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The Difference Between Fine And Cheap Furniture

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Here at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, there’s a reason the phrase ‘fine furniture’ is in our name. We sell the finest furniture that will make your home look amazing once again – whether you are doing a complete remodel of a space or its time for a new piece of furniture. Whatever the reason may be when shopping for furniture, you may be tempted to purchase cheaper furniture instead of spending a little more money on finer furniture. While it may seem like you are saving money, you are actually spending a lot more in the long-run. See what we mean below.

Wood furniture

High quality wood furniture should not scratch easily.

High quality wood furniture should not scratch easily.

When shopping for wood furniture, it’s easy to think that, ‘the cheaper, the better.’ Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. The easiest way to tell the difference between fine wood furniture and cheap wood furniture is to draw a line with your fingernail across the furniture. If it makes a dent that is visible (use a flashlight if possible), it’s not going to stand the test of time and you need to avoid it.

Yet, we need to go a little more in-depth to find the true difference between fine and cheap wood furniture. If you spot furniture you are considering buying, check the wood for knots all over the wood (even areas that are unexposed). The reason? Knots can lead to cracks sooner rather than later. Furthermore, avoid any wood furniture made with pressed wood, fiberboard, or particleboard as these have short life expectancies.

As for the construction of the wood furniture, anything help together using nails, staples, or glue should be avoided (if it’s held together with screws and/or wooden pegs, that’s perfectly fine). Look at the joints of the wooden furniture; if it’s dovetail or mortise-and-tenon, it’s fair game.

Upholstered furniture

With quality furniture, sit on every inch of the furniture to see how well it stands up to your weight. It should not bow with your weight.

With quality furniture, sit on every inch of the furniture to see how well it stands up to your weight. It should not bow with your weight.

Did you spot upholstered furniture that looks as if it would be a perfect fit for your home? Keep reading, because you need to also know what makes upholstered furniture ‘fine’ and what makes it cheap. For starters, if your upholstered furniture has removable cushions, unzip the cover and take a peek inside. You should spot a block of foam that has been wrapped in cotton, dacron, or a protective inner cover; anything less is cheap and unacceptable.

It’s also important to see how the furniture feels. Sit on every inch of the furniture to see how well it stands up to your weight to see if it sinks down (if it does, look elsewhere). Are the cushions also removable? Lift them up and press downward on the deck; even spacing and resistance should be the norm throughout the entire deck. As for the arms and back, squeeze them to ensure you can’t feel the frame from the padding; if you can, again, look elsewhere.

And the realistic durability

One of the ways you can tell if something is cheap is by using your own gut feeling. If it looks cheap and feels cheap, chances are it’s cheap furniture that will not stand the test of time. Furthermore, check out online reviews of the furniture in question to see if others have ‘buyers regret.’

So what’s the difference between fine furniture and cheap furniture? Time, money, headache, and ultimately, regret. By purchasing cheap furniture now, you will only have to replace the furniture sooner than you would if you would have purchased fine furniture initially. This will cost you extra money in the long run (as stated before), but before you have to replace your cheap furniture? You may find yourself hating it mere months after your purchase thanks to its rapid decline.

Make the smart decision: pay a little extra by purchasing fine furniture, and you won’t regret your purchase later!

Beautify Your Spaces With Patterned Walls

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Do you want to bring out the best in your walls? One of the best ways to achieve this is by decorating your spaces with large, beautiful prints and bold patterns. Creating a focal point for the entire room, it’s one of the best finishing touches for adding beauty and elegance to your home. Below are a few ideas you can incorporate into your own spaces today. Need some help or have any questions? Visit our showroom and let us provide you with the helping hand that you need. 

Striped patterns from nature 

Colours inspired by nature are trendy.

We’ve mentioned that colours seemingly ripped straight from nature are all the rage – but what if you don’t want your walls to be busier? It’s simple: hang patterned wallpaper that uses colours inspired by nature! Soft greens and blues complete with various shapes and patterns are all fair game. Remember: if the colours seem as if they belong in nature and the pattern is pleasing to the eye, it’s worth considering! 

Cool colours, beautiful imagery 

Try cooler colours to add whimsy.

