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  • Furniture Shopping Tips

    Furniture Shopping TipsWhether you’ve just bought a new home or have decided to redecorate, the new year is a great time to shop for new furniture. But which pieces should you buy? Try these furniture shopping tips from the pros.

    Do your prep work

    Decide in advance what your needs and style are. If you have frequent dinner parties, you’ll probably want to invest in a beautiful dining table. If you love mid-century modern, stick to pieces that complement your style. And no matter what you do, make sure you measure your space to avoid buying a piece that won’t fit!

    Follow the map

    It’s a good idea to map out exactly how you want a room to look, including furniture, rugs, window treatments and lighting. You don’t need to select particular pieces at this stage, but having a clear idea of how you want each room to look will keep your shopping on track.

    Comfort is key

    When developing a budget for furniture shopping, invest the most in the pieces you’ll use the most frequently. For example, we recommend buying the best, comfiest sofa you can afford.

    Ready to get started? Check out the amazing selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces for every room in your house, at a variety of price points and in a broad spectrum of styles. What’s more, if you prefer to leave the big decisions to a pro, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you furnish the home of your dreams!

  • Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018

    Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018 The new year is a perfect time to give your home an of-the-moment, stylish look. Whether you’re planning to sell your home in 2018 or just want to refresh your space, an interior design update is a great way to start off the year. Read on to learn more about some of the top interior design trends for 2018.

    Lavender accents

    Love it or hate it, 2017 was all about millennial pink. In 2018, shades of lavender and lilac will predominate, giving homes a calming, relaxed vibe. Try accent pillows or rugs in the on-trend shade.

    Maximalism

    After years of the less-is-more aesthetic, in 2018, more is more! Try mixing bold, contrasting patterns. Consider it the backlash to the pared-down look.

    Back to nature

    Natural materials will be huge in 2018. In a reflection of the locavore, farm-to-table trend in food, which shows no sign of disappearing any time soon, interior designers and architects are seeking materials that reflects an area’s geography and landscape. One example of this trend is using limestone walls in bathrooms, or using furniture made from locally sourced wood.

    Velvet

    You may have noticed velvet dresses, pants and accessories on the 2018 runways, and now the trend is coming to interior design. Velvet sofas and armchairs, whether vintage or newly upholstered, are having their moment.

    If you’ve decided to update your home for 2018, a professional interior designer can make sure your space is inviting, comfortable and stylish. If you’re in the West Bloomfield area, we look forward to creating a space you’ll look forward to living in every day! Contact Sherwood Studios today at 248-855-1600.

  • Interior Design Trends For The Fall

    Here at Sherwood Studios, we think that fall is a great season to do a little design updating around your home. With the colder months creeping closer, you’ll be spending more time inside your house, and fewer hours out and about—why not cozy up the place a bit so you can enjoy the fall season?  Interior Design Trends for the Fall

    We’ve taken a look at some of the top interior design trends for fall, and picked out a few of our favorites. Use these for inspiration as you think about ways you can revamp your home’s interior this season.

    Texture & Color

    The Seattle Times says that the minimalist décor days are in the past: this fall season, we’ll be seeing lots of colors and patterns, in warm, rich tones that are perfect for the fall. If you want to keep your decorating budget to a minimum, grab a few new throw blankets or toss some new pillows onto the couch in warm colors and mix and matched patterns. If you want to go all out, reupholster the whole living room set in a pattern you wouldn’t ordinarily choose!

    Emerald

    The color of the season: Emerald. Whether you weave this into your design with new arm chairs, updated bedspreads, or refreshed window treatments, think of emerald as your style guide. It’ll give your home a warm, cozy feeling—out with the gray, and in with the green!

    Color Blocking

    If you’re still into the modern or midcentury modern look, add some color blocking to your fall décor. You can do this with paint color, wallpaper, and more. Use warm tones that complement each other, but don’t be too matchy-matchy! House Beautiful says that color blocking is the new black for the fall season.

