Warm Up Your Home for Winter

One of the best ways to take the chill out of the upcoming winter season is to warm up your home with cozy, comforting decor. Here are several easy and affordable ways you can warm up your home for the winter.


Add some spice with warm accent pieces

Picture your bed with plush, throw pillows or blankets in an exciting, eye-catching colour. Imagine your bathroom with pastel blue towels and a bright purple bath mat. Think about the luxurious feeling of soft textures in your living room, whether it's leather furniture, faux fur pillows, or a decorative knitted blanket.

Accent pieces are one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to warm up your home. Create an atmosphere where your entire home makes you feel as though you just enjoyed your favourite comfort food.

Add extra layers to your decor, the same way you bundle yourself up to go outside. A textured rug on top of your existing floor rug, lush green houseplants, an oversized Ottoman instead of a coffee table, sticks of cinnamon as a centrepiece, colourful artwork for the walls, displaying books on end tables – every little touch of warmth you add combines to make a profound and positive experience for you and your family.

A splash of colour on your walls

Winter is dark and you must be careful not to darken your home further with too much rich, warm colour. However, if you have a bright, modern home with lots of natural light, you can afford to indulge and splash some vibrant red, comforting orange, or soothing yellow in an area where you spend a lot of time, such as a kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

Accent walls may be falling out of style in other seasons, but they can still be a wonderful way to help melt away those winter blues.

Say goodbye to cool lighting

Contemporary preferences for silver-hued metal light fixtures and light bulbs that emit a cool, blue light are great in other seasons but they can really lower your mood in winter. Swap out your existing light bulbs for lower-wattage ones that bathe your home in a welcoming, warm glow.

If you want an even more striking impact, consider new seasonal light fixtures and lamps. During the coldest months, you would be surprised how much better a bronze light fixture fan or mustard lamp can make you feel. Consider other sources of light as well. For example, enable the eye comfort setting on your mobile devices that reduces cool, blue light.

Ceiling fans are also an especially popular choice this season. Warm air rises, so having a fan to cycle it throughout your house can literally help warm it up.

Whatever your existing style, with some expert guidance you can affordably heat up the atmosphere in your home and raise the spirits of everyone who steps inside. At Buy The Yard Interiors, we believe every homeowner should be able to make the winter season a little more inviting. All you have to do is contact us via email or phone and we will schedule an appointment.

Top 5 Custom Enhancements to Transform Your Home

Custom enhancements from drapery to lighting are one of the most convenient and surprisingly affordable ways to completely transform your home. Instead of searching for something reasonably close to what you have in mind, refuse to settle. These are the top 5 custom enhancements that can breath new into your home by enabling you to get exactly what you want.

1. Give your windows personality - your personality


Drapery is always a focal point, whether simply an accent colour or the cornerstone that pulls your decor together. It is a great place to start when you want to transform the atmosphere in your home.

Creating exactly the look you want is easier with custom drapery, tying your most-loved decor together and evoking the feeling you want. No matter your personal style and preferences, custom drapery ensures you get the perfect colour, pattern, and style - and all with the added elegance of perfect fit and function.

2. Sleep easy with the perfect bedding


Your bedroom shouldn't just be the place you go to sleep. It can be an oasis that envelops you in a comforting, rejuvenating atmosphere.

Custom bedding is one of the most impactful ways to make your bedroom unique and extraordinary. Instead of having to search for a design you like, or settle for an uninspiring colour, with custom bedding you control the fabrics, textures, colours, and patterns.

Picture yourself coming home to high-quality, one-of-a-kind bedding that reflects your personality and brings you joy.

3. Create a stylish, functional space with furniture made just for you


Choosing furniture is one of the most difficult, time-consuming tasks when styling your home. If you are like most people, you have already purchased furniture that isn't the precise size and style that you wanted.

You never need to do that again with custom furniture that elevates your decor and gives your home character.

These bespoke pieces are a great value, made with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. In addition to style, you control the size and function which will completely transform the way you live in your home.

