Articles written in the category : Design trends

3 Ways to Decorate a Room with Black Furniture

They are widespread and versatile, which is why we can use them anywhere in the house; Black furniture pieces (or Ebony) are hot in the bedroom, the home office or the living room.  We used to buy Black furniture to create some drama or a techno look, but fortunately designers have found other vocations for them over time.

Available in the traditional, country, transitional and contemporary styles, Black furniture have something for many people. However it is important to be careful; even in a small size Black furniture is visually imposing and may give the impression a room is smaller than it really is.  Black furniture may also feel cold if not paired with the right colors.

But the right color should always be the one you like above all. You must find a fabric that inspires you and in this fabric you will find the wall colo rand the accent colors for deco.  That being said, not all colors have the same «magic». Here are some examples to illustrate my point.

3 options with Black furniture

3 options with Black furniture

If you have Black furniture and feel like a sober & classic décor, you can go with greys on the walls; it’s trendy and it is easy to add touches of pink, red, yellow, orange, lime green or turquoise (everything is possible, it depends on the chosen fabrics).

3 Ways to Play with Chocolate Brown Furniture

They litteraly swept the stores and houses like a tsunami in the past ten years, the Chocolate brown furniture are everywhere today.  They have the advantage of providing warmth and elegance to a room and even before having added any color or deco.

They arrived via the contemporary wave, but since they were so popular it didn’t take long before finding them into transitional and traditional designs too.  The Chocolate furniture are fairly easy to enhance and fit with most wall colors (except maybe blue, you really have to pick the right one).

As always to choose a color it is preferable to start with the fabrics you like for your room (duvet cover, curtains, sofa, etc.). The paint colors for the walls and deco accessories will simply follow. However there are some rules to know if you are looking for a specific ambiance.

3 options with Chocolate brown furniture

3 options with Chocolate brown furniture

As an example if you want your room to be sober, you can paint the walls ivory with Chocolate furniture, this will bring a classic feel. Then you rely on wall art and accessories or patterns in the fabric to add warmth and personality.

If you are going for a more glamorous décor, the kind we can see in a chic hotel, you can paint the accent wall in a burnt orange that pairs well with chocolate brown and brings richness.

The Elements of a Successful Country Décor

What is the Country look?

The Country style is also referred to as “old-time” or “rustic”… whatever the term used, its essential characteristics remain the same: an aged or antique, warm style of décor. The overall look is one of nostalgia with a few lively touches, which evokes the era of our ancestors while also paying tribute to nature.

Country style furniture

Country style furniture

Types of Country décor

A number of variations on the Country look have been developed, including the French and English styles. Here are the differences between the two:

FRENCH COUNTRY: The predominant colours are white and cream, with more vibrant accent colours such as light blue, yellow and green (the latter are associated with the Provincial style). Fabrics can feature a variety of patterns: botanical, toile de Jouy*, stripes or checks.  Don’t hold back! You can put all of these patterns together as long as you keep your colour theme consistent.

ENGLISH COUNTRY: This version uses more intense shades: yellow ochre, deep red, forest green and brown. Creating the desired ambiance calls for natural materials such as wood, stone and leather.

*Toile de Jouy: A fabric on which landscapes and scenes of workers in fields are depicted against a solid-coloured (often cream) background.

Minimalism – Sheer Simplicity in an Ultra-Modern Trend!

Creating an inspired décor isn’t always easy – especially if you have to make do with what you have on hand… flooring and a bookcase in two different shades of brown, walls painted in eggshell, accessories in lime green and sky blue, armoires in charcoal… Yikes!

I have, in fact, had to rack my brain when coming up with ideas for decorating my condo, until I came up with this stroke of genius: Go minimalist!

As illustrated by the name, this style (rooted in zen philosophy) is based on a simple principle: Return to the essentials and discard the superfluous. The watchwords are purity and restraint. Minimalism is now increasingly a feature of website architecture, fashion and – of course – design and decoration.

Here are some benefits of minimalist décor: a relaxing atmosphere, a beautiful look and housekeeping made easy (no need to move objects when it’s time to dust the counter!). So choosing this style is in your best interest!

A minimalist bedroom

A minimalist bedroom

How to recognize a minimalist décor

The walls are often done in a neutral colour such as white, grey or black. And the room is never “overloaded”: The placement of every item – including tables, lamps and vases – appears to have been planned with a view to achieving perfect balance.

Stuck with White? Here’s a Survival Guide!

You may be at this stage right now, or you’ve already gone through it: At one point or another, everyone goes through the apartment living phase!

We’re often told that creating an accent wall will help “punch up” our décor. It’s a great solution, as long as it’s “doable” – but it may be impossible for any number of reasons: the landlord says you must repaint the wall white when your lease is up, or painting is just not your thing… so here’s our guide to surviving when you’re “stuck with white”!

Making do with white is in fact great news, since this colour is “hot” right now. One key benefit is that it brightens up a room with inadequate lighting and makes it look bigger. Think of the white walls as a blank canvas on which you can give free rein to your imagination and creativity!

White living room

White living room

Here are a few tips to make your new canvas “sing”:

  1. Play with different textures and materials: a microfibre sofa, a glass table and a few white faux fur cushions can add a little glam to the room.
  2. If you feel the urge to play with variations, think about diverse shades of white – eggshell, cream and ivory, to name just a few.