DS Tip Of The Week: Timeless Textures

We all have hectic lives.  Let Steinhafels help make your life just a little simpler!  Every Monday we post an interior design tip that’s easy even for those who are design-challenged.  This week, we look at textures.

Our Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Waukesha Corporate store, and helps customers across the state create the homes of their dreams.

Dawn’s tip on textures:  “If you are trying to keep a home’s design somewhat simple and classic, focus on the textures, not all the ‘extra stuff.’  People lead busy lives, and many want to keep their home design neutral, so it doesn’t go out of style in a few years.  One way to make a space look unique, without lots of different colors and patterns, is through various textures.  Textures are timeless, and a great way to add some dimension to a space!”

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As you see in these pictures… the options are endless!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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Don’t Overlook the Accents!

When it comes time to buy furniture, we often think about the big ticket item–like a new couch, dining room table, or a bed.  Well, those high profile items look a lot better in our home if they are surrounded by a strong supporting cast!  That’s why Accent Furniture is such an important piece of our inventory at Steinhafels–so we can provide our customers with every piece necessary to round out an entire room.

Big statement items help fill a room, but it’s the accent pieces that truly show a homeowner’s personality, and tie a room together.

Step inside Steinhafels, and it’s easy to see some of the principal trends in Accent Furniture right now:  Metal and Wood Combos, Reclaimed Furniture, and the colors Turquoise and Red.

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Jenny Kordus is the Accent Furniture Buyer for Steinhafels.  She says she has seen some interesting changes in the industry lately, along with some tried and true constants:

-Customers are reacting to “mixed media” pieces that feature both metal & wood accents.

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-Some pieces have “chicken wire” in place of glass on the doors.

-Some pieces have caster wheels.

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-Some items feature “barn doors” with rolling doors.

-Occasional pieces usually feature wood tops with metal bases, frames, etc.  This trend is working in transitional and contemporary styles and at low and high price points.

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Kordus notes we are also seeing some changes in the furniture that is designed for entertainment areas.  Flat screen TVs have basically replaced tube televisions. As for TV consoles, The smaller and sleeker the better!  Most do not look like big, bulky walls anymore.  In many cases, homeowners are simply putting wall-mounted or pedestal-mounted TVs over slimmer consoles–providing for a more modern look, but still supplying space for storage of various media and gaming devices.

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Many Accent vendors are also adding “wire management” to pieces.  These are ways to make it easier to plug electronics into the wall, without a wiry mess.  For example, many furniture manufacturers now cut a hole or several holes in the back of a piece, so wires can remain hidden in the back.

There are many other accent pieces we haven’t touched on–fireplaces, curios, clocks, and benches–just to name a few!  Go ahead, get out of your comfort zone and show your personality with a unique accent piece you won’t find anywhere else.

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DS Tip of the Week: Make it ‘Fierce’ With Plaid and Fur

When it comes to interior design, sometimes the combinations you least expect yield the greatest results!

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week:  Plaid + Fur.  It’s a little bit of country meets chic, and looks oh so good!

This week’s tip comes from Madison Interior Decorator Hannah Peller.

Hannah’s words of wisdom:  “Plaids tend to be rather rustic and masculine.  Fur is feminine and delicate, yet fierce.  What they both have in common is a sense of warmth, which is perfect for winter.  Some of the best combinations are those that are least likely.  I love the balance this pattern and texture bring to a space.  It is unpredictable, and very inviting!”

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So quit playing it safe, channel your inner Beyonce, and make your home “fierce.”  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Cover That Carpet!

As we can tell from the arctic temperatures, Winter is still going strong here in the Midwest.  Cozy comfort is the style many of us are seeking.

A soft carpet beneath your feet is comforting this time of year, but are you sick of the same old boring carpet?  You don’t have the time or money to do a reinstallation?  There is a way to make a subtle change without undergoing a complete redesign.  It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week’s comes from Interior Decorator Rhonda Vivoda of our Waukesha Corporate store.  Rhonda explains, “It’s okay to use an area rug over carpeting.  It anchors the room together, while adding color and texture.”

That’s right.  It may seem like a decorating taboo, but it’s OK to put an area rug over carpeting.  This is especially true in apartments, where tenants are often stuck with a drab wall to wall carpet.  Get a snazzy area rug to add some personality!  It can be a textured, patterned, or simple flat woven rug–whatever works best for you space.

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We post a different quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Establish a Neutral Base

Are you looking to redesign your room, but are worried you’ll be sick of it in a few months?  The key is to start simple!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to look at neutrals in a new way.  Beige doesn’t have to equal boring.  Instead, look at it as a tool of versatility!