4. Give your furniture a facelift with the perfect upholstery


Custom upholstery is an affordable way to breathe new life into your furniture. Whether you have a sofa that is starting to look dated or a favourite chair that is showing signs of wear and tear, custom upholstery will restore your style with comfortable, durable fabrics.

When it comes to design, the sky's the limit. You don't have to search for a colour or pattern that you can live with, you get to choose the ones you want. Keep the furniture you love while still creating a brand new atmosphere.

5. Make your home really shine with the best lighting


The lighting inside your home affects how you, your family, and visitors feel more than you may realize. For example, it can influence your mood, energy levels, and social interactions.

Businesses have been using this knowledge for years, from dimly-lit restaurants that encourage you to get that dessert to blindingly-bright health and beauty stores that feel clean and sanitary.

Custom lighting gives you control of these powerful responses to lighting design.

You not only get exciting and energy-efficient style, but you also choose what to highlight and create a more welcoming home

At Buy The Yard Interiors, we believe every homeowner should experience the style and satisfaction of custom enhancements. Until October 31st, 2018 we will provide 50% off an in-house consultation. All you have to do is contact us via email or phone and we will schedule an appointment.

Let us work with you to ensure your home's style perfectly reflects your preferences and personality!

Warm Your Home with Rich, Vibrant Fall Colour

It's that time of year again! Pumpkin spice once again adorns the menu boards of cafes and the rich greens of summer are starting to transition to magnificent golds, reds, oranges and yellows.


Welcoming these vibrant fall colours into our homes is a wonderful way to breath new life into the spaces we use most, helping us to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Incorporating such strong, rich colours in an attractive and contemporary way requires a skilled hand, but doing so can easily be one of the most impactful seasonal changes you can make in your home.

Use contrasting splashes of colour

One of the easiest ways to introduce warm, fall colours to your home is through accents such as window coverings, wall art, and accessories.

Window coverings are a great place to start. Switching out a light or breezy summer colour for drapes in a deep wine or vibrant orange completely transforms the atmosphere of a room.

Wall art featuring natural materials such as metal and dark wood evoke fall as well, as do pictures taken during the season. Consider replacing family photos throughout your home with ones taken during fall.

Even accessories such as vases can be infused with the season by simply adding a few bare twigs and branches, while throw pillows and wraps can depict colourful leaves. Many summery materials, such as wicker baskets and houseplants, can easily be incorporated into a more modern, fall look.

Fiery fall looks need a good foundation

If you are feeling a little more ambitious, create a more immersive fall atmosphere with muted colours on the walls and deeper furniture fabrics. A white or pastel summer living room will instantly feel warmer this season with a soft green or cozy yellow on the wall.

Focus on warm colours that strongly evoke the comfortable, casual, layered atmosphere of fall. Reddish browns, deep yellows, and faded greens match perfectly with pops of grey, orange, red, and taupe.

Don't be intimidated by imposing fabrics. Textures such as distressed wood frames, velvet upholstery, and voluminous rugs all contribute to a strong fall foundation for your home.

Get creative with your space

Showcase your personality with engaging, welcoming features that make your home your own. Create a beautiful fall centrepiece for your kitchen table, or fill a shelf or mantlepiece with seasonal crafts such as mason jars filled with fall colours. You could even get a headstart on decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving with accents such as pumpkins and fall wreaths.

As the temperature begins to drop and the leaves start to change, do yourself the favour of inviting the rich warmth of fall colours into your home. However you decide to embrace the season in your space, fall decor will excite your senses. At Buy The Yard Interiors, we work with you to ensure your expectations for the space are exceeded and you are able to cozy up and enjoy the season.

Bring life and colour back to minimalist spaces

Minimalism may be here to stay but many of the latest trends offer bold and colourful ways to soften its sterile edges, often in unexpected places and ways. Whether you are a fan of minimalist style or simply inherited it when you purchased your home, tinkering with it can feel intimidating. You may be unsure what or how much you can add without overwhelming your tidy, existing decor.


