Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • Six Furniture Pieces for Your First Home

    living room furnitureWhether you just tied the knot or are moving in to your first apartment post-college, there are sure to be plenty of furniture items you need to purchase. For individuals looking to do away with mismatched dining chairs and the couch that’s cushions sink to the floor, you are probably wondering where it is best to save and where you deserve to splurge.

    We recommend spending a little extra on the pieces that will grow with you, moving to different areas of your home as your family – and floor space – increases in size.

    Chinese Garden Stool

    Called “The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own” by Houzz, the Chinese garden stool is a piece that can fill many roles, moving gracefully from the living room to the bedroom to your backyard patio.

    The perfect height to place a beverage, snack or book when sitting in a chair, the garden seat is small enough not to feel clumsy in your space, but large enough to hold all the essentials. Best of all, this little table’s sturdy ceramic design can stand up to years of use whether indoors or out. We have even seen them used in bathrooms to hold the essentials next to your tub and in the shower.

    Wooden Chest of Drawers

    Especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side, a wooden chest of drawers is the perfect spot to store your clothes. A classic piece that will always remain in style, this chest can be placed in your entryway, living room or dining room down the road. Filled with winter gear, placemats and extra serving ware or your collection of remotes, there is a purpose for this piece regardless of where you place it.

    Nesting Tables

    The perfect way to provide extra room for snacks and beverages during a get-together in your small starter-home, stacking tables can be put together neatly and stylishly for everyday use. As your family grows, each table of your set is sure to find its own space in the home, whether it’s as a space for your little one to color in their bedroom, a spot to rest your coffee in your home office or as a living room end table.

    Depending on the type of nesting tables you purchase, they can even be moved outdoors during summer afternoons.

    Café Table and Chairs

    Don’t have a dining room in your first home? A café table and set of chairs can be placed in a corner of your kitchen or living room, adding a touch of elegance and the perfect amount of space to enjoy your meals.

    As your home grows and your family expands, this table set can provide extra seating on your patio or a spot for your children to enjoy breakfast and after school snacks in your kitchen nook.

    Simple Love Seat

    A lovely option for a small living room, a simple love seat with a classic shape and neutral hue will always have a place in your home. Whether you pair it with a larger couch down the road or move it into a guest bedroom, office or study, this piece will see plenty of use.

    Add color with bold pillows or a patterned throw blanket, allowing your style to change according to the season and your mood.

    Comfy Footstool

    Regardless of how large or small your space is, there is nothing better than putting your feet up and relaxing after a  busy day at work. Your home will never lack the need for a footstool, so treat yourself to an attractive option that suits your design style.

    Whether you love the look of leather poofs or fabric footstools that open to provide storage space within, this piece provides a place to rest your feet, set books, remotes and trays of snacks while also providing extra seating when guests come to visit.

    For individuals in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area looking for fine furniture to accentuate their first home, Sherwood Studios offers a wide array of furniture options for every room of the home. Shop with us online or visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lake Road. We look forward to helping you bring your interior design style to life!


  • Choosing a Color Palette That Flows From Room to Room

    choosing color palette for homeEspecially in areas of the home that are open and connected – like the living room, kitchen, dining room and hallways – having a cohesive color palette ensures a polished look. Knowing how to properly blend colors, patterns and textures throughout your space takes time and practice, but for individuals looking for a little help in the department, Sherwood Studios has a few pointers you can employ.

    Decide on a Color Group

    The first thought to consider before you start painting your space is the color group that you prefer. Are you attracted to warm colors (beiges, reds and oranges) or do you like the look of cool hues (grays, greens and blues). The colors you use throughout your home should all be within the same color group for a cohesive look and feel.

    Of course, if you would like to add a bright wall color to your space, there are places that this will work as well. We recommend restricting the boldest of hues to enclosed spaces like bathrooms and bedrooms. This way, you can have a bit of fun with your home without interrupting its overall style and flow.

    Employ a Flow-Through Shade

    Instead of choosing a different color paint for every area of your home, connect key entertaining spaces with a flow-through color. Perfect for employing in the front foyer, mudroom and connecting hallways of your home, a flow-through color will be the glue that ties everything together.

    While many families choose a neutral hue for their flow-through areas, your options are endless as long as you pick a color that blends seamlessly with those used in your other spaces. For example, if your home is filled with blues and greens, an attractive flow-through color might be a pale blue-gray.

    Use Bold Hues to Accessorize

    Another great way to add pops of color into your space is to accessorize with bold colors. Chairs, throw pillows, artwork and other accent pieces offer plenty of opportunities for fun and are much easier to swap out than your wall color is should you desire a change.

    You also want to use accessories to help your accent colors flow from room to room. For example, if your living room has pops of rich burgundy and burnt orange, you will want to employ at least one of these hues in the next room for a complementary progression.

    Work with an Expert

    Not sure what colors best tie together the areas within your home? Hiring an expert is a wonderful way to create the attractive space you envisioned without having to handle all of the tiny details that will pull it together.

    Here at Sherwood Studios, our team of professional, experienced interior designers can help you transform the rooms of your home into one cohesive and stylish space. Learn more about our services online or contact us by phone at 248-855-1600 to schedule a consultation.


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