Decorating Advice to Enhance Any Room in Your Home

well decorated living roomAn extension of your personality, your home should be styled to show off the colors, trends and decorations you love. But as much as you may dream about having a home worthy of a catalog or magazine, it can be difficult to create that perfect space within your four walls.

Luckily enough, there are a few fundamental tricks that every homeowner can use to create a vibrant and attractive space you and your guests will be in awe of.

Pick One Focal Point

As you are furnishing and decorating a room, think about what piece you would like to make the focus of the room. While the bed will always be the focal point in the bedroom, there are so many other options to consider in other rooms.

Whether you have a beautiful piece of art hanging behind the couch in your living room or a stunning chandelier above your dining room table, let this one item you love take center stage. Choose other accents and furnishings that will blend with the style of your star item, creating a cohesive look and feel throughout the space.

Avoid Overcrowding

No matter how large or small a room is, make it a goal to be able to navigate the space comfortably. You never want guests to have to weave around chairs or step over decorative items to get to a seat.

This decorating technique will help you to reduce clutter throughout your home and will also create an opportunity for you to consider higher quality furniture, as you will be purchasing fewer items than may have previously resided in the room.

Choose Paint Colors Last

A common mistake many homeowners make when redecorating a room is beginning by choosing a new paint color. While it is great to have a particular hue in mind as you are picking out furniture and decorative items, it is best to wait and do the actual painting after the entire room has been put together.

This will ensure that the specific shade you pick will complement the décor and lighting within your space.

Work with an Interior Designer

Whether you are moving into a new home or are looking to update the look of your current space, working with an interior designer can be beneficial. With years of experience and a keen eye for color and design, the team at Sherwood Studios will provide you with assistance every step of the way, ensuring that your home looks as incredible as you imagined it would.

For more information about our services or to begin shopping for furniture, visit us online or head to our West Bloomfield, Michigan showroom.

Tips for Keeping Your Furniture in Tiptop Shape

Maintaining FurnitureBuying new furniture can be an exciting time for any homeowner/renter, and while it can be a stressful experience for some, it should be enjoyable to choose the furniture that will reside in your home.

However, once you’ve picked out your furniture the work does not end there. In fact, the work – not all hard work, don’t worry – is just beginning. Whether you choose leather or fabric furniture will dictate what you should do to keep your furniture in tiptop shape.

Today, we’re going to focus on how to keep your fabric furniture looking as good as new. We’ll talk leather furniture another time.

  1. Use a vacuum. For starters, keep your vacuum handy when you purchase fabric furniture. You’ll want to make a habit of routinely vacuuming your sofa and/or chairs with a low suction upholstery attachment.
  1. Clean up. If (and unfortunately it’s more of a when for most people) something gets spilled on your furniture, clean it up immediately. Stains are harder to get rid of when left unattended, so make sure you use upholstery cleaner on spills and marks. You’ll also want to pay attention to the fabric care label for specifics.
  1. Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. To maintain the color and fibers of your furniture, keep it out of direct sunlight; it’ll help it stay bright and vibrant.
  1. Schedule an annual cleaning. While this isn’t necessary every month, we recommend having your upholstery cleaned once a year by a professional. This will help you maintain the condition of your furniture.

So as you can see, these tips aren’t too hard to handle and they won’t keep you too busy! By paying your furniture just a little more attention than you might have thought, you’ll keep it in tiptop shape and looking good as new.

How do you keep your furniture looking in prime condition? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

6 Tips to Consider When Decorating Your Living Room

Living Room Decor At Sherwood Studios, our world revolves around furniture and interior design. We love everything about taking a blank slate (or even just a new space) and transforming it into the perfect space for its owners.

And while we’d love to personally help everyone, we know that’s not feasible. That’s why we’re going to share some of our favorite tips for decorating one of our favorite rooms: the living room.

With each person’s living room being unique to their own personal style and preferences, we’re going to keep our tips easy to implement and applicable to various tastes and styles.

  1. Choose the largest furniture first

 When decorating your living room, pick out the largest furniture first. This will usually be a couch or loveseat depending on the size of the room.

