Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Three Ways to Give Your Living Room Some Extra Character

    A room where your family and friends gathThree Ways to Give Your Living Room Some Extra Characterer together, the living room sees a lot of use. And because of this it is likely the room you feel the most compelling urge to redecorate on a regular basis. Maybe you feel like your furniture has become outdated or maybe your current wall color is feeling too dull. No matter what is getting you down about your living room, Sherwood Studios has some ideas that will add character and life to your space.

    Swap Out Curtains, Pillows and More

    Even the smallest change can make a big impact, especially if it involves changing a room’s color scheme. Take down your old window treatments, purchase some new pillows and add a bright new hue to your space.

    Popular 2017 colors include bright green and yellow, cool blue and bold purple. Regardless of what color you add to your space, it will help it to take on a fun new style.

    Fill Your Space with Memories

    There is nothing that brings character to a room more than one-of-a-kind items that remind you of your favorite memories. Let your personality shine through your space with photos of your family members and unique collectables from vacations you have been on together.

    Pieces like these are great for conversation, and all your guests will be wondering where you found such interesting décor.

    Opt For Bold Furnishings

    Looking for an even bigger change in your living room décor? Swap out your current furnishings for some new pieces with a little more flare! Some of this year’s expected furniture trends are gemstone tones, livable fabrics and mixed metals.

    Use these styles as a guide, or work with Sherwood Studios’ interior design team to create your dream space!

  • Simple Updates to Improve Home Décor

    Many people love sprucing up their homeSimple Updates to Improve Home Décor but it can get expensive to totally redesign every room, especially if you’re someone that has a constant itch to switch things up. There are some simple solutions to updating your home décor that won’t take up too much money or effort. Here are some suggestions on simple home décor updates that can help improve your space.

    Update Your Cabinets

    Most kitchens consist of a lot of cabinets. If you’re unhappy with your cabinets, you’re likely unhappy with your kitchen. Consider painting your cabinets to give them a brand new look and change the appearance of your entire kitchen with one project. If you’re not looking to do a big project, consider just changing the hardware on the cabinets. Choose knobs that are colorful or unique for a small detail that all guests are guaranteed to notice.

    Switch Up Your Furniture

    There is a good chance that your furniture is the focal point in most rooms, even if you’re unaware of it. If you can trade out an old chair and replace it with a new statement chair, you can give the space a whole new look without painting the room or changing the flooring. You can also add statement pillows to older furniture pieces to give the furniture a new look. Don’t be afraid to purchase statement pillows that showcase your personality and preferences.

    Add a Small Gallery

    If you have a wall that feels plain but you aren’t sure what to fill it with, consider putting up a bit of a “mismatched” gallery. You can easily fill the walls with pictures of your loved ones and cherished memories.  Purchase a number of frames that are corky, but somehow coincide with one another, and stagger them on the wall to fill the space. For instance, you could choose all wood frames but they could all be a different type of wood.

    Update Lighting Fixtures

    Many people have overhead lights that they aren’t happy with but they eventually become “out of sight, out of mind.” If you have a light fixture hanging above your head that you can’t stand to look up at, consider replacing it. Although you might be used to the fixture, it’s something that most people will notice upon walking in that don’t see it daily. Updating a simple light fixture, even if it is just a hand-me-down lamp that you’ve grown tired of, can help a room feel brand new.

    These simple suggestions should help you update the look of your home without totally redoing it all together. Before you get started, visit Sherwood Studios for fine furniture and interior design services.

  • Avoid These Interior Design Mistakes

    When you’re designing the interior of your home, it is easy to get carried away. Certain trends might distract you even if they aren’t necessarily your style. It can also be hard toInterior Design navigate stores without someone pressuring you to purchase “the latest” in décor. Our latest blog post is here to point out a few interior design mistakes that many people make so you can avoid them.

    Window Shop with a Budget

    You may hear some interior designers talk about how it’s important to walk through home goods stores to look for inspiration and that is true. Window shopping can be a great way to figure out what you want and what you don’t want. However, aimlessly walking around stores makes it easy to purchase things “here and there” that will eventually add up to a major cost. We recommend sticking to a budget and keeping track of it. If you know you’re someone that makes impulse purchases, avoid walking through stores without a plan or bring a friend along to hold you accountable.

    Don’t Forget the Big Picture

    It is important to think about each room as a whole, and make sure that the individual pieces and colors you’re using all work together. You should make sure things are different heights and sizes to give the room depth. It’s too easy to get swept up in the little details. If you purchase multiple small items, you’re going to end up with cluttered room instead and many people make this mistake. Before shopping, draw out a diagram of the room and add in items you’re considering to see how they flow or how they don’t flow.

    Focus on Lighting

    The lighting in your home is a huge part of your home and should be a focus when you are designing each room. Many people make lighting an afterthought. The light fixtures you choose and the bulbs you choose can have a profound effect on the feel and design of the space. Focus on putting up a variety of lights, from lamps to ceiling lights, to provide layers of soft light. You should also make sure that curtains or blinds can be easily opened up to allow natural light into your home during the day. Use mirrors to spread natural light in rooms that don’t have many windows.

    Sherwood Studios offers fine furniture and interior design

  • Achieve the Farmhouse Style at Home

    In the past year, “farmhouse décor” has become increasingly popular. This style focuses on small details with light colors, rough finishes, and wooden pieces. Many years ago, farmfarmhousedecorhouse décor was the true design of homes that were found on farms. Now, it is a look that many homeowners are now eager to achieve.

    Focus on Natural Wood

    A big staple among farmhouse décor is the use of wood, which was often used in older homes. If the wood is worn, think of it as a reflection of the wood’s story. Hardwood floors are also a big staple in farmhouse décor. If you can’t afford to put natural wooden floors throughout your home, consider using wood accessories instead. Hang a mirror with a wooden frame in a room with hard wood floors, even if they don’t match, to achieve a “natural wood” look.

    Light It Up

    Many farmhouse themed homes typically are full of light colors. Years ago, many homes had lighter colors because it was expensive to do dark colored finishes. The staple light blues, whites, and creams, have carried into present-day farmhouse décor preferences. By painting your walls or your trim a light color, you can start to “paint the picture” of a farmhouse. If your home has woodwork that is still original, don’t paint it in order to preserve the original history of home. However, if it is already painted, freshen it up with a fresh coat of white.

    Don’t Focus on Fabric

    Although many décor styles are focused on the fabrics and the textures of the home, farmhouse décor is not. You can mismatch your fabrics in a farmhouse home and get away with easily. If you have pieces in your home that are “worn,” they will likely fit into a farmhouse styled home. Many people that owned farmhouses used to get handmade or second-hand furniture from loved ones, which typically had a “used” appearance. Don’t be afraid to mix and match seating to achieve a farmhouse look.

    Get Cooking

    The kitchen was a vital part of a farmhouse in previous years, and it should be a focus of your “farmhouse” home today. Families spent a lot of their time in the kitchen, eating meals and sharing stories. Focus on making your kitchen into a room that you want to spend time in by making it comfortable and inviting. Consider installing wooden countertops, to achieve that butcher block countertop feel. The wood will provide a sense of warmth to the kitchen, and will help bring in some of the wood that you’ve used within your décor and furniture.

    These are just several suggestions, among many, that can transform your home into a farmhouse. For furniture and interior design ideas, visit Sherwood Studios.

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