2018 Decorating Trends: Go Bold or Go Home!

As design years go, 2018 is not for the timid.  Featured are the geometric patterns we’ve seen everywhere in 2017, but transformed.  Texture is making a comeback, with natural fibers and other materials surging to the forefront.

In sum, it’s all about letting go of your reservations on the home front and allowing yourself to take a walk on the wild side (within reason, of course).

Let’s get into 2018 decorating trends and find out how the bold and the beautiful are expressing themselves this year.

Ultra Violet.

The Pantone color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet is a blue-based purple which expresses the epoch of imagination and innovation we’re currently living in.

If the first word that springs to mind is “purple”, think again.  This rich color is the ideal complement and update to the recent decorating trend towards grey. Layer cousins like lavender with décor accents and contrast with another 2018 superstar, olive green.  Nuanced and emotional, Ultra Violet has depth.

Especially effective when applied in an environment which features natural materials like raw stone and wood, Ultra Violet is a touch of the mystical in a data-driven world.

Follow the bouncing ball.

Geometric patterns have been huge in recent seasons, but this year it’s the circle’s moment.  Décor pieces featuring large, bold circles (not necessarily your grandma’s polka dots) are a return to having fun with design.

Don’t limit this 2018 decorating trend to a couple of throw cushions.  Consider upholstering the seat of a wingback chair, or creating a tufted end table with a bold circle pattern.  Even your walls can’t escape, as wallpaper creators jump on board.

living room circles design

Velvet touch.

The rich, comforting texture of velvet is back for décor and home furnishings.  Plush is the word, as bold, rich color meets soft, tactile velvet.

This trend extends through the living room to the bedroom, bringing endless possibilities for luxurious headboards, sofas, dining room seating, lounge chairs and chaise longues.  Deploying velvet means stepping a little outside the ordinary to feature it in your home as a warm, comfortable aspect of graceful living.

velvet chair

High polish.

Lacquer finishes are bigger than ever and this year, they’re not just for the walls.  Furniture and cabinetry get to join in the fun.

Don’t fancy re-visioning all the walls in this high polish finish?  We agree that might be overzealous.  A feature wall, or a statement piece like a buffet, or lacquered dining room table might be the way to introduce the trend to your home.

Tone-on-tone.

One of this year’s most beautiful trends is that featuring tone-on-tone walls and molding.  There’s something interesting about trim which blends with the wall, creating the illusion of higher ceilings, as well.

Heighten the effect by painting a key piece of furniture in a matching color.  A dresser with gold fixtures, topped with a stunning floral arrangement in contrasting colors, adds dimension and interest.

These 2018 decorating trends are just what you need to go boldly into the new year.  Visit our website for more ideas.

Simple Ideas to Cozy Up the Guest Bedroom

There’s something a little inhospitable about accommodating overnight guests on a hide-a-bed in a disorganized spare room, filled with assorted bric-a-brac.

Books jumbled in a book shelf that’s seen better days, a throw tossed over the hide-a-bed bearing the image of Pokemon and a couple of venerable pillows dragged from an airless closet don’t exactly spell “welcome to our home”.

Add to all that the notorious discomfort some experience on convertible beds (an episode of Seinfeld comes to mind) and your guests are probably going to think you’re trying to discourage subsequent stays.

But there’s a better way.

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Say “welcome” without words.

It’s time to say goodbye to your guest bedroom’s overly casual ambience, replacing it with symbols of your generous hospitality.  Saying “welcome” without words can be as simple as a bunch of tulips (available year ‘round) on the bedside table.

Anticipate the needs of your guests by creating a hotel-like experience in your guest room.  Roll fluffy, white bath towels, placing them on the bed.  It’s a simple touch, but it immediately reminds your guests of a hotel stay.  Isn’t that more welcoming than say, tossing a towel at them and hollering, “Here!  Use this!”?

We think so.

Plush comfort.

No matter how pleased your guests are to see you, nothing is more important than their comfort for accommodating, thoughtful hosts.

If you’ve been using mismatched pillow covers and a threadbare bedcover (or a Pokemon throw), it’s time to upgrade.  Replace your bedding with matching sheets and pillowcases and an attractive cover.  A duvet is a must, especially during the colder seasons and invites your guests to a restful night’s sleep.

