How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget

Tips for Refreshing Your HomeDon’t let wallet worries stop you from refreshing your home. You can decorate your home to make it look beautiful and up-to-date on any budget!

Here’s how to refresh your home on a budget:

Rearrange what you have

Reworking the accessories you already have is by far the cheapest way to make your interior feel new. Arrange books by color, switch the throw pillows from the bed and the sofa, rearrange your living room furniture—just be creative!

Update your hardware

Door handles, faucets, knobs and pulls are inexpensive ways to make your kitchen and bathroom look refreshed. Try trendy brass fixtures for an of-the-moment look.

Slap on a fresh coat of paint

Read up on DIY painting techniques, put down some drop cloths and refresh your space with a new color of paint. If you don’t have time or money to repaint the whole house, focus on one or two rooms. You can also repaint furniture in fun new colors and finishes.

Add a statement wall

Any room will look instantly refreshed when you create a focal point on one of the walls. Paint the wall in a bright color, cluster your art to create a gallery wall or put up some interesting wallpaper.

Shop smart

Scour your local furniture store (Sherwood Studios, perhaps?) for unique furniture and accessories to update your home. You never know what you’ll find!

There’s nothing like professional interior design to make your home look its best. Sherwood Studios offers full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can decorate the home of your dreams.

How to Decide Between a Leather or Fabric Sofa

Leather vs Fabric SofaYour sofa is one of the most important furniture purchases you’ll make. The time you’ll spend sitting on it—reading, watching TV, visiting with friends and family—makes it worth putting some serious thought into your sofa choice.

Should you go with a leather or fabric sofa? Here’s our handy guide:

Choose a leather sofa if …

  • You want your room to feel extra-stylish, whether you go for a sleek, modern look or a vintage feel.
  • Someone in your family suffers from allergies. Leather sofas don’t harbor allergens like dust and pet dander.
  • You don’t want to clean your sofa often. Leather sofas typically don’t need more than a bit of dusting and a quick wipe. Fabric sofas require more maintenance, including yearly steam cleaning.
  • Your family is spill-prone. Leather sofas, especially in darker colors, don’t stain as easily as fabric sofas.

Choose a fabric sofa if …

  • You’re on a budget. Fabric sofas are usually less expensive than their leather counterparts.
  • You want a bright color or bold pattern.
  • Coziness is a priority. Fabric sofas are softer, and will feel warmer even when the room is cold.

Now that you’ve decided whether to purchase a leather sofa or a fabric sofa, check out the selection available at Sherwood Studios. No matter your budget or style, we’ve got the right sofa for you. Need help furnishing and decorating your home? Consider our full interior design services. Call us today at 248-855-1600 to get started.

Decorating With Baskets

Home Decor Baskets aren’t just handy for storing things—they’re also stylish accessories that can take any room to the next level of interior design. Here are our tips for decorating with baskets:

Get organized

Storing things in baskets is a great way to make any room feel tidy and put-together. For example, place throw blankets in a basket next to a couch, or stack coffee table books in a basket to free up room on the table itself.

  • Pro tip: avoid using wicker in bathrooms, as it can get moldy. Use wire instead and consider on-trend colors like rose gold or black.

Add texture to a room

Baskets are a great way to vary the textures in the room. For example, wicker or distressed wood baskets can contrast with plush upholstery materials.

Think outside the (storage) box

While baskets are an obvious storage solution, you can also treat them like works of art in their own right! Consider collecting an assortment of baskets in bold patterns and complementary colors and displaying them on your wall as you would display paintings.

Go green

Air plants are easy to take care of, as they don’t need soil or much watering. They look great in wire baskets placed on the wall.

Now that you know all about decorating with baskets, shop for furniture for every room in your home at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces to suit every style and budget. Need help designing your space? Consider our full interior design services! Call us today at 248-855-1600 to find out more.

How to Choose the Best Lampshade

Table and Floor Lamps MI Lampshades are a great way to give any room in your home a style boost, and they’re easy to switch out. However, if you’re not an interior design pro, you may be “in the dark” as to how to pick one!