    For more interior inspiration, view our interior design page here at Sherwood Studios. To consult with an expert about your home’s fall décor, call us today at 248-855-1600. We look forward to working with you!

  • Mixing Different Wood-Washed Furniture

    When it comes to furniture styles and trends, mixing and matching is in! From colors to patterns to textures, there are endless options for your home, which can be overwhelming. Here are some tips and tricks for mixing multiple wood tones.

    Undertones

    While matching can look a bit boring, you do want wood finishes that complement each other. To choose the right undertone, determine if the woods have warm or cool colors. Then you can either isolate a common color feature, such as woods with a similar reddish tone, or choose to offset the woods, such as a darker-colored wood accentuated by warm, neutral-colored wood.

    Go for contrast

    To break up the wood look and balance the materials in the room, use a colorful carpet or décor item. This helps the pieces stand on their own and can be easier on the eyes. Using white is also a great option to calm the look of wood on wood, as white and wood is always a winning combination.

    Don’t overdo it

    While mixing and matching can be fun, try to limit the number of different woods you use in each room. Using just two or three finishes can help the space feel more balanced and cohesive and can also help prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed by all the possible options and combinations.

    If you’re looking to furnish part of your home with different wood pieces and you live in the Southeast Michigan area, be sure to stop by Sherwood Studios! We are a full-scale furniture store and premier interior design studio with a wide variety of pieces that are sure to be just what you’re looking for. Contact us today and let us bring your furnishing dreams to life!

  • How to Fashionably Disguise Your Air Conditioner

    Ductless cooling systems are gaining popularity due to the fact that they are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and completely customizable. Homeowners are able to cool and heat specific areas of their home to the temperature they desire so they don’t waste energy cooling a room they aren’t using. Chances are you have seen the small indoor devices installed high on walls in homes, offices or restaurants.

    Although ductless air conditioners offer many benefits, from an interior design point of view, they present several challenges. These A/C units need to be placed high in a room so that cool air can have the greatest effect as it drops to the floor. But how do you work the unit into the room’s decor? How can you make them not stand out or look tacky?

    Here are some good places to install your unit and a few great types for how to design around it:

    Above a doorway

    Since this spot is difficult to use for traditional storage space, it can work well for an air unit. If the air conditioner and door are both white, chances are it work well together and you will be less likely to notice it.

    Above an armoire

    Another great spot is above an armoire or cabinet since it is usually difficult to reach and would otherwise collect dust. If you are looking at the cooling system from a lower angle, it can actually have the same minimal visual effect as recessing it into a false beam or wall.

    Above a bookcase

    If you place the air system above an open shelf that shares the same width, it will look like one vertical element instead of a box hanging in the middle of a blank wall.

    If you are staying cool this summer with a wall-mounted cooling unit, try to make it flow with the rest of the room and get creative with the placement. Looking for more interior design tips? Visit our blog page often. Here at Sherwood Studios, we offer elegant, sophisticated and high-end contemporary furniture and interior design services. Contact us today at 248-855-1600 if you have any questions. We can’t wait to help you turn your dream into reality!

  • Four Next Big Trends to Incorporate in Your Home

    It’s important to feel comfortable in your house because after all, there is no place like home. Not everyone has the budget to make their home look like a glossy magazine image but you can add simple features to you home to make it look trendy.

    To make sure you are ahead of the style curve, we are going to go over the next four biggest trends.Not everyone has the budget to make their home look like a glossy magazine image but you can add simple features to you home to make it look trendy.

    Incorporate metallics

    Rose gold, bronze, silver, brass and gold have been popular for a while and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere anytime soon. Bronze in particular will be a big trend, according to a high-end London interior designer. Just a touch of metal can make a space instantly more glamorous, just try to not go overboard or your home could end up feeling like a hall of mirrors.

