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Top 3 Interior Decorating Tips

(Hooker Furniture- Miramar Point Reyes)

 

Every homeowner wants their home to be a place where they can feel comfortable, where they can share special moments, and where they can invite people over to spend quality time together.

 

Your home is a reflection of your lifestyle and it should look and feel like you. At Smitty’s, our interior decorating experts often get asked for advice on how best to decorate their homes. That’s why we’ve put together our list of the top three interior decorating tips to help you improve the look of your home.

 

1. Declutter Your Home!

 

 

“Later is the best friend of clutter.”
– Peter Walsh, Australian-American professional organizer

 

One of the inevitable facts of life seems to be that, over time, we collect things in our home. We’re not referring to actual collections of antiques or stamps — we mean “stuff”.

 

As the years go by, we tend to acquire items and the stuff tends to build up — sometimes it builds up so much that it gets in our way or prevents us from enjoying our home. Aside from being a fire and health hazard, clutter is unattractive and doesn’t do anything to show off the nice aspects of your home.

 

Stop putting off decluttering. Sure, it takes time and effort, but once the unwanted and no longer needed items are gone, you will feel so much better. (Side benefits include making donations to charities and earning some extra cash if you choose to sell your stuff online.)

 

Decluttering will also help to make your home easier to clean, more functional, and more airy. Who doesn’t want a cleaner and more spacious home?
 

2. Add A Focal Point


(Hooker Furniture Beaumont Console)

 

What is an interior design focal point?

 

A focal point is a simple concept. It amounts to having a piece of furniture, artwork, or decor that creates visual interest and attention. It should be something that draws your eye and might even be considered a conversation starter.

 

Examples of focal points include a fireplace, a bookcase, an entertainment unit, a headboard for your bed, an armoire, an oversized floor lamp, artwork, a mirror, and other decorative items.

 

If you room doesn’t have a focal point, then considering adding one. It will help bring some character into your space. You might even consider creating a vignette!

 

You can read more about vignettes in our blog here.

 

Expert Tip: Don’t add more than one or two focal points in a room or the space will begin to feel busy. If your eye doesn’t know where to stop and keeps moving around your space, you have too much going on. Think of a focal point as a piece of jewelry. When you get dressed to go out, you wouldn’t want to wear so much jewelry that you look messy or unfocused — the same is true for your home.

 

3. Mix High & Low-Priced Pieces

 

(Decor-Rest Sectional)

 

What is high-low decorating?

 

High-low decorating is the art of decorating a room with both high-end, expensive pieces of furniture and inexpensive finds. Sometimes these finds are already in your home. Other times, you might locate a great piece of furniture or decor at a flea market, garage sale, or antique shop.

 

The high-low style of interior decorating has been around for a very long time because it works and it’s fun! It is also a great way to achieve a stylish look without breaking the bank.

 

Try pairing your beautiful sectional with less expensive throw pillows, or ground your stunning new coffee table with a reasonably priced area rug.

 

Expert Tip: Keep an open mind with your furniture and decor arrangement. Just because the tag on the side table says ‘nightstand’ doesn’t mean that it won’t look amazing in your living room. Perhaps the nicely-framed mirror that was intended for your bathroom would look really great in your entryway.

 

For more expert tips visit us at Smitty’s. Our expert interior decorators are in our showrooms to help with all your questions.

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What Furniture Do I Need In My First Home?

Moving into your first home is an exciting time. Your home is a place that you can make your own. No more putting up with someone else’s style — it’s your turn to decorate!

 

There’s so much to do when you move into a new home that it can be tricky to know where to start, which furniture pieces to buy, how much to spend, and how much to save.

 

Here are the top three items that our interior decorators believe you should have in your first home. (Hint: quality is key!)

 

1. A Good Quality Mattress

(Kingsdown mattress)

 

We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is to living a happy and healthy life. This is one area where you don’t want to skimp.

 

There are lots of mattresses on the market to choose from, but Serta and Kingsdown are two of the highest-quality brands. With pocket coils, specialty foams and fibres, and support that conforms to you, you will get the rest you need with these options.

 

Kingsdown has a patented bedMATCH™ diagnostic system that can help determine the best mattress for optimal support — visit our showroom to test it out!

 

2. A Good Quality Sofa

(Decor-Rest sofa)

 

The sofa is one piece of furniture that gets a lot of wear and tear from daily use. Typically the largest piece of furniture in your living room, your sofa should be well-made to withstand daily life — no one wants to see a ripped, scratched, or sagging sofa in the centre of your new home.

