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Moving into a new apartment or house can be both exciting and daunting. It offers a fresh slate to decorate, but it can be overwhelming if you lack the items needed to furnish your living space. In this article, we will list the five pieces of furniture that all living rooms need to make the room feel welcoming and comfortable.

 

1. A Couch or Sofa 

The living room is a space that is designed for hosting and gathering. A family and friends will congregate in this room to watch television, visit with one another and lounge. With that being said, the first piece of furniture that any living room needs is a sofa.

 

An inviting couch or sofa will be a wonderful addition to your living room furniture. Sofas are functional and they offer you and your guests will offer guests a comfy place to sit.

 

The Harper sofa has a stunning grey colour and plush cushions that will match any space. Complete the look and make this seating both comfortable and beautiful with accessories. Adding throw pillows and a decorative blanket will add your personal style to the room and complement the decor.

 

 

2. Coffee Table

In order to create a living room designed for life and use, there should be a table. Coffee tables act as central spots to place glasses, books, and other items and they should be positioned in front of the seating area and atop a rug.

 

The Whitney Round Cocktail table is a beautiful mid-century modern table with a glass top and wooden legs. This coffee table will quickly become a focal point in your living room decor thanks to its great style.

 

 

3. Display Cabinets

If you are looking for a way to add storage to your living room, consider a display cabinet. Display cabinets are much like bookshelves and come in a variety of styles. When they are styled with plants, art, books, a mirror and other pieces, they often look like a piece of art.

 

A great option is the Accent Bookcase. This is modern bookshelf uses a mixture of shelves and drawers to add a wow factor to your space.

 

 

4. Entertainment Unit

An entertainment unit is important because it is both functional and can add style to a living room's design. These can be in the form of a television console, beautiful cabinet or warm and welcoming fireplace mantel against a wall.

 

Those looking to hide their remotes, DVDs, wifi router and wires should choose a cabinet with mirrored doors like the Casa Bella. It has plenty of space and its thoughtful design will make it a wonderful addition to any room.

 

 

5. Chairs

Accent chairs are a great way to fill a large empty spot in your living room. Pairing a set of upholstered chairs with a table, lamps, pillow can create a cozy and inviting reading nook with plenty of essential lighting. 

 

For those who are looking to add personality to their living room, choose a patterned chair that matches the walls or drapes' colours. It will tie the room together and serve as an exciting focal point. Other natural, light colours like white or beige and also look great with colourful pillows.

 

 

Smitty's in Kitchener and Hanover carries all of the essentials for great interior design. Shop our range of accent tables, sofas, shelves rugs, and entertainment units for your living room online or in-store.

 

 

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The best thing you can do for your health is getting a night of good sleep, but this can be difficult to do if your current California king is old, unsupportive and causes you back pain.

 

While a new bed is a worthy investment, it can be difficult to choose the right mattress. We’ll discuss various things you should consider when shopping for a new mattress.

 

Types of Mattresses

Before you begin shopping, you should consider the types that are available and how they may benefit your sleep.

  • Memory foam mattresses: These are made entirely out of layers of foam including memory foam to provide optimal comfort.
  • Innerspring mattresses: These beds have metal coil springs in them with a comfort layer of padding atop. This promises durability and breathability.
  • Hybrid mattresses: A hybrid mattress has metal springs in them but is topped with  memory foam or could also include a substantial pillow top.
  • Memory foam latex: Latex foam combines memory foam and latex to reduce the mattress's retention from body heat.

 

Memory Foam Vs. Spring Mattress

One of the most argued topics today is whether foam beds are better than innerspring. While comfort is subjective, each type of mattress offers its own benefits.

A foam mattress is a much softer mattress compared to memory foam. Despite this, they are still very supportive. They offer pressure relief, can mould to any sleep position, and include motion isolation, making them a great option for mixed sleepers who have a habit of tossing and turning.

 

An innerspring mattress offers durability, support and comfort with a smaller price tag. This bed's interior metal coils similar to a box spring make this a firm mattress while the comfort layers of foam provide comfort. This can help reduce neck pain.

 

Hybrid mattresses that combine layers of both innersprings and various kinds of foam can provide a wide range of firmness levels.  The Harmony Lux Carbon Series by Beautyrest offers firm, plush and pillow-top options combining innersprings with up to five other layers of foam, including carbon foam to promote a cooler sleep.