Here’s how to choose the best lampshade for any room in your home:

Complement or contrast

Consider the overall style and color scheme of the room, and decide whether you want the lamp to stand out or blend in. For example, if your room is decorated in shades of gray, you could pick a lampshade in the same hue or go for a bright pop of teal or orange.

Pick the right size

Your lampshade should be about two-thirds of the height of the lamp base, plus or minus an inch. Proportion is key, so get out that measuring tape.

Know your shapes

Think outside the “big and round” box and consider lampshades in a variety of shapes. For example, the elegantly sloping sides of a bell-shaped lampshade can complement a curved base, and a drum lampshade will have a contemporary look.

Now that you know how to choose the best lampshade for any room, shop for a wide variety of table and floor lamps at Sherwood Studios. No matter your style or price point, we’ve got a lamp for you. Need help furnishing your space? Consider our full interior design services! Call us today at 248-855-1600 to get started.

Three Tips for Decorating a Rental Apartment

Interior Decorating Tips Just because you rent your place doesn’t mean you can’t express your unique style and personality.

Here are three tips for decorating a rental apartment:

Look for wallpaper alternatives

We know that bold wallpaper is a top trend right now, but it can be a sticky mess to remove when you move out. If you want to give your walls some flair, go for decals or stencils, or try out some of the new peel-away wallpaper that comes off like a sticker.

Choose versatile pieces

When you’re renting, you may move to several different places within a span of a few years. There’s nothing worse than buying a perfect sofa only to find that it won’t fit in your next place. Choose pieces that can work in a variety of spaces, like gateleg tables or modular sofas that can be either right- or left-handed.

Pick attractive storage pieces

Many rental apartments don’t have much storage space, so choose pieces that let you add your own. Go for an elegant bed with storage underneath, get a coffee table with storage shelves and grab a cute wicker basket to store magazines or pet toys. The possibilities are endless!

Do you prefer to have a pro decorate your rental apartment? Call Sherwood Studios today! Not only do we have a broad selection of furniture available for purchase, we also offer full interior design services to renters and homeowners. Contact us so we can make your interior design vision a reality!

Furniture Arrangement Tips

Tips for Furniture ArrangementThe way you arrange your furniture will set the tone for your room. Will it be formal and elegant, or informal and relaxed? Will people use the room to socialize, or does it encourage you to just pass through?

Here are some furniture arrangement tips so you can create your desired effect:

First, get out your tape measure

It’s important to know exactly how much space you have, as well as the size of any entryways leading into the room. If you need to walk around any piece, leave about 30 inches of space around it. Make sure to place chairs and sofas that face each other no more than 8 feet apart to encourage easy conversation.

Keep entryways clear

Nobody likes to feel like they have to climb over hurdles to enter or exit a room. Make sure your furniture arrangement leaves entryways and exits unobstructed.

Get people talking

Place seating in conversational arrangements rather than having all seating in a room facing forward. Angle chairs toward one another and don’t place them too far apart.

Pick a focal point

The rest of the room will come together more easily when you choose an attractive focal point, like a picture window, fireplace or unique work of art.

Prefer to leave furniture arrangement to the pros? Call Sherwood Studios! Not only do we sell furniture at a variety of price points and in numerous styles, we also offer full interior design services. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can get started arranging your furniture!

Tips for Choosing Between a Sectional and Couch

Modern Sectionals and Sofas

Looking for some tips for choosing between a sectional and a couch? Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

How will you use the space?

A sectional may be a better choice for a cozy den where you and your family will cheer on your favorite teams and squeeze in together to watch a movie. However, if you’re using the room as an elegant space to welcome guests, you may want to choose a couch. A couch plus a couple of armchairs will give people who are less familiar with one another plenty of personal space.

How much room do you have?

A large sectional can overwhelm a smaller room, whereas a couch would look just right. If you’ve got a large space, a sectional in the middle of the room can help establish definition.

How much flexibility do you want?

