcovers available that feel comfortable and don't take away from your room's aesthetics. Or, if you'd prefer, throw blankets can do the trick and they're easy to clean since they can just be thrown in the wash.
 

3. Microfiber Couch For Cats

Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that, if you own cats, you'll want to invest in for your living room furniture. Especially if your cat spends a lot of time on your sofa and has a tendency to start scratching or chewing it. Microfiber or microsuede are very durable fabrics that won't pull as easily as the fibres are very tightly woven. They're also less likely to trap dirt, pet hair, stains and odours.
 

4. Buy A New, Cozy Dog Bed

Replace your dog's favourite spot on the couch with a bed specifically for them. Investing in a high-quality doggy bed is a great choice for dogs who shed, and who are still in the young, chewing stage. Plus, there are so many beds to choose from that will match the rest of your furniture and, this way, you don't have to worry about any damage to your favourite piece of furniture.
 

5. Buy A Couch With Removable Seats

If you're not a fan of a washable cover on your furniture, then look for a sofa or a chair with removable cushions that can easily be unzipped and thrown in the wash. This makes it much easier than trying to spot clean stains or even using sprays to mask strong odours.
 

* Extra tips:

  • Cat or dog hair is inevitable, but the best way to hide their fallen fur well is to correlate theirs and your new furniture's colours. If your pets are dark, invest in a darker coloured piece of furniture, and if they have light-coloured fur, invest in light-coloured furniture.
  • If your dog or cat loves to scratch and chew, you may want to put a scratching post or chew toys right next to your furniture to help distract them. Or, put their toys in their bed and train them to know that that is their specific space.

 

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For many homeowners looking to revamp their interior, they automatically think they need to hang pictures on the walls or invest in small decor pieces that change with the seasons. Decorating your living room, bedroom or kitchen can be so much more than that. That's why we'll be discussing how to use accent furniture to help decorate your home, and the five most common questions our interior decorators get asked regarding how to use accent furniture to tie their home together.

 

 

 

1. Where can I place an accent chair?

You can place accent chairs virtually anywhere: in the corner of a hallway or bedroom, next to the fireplace on an angle, or beside a window to create a comfy reading nook. We often like to guide homeowners to accent chairs that have a lot of personality in terms of their upholstery design, colour, and shape so they can make a statement, but also provide you with comfort. When it comes to chair fabric, anything works as an accent piece: leather, microfiber, nylon, etc.

 

2. What is the difference between a coffee table, end table & accent table?

End tables are typically placed at the end of your couch or beside a chair and are perfect for setting down a drink, the TV remote, or table light. Coffee tables are similar, but they have a lower height and can also hold things that you frequently use, like a remote, candles, books, or magazines. Accent tables, however, are designed to fit in any space and are a great way to add your favourite vases or pictures to your room, or even in a hallway. Accent tables can come in many finishes and wood options to match the rest of your aesthetics

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3. What accents can I put in my dining room?

Don't think that you can't decorate around your tables and chairs. There are plenty of ways to fill up extra space in your dining room that looks great, especially with different types of cabinets, shelving, or a bench seat that your family can share when it's your turn to entertain. Wine racks are another popular dining choice as well that can come in long, short, small or large styles to match the rest of your furniture.

 

4. Which types of furniture work best in an entryway?

As soon as people walk into your home, you want to create a lasting first impression. This can be done by utilizing different pieces mentioned above such as a chair, table, or even a bench or small storage unit that doubles as a bench. These are a very popular addition amongst homeowners since they're a piece that is used to tie the space together, but also doubles as seating while you tie your shoes, or tuck away extra mittens, hats, scarves, or shoes. They're available in any style too, whether you're going for a rustic or more modern style.

 

5. What type of accent furniture can be used in my kitchen?

If you have extra space in your kitchen that you aren't sure what to do with, you can select things like more seating (a bench is always a good choice), or even an accent table and chair with a finishing piece on top, (perhaps a serving stand with fruit, or a vase with fresh, blooming flowers?) You may also want to finish your kitchen off with a cabinet, armoire, or wine rack which can all come in the style and look that you're going for.

 

 

Need Assistance Shopping For Accent Furniture?

We have plenty of accent tables, chairs, benches, and other choices available online and in our stores. The choice can be difficult, but we even have an interior decorator available to help you choose the right piece of accent furniture for you and your home.

 

 

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Industries all over the world are learning how to deal with the impact of the novel Coronavirus as it continues to negatively affect manufacturers’ ability to keep up with unprecedented demand for certain products. Furniture retailers are no different. 