Add to the effect by giving most of the books in that messy, haphazard book shelf to Goodwill (and the book shelf, too).  Keep only quality volumes, leaving them on the bedside table for your guests to enjoy before turning in for the night.

wall unit bed system

Harmonize the space.

Simple ideas to cozy up your guest bedroom don’t have to involve a full-on renovation.  Working with what you have is easier than you think.

Create harmony in the space by using items which complement the room’s central feature – the bed.  If the room is without window covers, this is your chance to take the bull by the horns and get them covered.

Drapes are a simple solution.  Make sure they’re lined, so your visiting guests can sleep in, if they so choose.  Complement your bed cover with a color or design that ties the room together.  Intensify the effect by adding large pillows in the same pattern or color.

A contrasting, comfy throw laid across the foot of the bed completes the look and creates the sense that you’ve prepared your guest bedroom for your beloved guests with care.

It’s the little things that make your guests feel at home, so be creative and create a relaxing environment which embraces and welcomes.

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How to Use Custom Furniture In Your NJ/NYC Home

Your home is your sanctuary.  It’s where you come at the end of the day to rest and reflect.  It’s more than a place to hang your hat.  It’s an extension of who you are.

When you know yourself, you’re not about to be content with the banal or boring.  That just won’t cut it.  You’re unique and you want your home to reflect that.

A key way to achieve a home environment which reflects your lifestyle, ambitions and personal taste is custom furniture.  It’s served up just the way you like it in terms of style, color, texture and size.  What could more aptly express your vision than furniture that’s been created to do just that?

This post address how to use custom furniture in your NJ/NYC home to make it both a statement and sanctuary.

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Re-creating space.

Let’s start in the living room, where custom furniture can make all the difference in the room’s aesthetic.

Ask yourself what the room’s focal point is.  This is the most compelling and noticeable feature of the room and everything else in it should acknowledge and enhance it.

Your focal point might be a fireplace, or a large picture window.  If you can’t identify a strong focal point, you may need to create one with a striking painting, print, or wall hanging.

This is where custom furniture comes in.  How to use custom furniture in our NJ/NYC home is to punch up the volume of your focal point, making it even more striking and pleasing than it already is.  Regardless of what that point is, custom furniture allows you to highlight it and enhance its eye-appeal.

If your focal point is a fireplace, choose a sofa which is scaled to your living room.  Choose a color which works with the dominant material in the fireplace and then, select a style which works with the vision you’re creating.  You may see an overstuffed sofa there.  But consider the lines of the room before going for something which appeals to you, which may be at odds with the room’s structure.

Build on the idea.

Once your custom sofa is in place, how will you complement it?  Consider chairs instead of another sofa.  Create a conversational area with a large area rug in a vibrant color which either complements or contrasts with your custom sofa and anchors the area.

room with huge sofa and rug

Select a coffee table to scale, made of a material which again acknowledges the focal point, creating harmony.  See a table you love, but don’t particularly like the material it’s made of?  If you’ve seen it online, bookmark it and then check the image against other tables which may be closer to your vision.  Once found, ask the sales floor staff at the store where you’ve found it if the table can be made to order.

Remember – custom furniture is going to be around a long time.  When chosen carefully, custom furniture is a smart investment in your home and lifestyle.

Looking for something special?  Look to Michelangelo Designs.

The Best of 2017 Living Room Trends

2017 was turbulent and complex year, in many ways.  But the world continues turning and we find ourselves in a new year.

Every year has its trends and 2017 was no exception.  Here, we’ll focus on some of the best of 2017 living room trends, pointing the way to a new year of hope, vitality and prosperity.

Greenery.

This was the name of Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 and it turned out to be exceptionally prescient.  With the world in turmoil and the urgency of extreme weather telling us all it’s time to find new ways to do things, Greenery’s optimism and reference to the natural world seems almost prophetic.

Pantone color green

Living rooms everywhere came up in this stunning color, full of life and the hope of renewal.

Mix and match.

As is the case with many years in design, 2017 living room trends took their cue from the world’s fashion runways.  Mixing patterns was a trend seen on international catwalks which made its way into our living rooms last year.

Using mixed patterns to anchor a room with a statement piece is how this trend played out on the home front.

Textural interest.

