The Sherwood Studios Blog

  • 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.

  • Tips for Buying a Sofa Online

    Buying a Couch Online You’re probably used to buying plenty of things online, from clothing to groceries. But if you’re like many of us, buying a sofa online can seem risky. It’s one of the largest and most expensive pieces of furniture in your home, and you can’t exactly drop it in the mailbox to return if it doesn’t work out. Armed with a few good tips, however, buying a sofa online can be easy and stress-free.

    Reviewers are your best friends

    Don’t just go to the manufacturer’s website and look at the professionally photographed, flatteringly lit pictures. Read customers’ and bloggers’ honest reviews, and try to find photos of the sofa taken by a non-professional in an actual home.

    Figure out dimensions

    Will the sofa be able to turn a tight corner when the movers bring it to your house? Will it even fit through the front door? Don’t just eyeball door frames and hallways—take meticulous measurements before ordering the sofa.

    Know the return policy backwards and forwards

    Many retailers have strict policies for returns and exchanges, and some may even require you to ship an unwanted piece back at your own expense, not to mention slap you with a hefty restocking fee. Learn more about a company’s policies before your purchase.

    Now that you know how to pick out a sofa online, check out the amazing selection of sofas available at Sherwood Studios to find one that fits your personal style and budget. We also offer full interior design services to homeowners in the Oakland County area, if you’re interested in building a beautifully designed room around your new sofa. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600 to find out more!

  • 2018 Spring Interior Design Trends

    Spring Home Ideas Spring is all about renewal – just look at all the flowers blooming outside after a long winter! It’s also a great time to update the interior of your home. Whether you’re putting your home on the market or just want a new look, spring is the perfect season to refresh your home décor. An on-trend design will increase your home’s value, so read on to learn about the top spring 2018 interior design trends.

    Watercolor florals

    If you hear “florals” and think of your grandmother’s fussy prints, think again. Spring 2018 is all about sophisticated watercolor strokes that make florals seem totally fresh.

    Tropical patterns

    This spring, the tropics are (literally) hot. Decorate with botanical patterns, flashes of hot pink and woven rugs.

    Gold fixtures

    Think beyond chrome and copper, and give your bathroom and kitchen pops of bright gold on faucets, lights and other hardware.

    Textured ceramics

    Vases and other home décor with rough, textured finishes are in for spring. For an of-the-moment look, embrace the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, which finds beauty in imperfections like cracks.

    If you’re ready to give your home a fresh look for spring, browse the fantastic selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. You’ll find on-trend pieces for every room in your house, no matter your budget or style. If you’d rather put yourself in the hands of a qualified professional, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Call us today at 248-855-1600, so we can refresh and renew your home this spring.

  • Popular Interior Design Styles and What They Mean

    Interior Design Styles Industrial, shabby chic, modern, eclectic—if you’re in the process of decorating your home, you’ve probably heard these terms before. However, you may not know exactly what they mean! Read on for a guide to some popular interior design styles and learn how you can use them as a guide to articulate your design vision and create the home of your dreams.

    Modern

    You’ve probably heard this one a lot. “Modern” design typically means clean lines, simple colors and materials like steel and glass. If you like a streamlined style without a lot of accessories, this one’s for you.

    Mid-century modern

    Popularized by the show “Mad Men,” this style refers to the design trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Functionality, organic shapes and simple fabrications are the hallmarks of this style.

    Industrial

    As the trend of renovating warehouses and lofts continues, this style remains popular, with elements like exposed brickwork and old timber.

    Shabby chic

    This cottage-inspired style includes plenty of painted, weathered furniture, muted florals and vintage accessories.

    Eclectic

    If you like pieces from a variety of different styles, this one could be for you. Rather than haphazardly throwing pieces together, eclectic interior design relies on color, palette, texture and composition to bring cohesion to a room.

    Now that you know more about popular interior design styles, check out the amazing selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios to find pieces that suit your style. If you’d rather let a pro make your vision a reality, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you design the interior of your dreams.

  • Furniture Must-Haves for New Home Owners

    Important furniture for new homes Congratulations! You’ve just bought a new home. Now that the paperwork is all taken care of and you’re settling in, you’re probably thinking of buying some new furniture.

    However, you might not know where to begin! Your new home is probably a different size and layout than where you were previously living, and we’re willing to bet you’re ready to update your interior style. Read on to learn more about the furniture must-haves for new home owners.

    A comfy bed

    We spend a third of our days in bed, so it makes sense to get the best-quality bed you can afford. Find one that’s comfortable and well-constructed, and remember that you’ll have it for a decade or more!

