Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • 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.


    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!

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