 

 

Choose A Mattress Firmness Level

Your sleep quality is dependent on your bed's ability to suit your sleeping position.

Consider what position you fell asleep in and what position you woke up in while choosing a mattress. This can provide great information on what mattress may offer the most comfort and support for you.

 

Sleeping Positions
  • Back sleepers: Medium-firm mattresses tend to be the best type because it supports an equal spine without causing it to dip or curve.
  • Side sleepers: If you sleep on your side, your mattress type should be medium-soft to medium-hard to support your shoulders and hips without pushing on pressure points.
  • Stomach sleepers: Much like people who sleep on their back, they need a great deal of firmness to support their body and spine. A firmer bed will ensure that you experience little back pain.

 

Find The Best Bed For You With BedMATCH

Smitty's Fine Furniture knows how difficult it can be to find a mattress. That's why we offer a BedMATCH feature to help pair our clients with a mattress that is best for them. Visit us in-store to take part in our BedMATCH program or shop online. Mattress shopping has never been so easy thanks to Smitty's.

 

 

 


 

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Don't let a small bedroom or room convince you that you can't make the most out of your space. You can easily design your room to your liking, no matter its size. In this article, we will offer some tips and tricks on how you can make the most out of your room with space-saving pieces of furniture.

 

Install Shelves

Shelves are an easy way to add more storage space to your home. Bookshelves placed in a corner or a floating shelf hung on the wall above a bed can bring more dimension to a room, especially when styled with a mirror or plants. While this is a great idea, be careful not to place too much stuff on them. Every interior designer recommends that homeowners be careful editors of the decor and other objects they display. If too much is shown, the area could feel cluttered and smaller than it originally is.

 

Purchase A Bed With Extra Storage Space

When browsing online for small bedroom ideas, people are disappointed to see that a twin bed is one of the most frequently recommended pieces of furniture. Thankfully, you don't need to choose a smaller bed frame to save room in your home.

 

The 196 Milestone King Lift Bed is a stylish platform bed with extra bed storage. Owners can lift up part of the platform bed in one easy movement to reveal a large empty space tucked into the frame. This is a great way to store stuff without needing more furniture.

 

 

Choose a Storage Ottoman or Bench

A coffee table can take up plenty of floor space in your home without offering much storage. If you have a small room that lacks closet space, you should choose an ottoman with built-in storage. Rather than placing your linens or blankets on closet shelves, store them inside the Shannon Storage Ottoman's built-in storage area. The ottoman's simple design and its plentiful storage will make this piece perfect for your small spaces.

 

 

An Upgraded Nightstand

The last thing you need in your small spaces is a table without a lot of storage. When shopping for a bedside table, choose one with several drawers and a top with a lot of surface area. Tables like the Defined Distinction side table have a lot of room in the drawers and on their tabletops, making them the perfect addition to your home.

 

 

Even though your table may be small, it can bring a lot of style to your room! If you would like an eye-catching showpiece, paint the entire table a vibrant colour like royal blue or pine green. Not only will this bring more colours and life into your small space, but it will also make your table feel like one of a kind.

 

Wall Lighting

You don't need to choose between lighting and space anymore. Rather than placing a bedside lamp on your console table, choose sconces and other wall lighting fixtures for your bedroom. These small but powerful lamps are great ways to save space and light up your bedroom.

 

Decorate Your Small Bedroom

Finding furniture for small bedrooms doesn't have to be a difficult task. Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener-Waterloo and Hanover has something for everyone.

 

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If you are in the market for buying a sofa, you may find that there are many pieces of furniture to choose from. It can be overwhelming to try to find the best sofa for your family. Smitty's Fine Furniture has some great tips and tricks that will make choosing a sofa easier. 

 

 

Measure & Plan Your Living Room

Your new sofa should fit the shape and size of the room that you want to put it in. Take the time to measure the area of your living space. The size of the area should guide what sofas you are shopping for.

 

If you have an open concept living room that flows into your dining room, you could consider a sectional. The large sofa would have enough seating for all of your guests and a bit of room to stretch your legs.