Speaking of nature, if you want to cool your spaces while keeping it beautiful, consider implementing cool colours (such as dark blues) complete with imagery one would find in nature. For example, consider decorating your spaces with wallpaper that tactfully incorporates soft colours and nature-inspired images such as tree branches, flowers, and so on. Have an artistic side? Consider painting your spaces with a cooler colour and painting said images onto the walls of your home! 

Layering 

Decorate your walls to compliment a focal point in the room.

Do you want a certain decorative item to be the centerpiece of one of your spaces? Then decorate your walls around it! For example, if you have a white China cabinet with gold handles, knobs, etc., consider decorating your walls with patterns that utilize the white and the gold. What this will achieve is amazingly beautiful: the walls of your home will actually bring out the best in said China cabinet, giving it an ‘eye-popping’ look and leaving zero doubt that the cabinet is the focal point of the room. 

The best part of all? You can do this with anything that you wish to be the focal point of the room. Do you have an antique bookshelf that has a brown/cherry tone to it complete with unique, engraved shapes and patterns? Consider decorating your walls with a tone that is similar to the bookshelf yet lighter, complete with unique patterns. It will make guests feel that the bookshelf is an extension to the wall itself upon first glance!

 

The Perfect Décor Ideas For Summer

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Summer is a time in which magic seems to happen. The children are out of school and making the most of their time away from school, families come together to go on family vacations they will remember for a lifetime, and people simply seem more conversational and ready to get out and do something. It’s also the perfect season to entertain guests in your home as well. If you are ready to make the most of summer, follow our tips below to perfectly decorate your home’s spaces just in time for this magical season. 

Add colour to your tabletops

A colourful centrepiece will give your table a “summer feel”. 

One of the best ways to add a summer feel to your home is by redecorating your tabletops. Implement different layers of vibrant colours to give it a ‘summer feel’ that your guests will love. Consider setting bright fruits into fruit bowls (one or multi-layer fruit bowls – they’re all fair game) such as oranges, green apples, grapes, and other colourful fruits. For added effect, display them on a windowsill for a sunny look that is always beautiful. 

Outdoor furniture is a must

Wicker furniture is the perfect outdoor summer furniture.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor furniture. As we’ve said in the past, wicker furniture is perfect for using outdoors, as it’s durable, goes well with any outside décor, and just looks great. Whether you have an outside patio or you simply want to arrange your furniture outside on your lawn, it’s the perfect way to entertain your guests. Feel free to arrange your furniture around a fire pit, your swimming pool – wherever it makes sense to include outdoor furniture! Just know that without outdoor furniture, the summer simply isn’t complete. 

Add a mirror outdoors

Hang a mirror in the center of your space to make it feel complete.

This trick will ensure that the outside area of the home where you have placed the outdoor furniture makes the entire space feel like a legitimate room. If you are tired of having your patio not feel like an actual room, then hang a mirror in the center of your space to make it feel complete. For example, if your patio furniture is arranged in such a way that it is facing away from the exterior of the home, hang the mirror in the center of the exterior to make it feel like your guests are in a sun room. The bigger and more vibrant, the better! 

Light up the night 

Decorate your space by arranging solar panel lighting around it.

Want to make the most out of summer? Bring lighting to your outdoor spaces long after the sun has set for the evening. Decorate your space by arranging solar panel lighting around it – or if you have a few extra lamps lying around, strategically place them around your outdoor space to brighten them. When the sun has gone down and your guests still want to mingle outside, this trick will keep the party going outside long into the night.

Grey Is The New Neutral

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When we think about the colour grey, we typically think about cloudy days and stormy weather. It seems like a colour that isn’t ideal for decorating, but in 2015 nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, grey is the new neutral for the modern home; essentially, it has become the new black.

The colour grey is also very flexible when it comes to nailing that perfect look for your home. Take a look at a few of our tips below to aid you in updating your home. By utilizing this hip new tone, you’re on your way to becoming the envy of every homeowner in your neighbourhood!

Grey walls, warm neutral furniture

Grey is the new neutral.

