Interior Design Tips

  • How Interior Design Can Influence Your Mood

    Interior Design Affects Your MoodInterior design is about so much more than a well-chosen sofa or carefully curated pictures on a wall. How you decorate your home has a profound effect on your day-to-day mood.

    Read on to learn more about how interior design influences your mood, and how you can design your home for maximum calm and positivity.

    Color me happy

    Award-winning kitchen and bath designer Kristin Whalen says, “Color has the power to revitalize, to soothe, to inspire creativity and even stimulate the appetite.” Bright reds and oranges can promote energy, and soft blues and greens evoke calm. Earth tones can be uplifting and de-stressing at the same time, because of their associations with nature.

    Let there be light

    Therapist Traci Bank stresses the importance of light—preferably natural. She says that light “can help mitigate depressive symptoms” by stimulating cells in the retina that are connected to a part of your brain that regulates circadian rhythms. In other words, exposure to natural light not only improves your mood, it also helps you get better sleep.

    Go green

    A space filled with plants can help you feel both relaxed and focused by connecting you to nature. No green thumb? Artificial plants can look great as well.

    Want to decorate a home that puts you in a good mood, but don’t know where to start? Sherwood Studios is here to help. We offer full interior design services in the Oakland County area that take into account your personality, lifestyle, tastes and budget. Call us today at 248-855-1600, so we can design spaces that make you feel good.

  • How to Creatively Decorate with Books

    Interior Design Tips Books – they’re not just for reading anymore. If you’re a bookworm or library enthusiast, they also make great home décor! They give your home a cozy look and project a sophisticated air.

    Read on to learn how to creatively decorate with books:

    Curate a coffee table stack

    Make your living room look inviting with a stack of well-chosen books in appealing colors. Guests will love having something to flip through when they sit down. Art and travel books work especially well for this idea.

    Color-code your shelves

    Turn your library into a rainbow when you organize your books by color.

    Install shelves in unexpected places

    Try putting set-in shelving under a stairway or over a doorway to maximize space and give your home a touch of the unexpected. Bonus: if your fireplace is unused, you can put books there, too!

    DIY furniture … made from books

    Old books (hint: check your local thrift store) can become part of totally unique furniture. Try using them as the legs of a coffee table, a faux-headboard or the base for a lamp.

    If you’re looking for some furniture to complement your book-themed décor, check out the wide selection we offer at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces in a broad spectrum of styles, from modern to classic, at a variety of price points. What’s more, we proudly offer full interior design services to homeowners in the Oakland County area. Call us today at 248-855-1600, so we can design the book-lined spaces of your dreams.

  • Interior Design Tips That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

    Interior Design Tips That Increase Home ValueIf your home is on the market, you probably already know that attractive interior design will increase its value. What you may not know is how to get started! Read on for a few handy tips for interior design that will appeal to potential buyers and encourage them to pay top dollar for your home.

    Focus on what’s important

    You might not have the resources to undertake a full interior redesign, and that’s okay. Focus on the important rooms that you – and potential buyers – use most often, like the bedroom, kitchen and living room.

    Rethink your space

    Many homeowners erroneously think they need to undertake expensive home expansions to attract buyers. However, this type of renovation rarely helps you recoup the money you spent. Instead of adding square footage, why not use interior design to rethink your home and maximize your use of space? With the right furniture and design, you could convert an attic to a welcoming bedroom, or a basement to a game room.

    Color coordinate

    Choose attractive, complementary colors, and invest in accent pieces like pillows, throws and rugs using that color palette to give your home a coordinated and well-thought-out look. Make sure your furniture matches the colors you chose, as well.

    Ready for some interior design inspiration? Check out the wide variety of furniture available at Sherwood Studios. If you’d rather have an expert take care of things, we offer full interior design services in the West Bloomfield area. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can get started on creating an interior design that will be sure to increase the value of your home!

  • 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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