 

A loveseat is a great idea for those with a small layout. Despite the smaller styles of a loveseat, they still fit two people comfortably. A loveseat can also be as versatile as any regular sofa without taking up as much space in your home.

 

The existing furniture in your living room like your coffee table or other chairs will play an important part in the process. Everything in the room should act as guides to determine the size of your new sofa so you don't have to shift one piece of furniture out for another.

 

Consider Its Seat Depth

A sofa's intended use should be a determining factor of what fabric or style of sofa you buy. Each family should pick a couch that fits best with their lifestyle and personal style. 

Comfort is many peoples' top priority when buying a couch. If lounging and watching TV on your sofa is something important to you, a sofa with deep seat cushions and easy-to-clean fabric may be the right choice for your lifestyle.

Those who use their sofas for extra seating and hosting may favour elegance and a larger size. A grey sectional frame couch would allow your guests to sit in a semi-circle facing one another. This would make it easy to host guests in your family home.

 

 

Match Or Contrast Your Interior Design

One of the things to consider when buying a couch is the design of your living room. Any interior designer will give you the advice to create a cohesive colour palette throughout your home and living room. The style of your sofa will matter in making your design feel connected. Choose a beige, white or grey couch/loveseat as its neutral colours will match most styles.

 

You can also introduce different colours and patterns with accessories. A tip that designers often keep secret is that you can bring contrasting shapes and colours to your space through the use of accessories. Products like accent pillows and throws are great options for easily changing the way your couch looks. Rather than buying a colourful sofa, choose to use colourful velvet pillows, circle pillows, or patterned throws instead.

 

 

 

Choose Your Perfect Sofa

The sofa is arguably often the most important element in any room, so make sure to consider all important aspects before you buy your dream sofa.  Remember to:

 

  • Measure and plan your space
  • Consider your family's lifestyle
  • Weigh the pros and cons of all couches
  • Determine whether you want it to blend in or stand out
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We all love fresh clean clothes, but doing the laundry? No, thanks! From sorting whites, lights, and delicates, to pretreating stains, hang drying or laying flat, to endless folding—there’s just nothing to love about doing laundry. On top of that, washers and dryers are big ticket items. And there are a lot of options out there. It can be hard to know what to look for and what is worth spending money on. Let us help you find the machines that will best serve your needs and make your investment worthwhile.

 

Space & Capacity

The location of your laundry suite is an important factor to consider. How much space do you have for your washer and dryer? Do you have a separate laundry room? Do you need to fit your washer and dryer into the bathroom? Under a kitchen counter? Do you have a laundry closet? Would a stackable or side-by-side set up work best in your home? A front loader will require space for the door to open outward while a top loader needs space above.

 

 

In terms of load capacity, you’ll want to consider the number of people in your household, how frequently you do laundry, and the size of your loads—do you tend to do once-a-week big loads or more frequent smaller loads? Washing machine drums can range in capacity from 2.5 to 6 cubic feet. If you are a busy household with kids—even just one little one—you definitely do a lot of laundry. For big families with supersized loads, you’ll want to get a drum with about 5 to 6 cubic feet of capacity. The same goes for bulky items, if you wash a lot of sleeping bags, blankets, comforters, or even lots of fluffy towels, you’ll want to go big. For smaller homes and families, somewhere around 4 cubic feet should suffice.

 

This stacked all-in-one set is perfect for laundry closets and bathrooms. It’s compact while still boasting 5.9 cubic feet of load capacity.  Learn more.

 

Front vs. Top Loaders

Until the early ‘90s top loaders reigned supreme in North America, while front loaders were the European standard. More recently, however, the distinct benefits of front loaders have pushed them into the lead. Aside from offering more versatility in terms of space—they can stack or sit side-by-side—front loaders tend to be gentler on your clothing because they do not use the center agitator that is typical of top loaders. Front loaders have also been shown to be better at removing stains; and they remove more water from your clothing than the average top loader, so your garments requires less time and lower temperatures in the dryer. These things not only help to preserve your wardrobe, they also mean that front loaders tend to be more energy efficient. But many people do still prefer the top loader—after all, front loaders require a lot of reaching down and bending over—so to help make your choice easy, GE has designed some incredible top loading machines that rival the best of front loaders.