Sectionals typically have just one configuration, and you’re committing to a lot of the same fabric. If you choose to mix a couple of couches with armchairs, you’ll be able to reconfigure your space more easily and vary upholstery fabric and colors.

Now that you know whether a sectional or a couch would work best for you, shop for both at Sherwood Studios. We have a wide variety of stylish, comfortable seating options at multiple price points. Need more comprehensive help? Consider our full interior design services. Contact us today so we can design the space of your dreams.

Interior Design Trends For 2019

Interior Design 2019 is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to give your home a makeover than the new year. If you’re planning to sell your home, updating your interior décor is a great way to get maximum market value for your space. Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, on-trend interior design will make your home feel fresh and exciting.

Here are some of the top interior design trends for 2019:

Natural and sustainable fabrics

Home design will go green in 2019, with upholstery and accessories in natural textiles. This trend can work with a variety of overall styles, from French countryside to Scandinavian to boho.

Curved furniture

Choose an unexpected piece to contrast with the straight lines we’ve all come to expect, like a ‘60s-inspired curved sofa in a fun fabric.

Unexpected finishes

Think of tables and fixtures in marble, terrazzo and blown glass.

Bar carts

The ultimate 2019 touch for your living room? A glamorous mid-century or Art Deco bar cart. Go for elegant metallic finishes to get the look.

If you’re ready to give your home a 2019 makeover, browse the fantastic selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. You’ll find stylish pieces for every room in your house, for any style and at every budget. If you’d rather let a qualified professional make the decisions, we offer full interior design services as well. Contact us today so we can give your home a brand new look for 2019!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Bedroom Bench

Bedroom Furniture You’ve picked out the bed, the side tables and some one-of-a-kind art for the walls. What more could your bedroom need? A bedroom bench! This useful, versatile piece of furniture adds storage, a seating area and style to your space.

Here are our tips for choosing the perfect bedroom bench:

Take out your measuring tape

The perfect bedroom bench will stretch across most of your bed, leaving a few inches on either side. Measure the width of your bed and choose a bench that is 80 to 90 percent of that measurement. Height is another measurement to consider. Choose a bench that’s a few inches shorter than the bed.

Choose a contrasting material

Unless you’re buying a complete furniture set, buy your bed first. Then, choose a bedroom bench in a contrasting material to create visual interest. For example, if your bed frame is wooden, look for an upholstered bench, and vice versa.

Think about function

One of the best things about bedroom benches is the added storage space they provide. If you’re short on dresser space, pick a bedroom bench with drawers, which could function as a mini-dresser. If you like to sit on the bench and take off your shoes at the end of the day, look for a bench that has a shelf for shoes.

If you’re looking for the perfect bedroom bench, check out Sherwood Studios. Need help designing your bedroom? We proudly provide complete interior design services as well. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can get started creating the bedroom of your dreams!

How to Choose an Accent Chair

Accent Chair A chair can be so much more than a place to sit. The right chair can also add style, personality and color to any room. If you’d like to know how to choose an accent chair, here are the questions you should ask yourself:

How will this accent chair be used?

Do you want a cozy armchair you can sink into at the end of a long day, or are you looking for a chair that will add interest to an entryway but that you’ll rarely sit in? Determining how you’ll use your chair will help you narrow down size, material, durability and comfort.

How big should the accent chair be?

There’s nothing more annoying than picking out a chair that you love in the showroom only to find that it’s too big or too small for your space. Put tape or paper on the floor to get an idea of how the chair will occupy the space. Will it impede traffic flow in the room? Will it overpower your other furniture?

Does the accent chair fit in with your decorating style?

An overstuffed floral armchair will clash if the rest of your furniture is mid-century modern. Pick something that matches the rest of the room in terms of both color and overall look.

You can find the perfect accent chair for any room at Sherwood Studios. Browse our selection of accent chairs, which come in a wide variety of styles and price points. Want a pro to pick out your accent chair for you? We offer full interior design services as well! Call us today at 248-855-1600 or contact us online so we can start decorating!