The beauty of using a grey neutral is that you can use the tone to counter-balance the look of a space with other warm neutrals. This gives the space a cool feeling that is truly the best of both worlds. It’s the perfect way to implement the bright, cheery decorations you haven’t found a place for yet. Plus, if you want to redecorate your dining room? Know that a grey neutral is perfect for decorating with a warm, brown dining room table complete with fruit bowls to complete that bright, colourful look.

Perfect for metal and rustic décor

Rustic metals add to the neutrality of the room.

We’ve mentioned before that metal décor and the overall rustic look is now considered chic – and a grey neutral is one of the best ways to bring out the pure beauty of this new trend. No matter the colour of your metal/rustic décor – whether you want to decorate using an antique mirror with gold trim or simply a black, metal wall piece – it doesn’t matter: a grey, neutral tone is perfect for whatever type of decoration you may have. By hanging the décor on a grey wall, the tone will perfectly reflect the tone and colour of your décor. Want to bring out the best in your décor? Layer it with grey furniture – such as an end table or cabinet – to create a gorgeous look you can be proud of.

Be colourful or be dark

You can colour your room warm or cool when grey is your neutral.

The choice is entirely yours! The great thing about using grey neutral tones for your home is that no matter what kind of look you are going for – from a warm look to a cool, comfortable vibe – grey tones bring out the best in your colour of choice. Do you want to decorate your family room with bright, vibrant furniture? Consider painting your walls and ceiling in the room with a grey tone in order to bring out the best in your furniture.

Would you rather make your bedroom feel cooler? Again, ensure the walls and ceiling is grey in tone. Complete the look with white linens, a soft brown headboard, and even a grey rug! Would you rather decorate a room with multiple layers of grey? Not a problem! Grey is such a flexible, neutral colour that no matter what type of decorating ideas you may have, it’s certain to look charming and beautiful for years to come!

Do you need help with decorating your home with neutral greys? Need some advice? Visit our showroom and let us provide you with a helping hand!

Decorating With Timeless, Rustic Metals

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The title says it all: there is something timeless about rustic metals. Extremely flexible yet bold by design, rustic metals are the best way to implement ‘something old’ with furniture and other decorative items that encompass a modern look. Take a look at a few of our tips for decorating with rustic metals below, and give your spaces a look that will make your guests envious!

The tone of the home 

Rustic metals add character to a room.

The great thing about rustic metals is that they can make a home feel warm or cool. Rustic metals such as steel and silver allow spaces to feel cool – making it perfect for a guest room. Did you recently purchase a new dresser complete with a mirror for your guest room? Hanging silver candlestick holders to the left and right of the mirror would be perfect for achieving that cool look you’ve been longing for. 

Perhaps you want your family room to have a comfortable, warm feeling that will entice conversation among your guests. If so, consider utilizing warm metals such as bronze, gold, and copper. Gold, standing lamps and a large mirror with bronze trim hanging above a television stand or between two bookshelves are all fair game, as it layers the look to create a mix of old and new! 

Repeat the look in each room 

Repeating the rustic metal in the room will give the room a connected feeling.

If you decorate with a particular metal that looks a little out of place, guests may think the look is accidental. To emphasize that your rustic metal look is intentional, repeat the look multiple times in your space. Going back to the family room example above, if you implement a copper lamp into your family room, place additional copper lamps near the ends of every loveseat, sofa, recliner, etc. in your family room. Additionally, if decorating with a large mirror with gold trim, try to hang another mirror with warm trim (again, copper and bronze are also fair game) somewhere in the family room. 

Be sporadic 

Be sporadic and mix up your metals.

While we suggest repeating your rustic look multiple times in each space, the beauty of decorating with rustic metal is that at the end of the day, there truly are no concrete rules you must follow. If you have multiple rustic metal items you wish to decorate with in a particular space, go for it! We offer a variety of rustic metal décor that would be perfect for any spaces you may have, so mix it up, experiment, and create that unique, long-lasting look that only rustic metals can give to you! 

Consider texture 

If there is a particular item where you want attention drawn, consider hanging a decorative metal item near the heirloom.

Of course, you can’t just throw a bunch of rustic metal decorative pieces together and call it a day. Rather, keep in mind the texture of your home’s spaces. For example, if there is a particular item where you want attention drawn – such as a family heirloom on a mantle – consider hanging a decorative metal item near the heirloom (such as a brass plate or a large clock with gold trim). Every guest’s eyes will be drawn to the item, and automatically they will compliment your heirloom you wanted them to notice. Not only does it add an extra touch of beauty to the space, but it gets conversations started simultaneously! 