    Living room seating

    Whether you prefer sofas, loveseats, chairs or a combination of the above, seating for relaxation and conversation in your living room is key.

    Drawers, drawers and more drawers

    Good storage pieces are essential to any home, including dressers, side tables with storage drawers and sets of bathroom drawers.

    Ready to get started? Browse the wide selection of furniture we offer at Sherwood Studios. We’ve got pieces for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, you name it! Furniture is available at a variety of price points and in styles from modern to classic. What’s more, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area – a fantastic service if you’ve just moved in. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you furnish the home 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!

  • Furniture Shopping Tips

    Furniture Shopping TipsWhether you’ve just bought a new home or have decided to redecorate, the new year is a great time to shop for new furniture. But which pieces should you buy? Try these furniture shopping tips from the pros.

    Do your prep work

    Decide in advance what your needs and style are. If you have frequent dinner parties, you’ll probably want to invest in a beautiful dining table. If you love mid-century modern, stick to pieces that complement your style. And no matter what you do, make sure you measure your space to avoid buying a piece that won’t fit!

    Follow the map

    It’s a good idea to map out exactly how you want a room to look, including furniture, rugs, window treatments and lighting. You don’t need to select particular pieces at this stage, but having a clear idea of how you want each room to look will keep your shopping on track.

    Comfort is key

    When developing a budget for furniture shopping, invest the most in the pieces you’ll use the most frequently. For example, we recommend buying the best, comfiest sofa you can afford.

    Ready to get started? Check out the amazing selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces for every room in your house, at a variety of price points and in a broad spectrum of styles. What’s more, if you prefer to leave the big decisions to a pro, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you furnish the home of your dreams!

  • Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018

    Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018 The new year is a perfect time to give your home an of-the-moment, stylish look. Whether you’re planning to sell your home in 2018 or just want to refresh your space, an interior design update is a great way to start off the year. Read on to learn more about some of the top interior design trends for 2018.

    Lavender accents

    Love it or hate it, 2017 was all about millennial pink. In 2018, shades of lavender and lilac will predominate, giving homes a calming, relaxed vibe. Try accent pillows or rugs in the on-trend shade.

    Maximalism

    After years of the less-is-more aesthetic, in 2018, more is more! Try mixing bold, contrasting patterns. Consider it the backlash to the pared-down look.

    Back to nature

    Natural materials will be huge in 2018. In a reflection of the locavore, farm-to-table trend in food, which shows no sign of disappearing any time soon, interior designers and architects are seeking materials that reflects an area’s geography and landscape. One example of this trend is using limestone walls in bathrooms, or using furniture made from locally sourced wood.

    Velvet

    You may have noticed velvet dresses, pants and accessories on the 2018 runways, and now the trend is coming to interior design. Velvet sofas and armchairs, whether vintage or newly upholstered, are having their moment.

    If you’ve decided to update your home for 2018, a professional interior designer can make sure your space is inviting, comfortable and stylish. If you’re in the West Bloomfield area, we look forward to creating a space you’ll look forward to living in every day! Contact Sherwood Studios today at 248-855-1600.

  • Interior Design Trends For The Fall

    Here at Sherwood Studios, we think that fall is a great season to do a little design updating around your home. With the colder months creeping closer, you’ll be spending more time inside your house, and fewer hours out and about—why not cozy up the place a bit so you can enjoy the fall season?  Interior Design Trends for the Fall

    We’ve taken a look at some of the top interior design trends for fall, and picked out a few of our favorites. Use these for inspiration as you think about ways you can revamp your home’s interior this season.

    Texture & Color

    The Seattle Times says that the minimalist décor days are in the past: this fall season, we’ll be seeing lots of colors and patterns, in warm, rich tones that are perfect for the fall. If you want to keep your decorating budget to a minimum, grab a few new throw blankets or toss some new pillows onto the couch in warm colors and mix and matched patterns. If you want to go all out, reupholster the whole living room set in a pattern you wouldn’t ordinarily choose!

    Emerald

    The color of the season: Emerald. Whether you weave this into your design with new arm chairs, updated bedspreads, or refreshed window treatments, think of emerald as your style guide. It’ll give your home a warm, cozy feeling—out with the gray, and in with the green!

    Color Blocking

    If you’re still into the modern or midcentury modern look, add some color blocking to your fall décor. You can do this with paint color, wallpaper, and more. Use warm tones that complement each other, but don’t be too matchy-matchy! House Beautiful says that color blocking is the new black for the fall season.

    For more interior inspiration, view our interior design page here at Sherwood Studios. To consult with an expert about your home’s fall décor, call us today at 248-855-1600. We look forward to working with you!

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