As the world becomes more streamlined, people continue to be sensual creatures and so, the appeal of texture in living room furniture surged to the forefront in 2017.

Tufting, pleating and richly sensual fabrics like velvet held pride of place in design-savvy living room spaces in 2017, for this reason.  Human beings find comfort in their homes when the coziness and richness of a variety of textures deepens their sense of security and warmth.

Gran Paradiso sofa

Artisan flourishes.

A strong trend toward DIY was answered in 2017 by a return to hand worked décor and furniture for the living room.  Blown glass and specially worked woods were key to this trend, as mass-produced and home made gave way to a return to craftsmanship.

Finely blown glass and one-off ceramic pieces figured prominently in 2017, as must-have items which signaled a trend toward honoring artisanal beauty and quality.

The lure of the eclectic.

Living rooms featuring a bland, almost hotel-like uniformity of design were tossed in 2017.  Taking that trend’s place was a strong move toward eclecticism.

The cookie cutter was thrown out the living room window, replaced by disparate collections of furniture which were unified around themes like color and texture.  This trend added interest and uniqueness to rooms which had become banal in their conformity to an overarching design scheme.

living room eclectic style

Michelangelo Designs.

Since 1985, Michelangelo has brought Trade professionals exclusively Italian collections.  Selecting from Italy’s most prestigious design houses, we’ve collected a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed names in furniture under one roof.

In our expansive showroom and warehouse, you’ll encounter the best of Italy’s renowned craftsmanship and design vision.  From classical reproductions to modernist interpretations, we bring Trade professionals the unerring inspiration of Italian design virtuosity.

As 2018 takes shape, we offer the best of 2017 living room trends.  Contact us to schedule an appointment.  Manifest your 2018 vision, with Michelangelo.

Signs it’s Time to Purchase New Living Room Furniture

There comes a time in the life of every living room that change is inevitable.  Your relationship to the space grows stale.  You look around the room and wonder what happened.

You used to love this room.

But time passes.  Tastes change.  Furniture can get a little tired (or a lot).

Let’s learn to read the signs that it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

When “meh” kicks in.

Have you been forsaking your living room to spend more time in the study, or even at the kitchen table?  Do you avoid the living room?  If that’s the case, you’re well on your way to knowing it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

When a space you once loved no longer speaks to you to the point you don’t want to spend time in it, it’s time for a change.

living room

You’ve changed.  Your furniture hasn’t.

As we move through life, our tastes evolve and change.  We learn to like different things.  What you once thought was the most beautiful sofa in the world, you now regard with a critical eye, knowing it no longer represents your style.

Listen to your inner aesthetic guide.  If you’ve transcended the furniture in your living room, it’s time to start re-visioning the room and how you plan to transform it to more closely conform to your now more highly-developed tastes.

New pieces aren’t working.

As your sense of style has evolved, you’ve been busily collecting significant pieces to update the space.

But they’re not working.

Sometimes, we get stuck.  A special nostalgia about an easy chair may be at fault, or that the coffee table is an antique left to you by your grandmother.  Getting stuck over sentimental attachments is perfectly understandable, but if you’re being honest – it’s holding you back from realizing your living room dreams.

living room

The signs of time.

All things (including us) are subject to the vagaries of time.  Furniture can become worn and tired looking.  Sadly, while it can be adapted and renovated to extend its life, it doesn’t last forever.

A chair in the corner seems to have lost its color.  You’ve turned that side table around to hide the large mark left on it by a hot coffee cup.  The cushions on the sofa sag forlornly.

These are all signs it’s time to purchase new living room furniture.

It’s sad to part ways with old friends, but change is enlivening.  While you may shed a wistful tear or two over your grandmother’s coffee table, you need to remember that you’re planning to replace it with a piece that will better reflect who you are – right now.

Change is the nature of life and the universe as we know it and sadly, that applies to beloved furniture which may have been around for too long.

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Exclusively for Trade professionals and exclusively sourced in Italy, Michelangelo brings you the cure for the common.

With a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed design houses represented, you’ll find inspiration here.

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How a Sectional Sofa Can Make for a Happier Home

You’re at home, relaxing.  It’s time for some Netflix and chill, so you and your significant other eye the one sofa in the room.  You’re both gauging your chances of occupying it for the duration of your movie night.

Someone is not going to be very happy!