 

This beautiful set from GE stacks or sits side-by-side. The washer has a capacity of 5.8 cubic feet. This is an exceptional laundry suite for larger households. Learn more about this washer and dryer.

 

Features, Features, and yes, more Features

Standard features include temperature range and basic cycles like whites, delicates, and permanent press. But to help lighten your load (it’s still punny!), GE has designed a host of added features that will take some of the work out of doing the laundry. GE’s Auto Soak cycle pre-soaks your clothes before washing to make sure those extra tough stains don’t stand a chance. The Sanitize with Oxi cycle uses an Oxi additive to remove 99.9% of household grade bacteria so your clothes come out cleaner and brighter. The Ultrafresh Vent System is an airflow system that eliminates any leftover moisture that can produce undesirable odour-causing bacteria in your machine so your washer stays fresh and clean. And now, with GE’s Wi-Fi Connect you can monitor and adjust washer and dryer cycles from just about anywhere with your phone. These are only some of the many features that will make doing the laundry a little less arduous.

 

This sleek GE top loader features 12 wash cycles and 6 temperature settings, it offers a number of features including Wi-Fi Connect. Learn more.

 

If you want to learn more about how your washer and dryer can do more of the work for you, contact us, we’re happy to provide more information and help you find the laundry suite that is right for you.

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When a homeowner wants to change the design of their living space, they rarely choose accent furniture. Pieces of furniture can completely change the style of a room by either serving as a new focal point or tying everything together. In this blog post, we will talk about some accent pieces that will transform your space.

 

Accent Table

 

You can change the way your space looks with a small end table or new coffee table. This furniture is both functional and stylish, meaning it's a great way to change your interior.

 

Pick quality furniture that will work well for your space and personal use. A glass table may bring in a modern look to your room while serving as a great place to eat besides your kitchen or dining room. If you would like more decorative furniture, antique tables could be a unique addition to your home.

 

 

Accent Cabinets

 

Similar to tables, an accent cabinet is a beautiful and functional piece of accent furniture. These pieces can add a pop of style and colour to your home whether through stark or subtle details - whatever you want.

 

 

Closed cabinets are great accents in a living room because they can be used as a base for your television or even as a spot to store your miscellaneous items. Large, open metal cabinets can also look wonderful if the shelves are styled.

 

Accent Chair

 

Accent furniture is all about making a statement. A two-tone color chair or one with lavish upholstery will look like a fine piece of art in any room, acting as the perfect accent piece. Even chairs that complement the features of your home (i.e., your paint colour or wall art) bring out small details in an amazing way.

 

Chairs can serve as both a great piece of decor and a comfortable spot to sit. When designing your area, choose a chair with both style and comfort for the perfect finish to your home.

 

 

Accent Lighting

 

Most may not consider light fixtures as an accent piece, but they can add an entirely new feel to any room and are just as important as any other piece of furniture.

Take the time to think about the use of the room when choosing a light. If you are decorating a bedroom, consider a rustic fixture with a warm color bulb to set the mood and create a cozy atmosphere. If you want to make a statement, choose a large, dramatic light fixture with a white bulb to draw your eye and add a decorative accent to your room.

 

Area Rugs

 

An area rug is a pop of style underneath all of your other furniture items. They can fill in bare spots, add some patterns, and, just like mirrors, a rug can make a space feel much larger than it actually is. When shopping for a rug, find one that will feel luxurious underfoot and complement the style of your room.

 

Pick Your Right Accent Piece

 

When choosing your accent pieces, consider how you use the space and how you want it to look. Smitty's Fine Furniture store will help you create the beautiful interior of your dreams.

 

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It can be a hard choice between a sectional and sofa while designing your living room. You want the space to be the perfect blend of functional and beautiful for your family. There also may just be way too many great options for your home!

 

We can help figure out what would be the best fit for your living space by comparing a sofa vs a sectional couch.

 

Know What You Need From Your Living Room

Designing living rooms, especially a small space, is all about design, layout, and comfort. You evaluate what is the most important thing in your space.

 

If you like to entertain, you should take the time to consider how many seats you need for your guests and how you can ensure people feel comfortable in your living area.

 

Maybe you want to have an open concept layout so your family room flows seamlessly into your dining room. This can allow your area to feel much larger than its actual size.