While the days of bright, white kitchens and bathrooms without personality are gone, the good news is there are many easy and affordable ways to breathe life back into your home.

Bring colour back to walls

A trendy paint colour or wallpaper can completely transform a plain room. For example, a stale, off-white bathroom can create a more rejuvenating atmosphere with green walls and some bamboo accents, or even just repainting the walls to the colour of sand. In the kitchen, it can be as simply as painting open shelves in a bright, contrasting colour.

Any minimalist space can benefit from a few well-chosen changes to the walls without feeling cluttered. One of the most popular additions are canvas transfer prints. You can add exactly the colours you want without having to tackle your existing decor. An oversized canvas transfer print in the kitchen or bathroom accomplishes the same visual effect as an accent wall without feeling dated, and really allows your personality to shine.

Liven up furniture and accent pieces

If you are feeling a little more ambitious, new furniture and accent pieces may be just what your minimalist space needs. Imagine fiery red stools in the kitchen, or a striking blue vanity in the bathroom. The options for bringing vitality back into your home are limitless.
If you're on a budget, consider starting with vibrant dishware or placements in the kitchen; or shower curtain and towels in the bathroom. Even a single item, such as a new and vivid light fixture, can makes all the difference in the world.

Incorporate touches of natural, organic materials

Minimalist spaces tend to be hard and their use of natural materials is often limited to stone. Broaden your experience of these spaces with softer, more organic materials. Wooden wall art or a driftwood centrepiece look great in a kitchen, while any bathroom can feel more welcoming with a wooden bath mat or houseplants in cheerfully-coloured pots.

Which natural materials will work best for you depends on your personal style. At Buy The Yard Interiors, listening and working with you, we're always here to help bring out the best in every room. Whether it's a wicker laundry basket in the bathroom, or a modern floral display featuring grasses in the kitchen, with a little help you can find the perfect fit.

The most important thing is to not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the thought of updating minimalist decor. While it is true that any adjustments to this style must be handled carefully and thoughtfully, it is always possible to create exact the atmosphere you want.

Summer Trend – Bring the Outdoors In

There is something special about the way the great outdoors makes us feel relaxed and rejuvenated during the summer. Out in the natural world, we get to bask in the richness of summer. Bringing the outdoors inside our homes is an easy way to enhance and extend the pleasures of the season.


Greenery is one of the most popular ways to literally bring the outdoors into your home. Plants and flowers can make any space more welcoming and enjoyable. They even add an engaging punch of colour. Greenery is also exceptionally good as an accent for small or awkward empty spaces in your interior design. It's as simple as choosing a side table you really love, an attractive pot that elevates your decor, and a plant that's appearance or aroma lifts your spirits.

Choose accent colours associated with summer

Deep blues, rich reds, vibrant greens, and touches of gold – Introducing these colours can be as easy as switching out your curtains, or throw pillows, or art. If you are feeling more ambitious, you can apply a new paint colour or wallpaper to an accent wall, or replace a floor rug and end tables.

Use more natural materials

Surrounding yourself with design elements that feature stone, linen, wood, wicker, and other natural textiles will give you the feeling of being out in nature. The possibilities are limitless and it doesn't necessarily require you to make major design changes. It can be as simple as adding a new wooden side table in a peaceful, contemporary bathroom. You absolutely can find interior decor that uses natural materials and meets your tastes. Whether it's a piece of driftwood as a new centrepiece, cute wicker pots to grow fresh herbs on your kitchen windowsill, or wooden wall art, you will find options that suit your home perfectly.

Don’t be afraid of summer patterns

It may sound challenging to choose a bold pattern that compliments your existing decor, but you do not need to be afraid. There are summer patterns to suit every taste. Even something as specific as a throw pillow with a floral pattern will have many options for you to choose from. There are countless beautiful and complementary ways to bring summer patterns into your home – towels in the bathroom, placemats in the kitchen, wall art in the hallway, curtains in the great room, wallpaper on an accent wall, or a rug in the entranceway.