If you need any help with decorating your home with beautiful, rustic metals, simply visit our showroom and we’ll yield the helping hand you need!

Spruce Up Your Spaces With Our 21st Century Bars!

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A bar for your home isn’t just a ‘bar’ any longer. Just like technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives in some fashion, so too has technology changed the way bars function in the 21st century. More than just a reserved spot to sit your adult beverages, commune with friends and family, and relax while the world passes you by, these next generation bars can just as easily be classified as ‘home entertainment’ in addition to being labeled as furniture for the home.

Not quite convinced on what our next-gen bars can do for your home? Take a look below and let us fill you in on what makes our latest bars so special.

Bars with Bluetooth capability

Bars with Bluetooth capabilities are the newest in technological advancement.

It sounds like the work of a mad scientist, but we have to admit, there’s something ridiculously cool about owning a bar with Bluetooth capabilities. When you’re relaxing with your friends and knocking back a few drinks, it’s almost an unwritten rule that music must be playing in the background. Rather than lugging a laptop or desktop speakers to your bar (or pulling out your ancient CD collection), our Bluetooth bars have you covered.

What can I do with it?

Streaming music from your phone via your bar’s Bluetooth will make your bar the place to be.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t have a music streaming app on their smartphone. Free music streaming apps such as Pandora and premium apps such as Google Play Music and Spotify Premium make it simple to play any type of music you wish from your mobile device. Bridge your mobile device with a Bluetooth bar, and you will be able to play your guest’s favorites tunes from the bar’s amazing speakers.

Want to watch the game on your television but would prefer to stand and chill out near the bar? Simply bridge your Bluetooth-ready television to one of our Bluetooth bars, and you can watch the big game from the comfort of the bar while still being able to listen to it as if you were standing in front of the television set. If you have a Bluetooth-capable device, you can use it to stream any type of audio through the bar – amazing!

Electronic fireplace

Electronic fireplaces add ambiance to any room.

There’s nothing quite as classy as sipping on a few drinks in front of a fireplace. We know this, and that’s why we are happy to also sell bars coupled with an electronic fireplace. Simply turn on the bar’s electronic fireplace feature, and you and your friends can enjoy the visual stimulation of a flickering, colourful fireplace brightening your home’s spaces. It’s an extra touch that will keep your friends wanting to come back to relax at your home!

Want to browse our selection of next-gen bars for yourself? Visit our showroom today, and bring home a bar that will be the envy of your neighborhood!

Put Some ‘Spring’ Into Your Home With These Cool Tips

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Spring is in the air – and as such, it’s time that you decorate your home accordingly. You’ve had to endure the long winter season and have likely grown accustomed to the look of your home, and are ready for a change. We’re here to help, and we have a few awesome tips that will certainly help you to transform your home from looking drab to giving it a colourful, vibrant, look that  is perfect for this wonderful season. Of course, if you have any questions please visit our showroom so we can help you out ASAP! 

Place vases in drab areas 

Vases can either be filled or left alone. Either way, they make a great conversation starter.

You know exactly which areas of your home we are talking about: those dull, lifeless areas of the home that lack any colour whatsoever. Fix this by placing vases filled with fresh flowers and fruits strategically in these lifeless areas to bring a touch a spring into the home. You will be amazed how easily this will transform portions of your home from looking colourless to stunning. 

Colour with accents 

Accent colours brighten any living space.

Tired of looking at the same old throw pillows? What about that same, dull lamp shade? Consider replacing these items, pots, rugs, and more with new, colourful items that utilize the perfect shades of spring; yellow, baby blue, pink – they’re all fair game. Consider hanging new, colourful prints (complete with beautiful frames) around your home to give it that new look of spring! 

Seasonal glassware 

One of the best ways to update your home for spring is to purchase new, seasonal glassware. Consider purchasing glassware (and dinnerware if you want a full update) featuring flowers, birds – essentially, any design that feels like ‘spring.’ Now you will have a set of glassware/dinnerware that you can implement into your normal rotation every spring!

