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 Before you start tearing down your outdated wallpaper, seriously consider if it could work in the space.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 If you want to incorporate some of these trends into your home but you fear that it will look outdated instead of up to date, contact Sherwood Studios to help you incorporate vintage trends into your current home.

Creating a Multi-Purpose Space in Your Home

Whether your company has moved towards telecommuting (at least part-time) or your children are in need of a space for arts, crafts and algebra homework, you may be looking to add a multi-purpose space to your home. Oftentimes spare bedrooms and laundry rooms are the areas of the house considered for this transformation, as they aren’t in use on a constant basis like your kitchen and living room are.

There is so much potential when it comes to developing a multi-purpose space, but designing this area can be tough. Luckily, Sherwood Studios has some tips that will help you make the most of this busy new space in your home.

Consider Compatibility

When combining a few different areas of a home into one room, it is important to consider their compatibility. For example, adding a desk and office supplies to your spare bedroom is typically a successful combination, because it is unlikely that you will have guests stayin

g at your home on a workday. Similarly, adding a workspace to your laundry room where your children can create school projects is a good option, as it will provide them with both a quiet space where they can focus

and the cleaning supplies they will inevitably need right on hand.

Increase Storage Space

Storage is important in every room of the home, even more so in a room that has multiple purposes. It is all too common for multi-purpose rooms to become catch-all spaces for random object. To prevent this from happening, we recommend choosing shelving and furniture pieces that maximize storage. This way, you will be able to keep your multi-purpose room organized and clutter free.

Now that you are ready to get to work designing your multi-purpose room all that is left to do is find the   right furniture to suit your needs. From tables and chairs to home offices accessories, Sherwood Studios offers a wide array of quality home furnishing options for homeowners in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area. We also offer interior design services, perfect for assisting you to develop a multi-purpose work that is both functional and stylish. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a member of our interior design team, please give us a call at 248-855-1600.

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!

The Three Most Versatile Furniture Pieces for Your Home

versatile furnitureWhether your live in a small apartment and need furniture items that can perform multiple jobs, or have just moved into a bigger house and have lots of extra space to fill, there are a few pieces that will give you the most versatility. Able to be incorporated into any interior design style, the following furniture pieces are ones that will used throughout your home for many years to come.

Chest of Drawers

The bedroom is just the most obvious location to place a chest of drawers. But this storage-friendly furniture item can also work wonders in your entryway and dining room. Instead of having your children’s outerwear clutter the floor, you can keep their hats, gloves and scarves organized within a chest of drawers. Not only will this solution add an extra layer of organization to the entrance of your home, but it will also ensure that no one leaves without grabbing the accessories needed to keep warm.

Placed along the dining room wall, your chest of drawers is always the perfect spot to store tablecloths, placemats and extra silverware. Hosting a big dinner party? You can even arrange platters of hors d’oeuvres and desserts along the top.

Ottoman

A living room essential, your ottoman can be used in place of a traditional coffee table, as well as for extra seating when entertaining guests. Relaxing in front of the T.V. after a long day at work? Just pull the ottoman up to the couch and put your feet up.

We recommend choosing a style with built-in storage so you can declutter your living room while making it more comfortable. The perfect place to keep extra throw pillows and blankets, it also works well for holding remotes and magazines when guests are visiting.

Console Table

A sleek and stylish addition to any furniture collection, a console table is the ideal size for a few hard-to-fill spots in the home. Need a little table to keep your keys and mail on in the entryway? Looking for a way to get a reading lamp behind your couch? A console table is the perfect option for jobs like these!

According to Houzz, a good size for placing behind most sofas is between 33 and 35 inches tall.

For furniture pieces that will be with you for years to come, we recommend choosing high-end options in a traditional style. Start your search for versatile furniture online with Sherwood Studios, or stop by our Southeast Michigan showroom to have a look around.

Designing a Kid-Friendly Living Room

kid-friendly living roomWe all want to boast a beautiful living room. After all, it should be the one room in your home where you can relax with your family, enjoy your favorite television show after a busy workday, and entertain guests. It shouldn’t be the one room in your home that lacks style, organization or upkeep. And just because you have children, doesn’t mean your living room – or the rest of your home for that matter – has to lack style. There are plenty of ways to make your living room look elegant and clean, while also making it kid-friendly and safe.