Get professional support

Whether you simply want to add a small pop of summer colour, or would like to update your decor and create a refreshing new atmosphere, our team of experts at Buy The Yard Interiors can help you bring the outdoors in on your terms. Contact us for more information about how to get exactly the look and feel you want from your home decor.

Why not re-arrange for a change?

A different view may open your eyes! We often find ourselves looking for a change in our homes or in life in general and the list of what needs to be changed can grow quickly. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you've become bogged down by a growing number of fairly significant habits to stop/start or items to remove/replace.


When it comes to changing our home's interior decor, most have the mindset that to make a change, it's “out with the old and in with the new” - but in many cases we can achieve as much with a small change to the old.

With the Summer months upon us, now is a great time to consider making changes to our indoor living spaces as we're finally able to enjoy the outdoors – no need to worry about a room being briefly 'under construction' – let us help with the inside while you relax outside!

Replace or Renew? Sometimes a simple rearrangement is all it takes!

Our home decor is something we see day in and day out. We chose 'just the right pieces' to make the room fit our eye in fashion and function, but eventually it becomes stale, worn out or dated and it's time for something new. That something new doesn't have to mean a replacement and related costs – why not take a look at changing the placement of a few items and the focal point of the room?

Swapping the placement of your couch, loveseat and coffee table is a great way to give a room a fresh feel. Take a look at your accessories as well – moving a piece of artwork, a group of candles or a plant from one side of a room to another or in to another room altogether will give the piece and the room new life – no need to endlessly add accessories and potentially clutter the space!

Discard to De-Clutter? Why not start a rotation?

It's often hard to let go of accessories and pieces of decor that were chosen after much consideration. We've all seen rooms of our own (or those of others) that start out being very deliberate and minimal, but over the years more accessories catch our eye and are added to the space. Before you know it you've got accessories and accent pieces that no longer compliment the room or each other!

Why not make a seasonal rotation? Throw blankets and heavier window coverings that make us feel cozy in the winter can be swapped out for something lighter and more airy in the warmer months. There's no need to get rid of an all season item after finding another all season item – designate it for one season and switch in another until that season rolls around again!

Where to start? The value of experience.

Changing a view, de-cluttering or re-arranging a space with a few minor alterations can be easier said than done. We've all had that moment of frustration wondering 'Okay, where to start?'. Like in many aspects of life, the help of professionals can go a long way!

The design team at Buy The Yard Interiors has a great deal of experience and expertise and can bring a fresh perspective and alternate view to a space you thought you'd seen from every angle.

Reach out to us and we'll get you on your way!


Enhancing and Adding Comfort to Your Outdoor Living Space

As hard as it is to believe, we're in to the month of May and we're just beginning to spend leisure time in our outdoor spaces – better late than never!


After cleaning up the yard, you've likely noticed some of your outdoor furniture, coverings and accessories have come through the Winter a little worse for the wear. Outdoor furniture is often overlooked when we think of customizing or re-upholstering. While many may opt to dispose of the aging pieces and replace them with something new, have you considered simply freshening up the worn fabrics?

Pergola Draperies – Spruce Up the Appearance and Add some Quaint Privacy

Your patio, deck or garden Pergola is often the centrepiece of your backyard – a place to relax with friends and family or enjoy some quiet time on your own. While not intended to be completely enclosed, sometimes a little privacy can go a long way in creating your backyard paradise.

Adding drapery to one or all sides – or even the roof – of your Pergola may be a subtle, yet fashionable solution to create a little shade and solitude. Buy The Yard Interiors offers many custom design options for all shapes and sizes of Pergolas, with many being available in UV and element resistant fabrics.

Not sure if drapery will work in your outdoor space? Reach out to us and we'd be happy to discuss everything from basic designs to custom creations!