 And seasonable centerpieces 

Seasonal centerpieces transform the room.

Want to go above and beyond the call of duty by transforming your kitchen into a spring paradise? Then consider purchasing a low, footed vase and use it as a centerpiece for your kitchen table. Place your favourite flowers into the vase (or a fern if you prefer easier maintenance) and change your kitchen’s tablecloth with a brighter colour (e.g. yellow, baby blue, pink – any colour that feels like spring) to complete the look. The next time you have guests, they are going to be blown away

 

How To Update Your Home’s Entry

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Most of us have been told since we were children that first impressions count. It is sound advice that applies to every facet of our lives: especially our homes. Your home’s entry is the first impression that your guests are going to have when they initially enter your home. Thus, it is vital that you ensure that your home’s entry is looking as pristine and fresh as possible. 

Unfortunately, most of us are guilty of ignoring the state of the entry. It does not seem like a big deal until you have guests over; and when they come over, you are automatically reminded that your home’s entry does not look as great or as immaculate as it should. But we are here to the rescue! Below are the best ways to update your home’s entry and make it look like a million bucks. 

Lighting 

Lighting transforms the space.

One of the best ways to transform any space from looking drab to fabulous is by changing the lighting. Arguably the most important aspect of your home’s entry, the way it is lit sets the mood for the entire space. If you have a larger entry and can get away with hanging a pendant or chandelier, go for it. For entries limited in space, consider hanging smaller yet elegant lighting that bring a touch of class to your entry. 

Accessorize it 

Accessories give personality to your home.

Nothing brings out the best in your home’s entry quite like accessorizing it with artifacts of your life. It is a great place to hang framed pictures of family, friends, memorable events, and various other loved ones in your life. Moreover, if you have wall art that doesn’t seem to work anywhere else in your home, consider hanging it on the walls of the entry. Bookshelves littered with your favorite novels, an end table with fresh flowers, and so on are also great accessories to include in the entry. 

Outside patio furniture 

Consider placing some furniture on your porch as an extension of your entry way.

Depending on who you speak to, your porch could also be considered an extension to your home’s entry. We all want to make a great first impression (and subsequent impressions thereafter) right? Then consider placing patio furniture on your home’s porch. Strategically place furniture in such a way that when your guests sit on the furniture, conversation can take place very easily. Be sure to also match the color of your patio furniture to the tone of your porch; that way, your patio furniture continues to look elegant and does not stick out like a sore thumb. 

Console table with appropriate storage 

Consoles add space to a room.

If you have been trying to find a place to store your random knickknacks, this last tip is for you. Purchase a console table with lots of storage space (we have plenty to choose from) and place it in your home’s entry. By doing so, you can also sit your accessories on top of the console table while also having a place to store your random belongings. If you want to bring out the absolute best in your console table, place a small mirror above it to make the space look bigger than it actually is. The console table will be the first thing that your guests see. Because it will be decorated with your personal accessories and a mirror to give the space an extra layer of depth, they will automatically feel welcomed; and as you know, when it comes to entertaining guests, making them feel welcomed and at

How To Shop For A Bedroom

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Whether you are moving into a new home or merely want to redecorate your bedroom, shopping for a bedroom can be a stressful endeavour. There’s a lot of items that are mandatory for any bedroom – from the actual bed to the linens and so on – so it can be confusing to know exactly where to start. Luckily, we are here to the rescue! Below are a few of our own tips for shopping for a bedroom. Heed our advice, and you will find that shopping for a bedroom can actually be fun! 

Know the area/layout of your bedroom before shopping. 

Know the area you are working with.

It’s time to pull out your trusty measuring tape and measure the actual area of your bedroom. It has probably been a while since you learned how to measure the area of a room, so watch this 5-minute video from Lowe’s Canada to get a refresher on how to measure the area of any room. Afterward, snap a few pictures of your bedroom to get a better idea of the overall layout of the room. Bring this information with you when shopping for your bedroom, and we will definitely be able to help you out! 

Know the size you will need 

“The bigger the better” isn’t the best philosophy when it comes to the size of the bed.