 

Many of our Canadian-made furniture items rely on the raw materials that are seeing an increase in demand. However, we work with amazing manufacturers in Ontario and Quebec that continue to make shipments to us daily and maintain consistent communication with our team so we can keep our customers up to date.

 

If you’re looking for new furniture, the way you shop may be a bit different than in the past. Here are some tips to ensure you get the Canadian-made furniture you really want.

 

1. Shop In Advance

Don’t wait until the last minute. Inventory supplies may be limited and delivery times may take longer. So if you will be starting renovations on your home or moving soon, it’s a good idea to shop in advance. Another reason to shop for furniture early is custom orders. Customisations naturally take longer than regular orders, but having that perfect cover, arm or other detail on your new sofa is worth the wait. Ultimately, the more you plan ahead, the more likely you are to get your dream sectional, sofa or bed frame in time.

 

2. Changing Expectations

Many things have changed since the start of the pandemic and one of them is production lead times. Smitty’s sales consultants are here to help you navigate shifting timelines and expectations. While we keep a certain amount of inventory in our warehouses and some in-stock specials, producing specialty orders may be delayed for longer than usual. A custom piece is often worth the wait, but if you want to avoid a long wait, we suggest browsing our in-stock specials. We do our best to keep something for everyone in store. 

 

3. Research The Retailer

As you shop in advance, make sure that you’re researching the retailer you’re planning on buying from. Since retail started opening back up in June, nearly every store has a COVID-19 notice regarding their new regulations, what they’re doing to keep everyone safe, and what you can expect from them. We’re no different. Smitty’s has protocols in place to keep our customers safe while they shop in store and we’re keeping a close eye on changing public health guidance. We will also provide you with carefully estimated lead times and if anything changes, we’ll let you know right away. If you have a tight schedule, we’ll do our best to work with our manufacturers to get popular items in stock and shipped in a timely manner. 

 

We pride ourselves on providing our customers with variety and great service, and now more than ever we look forward to helping you find the right furniture for your home. 

 

Want To Shop By Appointment

 

We are open to the public, and appointments are not required -  but if you'd like to make an appointment to shop with us we are more than happy to arrange a time with a  dedicated sales consultant. 

 

If you have any questions or comments about custom furniture orders or our Covid-19 protocols, please contact us via our online chat service or by emailing info@smittysfurniture.com

 

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We have had to remain indoors much more than usual this year and now that the winter season is just around the corner, remaining indoors is going to continue to be the norm. As you've remained indoors, there is likely a room you have gravitated towards the most: the living room. Your living room is what helps you relax at the end of the day, it helps to relieve your stress as you curl up on a comfortable sofa to read a book or watch a good movie.

 

Nothing says "cozy" and "stress-free" quite like comfortable living room furniture. Your living room furniture should invite your family to gather and enjoy each other’s company or to enjoy family movie night. We don’t always think about it, but one of the most important pieces of living room furniture is your entertainment center. Regardless of the size of your TV, the entertainment center can be what ties your living space together while providing a clever storage solution.

Here are some features to keep in mind while browsing for a new entertainment center:


 

 

1. Bring Out The Measuring Tape

First things first; you'll want to measure your TV’s dimensions so you can shop for the right size for your new entertainment center. The measurements will not just include the screen, it will include the entire TV - height, width, and depth. Once that is determined, you'll be able to take into consideration the wall space, the size of the entire room, and how much space will be left on each side of the TV once you have an entertainment center set up.
 

2. Consider The Type Of Entertainment Center

There are many different types of entertainment centers to choose from such as wall units, ones with shelves/bookshelves, ones with cabinets, ones that hide your TV when not in use, large horizontal centers, large vertical centers, and more. Your particular needs will depend on which style of entertainment center would be best suited for your room, and from there, you can determine the colour, shape and design.

Palliser’s Bravo Unit is a great example of an entertainment unit with multiple functions. It features illuminated shelves, has drawers for extra storage and a functional cabinet.
 

3. Do You Need A Storage Solution?

The magic of certain furniture and entertainment centers is that they can store things until you need them again, like blankets, books, toys and electronic devices for the TV. Leaving clutter out in your living room can actually increase anxiety and we don't want that. We want you to be able to relax in every room of your home which is why we carry every type of entertainment center you can think of for your particular storage needs. Better yet, they're all Canadian-made from high-quality materials.

 

Durham Furniture’s Distillery Collection features a beautiful entertainment credenza that has ample storage space behind cupboard doors. It’s crafted from solid maple and made in Ontario.