 

A helpful strategy to figuring out what you even want from the area is by thinking about how space is used on a regular basis. Make sure you address what you need as much as your wants.

 

After you have figured out your wants and needs, it's time to decide what works best for your space.

 

Sectional vs. Sofa

A Regular Sofa

Regular sofas are typically smaller than sectionals with less seating and a more formal design. Sectionals are large pieces of furniture that can often look like they take up an entire room.

 

If you have a small space, it may be a good idea to style it with a sofa rather than a sectional.

 

You won't be limited by a sofa either. The smaller design of sofas can allow you to fit more than one piece of furniture in a room. You could use two sofas to get the same effect as a sectional sofa with a more formal look. Placing chairs or a unique chaise next to your sofa could also provide more seats and bring in more style to your room.

 

 
The Benefits of a Sectional Sofa

If you find you're bringing extra chairs into your living room to host everyone, a sectional sofa is a great option. Sectional sofas are generally large, L-shaped or U-shaped, and have plenty of seating.

 

While a sectional may appear to be more casual than a typical sofa, they can create a better atmosphere for socializing. U or L-shaped sectionals allow guests and family to sit facing one another, making any living room a great space for hosting. You could only get this much seating using two sofas facing one another!

 

 

Sectionals aren't just a great seat - many have the option to fold into a pull-out couch or bed. A sectional is a great choice for people who have frequent visitors but not enough bedrooms.

 

Improve Your Living Space

Sometimes there are too many options to choose from! If you are struggling with the sectional vs sofa decision, call or visit Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener. Our friendly staff can help you figure out what could work well so you can decide on the right seat for your living space.

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Nothing captures the joy of summer quite like a barbecue—family, friends, music, a cold beverage, and cooking in the great outdoors. It’s the perfect way to celebrate all of our summer holidays and events—from Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to graduations and weddings—barbecues work for all occasions. This year, for the first time, Smitty’s has partnered with Broil King to offer you some of the best barbecue options on the market. No matter what your preference is—gas, charcoal, or pellet—we’ve got something to make your summer nights extra special.

 

Gas

Gas grills are an easy, no fuss no muss solution to grilling. If you are a novice griller or if convenience is your priority, gas might be the right choice for you. Gas gives you easy control over temperature which is essential to good grilling. Broil King’s gas grills offer flexible and even heat distribution thanks to their Dual-Tube burners. Every Broil King gas grill comes with three to five Dual-Tube burners and every burner has 240 heating ports—that means you have flexibility and control over your grill’s temperature. You can easily adjust up or down for different types of meats, cuts, and veggies. All Broil King gas grills come with their Flav-R-Wave heat distributor, a waved stainless steel insert that is placed over your grill’s burners. As soon as the juices from your meat hit the Flav-R-Wave they evaporate and infuse back into your meat to enhance that mouthwatering bbq flavor. And this year, for the first time, Broil King has introduced the infrared side burner that provides an intense direct heat that is perfect for searing. You’ll get a crispy golden-brown crust on the outside while your meat stays tender and juicy on the inside. The infrared side burner gives you the heat of a charcoal grill without the extra work and mess, so you really can’t go wrong.

The Baron 490 Pro can be fitted for propane tanks or a natural gas line.

 

Charcoal

Charcoal grills are the classic option. For the griller who wants to go old-school, some might say it’s a barbecue for purists. The main advantage to a charcoal grill is the heat, charcoal burns hotter than gas so it is perfect for high heat searing or low and slow cooking. We’re excited about the Broil King Keg, a Kamado-style grill made from steel rather than porcelain which means it’s lighter and less cumbersome to move around than a traditional Kamado grill. Constructed from two layers of baked enamel steel with oven-grade insulation in between, the Keg holds extremely high temperatures inside while staying cool to the touch on the outside. No need to worry about your fingers or your little ones’. The Keg comes with a mount for your trailer hitch so you can take it tailgating, camping, or for a day by the lake. Sounds pretty perfect.

The Broil King Keg produces that smoked-char-broiled barbecue flavor that we love.