  1. Accent neutrals with a bold color, print or pattern

 If you prefer neutral colors, accent them with a bold color, print or pattern. You can do this with a pillow, picture or any other accessory.

  1. For small areas, use a mirror to open up the space

 One great trick for opening up a space and making it brighter is to add a mirror to the wall. This gives the illusion of a bigger space, making your living room more inviting despite the size.

  1. Add more dimension with a patterned rug

 Patterned rugs are a great way to add some personality to a living room. They’ll give your space dimension and spunk!

  1. Add a pop of color to your walls

 To make a real impact in your living room, put some color on your walls. Whether you choose a bright pop of color or use a darker shade, you’ll have endless decorating options with colored walls.

  1. Choose one statement piece for the room

 A great statement piece can change the whole look of a room. Whether it’s a piece for your wall or a unique piece of furniture, choose a statement piece that says something about who you are and what you’re all about.  

Need some guidance with decorating your living room? Give us a call at 248-855-160 or send an email to for more information about our interior designing services.


Can a Professional Interior Designer Actually Save You Money?

Interior DesignersEverything comes with a cost, and it’s always smart to find ways to save money while working on your home. But when considering interior design work, many people fail to see that, much like other home improvement projects, it can be a smart long-term investment. Instead of thinking of home design as a place to pinch pennies, many savvy homeowners are seeing it as a way to save in the long run.

One of the most important jobs of a professional interior designer is to put an effective plan into place. Instead of haphazardly tackling projects in a nonsensical order, interior designers strive for efficiency. This helps avoid costly mistakes, like remodeling an area only to realize that it needs to be torn up again for a new addition. A good plan will account for every detail of each room and tackle jobs in an orderly, straightforward fashion. It can really pay off to be decisive about what you want and take care of it the right way.

You don’t always need to decide on plan that spares no expense either. While many homeowners envision a professionally designed room as one that’s just filled with the most expensive furnishing and appliances, this doesn’t have to be the case. It’s an interior designer’s job to figure out what works for the homeowner. After all, if they didn’t know how to work within a budget, they’d be out of a job pretty quickly.

We know you don’t need to plate your entire home with gold for it to increase in value. Still, no matter what you’re able to afford, a well designed home is bound to be worth more than a poorly designed one. If you design your home to blow you away, it should do the same for others when it comes time to sell, especially if you find yourself in a competitive market. It’s always smart to think long term.

Finally, consider the time you can save by delegating responsibility to an expert. Put the design of your home in the hands of the right person and see how much more rewarding and relaxing the decorating process can be. Interior design work is a valuable service that, if done right, can really pay off in the end.



Reasons to choose a TV Console Over a TV Wall Mount

TV Consoles vs Wall MountsIn the 1980s it seemed like everyone had a big “entertainment center” piece of furniture which functioned as a place to put a bulky TV along with several other items like a stereo, record player, VCR, books, objects of art, and whatever else a person wanted to display on its shelves or store in its drawers. These entertainment centers were tall, wide and took up a lot of room.

Since TVs got much thinner, to the point where they could literally be mounted on the wall like a painting, things have changed. Today people can choose between having their TV mounted on the wall or placed atop a TV console.

TV consoles are typically rectangular in shape, fairly low to the ground, and have a space on top to place a TV. Below the TV you’ll usually find drawers to store things and/or open shelf space. In essence, TV consoles are the stripped down version of hulking entertainment centers from a couple decades ago.

Why choose a TV console over a wall mount? Well, even though we all wish we didn’t have to deal with cables and wires, we still live in a world where TVs, DVD players, video game systems and surround-sound systems come with cables and wires. If you have your TV mounted on the wall, how are you supposed to connect all your other items to it without having to constantly stare at a whole bunch of messy cables and wires stretching from the TV down to the floor toward plugs and such?

Sure, you could put several holes in a wall to hide cables and wires behind the wall, but most people don’t do that because it’s expensive, time-consuming, and there’s always the “what if” question in their mind that goes, “What if I want to move the TV to a different area?”

A TV console can easily be moved, and because of its shape, structure and overall look, cables and wires can be concealed in and/or behind it so you and your family or guests aren’t noticing a whole bunch of unsightly cables and wires. Furthermore, because a TV console has space underneath for things like a DVD player or speakers or whatever, it functions well as your mini entertainment center befitting the modern era.