This is how a sectional sofa can make for a happier home – by providing ample space for everyone to enjoy an evening’s viewing in complete comfort.  Nobody gets the short end of the stick, when you have a sectional sofa, you see.

But there’s more than one way to have a happier home with a sectional sofa.

Sparking quality conversations.

With the right sectional unit in place, you and your guests can enjoy an intimate setting which precludes calling out to each other across the room.  You’re all nestled comfortably on the sectional, making quality conversations natural.

You can configure a sectional sofa to meet this need, creating an area which is conducive to relaxed entertaining and special moments shared with family and friends.

sectional sofa

Re-creating the open plan living room.

With open floor plans dominating so much of the home architectural market, sectional sofas are coming into their own.

By positioning a sectional strategically, you can create a transition in your great room which signals an intentionally created area, where you relax and enjoy quality time.

Open floor plan spaces require strong anchors which provide transitional markers.  The larger the floor space, the stronger the anchor should be.  A large area rug under your sectional and accompanying furniture is a statement that says “coziness”.

sectional sofa

Not written in stone.

At Michelangelo, one of our favorite features of the sectional sofa is its versatility.  The right sectional can be modified to change with your vision of the room it’s in.  With time, you may want to create something different and sectionals allow you to do that with ease.

Especially for growing families, contemporary sectional sofas answer the need for comfort, versatility and elegance.  But it’s in their versatility and ability to be customized, that some of their greatest appeal lies.

Sectional sofas are having a moment in our era of large living spaces, demanding pieces which anchor living areas and create a sense of comfort and relaxation.

The sectional is also a striking alternative to the classical sofa.  That’s especially true when Trade professionals come to Michelangelo to discover our range of sectionals to fulfill their design visions.

sectional sofa

Michelangelo Designs.

At Michelangelo Designs, we know that Trade professionals seek out sources of inspiration.  With discerning clients to satisfy, professionals in the Trade need something that cures the common.

And that something is the Italian Design Center’s expansive showroom and warehouse.  Here, we feature the cream of Italy’s design riches, with the most acclaimed furniture designers of Italy under one roof.

And it doesn’t end there.  Every piece we feature is customizable with a selection of over 1,000 textiles, including fine woods and lustrous leathers.  We invite Trade professionals to contact us for an appointment.

Tips to Cozy Up Your Master Bedroom

A master bedroom is your sanctuary from the world.  It’s a small paradise of serenity you need only leave to replenish yourself with a cold drink or a snack.

It’s a given that bedrooms should be cozy, especially master bedrooms.  Master bedrooms, though, can be a bit of a trick to pull off, as they tend to be larger spaces.  So, following are some of our time-honored tips to cozy up your master bedroom, to make it feel as warm and inviting as it should.

White bedroom

Sensual design.

Appealing to the senses is key to designing a cozy master bedroom.  Layering textures which speak of warmth and comfort makes all the difference.

This can extend to your walls.  Why settle for paint, when you can create a warm, relaxing environment with wall coverings which incorporate texture?  The return of wallpaper is an opportunity for those seeking to cozy up their bedroom spaces.  Flocking and other textured designs create a tranquil setting to set off the room.

Choose fabrics for pillows and comforters which are rich and speak directly to your personal aesthetic.  This room is for your enjoyment.  Take that seriously and turn to sensual design which appeals to all your senses.

bedroom with Butterfly bed

Sumptuous living.

Even the aesthetic minimalists among us will have to concede that the master bedroom is the ideal place to splurge.

Whatever your tastes run to, creating a sense of pampering is what master bedrooms are for.  This is not some anonymous hotel room.  This is your sanctuary.

The master bath should, therefore, be equipped with towels and other necessities that make you feel nurtured and spoiled.  Bath products should be placed in attractive décor containers, making them seem even more special.

Your bed can be piled with attractive accent cushions which complement the room’s overall décor, adding contrast, additional texture and luxurious detail.

bedroom with lighting

Subdued lighting.

If the thought of a high wattage bulb in the master bedroom gives you the shivers, you’re not alone.  We agree that lighting in the master bedroom should be subdued, subtle and comforting.

That may mean soft white bulbs with a low wattage, or recessed lighting which is adjustable at the push of a button.  It may also mean classical bedside table lamps, their light reflected gently off mirrors suspended on the wall behind them.