This week’s design tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman.

Laura suggests, “Design the base of your room in neutral color hues, then add your pops of color with pillows, throws, art, candles, etc.  That way when you get tired of a certain color, or want to add your seasonal color scheme you can give your room a whole new look in a few minutes!  Simply replace those candles, pillows, and other accessories with similar items of a different color.  Your room will look totally different, and very put together, with little work involved.”

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Take some of the guesswork out of interior design.  We post a quick and easy #DSTipOfTheWeek each Monday.

DS Tip of the Week: Adding Height to a Room

In a world of sofas, coffee tables, console tables, and beautiful accent rugs–it’s easy to forget the need to bring your eye “up” in a room.  Remember, interior design is all about creating even balance in a room.

The designers on Steinhafels’ Decorating Solutions team are experts at utilizing a space to its fullest.  You can speak to a designer at any of our furniture stores.

In the meantime, there are some simple ways you can add height to a space on your own.  This week’s tip comes from Vernon Hills interior designer Michelle Micolta.

Michelle explains, “People often forget that aside from throwing up some artwork, there are other ways to add height to your room.  Combining tall pieces with artwork on walls is the best way to bring your eye up.  You can use bookcases or etageres, a faux tree, a grandfather clock…even room dividers!  Adding tall pieces to a room evens out the bare feeling that comes with crown molding details, window treatments, and ceiling fixtures.”

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So go ahead–take your space to the next “level”!  Check out our #DSTipOfTheWeek each Monday on our blog.  Our blog also includes various stories and articles about current design trends, and the role furniture plays in our lives.

DS Tip of the Week: Glorious Greenery

It’s the dead of winter… about that time when you begin to wonder if you’ll ever seen grass and leaves on the trees again.

One way to fight the winter doldrums is to bring that greenery inside!

It’s time for your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a tiny taste of Spring!

This week’s tip is from Oak Creek Interior Decorator Jenii Kluver:
“Foliage and greenery are great ways to liven up a space and fill empty corners!”

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Check out the wide range of decorative greenery available at your neighborhood Steinhafels, and be sure to tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Stylish Storage

It’s Monday, and you’re probably feeling tired and a little uninspired.  Well, here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at ways to make your storage stylish.  Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and trendy.

That brings us to our tip from Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman of our Appleton store:
“Incorporate storage wherever you can.  It’s easy–just measure the space and add fun baskets, containers, or other organizers.  These were just plain shelves at the end of a kitchen island before I transformed them into a fun and functional focal point!”

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We post a different quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Being Mindful of Metallics

Metallics in home decor is very on-trend right now, but is it here to stay?  Accenting with metal as opposed to a pop of color is a great way to dress up and contrast your neutrals in a classic way.  For this reason, decorating with metals will continue to be trendy, and will become  timeless as we look forward in the design industry.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another installment of “Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!”  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Michelle Micolta.  Michelle works at our Vernon Hills store, and helps customers in the Chicago area create the homes of their dreams.

Michelle’s Tip:  “Accessorizing with metals is pretty straight forward.  Stick to one metal in a room, similar to how you would style your jewelry for your outfit!  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, especially when trying to tie the look of your chosen metal into your furniture to give the room a completed look that flows evenly.  For example, start with your casegoods–your  cocktail and end tables.  Look for metals in the color family you are after.  Unique accent chairs can offer pops of metal in the frame, or lamps can almost always effortlessly tie in all of your colors, materials, and styles.  Don’t forget artwork that features a metal inside the art itself, or in the frame.  Nailheads on sofas and chairs are also a great way to tie in your metal accent, since nailheads are often available in a variety of colors/metals.”

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As you see in this picture… the options are endless!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for the latest edition of #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Using Decorative Lighting After the Holidays

Thanks to all of our blog fans for checking out the Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week every Monday.  We started the Tip of the Week in late 2015, and we’re excited to bring you our first full year of weekly tips in 2016!!

This week we look at ways you can still enjoy indoor decorative lighting, even once the holidays are over.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I like having soft, decorative lights in my living room year-round.  They add a warmth and comfort, along with a festive feel, without being overbearing.

This brings us to our tip from Appleton-based Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman:

“I love mixing white lights with natural elements, and then adding some bling — such as Mercury glass and a mirror over a mantel.  Like in this picture — the mirror reflects light, and gives a small room the illusion of being larger.”

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So go ahead and keep that strand of white lights out post-holidays, or even snazz your room up with some soft blue or gold lights!

Logon next week for another exciting and easy #DSTipOfTheWeek.