If you have enough room for a TV console, would like some convenient storage space, want to hide cables and wires easily, and have the option to move the whole thing as needed, a TV console is the logical choice.

Call Sherwood Studios at 248-855-1600 for help picking out the perfect TV console for your needs.


Four Reasons to find Space for a Home Office

Home OfficeDo you have an extra room in your home that you’re not sure not do with? If so, you should consider adding a home office to your abode. Here are four reasons why it’s a smart endeavor.

  • Convenience. Who wants to have to drive to work late at night or extra early in the morning when you can hammer out extra work right in the comfort of your own home? Rather than having to get yourself ready and appropriately dressed for work, you can simply skedaddle to your home office in comfy clothes, and finish whatever work you need to complete.
  • You’ll see an increase in productivity. Sure, at some point it’s smart to fully release yourself from the grasp of your workplace, but if a home office will help you become more productive, and the promotion, partnership or ability to run your own successful business may be closer to you than ever before.
  • Versatility. Your office can serve as more than just a place to get your work done; it can also be a place where you have a drink with a client; meet with someone that handles your personal affairs, such as your tax guy or girl; or it can simply be the place you go to unwind after a long day and collect your thoughts.
  • You can be around for the moments you’ll never get back. If you’re always stuck in the building at work, you may end up missing many special moments around your home that you’ll never be able to recoup. Whether it’s family dinners or spending time with your significant other and/or children, a home office will allow you to be around for those amazing instances.

If you’re in the West Bloomfield, MI area and are in need of home office furniture, Sherwood Studios will help you find just what you need. Stop by the store or contact them for more information.

Tips for Selecting the Right Furniture for Your Home

Furniture Shopping

First things first: if and when you’re selecting furniture for your home, get a measuring tape and check the widest, biggest entrance to see if the item(s) you want will “fit through the door.” Imagine buying a big new couch or bed only to find it won’t fit through the front door or some other big opening to get it inside, right? Hey, that happens!

When selecting furniture for your home consider how much money you are willing to spend. Do you plan to go with lesser quality furniture that won’t last long or do you want to invest in higher quality furniture that you’d hope would last your lifetime? Do you want to concentrate on one room for now, or buy furniture for multiple rooms?

What do you like? Make a mental or written list of what you’d enjoy looking at everyday. For instance, maybe you love the “Country” look with its painted woods and floral designs or you prefer the “Contemporary” look with its sharp and angular designs. Generally, you can mix and match looks and styles, but not too much. An Amish rocker next to a metallic silver chair from IKEA might be a little too eclectic for some…but to each their own, right?

You should like the look of the furniture you acquire, as well as how it feels and functions. What good is a really cool piece of furniture if no one ever feels comfortable touching it, sitting on it, or using it? Be a bit practical with what you choose. Your furniture needs to service your needs on a daily basis.

If you’re like most people, you have a general idea of what you might like and/or need when it comes to furniture for your place, but you’re not quite sure where to find it, how to get it “home” and where to actually put it once it has arrived. That’s where Sherwood Studios comes in…call 248-855-1600 or email and say, “I need interior design help; can you help me pick out furniture?”

The Benefits of Floor Coverings

Floor Coverings As the premier interior design studio in West Bloomfield with clients across Southeast Michigan, Sherwood Studios helps make rooms look and feel their best so that the people who use them enjoy them.

Floor coverings matter, even though most people don’t give them a second thought. Would you want to stub your toe on a harsh, uneven wooden floor? Probably not. But how about taking your shoes and socks off and resting your feet in plush carpeting that feels so good to the skin? Much better.

If we all lived in rooms with concrete floors, they’d be easy to clean but they wouldn’t be as comfortable and beautiful as, say, laminate wood flooring in rich colors accented by area rugs around coffee tables and couches, right?

Certain rooms call for certain floor coverings. Kitchens and bathrooms often have tiled or vinyl floor coverings since both rooms involve splashing water from either sinks or tubs. Meanwhile, fully carpeted bedrooms are the norm because people often sleep barefoot and want to wake up and put their feet down on something warm, plush and/or fuzzy if they can. Floor coverings help showcase certain spaces in home, indicating whether they’re meant to be quickly walked through or a place to stop and rest a while in comfort. They help design the look and feel of a place.