    Add more textures and layers

    Fabrics with a lot of textures can really create a timeless and chic look in any room. Interior design is all about layering and the art of finding the right mix of color, shape and texture. When you are redecorating your home, don’t be afraid to play with different textures of fabric and add layers to create depth and richness in a room.

    Natural influence

    Interior style is going to go back to nature with soft, warm and calming tones as well as natural tiles with geometric patterns and shapes. Also try to embrace the greenery and reconnect with nature within your home by adding a fresh succulent.

    Marble

    Yes, marble has been trendy for a while but it will most likely remain popular. There will probably be a broader color scheme featuring browns, greens and blacks instead of the typical white and black marble.

    If you are looking to redecorate your home this summer, contact Sherwood Studios so we can help you keep up with these trends and many more!

  • Decorating Your Home Office

    Do you no longer have to commute to the office every day? The money you’re going to save on gas could be used to create the perfect home office. Transforming a nook in your home into a home office is challenging yet rewarding. No need to feel overwhelmed, chances are you already have the perfect spot in your house, all you need to do is spot it and decorate it.

    To create a practical working environment, follow these tips.Transforming a nook in your home into a home office is challenging yet rewarding.

    Spend time thinking about the perfect location

    Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office so don’t just throw a desk in an unused closet and hope for the best. Also, think about traffic flow and how well you can handle distractions. Maybe you do your best work in the middle of the action if not; maybe your office should be tucked away in a quiet space. If clients will be stopping by, a private space with seating is a must.

    Incorporate functional furniture

    Your home office furniture should complement other rooms in your house and should also be functional. Furniture can have a major impact when it comes to being productive. Try not to go overboard with furniture, keep it simple so you’re less likely to feel distracted or stressed. For beautiful home office furniture, browse our selection at Sherwood Studios.

    Work with a view

    Try positioning your desk towards a window if you can, so you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall. A study mentioned in Psychology Today links light exposure in the work environment to improved sleep and vitality. Although a windows natural light is ideal, if you’re in a room without a window, hang an intriguing picture above your desk.

    Working from home can be challenging, but if you find the right location in your house and decorate it, you’ll get your work motor humming rather quickly and you’ll be back in business. Need help with your home office design or furniture? Contact Sherwood Studios today, we’ll help you create a space you will love to come home to.

  • Risks Worth Taking When Decorating Your Home

    Whether you just moved into a new home and are itching to decorate or you just want to add some flavor to your preexisting home décor, you can’t go wrong by playing with color, patterns or styles. If you’re nervous about doing so, start small and focus on a contained space like a single wall in a bedroom or bathroom or backsplash in your kitchen.  To easily inject some personality into your home, play with wallpaper in unexpected places, colorful accessories, patterned tile and attention-grabbing print.

    To easily inject some personality into your home, read the following tips:

    Wallpaper in unexpected places

    Wallpaper trends come and go. Thankfully the 80’s technique of coordinating wallpaper with curtains and bedding and everything else imaginable is no longer a trend. However, taking a print and using it unpredictably where it turns heads without overwhelming the room tends to be just right and not too powerful.

    Don’t have an actual headboard? No problem. Place a piece of removable wallpaper behind your bed instead. To complete the look try a floating shelf above the wall paper to add even more interest and style to the room.

    Add color

    Many of us tend to choose neutral colors for the walls to create a calming, clean and sophisticated atmosphere. To add a little personality to the neutral walls, try adding colorful accessories such as throw pillows, arm chairs, coffee tables with a bright base or even bright accent walls. If you really wanted to, you could always easily take the accessories away and go back to the neutral vibes you were once aiming for.

    Patterned tile

    A good way to add graphic interest to a room is by adding encaustic cement tile, which has been gaining popularity, according to New York Times. Try adding cement tiles with a cool medley pattern behind your kitchen sink or stove to add an element of interest.