Here are some tips to help you maintain a clutter-free, organized and visually appealing living room, no matter how young your children may be.

Find the Right Paint

Fingerprints, markers, crayons and other imperfections can make your walls look dirty and unmaintained, which can take away from the overall beauty of your living space. Once the marks are on the wall, there’s no going back – unless you paint your walls with a washable paint sheen! Colors in eggshell, satin or semi-gloss are all great options for families with young children, as imperfections can be washed away easily with soap and water.

Don’t feel limited to traditional paint options either. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are all wonderful accent wall options that take the cake for being parent and living room approved. In fact, you’ll want your kids to draw as much as they want on the walls coated in one of these fun and family-oriented options!

Protect Your Furniture

Kids are always jumping around on the furniture, and if they aren’t doing that, they’re either eating or drinking on them. To ensure your furniture investments are protected and maintain their like-new appearance for a long time, take advantage of couch and chair covers. These slip-covers are easy to take on and off, and they’re even washable. Use them to cover your furniture during play dates, and then whisk them off with ease before your dinner party.

Another family-friendly furniture option is leather. Both durable and comfortable, leather furniture is less likely to reveal stains, spills and other imperfections than fabric is.

Choose the Right Flooring

When you have young children, spills, dirt, allergens and crumbs can easily accumulate and make your floors look downright dirty. Make sure you install floors that are easy to maintain and clean up should your son spill his glass of orange juice everywhere. Durable, stain resistant carpeting is also a wonderful way to cover your gorgeous hardwood floors until your kids are a bit older. Plush and warm, carpeting can also protect your kids from bumps and bruises should they fall.

For families looking for fine furnishings and interior design assistance in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area, Sherwood Studios is here to help. Visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road or give us a call at 248-855-1600 to get started on your living room upgrade!

Source: http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/decorating/5-ways-to-create-a-kid-friendly-family-room.html

Greet Your Guests with a Welcoming Entryway

home entrywayWhen it comes to decorating the home, most families focus their energy on rooms that see the most use (the living room, kitchen and dining room). But there is one easily forgotten space that can have the biggest impact on guests: The entryway.

The first area in your home that friends and family see when they arrive, your entryway should present a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Give guests a hint of your home’s style while also offering plenty of room (and light) for them to take of coats and shoes.

Here are just a few tips on how to imbue your entryway with hospitality and style.

Incorporate Storage

Regardless of if your children are age eight or 18, it is a given that they will drop their backpacks, coats and shoes at the door when they walk inside. Instead of looking on in frustration as all their stuff piles up, we recommend incorporating storage into your entryway. Hooks to hang coats and backpacks, a dresser to shore glove, hats and scarves, and a rack for shoes will make your space an organized and welcoming one.

Take a Seat

Give your guests a place to sit down and take of their shoes when they arrive by adding a set of chairs or a bench to your entryway. For smaller spaces, we recommend finding a bench with storage to perform double-duty in your space.

Provide Plenty of Lighting

The first area of your home that visitors step foot into, your entryway should be filled with warm lighting that welcomes them in from the outdoors. If possible, we recommend adding a couple different lighting options to your space. With a table lamp, wall scones and a hanging lantern or chandelier, you will be able to illuminate your space perfectly regardless of what time of day or night it is.

Make it Your Own

As you are choosing furnishings and decorative piece to fill your entryway, pay attention to how they match the rest of your home’s style. The first glimpse that guests get of your space, the entryway provides hints and clues to your interior design style.

With the right furnishings included, this space can be a beautiful transitionary area from the outdoors to the inside of your one-of-a-kind home.

Whether you are looking for fine furnishings to fill your entryway or an experienced interior designer to help you bring your vision to life, Sherwood Studios can help. To get started on your entryway redesign, visit our West Bloomfield, Michigan showroom or give us a call at 248-855-1600.

Finding the Right Rug for Any Room

living room area rugWarm in color and complementary to any style, hardwood floors are absolutely beautiful. But regardless of how much you love yours there is nothing quite as comfortable beneath your feet as a plush rug. Obviously you don’t want to hide your rich hardwood under wall to wall carpeting, making an area rug the perfect compromise.

Whether you are looking to create segmentation in an open floor plan or add an extra touch of coziness to your bedroom, the right area rug will work wonders.

