• 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.

  • 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.

  • Vintage is Victorious in Interior Design

    Many of us cringe at the trends that used to dominant the interior design industry. From bold wallpaper borders to a frenzy of ferns, some home décor trends will likely not return. However, some vintage home décor styles have made a compelling comeback.

    Gorgeous Glass
    Most people associate stained glass with churches but it was the focal point of front doors and windows for decades. It did phase out for a period of time but it is back and bolder than ever. Although many modern homes use double-paned glass and energy-efficient windows, those windows do not provide quite the same view as stained glass ones do. Stained glass is starting to make its way into contemporary spaces through windows, furniture, and accessories. Although it can be rather costly, you can even customize stained glass to fit the style of your home.

    Whacky Wallpapers
    43837843 - close-up of patterned wallpaper in retro interiorWhen people buy older homes, one of the first things they do is rip down wallpaper. Before you start tearing down your outdated wallpaper, seriously consider if it could work in the space. Patterned wallpaper is trending in interior design and it is working. Patterned wallpaper with a bold accent wall can pair well together and serve as a bold statement piece. Choose simple décor and furniture to compliment busy wallpaper. Many floral printed wallpaper patterns are back in style. Pair these with white and gold accents to add a soft, vintage touch to a bathroom for instance.

    Colorful Kitchens
    Looking back at home décor in the 1950’s could be blinding, the colors were beyond intense and they were everywhere. From blue bathtubs to red sofas, color found its way into every room and every piece in the home. Colorful kitchens have recently found their way back modern interior design. Many people are choosing to go with bold colored cabinets or white and black checkerboard floors.  Although white kitchens will always be a staple in interior design, don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to yours.

    These are just three examples of vintage styles that are, yet again, trendy. If you want to incorporate some of these trends into your home but you fear that it will look outdated instead of up to date, contact Sherwood Studios to help you incorporate vintage trends into your current home.

  • Opening Up About Open-Concept Floorplans

    While open-concept floorplans may be all the rage in home design these days, the challenge is creating this floorplan in a way that is unique to your personal style, and ensuring that your design flows within your space. You also want to be sure your open floorplan is inviting and cozy.

    Here are a few decorating tips for achieving the perfect open-concept floorplan:

    Choose one paint colorInterior Design Ideas for an Open Floorplan

    Perhaps the best way to ensure that your open-concept floorplan looks cohesive is to use just one paint color throughout. This will create the perfect flow from one room to the next. If you’re worried this will make everything look too boring, don’t; the furniture and accent décor you choose later on will allow you to introduce different colors, textures and patterns for that “pop” you need.

    Use textures

    Speaking of that “pop,” this is a great way to show distinction throughout your main living space. For example, consider a wallpapered accent wall in your living room to complement built-in shelving on the adjacent wall. It’s just enough to catch the eye without being too overwhelming.

    Specify individual areas

    Of course, the idea behind an open-concept floorplan is to have everything flow together seamlessly, but that doesn’t mean that each specific area can’t be decorated according to its role. In fact, this is highly encouraged to help define each space. The living room could be highlighted by a gorgeous sofa sectional (like this one) and accent chairs, while a bar-height countertop could be perfect for your kitchen area.

    Don’t forget the storage space

    In an open-concept floorplan, the key word is – yep, you guessed it – “open”. The last thing you want is to dilute your space with a whole bunch of clutter. Here’s one thing to try in your design: include sleek, closed cabinetry in your kitchen for dishes and small appliances. Optimal storage allows you to keep all of the extra things tucked away and to pull your guests’ focus towards whatever you want say a gorgeous marble fireplace and a matching set of these bold Verona chairs.

    We can absolutely see the appeal of an open floorplan – the trick is knowing what to do with all that space once you have it! Not sure how to implement these ideas on your own? Allow the interior design experts of Sherwood Studios Inc. to lend a hand. Give us a call at 248-855-1600 or stop by our Studio in West Bloomfield, MI to see samples of our work!

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