 

Pellets 

Pellet grills are fueled by tiny hardwood pellets that cook food much like a convection oven. The smoke from the pellets infuses into your food to give it that extra delicious smoked flavor. Broil King’s pellet grills automatically feed pellets into the fire chamber so you maintain precise heat control while you cook. The pellet grill is versatile and hassle-free. You can wow your family with roasted fish on Friday, seared steaks on Saturday, and smoked ribs on Sunday. And now, with Broil King’s Pellet Grill app, you can monitor the temperature of your meat and regulate the temperature of your grill with your smartphone from literally anywhere in the world—or, from the grocery down the street. If you like high-tech toys, enjoy the low and slow experience, and are looking for a tank of a grill, Broil King’s Regal Pellet Smoker might just be your dream come true.

The design of Broil King’s Regal Pellet 500 Pro is based on a traditional barrel smoker.

 

Like Smitty’s, Broil King is a Canadian family-owned and run business and they’ve been around longer than us! Their grills are built for performance, durability, and great flavour. We trust Broil Kings and use them in our own backyards. If you have questions about our Broil King grills, contact us or visit one of our showrooms, we are happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The past year has been a strange one and not always easy, but there have been some bright spots. One is that many of us have had more time to spend with our loved ones—we’ve been working and studying side by side, we’ve been cooking and sharing more meals, we’ve even been playing more board games. A lot of this time together has been spent around the dining room table, so we think they deserve some attention. If you are considering a dining room do-over, here are some tips to help you get started.

 

The Perfect Fit

What size table is right for your home? First thing’s first: get your measuring tape, you’ll need the dimensions of your dining area. You’ll want to leave 42 to 48 inches between the edge of your table and the wall or other furniture. This ensures enough space for chairs to move in and out from the table and leaves room for people to pass while others are seated. Next, consider the size of your family—how many people will be sitting around the table on a daily basis? To sit comfortably and avoid knocking elbows, the general rule of thumb is to allow between 18 and 24 inches per place setting. If you do a lot of hosting but space is limited, consider a table with an extension leaf. You can easily turn a four top into an eight top with an extension leaf that will tuck away into the table when you’re not using it. To give yourself more flexibility in a smaller area like a kitchen, consider a drop-leaf table.

 

Bermex Expressions Dining Suite

This gorgeous Bermex Expression Dining Suite comes with an extension leaf that stores away in the table. It’s made from premium select North American Birch and is completely customizable.

 

The Right Shape

Square, rectangle, round, or oval—how do you know what shape is right for your home? The answer is symmetry. The most visually pleasing and comfortable dining area will have the same amount of space all around the table. So take a look at the shape of your dining area. If it’s a square space, your best bet is a square or round table, while a rectangle or oval is best suited to a rectangular dining room. Your next consideration should be corners—do you want them? Corners take up additional space so if your dining room is on the smaller side, consider an oval or round table. Oval and round tables also allow you to squeeze in an extra seat or two without leaving anyone stuck in that awkward corner spot. 

 

Amisco Norcross Dining Set

The Amisco Norcross dining suite is inspired by a no-nonsense vintage industrial look and is available in dining, counter, and pub heights. It’s a stylish choice for a smaller dining space such as a kitchen.

 

Impeccable Style

Style is a personal choice and we want you to do you. But we can offer some guidelines to help you make the right choice for your home. The most important piece of advice we have is to keep it classy. We recommend avoiding trends that might look out of date in a few years. A quality dining table should last a good 10 years and minimal design will allow you to roll with the times. When considering style, look at how your new dining table might compliment the rest of your decor and think about diversifying. For example, if you have a lot of wood in your home, you might want to bring a new element into the space, perhaps a glass or marble tabletop or a metal base or legs. In terms of seating, think about mixing and matching—at a rectangular table, consider chairs around three sides of the table and a bench along the fourth. If you choose upholstered seats, select colors that will complement the decor in the rest of your home. Remember patterns can vary as long as you stay within the same color palette. Canadian furniture manufacturers Amisco and Bermex specialize in furniture for your dining room, both companies offer customizable options so you can choose the right style for your home.

 

Bermex Live Edge Table

We love this Bermex Live Edge dining suite - it’s farmhouse chic with a trestle base and mix and match seating.

 

At Smitty’s we love home furnishings and decor and are happy to offer free consultations. Contact us for an appointment with one of our certified home decorators to discuss your ideas and options.

 

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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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