 

While you will spend more money on a quality sofa, you will reap the reward because it will last much longer and look better in the long-term.

 

Sofas come in all shapes and sizes, and some can be customized to suit your specific design taste. From condo-sized to oversized and sofabeds to sectionals, there’s something for every new home.

 

Brentwood makes gorgeous sofas that will stand the test of time in both wear and style. Superstyle is another Canadian brand that offers high-quality sofas that range from traditional to casual.

 

3. A Good Quality Dining Set

(Bermex Dinali Dining Set)

 

While you may not always be hosting a large group of people, or trying to impress the in-laws, you do want to have a dining area that looks nice, stands the test of time, and offers you the flexibility to seat more than two people.

 

A dining table and chair set is a bit of an investment, but it’s one that will last — and if you decide on wood, you can refinish the surface if your colour scheme or style changes.

 

Adding a dining set that incorporates a bench along one side will also offer you increased seating and flexibility to host larger groups.

 

If your dining table doesn’t come with chairs, click here to read some expert tips on choosing the perfect dining chairs for your home.

 

Your first home deserves some love, so visit us at Smitty’s and we’ll help you find the best furniture for you.

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How Do I Determine My Decorating Style?

When you are looking at making a furnishing purchase or considering updating your space, it’s important to know what you like and what will work in your home. Here are descriptions of a few common decorating styles to help you determine your preferred style:

 

Traditional Decorating

(Magnussen)

 

Traditional style interior decorating has more of a classic look and feel. It incorporates larger, more substantial furnishings with sturdy construction. and tends to feature wood and rich fabrics.

 

Elaborate patterns and elegant finishes might adorn your sofa or accent chair. Layering tones and textures can add dimension and make you feel like you are surrounded by luxury.

 

Read about Functional Luxury here.

 

Contemporary Decorating

(Palliser Alula sofa)

 

Contemporary style interior decorating, sometimes referred to as modern decorating, typically features clean lines, simple colour palettes, neutral tones, and furniture that isn’t overly busy with patterns or designs.

 

Adding elements of glass or metal are ways to help bring this contemporary style to life — but remember not to fill your space with decor. You should choose your accents carefully.

 

Read about Metal Accent Furniture here.

 

Urban Decorating

 

(Amisco)

 

Urban style interior decorating is often seen in condos and lofts, but has moved more into the home space as its strong design characteristics can bring a room to life.

 

Featuring metals and wood, this decorating style can have a bit of an industrial look and feel. It’s ultimately a blend of comfort and chic, incorporating sleek angles and strong design elements that create visual interest.

 

Read about Urban Bohemian style here.

 

There are lots of other decorating styles, including eclectic, retro, minimalist, transitional, country, and more. What’s important to remember is that, while trends come and go, your style can remain — so select furnishings that will work for your lifestyle in the long-term.

 

For expert help in choosing the perfect furnishings for any room in your home, come and chat with Smitty’s interior decorating experts. We’ll help you find pieces that reflect your interior decorating style.

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How Do I Make My Room Look Bigger?

(Brentwood)

 

A commonly asked question for many homeowners is how they can make their rooms look bigger.

 

Sometimes the space is plenty big, but there is too much clutter, and other times the room is quite small. Never fear — there are plenty of different ways that you can make your space feel bigger than it really is. Here are a few of our favourite suggestions:

 

Declutter

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — decluttering is an extremely effective way to create space.

 

“Cleaning house — both literally and as a metaphor for life —
is a great way to hit the refresh button.”

― Oprah

 

Reducing the number of items in a room will help you decide which items are adding value in your day-to-day life and which are simply taking up room. Getting rid of “stuff” is freeing and feels great — and it will literally open up space in your home.

 

Get a Large Piece of Furniture

(Decor-Rest Sectional)

 

Counter-intuitive as it might sound, when you select one large piece of furniture in your room it can actually make the space feel larger.

 

In the main image of this post, you will see an oversized headboard — this is an example of how one large piece of furniture can help to open up space. The headboard extends up the wall, which creates the illusion of height and adds grandeur and a bit of drama to your space.

 

The same effect can be made with a sectional sofa in a living room. As long as you only have one large piece of furniture, and not more, then you can use this technique to create the impression of more space.