Like the Chair in the Store, but not the Cushions? Older Outdoor Seating Cushions Faded or Torn?

We've all been there – you see a furniture piece in a store or online that fits perfectly in to an indoor space you have in mind – the size, style and build of the framing are just what you're looking for, but the fabric covering or filling of the cushions just wont work. This is no different for outdoor furniture, but not to worry!

There are a wide variety of element resistant fabrics and custom fill options available for your outdoor chairs, sofas, and even sectionals – whether it be a brand new piece that needs the final finishing touches to fit perfectly in to your recent backyard re-design, or a piece you've had for years but is in need of an update in comfort or style, a small change can make a big difference.

Before you walk away from that perfect new outdoor seating set or dispose of a favourite, simply because you feel you're stuck with the covering, consider customizing it from the get-go or freshening it up with new upholstery!

We're Happy to Help!

The options available to make things 'just right' in your backyard are plentiful – contact us at Buy The Yard Interiors and our experienced design team would be pleased to work with you to make your space outdoors relaxing and comfortable for yourself and your guests.

Spring has Sprung - There's No Better Time To Freshen Up Your Home Decor!

After a frigid winter that seemed like it would never end, we're just around the corner from the hot sun of the Summer – but let's not forget nature's time to rejuvenate; when the flowers begin to bloom – Spring!


Spring is a time of breezy freshness and new life in nature and also a great opportunity for us to bring new life to our homes. We've been cooped up indoors all winter and a few decor choices we've become all-to-familiar with may have become stale. Why not consider re-decorating a room that has lost its pizzazz?

Buy The Yard Interiors can assist you every step of the way in determining which rooms and accents might make the biggest splash when re-decorated:

Want to brighten up your Living, Family, or Great Room? Sheerweave blinds are an excellent way to add subdued Spring sunlight that will reinvigorate a space the whole day through, with the added benefit of protecting fabric coverings from fading under prolonged exposure to direct sunlight – some are even available with remote controls!

Do you enjoy the comfort and sizing of your seating, but you're growing a little tired of the look? Spring is a great time to have these re-upholstered as you'll be spending more time outdoors freshening up the yard to relax and enjoy the fresh air with friends and family.

Spring is also a great time to 'turn a new leaf' on your accent pillows and bedding! We can walk you through the many custom shapes, sizes, fills and fabrics and breezy Spring colours we have available with the help of our experienced design team.

Start small to avoid being overwhelmed, then reach out for help! You may have multiple rooms and multiple pieces that you may feel are need of replacement or updating, which may cause you to avoid starting the project altogether as you don’t know where to begin. We feel it’s best to take a quick glance rather than a long glare at a space to pinpoint a couple of things that jump out as the ‘top priority’ changes - baby steps are the perfect way to start a Spring project!

Reach out to us at Buy The Yard Interiors and we'd be delighted to help you add some renewed Spring freshness to your home and alleviate the headaches the decision making process can sometimes present.


Fashion or Function - Why not both?

When you've decided the time has come to re-model the seating area of your living space, how much time is spent considering the level of comfort you'd like to enjoy? Most of us will spend the vast majority of our decision making process trying to decide which size, shape, colour and covering will lend itself to complimenting and enhancing the visual appearance of the space, however does this come at the cost of being comfortable?


How much consideration is given to comfort?

We've all visited a friend or family member and taken notice of how aesthetically stunning a newly added couch, loveseat, sectional or chair is only to find ourselves shifting and adjusting our seating position in an effort to find comfort and space. If you've found a fabric and style that impresses, but cushioning that leaves something to be desired, you've short changed yourself!

Find the utmost in both Fashion and Function with the help of an Interior Decorator.

At Buy The Yard Interiors, we're pleased to work with you, step by step, to ensure you select a piece - whether it be a couch, loveseat, sectional, chair or anything between - that gives you the fit and form to enhance your space above and beyond your expectations.