The lighting you choose for your master bedroom needs to enhance the sense of warmth we seek in these hallowed citadels of rest, sleep and relaxation.

Michelangelo Designs.

Professionals in the Trade will discover a world of inspiration at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA.  Exclusively to the Trade, we offer design visionaries a creative playground, in our expansive showroom and warehouse.  Filled with exclusively Italian furniture, they’ll see their visions multiplied in our diverse collections.

With a selection of the most acclaimed names in Italian furniture, you’ll be spoiled for choice, but it doesn’t end with the furniture.  Fully customizable with over 1,000 textile selections including wood and leather, you’ll find the cure for the common.

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Tips For Setting Up Your Living Room Furniture

You’re deeply invested in your home, so you care about the impression visitors get, but you also need the comfort we all associate with being at home.  Your personal space should create an environment which divides your working life from your down time.

We’ve collected these tips for setting up your living room furniture to demystify the fine art of furniture placement.  These are some time-honored tricks for making your living space as beautiful as it is comfortable.

Measure it first.

Well before you purchase investment pieces, you need to know what you’re working with.  Size matters in the realm of creating an attractive living area.  Knowing how much space you have will help govern your plans.

The size of your space is also useful information to have in hand when discussing potential pieces, like sofas and loveseats.  Knowing the size of your space is instructive.  Measure the piece and then ask yourself if it won’t either overwhelm your space, or seem lost in it.

Create interest with varying sizes.

Your living room should be comfortable.  That doesn’t mean it’s all about overstuffed, oversized couches.  One of these is great, but vary the size of pieces to create interest and texture in the space.  Arrange your living room around a focal point, like a fireplace, or even a large table.

cozy living room

An area rug under the principle furnishings creates an anchored appearance, unifying all the room’s elements and making them speak to each other, both in terms of form and function.

Making your space work.

You may think of your living room as a difficult space, but the only thing difficult about it is your conception of what it can do.

A long, narrow living room can be balanced by breaking it up into distinct areas.  Angle a sofa across part of the room, making it a divider between areas, while still leaving space for people to move around.

living room with smaller white couch and small table

In the other section of your room, create a zone for a specific activity, like watching television or movies.  Use pieces which relate to one another in their respective zones.  Again, employ area rugs which anchor and define your zones.

Shake it up.

Your home is your own.  Your rules apply.  Therefore, it’s perfectly viable to shake it up to create a living room which conforms to your taste and is aesthetically pleasing.

Instead of traditional arrangements and pieces, use shelving to create focal points and signal comfort.  Books and décor pieces can be placed on these, but they also help to define areas in larger rooms (as we’ve talked about above).

wall unit with a lamp and books on it

Use your walls, but remember that furniture needn’t be against a wall.  It can float two feet in front of it.  Use art which is both meaningful to you and creates color interest to intensify the effect this creates.

While the space may be large, leaving room between large articles of furniture and your walls creates a sense of depth, which brings dimension into the room.

Trade professionals are invited to contact us for an appointment.

How Luxury Furniture Changes Your Home’s Perception

Perception.  Such a personal thing.  Shifts in perception can be achieved with a word, a gesture, a color – small changes.

But how you change the perception of your home takes careful thought and planning.  How luxury furniture changes your home’s perception is by creating a note of superior quality in the symphony of its many elements.

Luxury furniture is immediately recognizable.  In its craftmanship and unparalleled beauty, it can make the difference between a bland interior and one which resonates with graceful living.

Public spaces.

Infuse the public spaces of your home with luxury furniture that sets the tone for friends and visiting family.  From the guestroom to the living and dining rooms, this is where luxury furniture truly works on the perceptions of your guests.

luxury living room

Your visitors will feel like royalty when they’re greeted by luxury furniture which signals your personal sense of style.  Comfortable and enduring, adding a few pieces from a luxury brand changes everything.

The guestroom, when graced with a stylish bed, end tables and dresser becomes a welcoming sanctuary.  Greeting your guests with a room which resembles one they might find in an elegant, high end guesthouse tells them they matter to you.

The dining room, where you gather with family and friends on memorable occasions, can be recreated as a warm, yet stylish, retreat.  Intimacy is fostered when you gather around a table of fine wood, inlaid with care.  Seated around the table on finely-crafted chairs, your guests will remember your dinners well into the future.