 

Add A Mirror

(Hooker Furniture Macdona Floor Mirror)

 

Mirrors will help to brighten and enhance your space by reflecting light and adding depth to your room. Consider adding an oversized mirror over your sofa, or resting from the floor up onto your wall.

 

There are lots of great ways to help make your rooms look larger. Come and visit us at Smitty’s and ask our interior decorators for their expert tips.

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Decorating Tip of the Month: Stools

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

 

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

 

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

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Stools!

 

(Amisco Upright non-swivel stool)

 

What most people think of as a stereotypical “stool” is no longer accurate. Stools have come into their own and now encompass a wide range of styles and types of construction.

 

Stools aren’t boring, plain, wooden constructs with a round, hard top. Today, stools are constructed with leather, wood, padding, chrome, and more. They come in varying heights, from countertop height to bar height, and depths — and they are comfortable! Many stools offer a backrest for added support.

 

Don’t just consider a stool as a way to reach the top shelf, stools are now an integral piece of furniture in your home.

 

(Amisco non-swivel Darlene stools)

 

Where Stools Can Be Used

 

Stools can be used in many areas of your home:

  • Add stools to your kitchen counter for extra dining or homework space.
  • Use a low stool at your desk for a change of style.
  • Place stools at a high-top table for an alternate dining or entertaining arrangement.
  • Place stools in your basement, games room, or bar area to help create a fun atmosphere.

Reflect Your Style

 

Stools can also reflect different interior decorating styles:

  • Opt for a chrome, backless stool in tight spaces or in areas where you won’t be sitting for extended periods.
  • Choose leather, padded stools for a more comfortable seating arrangement.
  • Select a deeper seat for those areas where you will be sitting for longer durations, like a dinner table or kitchen counter.
  • Pair a metal base with a patterned fabric seat to make a bold statement.

Expert Tip: Stools that provide extra seat depth will help to prevent your legs from dragging and putting strain on your lower back.

 

Visit us at Smitty’s and explore our selection of high-quality stools — and bring in your measurements to help you select the perfect height!

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New Year = New Furniture

(Photo from Decor-Rest)

 

Happy New Year! It’s another new year filled with promise. At Smitty’s, we know how much joy and excitement a new year can bring. If you’ve been thinking about making some interior decorating changes or upgrades, we can help. After all, new year = new furniture.

 

Time for a Change

 

If you’ve been sitting on the same worn out sofa, eating at the same scratched table, and sleeping on the same sagging mattress, then enough is enough. It’s time for a change.
 

“A house with old furniture has no need of ghosts to be haunted.”

― Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

 

If you’re like most people, you probably have many areas in your home that you want to update and refresh. Maybe you’ve grown tired of your colour scheme, or your furniture doesn’t reflect your style, or perhaps you’ve been inspired by something you saw in a magazine and you want to get that look in your space.

 

Change can be re-decorating and re-furnishing an entire home, or it can be as simple as swapping out your bed. Whatever you are looking to achieve, here are a few ideas to inspire your interior decorating changes.

 

Matte Black is Where It’s At!


(Amisco Elgin bed)

 

Matte black furniture is not only on trend, but it’s the kind of colour that doesn’t really go out of style. Easily paired with existing furniture, matte black can blend in with your decor without looking out of place.

 

By contrast, matte black can also act as an accent and work to highlight a particular room, theme, or area — or it can stand out on its own and bring some drama to your space.

 

Black can be added to virtually any space, from bedrooms to kitchens.

 


(Amisco Dirk table)

 

Amisco has a wide variety of matte black furniture pieces including, bed frames, stools, chairs, dining tables, coffee tables, and more.


(Amisco Tacoma dining table)

  • Mix and match black with distressed wood for a contemporary look.
     
  • Trying pairing a black and chrome coffee table with a luxurious rug for a high-style look.
     
  • Add a leather chair and ottoman for an urban look.

    (Decor-Rest Romeo chair)

Bronze, Not Brass


(Decor-Rest)

 

Brass went out in the 80s and there’s no looking back. Bronze, on the other hand, is not only in style, but timeless in the same way as matte black. Bronze accents and decorative items, finishing details, and even table bases are a classic addition to any home.

 


(Artage Hop table)

  • Try adding a bronze lamp, bronze candle holders, or a bronze decorative bowl to your decor and you will be amazed by how much visual interest it brings to your space.
     
  • One of the easiest ways to incorporate bronze into your decor is by adding a mirror with a bronze frame. Try adding this to your hallway, bedroom, bathroom, or living room.
     