We can start by visiting one of our many local manufacturing partners in the Golden Horseshoe and beyond – many of whom are Canadian owned and operated – to view a vast selection of finished pieces. Once we've found a size, style and cushion fill preference, we put the finishing touch on by selecting a covering that complements the existing space and personal taste from the 1000's of coverings available to view at our showroom.

Reach out to us at Buy The Yard Interiors and our experienced Decorators can guide you through the selection process to ensure you enjoy the look, feel and longevity of the latest addition to your seating area for years to come!


Reimagining the family home: thinking outside the box!

Have you ever questioned why you are redecorating a room, thinking to yourself “I don’t know why I’m decorating this room because we never use it?” This might be a sign that it is not being used to its potential and it’s time to let your imagination run free and start thinking outside the box. Often times we restrict ourselves to old fashioned ideas that don’t work in our busy lives. Ask yourself these questions about your space and see if you are using it in a way that works for you:


Does the space function properly to meet your needs? If you’re using a terribly lit little space to do your sewing and crafting, you will understand exactly what we’re talking about here! Make sure that your space has the ability to function properly for your intended use. Just like you don’t want a media room to be too bright, make sure that rooms used for close tasks like sewing have enough light to be functional.


Is your living room, or any other room, out of date and underused? Are you ready to open your mind to new possibilities about the use of your existing space? Present your new ideas to your family in a positive light, suggesting benefits to everyone’s lifestyle. This will make the process of redecorating painless, in a supportive atmosphere. You will be thrilled when an uncomfortable, underutilized space finally becomes comfortable and functional. Convert a large living room into a dining room and host more parties!


Why cling to outmoded rooms when you can have the space that you dream of? Think outside the box to reclaim and rediscover functional space that already exists within your home. Ask yourself the questions above and if you’re ready to reimagine your home, you’ll love Buy the Yard Interiors in Ancaster. For more information, please give us a call at 905-648-7979.

Budgeting Without Tears

Designing and decorating a space is always an incredibly exciting and rewarding time of life. Choosing colours, fabrics, dreaming about the new use of space…it’s all so much fun that as customers we can forget to cover one of the most important areas – establishing a budget.


Sometimes a budget that you live with and getting everything you want can be a tall order, but with careful consideration any budget can be worked with to create picture perfect results. Budgeting can be a difficult topic to discuss, because it can be fraught with emotion. If a decorator knows your budget they can make well informed decisions to save you time and money. Knowing your budget is always the way to go, as it avoids misunderstandings later on down the line. Fewer misunderstandings equal less stress, which we always strive for.

Decorating should be fun, right? Unfortunately, when you decorate there are a few traps that you can fall into. One trap is being really unrealistic about costs. This is where your research becomes important. Familiarize yourself with what items cost today. Many people haven’t done any decorating for many years, or they have never worked with a designer. Some people have champagne tastes on a beer budget, so they need to think outside the box to provide the environment that they are looking for at a reasonable price. Having a realistic budget will make your decorating experience a joy. At Buy the Yard Interiors in Ancaster we are happy to help you with any questions about this part of the design process.

Wallpaper: A Wonderful Way to Beautify Your Home!

Yes, it’s true—wallpaper is back and better than ever! But if the very word evokes images of your grandmother’s walls covered in busy, retro flowers and psychedelic globs, then it’s time you checked out how designers are using this versatile wall treatment option to infuse style, chic and distinction to today’s interiors.

Modern wallpapers are affordable, easier to use than their predecessors and packed with the power to make decorating statements that range from bold and dramatic to quiet and elegant. Many contemporary wallpapers bring a modern twist to time-tested classics—botanicals, intricate damask patterns, stripes and geometrics, all in updated colour palettes, designs and textures. You can take the plunge and paper an entire room, or step gradually into the experience by using it only in smaller areas.