Size

Finding the perfect area rug is all about dimensions. The size and shape of your rug needs to fit the room it is in. Pick a rug that is too big and it will overpower the furniture and décor, choose one that’s too small and it will not serve its purpose well.

This article from Houzz provides great sizing advice for rooms of all sizes and shapes.

Lifestyle & Location

The style of rug you choose depends greatly on where in your home it is located. Spaces like the dining room and entryway will always require a durable rug to keep spills and muddy footprints from staining. And for families with young children or pets, durability should be considered throughout the entirety of their space.

Color

Once you have decided what dimensions and fabric you prefer for your area rug, there is also color to consider. This will depend greatly on your interior design style.

Are you looking for a rug that makes a statement or one that serves as a backdrop for furniture and decorative items?

There are endless colors and patterns to choose from, just remember that the piece you choose will be with you for years to come. For individuals that are constantly changing and updating their home décor, we recommend choose a neutral hued rug with a simple pattern that will blend with your home’s style no matter how often it changes.

Located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Sherwood Studios offers fine furniture and interior design services for families looking to add warmth and comfort to their home environment. Visit us online to learn more about the furniture we sell and services we offer, or give us a call at 248-855-1600.

Six Furniture Pieces for Your First Home

living room furnitureWhether you just tied the knot or are moving in to your first apartment post-college, there are sure to be plenty of furniture items you need to purchase. For individuals looking to do away with mismatched dining chairs and the couch that’s cushions sink to the floor, you are probably wondering where it is best to save and where you deserve to splurge.

We recommend spending a little extra on the pieces that will grow with you, moving to different areas of your home as your family – and floor space – increases in size.

Chinese Garden Stool

Called “The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own” by Houzz, the Chinese garden stool is a piece that can fill many roles, moving gracefully from the living room to the bedroom to your backyard patio.

The perfect height to place a beverage, snack or book when sitting in a chair, the garden seat is small enough not to feel clumsy in your space, but large enough to hold all the essentials. Best of all, this little table’s sturdy ceramic design can stand up to years of use whether indoors or out. We have even seen them used in bathrooms to hold the essentials next to your tub and in the shower.

Wooden Chest of Drawers

Especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side, a wooden chest of drawers is the perfect spot to store your clothes. A classic piece that will always remain in style, this chest can be placed in your entryway, living room or dining room down the road. Filled with winter gear, placemats and extra serving ware or your collection of remotes, there is a purpose for this piece regardless of where you place it.

Nesting Tables

The perfect way to provide extra room for snacks and beverages during a get-together in your small starter-home, stacking tables can be put together neatly and stylishly for everyday use. As your family grows, each table of your set is sure to find its own space in the home, whether it’s as a space for your little one to color in their bedroom, a spot to rest your coffee in your home office or as a living room end table.

Depending on the type of nesting tables you purchase, they can even be moved outdoors during summer afternoons.

Café Table and Chairs

Don’t have a dining room in your first home? A café table and set of chairs can be placed in a corner of your kitchen or living room, adding a touch of elegance and the perfect amount of space to enjoy your meals.

As your home grows and your family expands, this table set can provide extra seating on your patio or a spot for your children to enjoy breakfast and after school snacks in your kitchen nook.

Simple Love Seat

A lovely option for a small living room, a simple love seat with a classic shape and neutral hue will always have a place in your home. Whether you pair it with a larger couch down the road or move it into a guest bedroom, office or study, this piece will see plenty of use.

Add color with bold pillows or a patterned throw blanket, allowing your style to change according to the season and your mood.

Comfy Footstool

Regardless of how large or small your space is, there is nothing better than putting your feet up and relaxing after a  busy day at work. Your home will never lack the need for a footstool, so treat yourself to an attractive option that suits your design style.

Whether you love the look of leather poofs or fabric footstools that open to provide storage space within, this piece provides a place to rest your feet, set books, remotes and trays of snacks while also providing extra seating when guests come to visit.

For individuals in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area looking for fine furniture to accentuate their first home, Sherwood Studios offers a wide array of furniture options for every room of the home. Shop with us online or visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lake Road. We look forward to helping you bring your interior design style to life!