  • Wall art is another great way to add bronze into your decor without taking up additional floor space.

 

(Surya mirror)

 

Expert tip: Place your mirror in a location where it will reflect light coming into your home via a window. This kind of placement will carry the light into your room and help to brighten your space.

 

Drama, Drama, Drama

(Superstyle Furniture Bench 530)

 

Whatever your style, whatever room you are updating, whatever theme you are going for, be sure to add some drama to your space. Don’t be afraid of colours, patterns, or shapes.

 

Adding just one stand-out piece in any room can elevate the design and overall look of the space.


(Hooker Furniture Thicket Console)

 

Adding something bold doesn’t mean that it has to overtake your space, it can be something as small as an accent pillow or a lamp.

 

There are so many gorgeous ways to upgrade your home with new furniture this year. Come and visit us at Smitty’s for some inspiration and our interior decorating experts will guide you through the best options for your home.

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Furniture for Small Spaces

Not everyone lives in a spacious home with ample floor space and room for extra furniture. At Smitty’s, we understand the challenges that come with finding furniture for small spaces, and we have a great assortment of smaller-sized pieces that will look great in your home.

 

When you have a small space, you want to look for two things:

  1. Furniture that can serve more than one purpose.
  2. Furniture that fits and doesn’t overtake your space.

 

Multi-Purpose Furniture


(Decor-Rest Condo Sofa)

 

When you are furnishing a small space, you want to make the most of every inch. Adding pieces that offer dual functionality will help you to make the most of your room, while still fitting in the available floor space.

 

Depending on your lifestyle, you may have different needs and it’s important to consider your routine when selecting new furniture. For example, if you don’t host dinner parties and you don’t find yourself spending time at a table, you may wish to add comfortable stools alongside your kitchen island, instead of purchasing a table and chair set for your home.

  • If you host overnight guests, you want to ensure that your sofa folds out into a bed.
     
  • If you have lots of items to store, you want to ensure that you have enough storage capacity without filling your home with bookshelves or storage baskets. Consider storage ottomans and consoles — they are excellent at hiding clutter and look fantastic.
     
  • If you need workspace at home and you don’t have room for a home office, consider a lift-top coffee table. Their raising top makes for a very functional workspace.

 

Suitably-Sized Furniture


(Brentwood Alfie Sofa)

 

There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect sofa, ordering it, and then discovering that it won’t fit through your door or in your room. Take your time to measure your floor space before making any large purchases so you aren’t disappointed.

 

Watch Smitty's Expert Tip Video Here!

 

 

It used to be that you had only a few options when selecting smaller-sized sofas or coffee tables, but with the changes in how we live and work, there are many terrific options to choose from.

 

Superstyle offers a collection called Variables by Leather Brand. This line of leather furniture is highly customizable. You can select the size, configuration, features, and leather to make a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for your home.

 

Durham Furniture offers a wide variety of tables and benches to suit any space. From storage benches to consoles and more.

 

For more small space inspiration, visit us at Smitty’s and get expert advice from our interior decorators today!

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Furniture for Large Spaces

(Brentwood Mensa Sectional)

 

A place for everything and everything in its place — a classic phrase that rings true for many homeowners. If you’re looking at ways to refresh your home and you have space to work with, then we have lots of great ideas for you. We carry many quality brands that offer a variety of beautiful and comfortable furniture for large spaces.

 

Statement Furniture


(Palliser’s The Bloom)

 

When you have room, there’s no excuse for going small. Choose statement furniture to bring your style to life.

 

Statement furniture is typically large-sized furnishings, like sectionals, oversized coffee tables, bed frames with show-stopping headboards, and entertainment units. The idea behind statement furniture is to add an element that stands out from the rest of your furniture and decor, features a bold design or colour, and is made from a material that isn’t used in the rest of that room.

 


(Hooker Furniture’s Arabella California King Mirrored Panel Bed)

 

Hooker Furniture’s Arabella California King Mirrored Panel Bed is a prime example of statement furniture. The oversized bedframe and headboard provide a glamourous and modern look, while helping to anchor the entire feel of the bedroom.

 


(Bermex Expression table)

 

Bermex’s Expression dining table is an elegant example of a table that makes a statement. Available in a variety of finishes, this dining set will impress your dinner guests — no matter the occasion.