 

 
Choose The Right Entertainment Center With The Help Of A Professional

You want your home to look and feel comfortable, but with so many entertainment centers to choose from, where do you even start? We can make sure you walk away with the right entertainment center for you, your family, and your home when you consult with one of our interior decorators. Once you've got your TV set up in your new entertainment center, you and your family can kick your feet up, watch your favourite TV show or movie, and enjoy your time together indoors more than ever before.

 

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Quality sleep is what plays an important role in our day-to-day lives and activities. Our mental and physical health ultimately depends on it. So when you start to experience nights where you're not getting enough sleep, or you're finding it hard to relax in general, it can negatively affect your mood and how you feel throughout the rest of the day. That's why we're here to make sure that you have help when you need it most. We're passionate about ensuring our customers can get a night of better sleep with the help of our Canadian-made furniture and a new mattress that suits their particular needs. Your bed is the focal point in your room and quite possibly the most important piece of furniture that you’ll ever own, so ensuring it looks and feels good is very important. 

 

Here are some tips to follow when it comes to creating a bedroom for better sleep:
 

 

 

1. Say Goodnight To Electronics

Did you know that using electronics at night, particularly 30-60 minutes before bedtime, can interfere with your sleeping patterns? For both kids and adults alike, saying goodnight to your electronics before you go to bed, such as your phone, tablet, laptop, or TV can limit the amount of blue light you're intaking, as well as decrease your alertness. You want to feel sleepy, not be distracted by your electronic device. The more blue light you expose yourself to, the more alert you may feel.
 

2. Use Calm & Neutral Colours

As tempting as it is to introduce a vibrant and fun wallpaper or colour to your bedroom, this can actually negatively impact your sleep. You should design your room with muted colours and pastels in mind, like light blue, green, or more neutral colours like white and beige. Use vibrant colours in accents like artwork or decorative pillows for your bed instead. Overall, using a calm, cooler and lighter colour can decrease one's stress levels, blood pressure and heart rate. They're also easier to decorate with!
 

3. Your Mattress Makes A Huge Difference

Replacing your mattress may seem like a daunting task at first, but it may make a huge difference in the way that you sleep, and feel. It's especially important to have a good mattress according to your specific needs, like if you need a bed that's more firm or soft, one that has massage settings and lets you adjust your head and feet, or a mattress that simply fits your new bedroom space. 

 

A great example is Serta’s Motion Essential Adjustable Lifestyle Base. It has a wireless remote that lets you adjust the head and foot of the mattress and whisper-quiet massage settings to help lull you to sleep. 

 

Whatever you need, we have the right bed for you that can suit your needs so you have a good sleep every single night. And to make your shopping experience hassle-free, we can help you choose the best Canadian-made bed for you and your room both in-person or online.
 

4. Less Clutter, More Room

Just as important as it is to lay your electronics to rest or design your room with certain colours, keeping your bedroom clutter-free is also a good way to ensure you get a good night’s rest. It is important to keep your bedroom a bedroom, not a space for stuff. A cluttered bedroom can create more anxiety instead of helping you to relax and wind down for sleep. After all, your bedroom should be an escape from the chaos of your everyday life. 

 

A great way to declutter and organise your bedroom is by getting a bed with built-in storage space. Durham Furniture’s Milestone Collection features a lift bed that lets you store things like bed linens under your mattress. Out of sight but still in reach. Another thing we love about Durham Furniture is that their hardwood furniture is handmade in Durham, Ontario. Not far from Smitty’s Hanover showroom. 

 

 

 

Sleep Better With Smitty’s!

We tend to get so wrapped up in getting through the day that we forget how important it is to get our nights ‘right’ as well. Getting a night of good sleep helps restore your energy so that you can seize the day ahead with confidence. Ensure you get proper sleep by following our recommendations: put your electronics down, design your room with calm colours in mind, and utilize the Smitty's team to find a mattress and storage solutions that work best for you and your bedroom. There are mattresses (and pillows) designed for every type of sleeper. Our sales consultants can help you find one that suits your needs, so make sure to speak with our experienced consultants to ensure you get the right ones. We even have a “Sleep Test” machine in our stores that allow you to determine the type of mattress and firmness you should be shopping for.

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Why Buy Canadian Made Furniture

We’ve been a family-run furniture dealer for over 70 years and we’ve learned a few things along the way. One of the most important is that quality Canadian-made furniture will always offer you the best return on your investment and here’s why.