    Attention- grabbing print

    If you want to completely transform a space rather quickly, bold wallpaper is your answer. If you have a dull and uninviting space, try adding attention – grabbing bold print to wake up the space. If you’re in love with the idea of wallpaper but nervous to choose which pattern, get inspired by these wow-worthy ideas from Real Simple.

    If you like these ideas but need a little more guidance, Sherwood Studios, one of the finest and most complete interior design firms in the country is here to help you with every aspect of your interior design project. Contact us today at 248-855-1600 for more information.

  • How to Easily Freshen up Your Home This Summer

    With summer right around the corner, you’ll want to brighten up your home with fresh, easy changes. Let’s emphasize easy because we know you’ll want to devote most of your time with friends, family and enjoying the outdoors as much as you can. Brighten up your home with fresh, easy changes.

    When trying to shift into the new season, refer to these three easy tips:

    Green is good

    Adding green to your home is the simplest and easiest way to make your home feel like summer is officially upon us. If green isn’t typically a color you prefer, fret not. Buying a eucalyptus branch and putting it into a simple glass vase can transform a space in an instant. Succulents are also a good choice to help add a little summer to your home. These plants are very popular because they are low-maintenance, only having to water them about once a week. To know which clean air plants should go in your home this summer, refer to This Old House.

    Woven and wicker

    You’ll suddenly feel “summer ready” after adding woven-like textures to your home. Whether it be rocking chairs on your front porch or rattan chairs in your sunroom. Woven or wicker textures work really well with potted flowers or plants. Before you know it, you’ll have a blooming garden look inside of your house.

    Linen

    A great way to freshen up a space for summer is to put white linen slipcovers on your furniture. This adds a casual elegance to the room and will look excellent with woven or wicker material and vibrant plants. If you’re looking for a more colorful summer look, throw a batik hand-blocked print over your kitchen or dining room table. This will be the perfect pop of color your house needs to feel summery.

    Now that you’ve brought the outside in with plants, wicker and homespun linen, you’re ready to kick start the summer with your first gathering showcasing your simple and fresh indoor changes. If you’re looking to redecorate your home for the summer and want to go beyond these simple revisions, contact Sherwood Studios today.

  • Design Tips to Achieve a Mature Home Decor

    Design Tips to Achieve a Mature Home Décor Transitioning from a college student to a functioning adult can be difficult, especially when it comes to your living space.

    You probably settled for a cheap throw rug, a few posters, and some festive Christmas lights for your college dorm. However, as you start to search for your first apartment or home, it’s important to decorate it appropriately.

    We have some tips and tricks on how you can achieve a mature home décor that will reflect your personality, along with your age.

    Consider a Bar Cart

    Adding a bar cart might sound too good to be true, but an elegant bar cart can help mature a space. Ditch the mini fridge, invest in some expensive liquor and a few coasters, and hold a true cocktail hour from the comfort of your own home. A bar cart indicates that you still love to have fun but you’re doing your best to match your space to your age. A bar cart is the perfect touch when entertaining guests and both friends and family can enjoy it.

    Swap Out Old Décor

    You might have had a few décor pieces in your college dorm, but it probably all came from the “dorm” section of a department store. As you age, it’s important to invest in décor that will last and serve a long-term purpose. Invest in throw pillows, seating, wall art, and a quality throw rug.  The mismatched stuff that you settled for as a college student likely won’t contribute to your home now.

    Consider Going Green

    You might be hesitant to incorporate some fresh greenery into your space. Not everyone has a green thumb and that’s OK. If you’re confident in your ability to care for plant life, purchase some easy-to-handle plants and put them around your home. If you know that you won’t be able to keep a cactus alive, consider purchasing some fake flowers or succulents that will add a splash of life to your space.

    One more thing: Make sure you are considering the details of your space and how they present. Make sure to find a place for everything and keep your home free from clutter for a home that will present clean and mature.

    Looking for fine furniture and interior design service? Contact Sherwood Studios.

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