 

Single Purpose Furniture


(Hooker Furniture True Vintage Bench)

 

When you have ample space in your home, then you do not need to ensure that your furniture serves more than one purpose. You likely won’t need to worry about storage or fit. In this case, you have the freedom to fill your home with beautiful furniture and accents to suit your style and your life.

 

Consider adding a bench to your bedroom, bathroom, guest room, or front entranceway. Benches will add comfort, style, and functionality — and they come in a wide variety of colours, sizes, and fabrics. From leather to wood, you can find something to work in any space.

 


(Palliser Chesapeake leather recliner)

 

When you’re not concerned about having space to fit your furniture, you can add everything you’ve ever wanted. For example, adding a reclining chair in your living room is a wonderful way to bring some extra comfort to your personal space. Just imagine stretching out to read or watch the game.

 

The possibilities are virtually endless when you have large spaces to work with. Visit Smitty’s today and get inspired by our selection of high-quality furniture.

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Must-Have Furniture

(Decor-Rest Galley Sideboard)

 

It doesn’t matter if you live in a spacious detached home or a small condo, there are certain pieces of furniture that are must-haves.

 

You might be able to make do without a hutch or an armoire, but the expert interior decorators at Smitty’s believe that the four items highlighted below are must-have pieces for any space:

 

Accent Chair: Must-Have #1


(Decor-Rest Accent Chair)

 

Every home needs a comfortable and attractive accent chair. Accent chairs can serve many useful purposes and can be moved from room to room to accommodate your changing style. Accent chairs can add a high-quality look and feel to your space and will help to make your room design look well-planned.

Available in a wide range of styles, fabrics, and colours, accent chairs can be customized to suit your needs. From wood legs to metal legs, bold colours to muted tones, nailhead finishes to leather, there is something for everyone.

 

Area Rug: Must-Have #2

(Kalora platinum area rug 3097_26)

 

An area rug, whether funky or classic, helps to ground your space and will make your room design look complete. Not only is it nice to have a bit of extra warmth on the floor, but adding an area rug helps to define the main area of a room.

 

Area rugs can be used in virtually any room of your home, from your dining room to your living room to your bedroom, and will help to elevate your interior decorating style.

 

Coffee Table: Must-Have #3


(Hooker Furniture accent cocktail table)

 

Every living room can benefit from having a coffee table. Whether you need a storage bench to tuck away your blankets, books, and remotes, or you have a glass, metal, or wood table, a coffee table will improve your space.

 

Coffee tables serve a seemingly endless array of purposes, including displaying decorative items, providing a serving space for entertaining, offering a place to put your feet up, allowing an area to play games, and much more.

 

Console Table/Sideboard: Must-Have #4


(Decor-Rest Firenze Console)

 

A console or sideboard can take your room from average to wow. A terrific way to add extra storage to your room, a console can house your media centre, your books, your decorative items, and so much more.

 

Available in a variety of styles and finishes, a sideboard can help to accent or complement the style or theme of your space.

 

If you’re looking for some help finding the perfect must-have furniture for your home, come and visit the experts at Smitty’s.

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Decorating Tip of the Month: Mixing Metallics

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

 

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

 

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

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One of the most popular interior decorating trends in recent years is to mix and match metallics in your decor.

 

Over the past year, we have seen entire rooms blend different kinds of metals together. Whether it’s on the wall or on a coffee table, mixing chrome and bronze or silver and gold is where it’s at.

 

How To Mix & Match Metallics

Making this look work in your home is easier than you might think. There really are no right or wrong ways to blend metallics, when it comes to accent pieces.

 

While you wouldn’t want to have all bronze dining chairs with a chrome table, you can certainly have a group of bronze vases on a chrome tray. Or champagne-coloured candle holders with rose gold decorative accents.

 

Expert Tip: Try incorporating this look on a smaller scale to start. Adding candle holders, vases, or wall decor in groupings will look great and won’t require a significant investment. Save the bronze accent chairs or chrome coffee table for another time, once you are confident that the style will work in your home.

 

Pair shiny metallics, like gold or chrome, with more muted tones like antique bronze. You can try this look on a dining table or coffee table, or you can create visual interest on a countertop in your kitchen or bathroom. Wherever you place your grouping, you will create an interesting focal point.

 

If you would rather attempt this look on a wall, you can incorporate a variety of different-sized mirrors and photos with metallic frames, or even chrome deer heads (which are very on-trend).


For accent and interior decorating advice and inspiration, visit the team at Smitty’s today!

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