Sources: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7682783/list/13-versatile-furniture-pieces-that-grow-with-you

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/51529598/list/10-furniture-essentials-for-small-spaces

Choosing a Color Palette That Flows From Room to Room

choosing color palette for homeEspecially in areas of the home that are open and connected – like the living room, kitchen, dining room and hallways – having a cohesive color palette ensures a polished look. Knowing how to properly blend colors, patterns and textures throughout your space takes time and practice, but for individuals looking for a little help in the department, Sherwood Studios has a few pointers you can employ.

Decide on a Color Group

The first thought to consider before you start painting your space is the color group that you prefer. Are you attracted to warm colors (beiges, reds and oranges) or do you like the look of cool hues (grays, greens and blues). The colors you use throughout your home should all be within the same color group for a cohesive look and feel.

Of course, if you would like to add a bright wall color to your space, there are places that this will work as well. We recommend restricting the boldest of hues to enclosed spaces like bathrooms and bedrooms. This way, you can have a bit of fun with your home without interrupting its overall style and flow.

Employ a Flow-Through Shade

Instead of choosing a different color paint for every area of your home, connect key entertaining spaces with a flow-through color. Perfect for employing in the front foyer, mudroom and connecting hallways of your home, a flow-through color will be the glue that ties everything together.

While many families choose a neutral hue for their flow-through areas, your options are endless as long as you pick a color that blends seamlessly with those used in your other spaces. For example, if your home is filled with blues and greens, an attractive flow-through color might be a pale blue-gray.

Use Bold Hues to Accessorize

Another great way to add pops of color into your space is to accessorize with bold colors. Chairs, throw pillows, artwork and other accent pieces offer plenty of opportunities for fun and are much easier to swap out than your wall color is should you desire a change.

You also want to use accessories to help your accent colors flow from room to room. For example, if your living room has pops of rich burgundy and burnt orange, you will want to employ at least one of these hues in the next room for a complementary progression.

Work with an Expert

Not sure what colors best tie together the areas within your home? Hiring an expert is a wonderful way to create the attractive space you envisioned without having to handle all of the tiny details that will pull it together.

Here at Sherwood Studios, our team of professional, experienced interior designers can help you transform the rooms of your home into one cohesive and stylish space. Learn more about our services online or contact us by phone at 248-855-1600 to schedule a consultation.

Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/66922903/list/how-to-create-a-cohesive-color-flow-throughout-your-home

Four Sleek Storage Solutions for Your Living Room

living room with storageRegardless of the size of your home, extra storage space is always welcome – especially in the living room. The space where your family spends most of their time together, your living room is bound to become a catch-all for sweatshirts, magazines and more at one point or another.

If your living room has started to look cluttered, there are endless storage options to consider, including the simple and stylish ones listed below.

Fill Your Ottoman

Much more than just a place to put your feet up after a long day at work, your ottoman is the perfect spot to stuff your extra throw blankets and pillows.

It will take less than a minute to straighten up your living room with a good sized ottoman at your disposal. Just fold up the extra blanket draped across the couch, grab the newspaper lying on the coffee table and stash them inside.

Choose a TV Console with Closed Storage

Especially if you have an expansive collection of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and videogames, a TV console with closed storage is a must. Closed storage allows you to keep all of your electronics on hand (but out of sight) to give your space a sleek, clutter-free appearance.

Make Use of Built in Shelving

Living rooms with built-in shelves offer an extra opportunity for storage; all you have to do is cut down on your book collection. We recommend emptying off the bottom two shelves of your storage unit and purchasing baskets that match your home’s aesthetic. Placed on the now-empty bottom shelves, these baskets serve as a storage spot for children’s toys and games, remotes, extra batteries, personal documents and more.

Update Your Coffee Table

If you are struggling to keep the surface of your coffee table clutter-free, the simplest solution is picking out a new table that offers built-in storage of its own. Whether you replace your traditional coffee table with a beautiful antique trunk, pick out a table that has a lower-level shelf for storage or pull your ottoman in front of the couch, the options are endless nowadays.

For all your fine furniture needs and interior design assistance, Sherwood Studios is available. Located in West Bloomfield Michigan, we can help you to transform your home with simple storage solutions and high quality furnishings that will accentuate your personal style.

Begin shopping with us online or visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road.

Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/65688522/list/13-stylish-storage-solutions-for-living-rooms