Some people put special floor coverings on their basement or garage floors to help make them look a little nicer. Indeed, floor coverings add to the overall aesthetic quality of any room. When a floor covering is particularly attractive, it will catch the eye of all those who use it.

Why not have Sherwood Studios come take a look at your place as it is now and offer advice on what could be done to make it better? Sherwood Studios can work with you to pick out (and have installed) the best floor coverings to suit your specific needs. Call 248-855-1600 to discuss your interior design thoughts today.


Five Surefire Ways to Protect Furniture From Pets

Pets and Furniture So you’ve decided to upgrade your southeast Michigan home with some new furniture or interior design work. You pay a visit to Sherwood Studios and get the rooms in your home looking better than ever. Then, the nightmare begins, as you helplessly watch your devilish pets tear everything apart.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Your home can have beautiful furniture and happy pets at the same time, despite what an inexperienced past may have told you. Take these steps to minimize the damage your cats and dogs can do.


Since any damage done to furniture is the result of a pet’s bad behavior, this is the smartest place to start. As always, it’s important to be stern and consistent, delivering a harsh verbal message to your pet when they act out. It’s also important to make sure they’re getting enough exercise. If your dog is acting out because you haven’t taken him or her for a walk in months, you have no one to blame but yourself.


While you may be able to train a pet to take it easy on your furniture, it might be a little difficult teaching them to wipe their paws after coming inside. What you can do, however, is make your own wipe-downs a part of their routine. It takes a bit of work on your part, but it’ll keep a whole lot of dirt out of your home in the first place.


Watch your pet closely. Are they retreating to the same spot every time they lie down to relax? Try disrupting these behavioral patterns by spraying scents or placing annoying objects in those areas. At the very least, rotate the cushions every once in a while to prevent wear.


Sometimes, the best way to keep pets off your furniture is by giving them some pieces of their own. Dogs and cats can both come to appreciate their own comfortable beds, and cat scratchers provide a great alternative to the sides of your sofa. Even some well-designed toys can go a long way.


Finally, covering your furniture with a protective material might not be ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary, especially when your pet is left alone at home. It can also be a temporary solution until your pet is fully and properly trained.



How Can a Great Recliner Chair Improve Your Life?

Reclining ChairsWhen it comes to living room furniture, nothing is quite like the almighty recliner chair. It provides a ridiculous amount of comfort and enough space for multiple happy cuddlers. There is no easier place to doze off at the end of a long day. But aside from simple comforts, what less obvious benefits can a recliner chair provide?

Recliner chairs offer considerable relief for those suffering from any type of mobility issues. While anyone can find extra comfort, it takes on a new level of importance when a medical condition like arthritis is involved. The ability to change positions without moving is the main feature of automatic recliners, while ankle and knee joints will be thankful for reduced pressure. Most importantly, a recliner provides comfort for longer periods of time than other furniture, which is perfect for those who can’t move around much.

Pregnant women are among the happiest of recliners. When everything seems to hurt more than it used to, lying down periodically throughout the day is a must. Recliners provide an opportunity to do so without heading to the bedroom every time. In addition, they usually provide ideal angles for those with child.

You don’t need to be pregnant or suffering from a medical condition to reap the health benefits of a recliner. These chairs also combat the “silent killer” that lies within so many of us. A great recliner can be an effective weapon against stress and all the negative effects it brings. Research has shown that stress is a serious factor that needs to be monitored and controlled, and taking some quality time to relax can go a long way.

But stress isn’t the only negative effect of a long day’s work. Those who stay on their feet all day long can end up with some serious circulation issues. Sitting back on a recliner may help to alleviate some of the build up pressure in the lower body, improving circulation and overall health.

Just because recliners in general may offer health benefits doesn’t mean that they all have equal effect. The piece at your local big box store might be cheap, but quality of materials and construction are supremely important when it comes to how well a recliner can work. Sherwood Studios can help you find the perfect chair to help your body recline, relax, and find relief.