They might not speak directly of the furniture, but their perception will be one of nurturing and refined luxury.

Shifting perceptions gently.

Adding key pieces to your home which reflect your lifestyle and desire for comfort and the embrace of visitors is a way to shift perceptions gently.

There’s no need to yell, when you can speak in a normal conversational tone.  It’s all in the selection of those key pieces that the wonder of shifting perception lays.

Your new luxury sofa can complement existing armchairs, adding a distinct flavor of the exclusive to your living room.  That dining room table, laden with homecooked love, subtly changes the atmosphere, making it somehow the delight it has never been before.

elegant dining table

Your guests may not even be aware of the addition of luxury furniture to your home, but they will notice a difference.  Your home will be known by all who visit as a thoughtful space, created by someone who cares about the way people feel when they enter its precincts.

Perception isn’t awareness.

The subtle shift in perception of your home doesn’t necessarily need to lead your guests to the source of the shift.  Rather, it should gently signal that there have been some changes made.  Those changes have re-visioned the space.  It’s still yours.  It’s just – different and in the best way possible.

It’s even more your home than it was before.

How luxury furniture changes your home’s perception is dependent on the shift you’re hoping to create.  As we said – it’s personal.

Décor to Complement Your Luxury Furniture

Décor is the icing on the cake.  It’s the slice of orange in your Negroni.  It’s the bow on a gift.  Décor is what completes your vision of a graceful home which expresses who you are and what you value.

But employing décor intelligently is a fine art.  Too much of it and you’ve created an overwhelming sensory environment.  Too little of it and your home appears unfinished and temporary.  Choosing the right pieces and defining the major furnishings with additional touches which create a pleasing whole, is a process.

Color and shape.

Color and shape should always be considered before value or fashion.  While the décor piece of the moment may be described as a “must have”, it might be exactly the thing you shouldn’t have in your bookshelf, or on your cocktail table.

elegant living room

Décor can be as big as an ottoman (adding function), or as small as glass sphere.  It can be as subtle as a stack of books arranged on an end table, or as striking as a Ken Chihuly work of glass art, greeting those who come in the front door.

Whatever you choose as décor to complement your luxury furniture, accenting the feeling you’ve created is the most important job décor can do for you.  Color and shape are key components of making décor do its job in your living space.

Pieces that speak.

When browsing décor pieces, think in terms of what you like, but also in terms of what you need to most effectively accent the mood you’ve created with your furnishings.

While it may be tempting to run to the nearest Pottery Barn to grab a bunch of nesting boxes, or some clay geese, temptation in that regard should be resisted at all costs.  Instead, take your time.  Turn to Pinterest to glean ideas that match your aesthetic.  Browse secondhand and antique stores.

Sometimes what you’re looking for can be hiding in unexpected places.

The rule of three and “important” pieces.

Photographers and artists know that groups of three are more pleasing than items grouped in tandem, or even alone.  These items needn’t be of the same shape and color, but they should have a unifying theme.  Three pieces of antique glass in different colors, for example, or three items of talavera pottery in different shapes, in the same color, may work.

wall decor in three pieces

If you’re planning on larger décor pieces, ensure that your lighting complements them.  There’s no point having a Chihuly in the entrance if people can’t get a good look at it.  Feature it, without making your guests feel as though they’ve crept into a museum.

Décor to complement your luxury furniture should be given time to coalesce around your aesthetic vision for your home.  As we’ve said earlier, don’t rush.  Build your vision with careful thought to each piece of décor’s role in it.

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Ways to Complement Luxury Furniture

People investing in luxury furniture understand that their homes are their sanctuaries.  That said, everyone isn’t an interior decorator, or has the creative chops required to find the right ways to complement luxury furniture.

At Michelangelo, we love luxury furniture design, but we also know that complementing is an art form.  Give your luxury furniture the detailed environment it deserves by employing some simple tips to make it look its best in your home.

The dynamic home.

Your home is an expression of who you are and your lifestyle.  Some are happy living in chaotic disorder, but that’s not for you.  You’ve invested in luxury furniture to make your home beautiful.

elegant room

A home which looks lived in, without looking like a bomb site, is the what you’re after.  It’s a home.  It’s not a spread for Architectural Digest.  Create dynamic synergy in your home by arranging your furniture in unexpected ways.