 

It’s made to last

The quality and craftsmanship of our Canadian furniture manufacturers are unrivaled. That’s why so many of them have been in business for so long. Palliser, one of our top manufacturers, started building furniture in rural Manitoba over 75 years ago. Today, they are headquartered in Winnipeg, still building exceptional handcrafted furniture for the entire home. Decor-Rest was founded by Angelo Marzilli in 1972, and like ours, it is still a family-run business. Based in Woodbridge, Ontario, Decor-Rest has grown to become one of North America’s leading upholstered furniture manufacturers. Brentwood Classics started their made-to-order sofa manufacturing business just outside of Toronto over 40 years ago. They still make some of the finest and most comfortable sofas on the market and have the awards to prove it. And there are more – Leathercraft, Kingsdown, Bermex, we could go on, but suffice it to say that our partnerships with our Canadian furniture manufacturers make us proud. We know we can depend on them to consistently provide quality materials, exquisite craftsmanship, superb style, and comfort that is simply unmatched.

 

It’s made sustainably

Much of our Canadian-made furniture is built from solid North American hardwoods, a resource that is renewable and sustainable. Beyond our borders, we have little control over how trees are harvested and whether replanting occurs, but here in North America, there are ways of ensuring that the furniture we buy is built from responsibly sourced wood. Keep an eye out for companies like Brentwood Classics who have been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), a non-profit association that promotes sustainable practices in the home furnishings industry. By investing in sustainably sourced wood, you are helping to prevent damage to our ecosystems, our watersheds, our wildlife, and the trees themselves. And what’s more, well-made furniture doesn’t end up in landfills, it lasts for decades, gets passed on, repurposed, and reused. Furniture that lasts reduces the extraction of raw materials, creates less waste, and cuts down on pollution caused by manufacturing and transportation.

 

Buying local keeps our money local

Canadian businesses support Canadian communities so buying local has benefits at many levels. First of all, buying local has a profound effect on our economy – buying local keeps our money local. When you purchase Canadian-made furniture from a Canadian dealer, your purchase contributes to local economic activity, local salaries, and the local tax base, it recirculates our money in our economy. The Canadian furniture industry employs over 100,000 Canadian workers and is a $15 billion a year business. By buying Canadian-made furniture from Canadian retailers you are contributing to a robust Canadian economy and that is a benefit to all. 

 

It’s made for you

As Canadian retailers and manufacturers, our priority is you, the Canadian public. You are our base, when we think of customers, we think of you. We want to make sure you are happy and that you stick with us, so our services and products are tailored to your needs–from a range of personalized services at our stores to customizable made-to-order furniture from our Canadian manufacturers, you can be sure that we will do everything we can to get it right for you and your family.

 

Whether you’re looking for impeccable quality, environmental sustainability, ways to support and encourage our economy, furniture that is made just for you, or all of the above, buying quality Canadian-made furniture is the way to go – it will always offer the best return on your investment. 

 

Join us at Smitty’s for our Fall in Love with Canadian Furniture event from October 15th to November 1st and let us introduce you to our Canadian furniture manufacturers.

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Finding the right rug for your room is not only satisfying, but it makes the room feel more complete, comfortable, and warm. However, choosing that perfect rug among all the available options can be tricky. There are so many things to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect area rug for your living room, dining room, bedroom, laundry room, etc. Whichever room you are looking to get an area rug for, we have tips you can follow to make choosing a rug much easier, regardless of how small or large your space is.

And remember, while there are general rules to follow when it comes to choosing an area rug, you don't have to limit yourself to them. It is entirely up to you how you want your space to look and feel.
 

 

The Bedroom

Let's start with the bedroom; the oasis within your home. Creating a comfortable and relaxing bedroom is obviously extremely important. It's where you go to relax after a long day and to have a good night's rest. Rugs can actually give your bedroom a more warm and comfortable feel, even if it's carpeted. Don't be afraid to put a rug over the carpet and play with layers. If you want the bed to be the focal point of the room, measure the space so the rug extends two feet from the bed on either side. It doesn't have to be right up against the wall either. Just put the bottom two legs on the rug. Use light colours to ensure the room feels brighter and more spacious.
 

The Kitchen

Area rugs are not just for bedrooms and living spaces. They can drastically help improve the comfort in your kitchen, particularly in the spots where you stand the most, like at the sink or stove. The general rule is to keep it six inches from the cabinets. This is where runners come in handy. Opt for a hand-knotted rug to give off a farmhouse look or play with a patterned rug that matches the colours in your cabinets and decor. If you have a large kitchen, patterned rugs can reduce the appearance of space, and also complete it so it feels cozier. If you are worried about durability because of high foot traffic or would prefer a rug that is easy to clean (you are in the kitchen after all), look for a rug made with a synthetic material called polypropylene. This popular material is water and stain resistant and can be vacuumed regularly without compromising its texture or colour. Wool is also known for being quite durable and resistant to stains in high-traffic areas because of the type of fibre coils. 

 

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