Consider just a few of the many popular options today:

  • Large patterns—Whether your taste runs to fast-forward geometrics or exotic lotus flowers, plan large patterns carefully. In many cases, bold designs are better confined to accent walls and powder rooms or used tone-on-tone to control their impact and avoid overwhelming the room.
  • Textured designs—Flocked, embossed or textured papers add dimension and interest to a room without necessarily adding extra colour. Some textures are also paintable, allowing you to customize the paper to your current colour scheme.
  • Classic designs—Stripes in the latest colour palettes are a timeless way to add instant chic. Or for a soft, romantic look, nothing beats wispy florals or vines set amidst updated colour themes. If you want to transform plain walls, wallpaper is one way to add colour and style, often with greater versatility that paint alone can achieve.

Consult with an experienced design professional who can help you plan where, how much and what kind of wallpaper is best for your interiors. Buy The Yard Interiors provides expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home and office with window fashions, furniture and decorative accents. Please call us at 905-648-7979.

Home Accessorizing Part II: Vertical Surfaces

In part 1 of our article on home accessorizing tips, we discussed design principles for accenting horizontal surfaces such as mantels and tabletops. This time, we’re focusing on vertical surfaces, the most spacious of which are the walls. Whether yours are large or small, there are plenty of decorating ideas that you can use to create interest and add style.

Many of the same principles for decorating horizontal surfaces apply equally to vertical surfaces. Remember that your main goal is to achieve an effectively balanced theme using the elements of colour, size, texture and depth. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pictures and artwork provide endless opportunities for jazzing up a plain wall. If you have a single, spectacular piece, place it by itself to create a focal point inside the room.
  • Smaller pieces are also very effective when clustered together into a mini gallery on a single wall. Aim to create a pleasing balance with frames of varying sizes, shapes and weights.
  • Mirrors are not only attractive, but they also have the power to alter your perception of a room’s dimensions and lighting.
  • A grouping of smaller mirrors can help reflect light to brighten up a dark space. A large, door-sized mirror inside a spacious room can add drama and create the illusion of increased expansiveness. For effective balance, make sure to scale the mirror to the size of the room.

Texture is a greatly underused design element, but one which imparts dimension and visual interest to a room no matter what the colour scheme. Picture a bronze or metal sculpture adjacent to a fireplace, or a brocade wall tapestry behind a hallway accent table. Whatever accents you choose, remember to build them around the colour theme and proportions of the room and its furnishings. If your accent also serves as a functional item, such as a reading lamp, make sure that its height and colour don’t interfere with effective use of the item’s usefulness.

For more information on expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home, please call us at 905-648-7979.

Home Accessorizing Tips Part I: Horizontal Surfaces

Kitchen islands, tables and mantelpieces—each is a different feature inside your home, but what they have in common are horizontal surfaces that can be attractively transformed by smart accessorizing.

A common inclination may be to place a lamp in the centre or a pair of candlesticks on the ends, but adding interest and style to horizontal surfaces can encompass so much more. Keep in mind that the most successful decorating themes create interest and achieve an effective balance of size and colour.

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With a few basic design principles in mind, we've put together a few suggestions that you may be able to use right away with your existing pieces:

  • Grouping—Spreading an assortment of accents evenly over a horizontal surface most often produces a clutter that lacks focal point or unified theme. Instead, try grouping decorative elements close together in clusters. Keep in mind that a group of odd numbers provides a roundness of feel that works better than even numbered groupings—use a group of three or five instead of a group of four.
  • Centering—You may instinctively place a decorative accent smack in the middle of your horizontal surface, but off-centre placements are chic and less formal. For balance, experiment with placing an off centre item with a small cluster of neighbouring accents.
  • Layering and proportion—Building accents on top of or in front of each other add depth and dimension to an otherwise flat surface. Manipulating varying heights is another technique that helps create a sense of balance. Try a statuette seated atop a stack of coffee table books, or place a taller vase of flowers on a low end table to bring the eye upward.

With a few basic principles in mind, you can transform your home’s horizontal surfaces from plain to fabulous.

For expert consulting and custom products to beautify your home, Please call us at 905-648-7979.


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