Everything needn’t be shoved up against the walls.  In fact, placing key pieces of furniture further out from the wall and at unconventional angles can create the illusion of more space than you have.  The trick is to avoid clutter, choosing instead arresting pieces which (without making rooms appear sparse) act to enliven the space.

Color.

Color is not something to fear.  It’s something to embrace.  Most people tend to play it safe, selecting natural tones like brown and beige, or nowadays, grey.

That’s fine, but putting brown cushions on a brown couch will read as uniquely insipid.  Instead, choose complementary colors which shock the interior you’re working with into life.

And don’t forget the walls.  Even if you create only one feature wall in a room of builder’s beige ones, you’re creating a focal point for the room.  With neutral tones, try something striking.  Go with a contemporary shade that brings color to the forefront, without overpowering its elements.

wall unit in a modern living room

Key throw cushions and décor pieces to the color of the wall – but make the color or colors you select harmonious.  They don’t have to be in the same family.  For a raspberry red wall, choose a shade of blue or green.  For a rustic yellow, choose shades of rich burgundy, or teal.

While your taste guides you, turn to Pantone for direction on colors which are both complementary and preferred colors of the moment.

Lighting.

As with color, we all have our tastes when it comes to lighting.  But it’s one of the most effective ways to complement your luxury furniture.

Choose lighting which satisfies both your tastes and your desire to showcase the luxury furniture you’ve invested in.  A classic, tufted sofa between two unobtrusive end tables comes to life when those tables are graced by elegant lamps.  Without shining a spotlight on the piece, you’re showcasing it in a traditional, subtle way.

Recessed lighting can make rooms come to life after the sun goes down.  Equipped with dimmers, you can set the mood of the evening by setting these to the desired intensity.

Michelangelo invites professionals in the Trade to set an appointment.

Building a Luxury Furniture Collection

Understanding your tastes and how they meld with your lifestyle, as well as express it, is crucial to successfully build a luxury furniture collection.

Whether your interest comes from gazing at photos in magazines, or from a childhood home which included luxury furniture, if you’re reading this, you know you want it.  You want a home which is a place of rest and comfort, but also a showpiece that’s striking and unique.

Luxury furniture can achieve that for you, by bringing the quality and craftsmanship associated with its production into your living space.

The right fit.

Building a luxury furniture collection isn’t necessarily about fashion.  Neither is it about what’s happening in furniture design right this minute.  Most collectors of luxury furniture have a specific look and feel in mind, because they understand their personal aesthetic and lifestyle needs well.

elegant chair

Everything in your home needn’t fit the descriptor ‘luxury furniture’ for you to find a place for these singular pieces in your home.  You may have cherished antiques you want to set off, or shabby chic, reconditioned furniture that cries out to be complemented.

You’re choosing luxury furniture to create an emotional context for what you already have.  You may choose pieces for the living room or bedroom.  You may select boiserie, shelving, or finely crafted, inlaid cabinetry, or a simple armchair – but whatever you choose, you’ll know the right fit when you see it.

What’s important to you?

If you entertain guests in your home regularly, the living room is always a great place to start.  Many a stimulating conversation has begun while considering the lines of a classic Eames lounger.  Building a luxury furniture collection starts with you and your lifestyle needs.

elegant white bedroom

If you’re given to curling up in bed with a good book, then you may want to keep your luxury furniture all to yourself.  The introverts among us may have more need of a luxuriously tufted headboard than a contemporary coffee or end table.

But you may also feel compelled to furnish a home office with fine, contemporary furnishings, surrounding yourself with luxury furniture that works for you, as you work on your dreams.

Your style, amplified.

Building a luxury furniture collection is an individual pursuit, guided by your own observations about the type of living space you feel most at home in.

Whether your style is a quiet luxury which whispers of family gatherings and elegant soirees, or gilded, heavily tufted Old World chic, your selections will amplify your personal style by injecting it with exceptional design and craftsmanship.

You may want to go it alone, as you collect, or seek the advice of a design professional.  Either way, when you’re building a luxury furniture collection, being true to yourself is the first order of the day.  It’s your style and that has nothing to do with fads, trends or fashion.

It’s all about you.

Michelangelo Designs.

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