When it comes to our bed, many of us believe that the bigger the bed, the better. There is no greater feeling during the wee hours of the evening when you are lying in bed and you know that you have more than enough room to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Yet, a lot of that space is wasted – and if you want to maximize your bedroom’s space as much as possible, you need to compromise. If you sleep alone and want to have more than enough room, a full-to-queen-size bed will do the trick. For those that share a bed with their spouse, a queen size bed is usually suitable as well.

If you need an even bigger bed, you have you have to have king size bed. Keep in mind that if you already have a mattress that you do not want to replace, measure it before shopping for your new bed. After all, you do not want to come home only to find that your mattress will not fit your new, luxurious bed!

How many pieces will your bedroom have? 

The full bedroom set isn’t a necessity. Pick and choose wisely.

The amount of pieces your bedroom will have depends on two things: whether or not you want a ‘complete bedroom set’ (a bedroom set usually consists of a bed, a dresser with a mirror, a chest of drawers, and a nightstand) and the size of the bedroom. If you want to take a minimalist approach to your bedroom, consider doubling your dresser as a nightstand and excluding your mirror altogether. If you have a small bedroom, consider purchasing only three pieces.

Invest in your bedroom

Will you be happy with your choices in 5 years?

Whichever bedroom items you opt to purchase, ensure that you are ‘investing’ in them. Most people keep their bedroom furniture for years – and you do not want to be stuck with better furniture that is of poor quality. Thus, ensure that you are purchasing for quality and not quantity. Before you purchase any item, think to yourself: 

Will I be happy with my purchase five years from now? 10 years from now? 

If the answer is yes, purchase it! As always, if you need any help whatsoever with purchasing any items for your bedroom set, stroll on in to our showroom today and take a look at our bedroom furniture and more. Without a doubt, we have something for everyone!

 

Renovate, Redecorate, And Rejuvenate Your Family Room

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Spring is in the air! A time of rejuvenation, there is no better time to bring new life to your family room than now. Especially if you have noticed that your family room has become drab, boring, and generally lifeless, the following tips below will allow you to renovate and redecorate your family room in such a way that it will become the envy of every guest that visits!

Combine modern with classic

 

If you want to give your family a sense of sophistication, one of the best ways to do this is to combine classic and modern elements together to create a one-of-a-kind look that is sure to impress every guest. For example, consider replacing your old coffee table with a trunk that has that old, weathered antique look to it. Place it in the middle of your family room surrounded by modern sofas (bold, leather furniture is always a solid choice), and you will have a look that clashes the old world with the modern era.

Photo courtesy of Hooker Furniture

This also works the other way around. If you love your modern-looking coffee table – but feel indifferent to your furniture – purchase retro looking furniture throws (colours from the 1960s are in-style currently so this shouldn’t be difficult) to make your furniture look as if it has stepped back in time. Either way you choose to spin it, clashing the old with the modern is always worth considering!

Mix and match with bright colours, patterns

Ready to add some colour to your family room? Then stop staring at that bland, lifeless furniture and add some colourful throws to your sofas, chairs, and any other furniture that you want to spruce up. Consider also including throws that have different patterns – and complete the look with a colourful rug that has a different pattern from anything else in the room.

Add some colour to liven up the space.

Mixing and matching bright colours and patterns will make your family room look exciting, cutting-edge, and lively. Who knows? Your guests may actually believe that you hired an interior decorator to redecorate your family room for you!

Hang artwork all on one wall

If you want to add sophistication to your family room by way of artwork, then move all of the artwork to one wall. This will give your family room a gallery look that will instantly make the artwork more interesting. For an extra touch of class, consider hanging a circular mirror in the middle of the artwork to make it the focal point of the wall. The artwork will look as if it is drawn to the mirror – a cool look that will bring out the best in your space.

Hang some artwork to add sophistication

Light up the room!

There is arguably no better, inexpensive way to transform a room from looking gloomy to lively than by using lighting. Place standing lamps in the dark corners of your family room and be sure to place colourful lamps on the end tables of the room. Consider placing mirrors on opposite ends of the room (facing the lamps) to add even more lighting to your room. Mirrors and lamps are the perfect combination for enlightening your family room – and we have plenty to choose from!

Lamps will brighten up a dark room.