How to Choose a Sofa: Finding the Right One for Your Home

The sofa is like a unifying island in the middle of your sitting or living room.  It sets the tone, as the room’s centerpiece.

It’s also a high-ticket item, so you want to get it right, as mistakes can be costly.  How to choose a sofa: finding the right one for your home is a highly personal matter, but it’s one which should be guided by certain design principles to ensure your get the piece that’s best for its setting, while meshing seamlessly with your lifestyle.



The room your sofa’s going to live in has everything to do with your choice.  A large room can take a more substantial sofa.  It can even accommodate a sectional solution, or more voluminously-proportioned offerings.

A smaller room lends itself to a smaller sofa, or course, but you can still manage a scaled version of a sectional, even if your room isn’t large.

Remember that it’s not going to be the only piece in the room, so scale it to existing chairs, tables and other elements in the environment to ensure the fit you get is right.

Lifestyle Considerations

Choosing the right sofa goes beyond form to function and that’s determined by you.  If your sofa is going to be the focal point of a room in which you play games, read, or enjoy quiet family time, you’ll want something comfortable, with adequate seating to accommodate guests and other family members.

Television viewers will, of course, want to orient their sofa to accommodate viewing.  It’s important to remember that the sofa will still be in use while you’re not watching, though.  Other furniture in the room should relate to both viewing and non-viewing functions.

Lifestyle also determines the style of the sofa, which encompasses a sectional approach, but which should also factor into comfort.

Leather is great for rooms with fireplaces, as it warms to make sitting or lounging on it a cozy joy.  Also highly adaptable to large families and heavy usage, leather develops a patina which can become an important element of the room’s relaxed style and is easy to clean.

Tufting and fine fabrics lend themselves more readily to formal settings and are especially at home in conversational areas, where guests, colleagues and business associates are entertained.


Speaking Your Language

The sofa you choose should speak your language, adding something to the room that’s readily discernible as your personal style.  Saturated color and bold patterns have a place when it comes to sofas, especially if that’s who you are.

The sofa is a traditional fixture in living spaces.  It provides comfortable seating and a design element that anchors and elevates a room to its full potential.  Choose yours carefully and you’ve found an essential piece of the home living puzzle.

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How to Effectively Mix and Match Different Styles

If you’re like most people, you probably know what you like.  You have a certain style.

That doesn’t mean to say that everything you like is of one recognized style or another.  It means you see beauty where you see it. You have eclectic tastes.

And there’s nothing wrong with eclecticism.  In fact, eclecticism (the incorporation of a variety of furniture and décor styles into one environment) is a style unto itself and one that people are increasingly attracted to.

eclectic dining area

This post is about how to effectively mix and match different styles without creating a “garage sale” effect.  It can be done and it’s a factor influencing some key home furniture and décor trends, as we speak.

Balance and Harmony

Your taste in décor and furniture may have evolved from favoring one style over all others.  Or perhaps you’re a world traveler, who spirits the wealth of the world back to your home, finding a place for the exotic there.

You may have a collection of furniture that includes contemporary pieces, mid-century modern and antiques.  You may have rustic items.  The point is, it doesn’t matter, if you can create a sense of balance and harmony when combining them.

Color is a major consideration when uniting disparate elements.  How to effectively mix and match different styles is to add a unifying element of color (and that may be more than one color in any given room – but choose no more than 3) to bind the whole together.

Group related items together in “nests” of 3.  This is a principle of design which also shows up in art and photography and is a sound way to curate items of varying design origins.  You can also group items of varying design traditions by color or shape.

Create impact with nests which catch the eye and invite it to wander through the harmonious setting you’ve thoughtfully created.

Contrast and Texture

When items of furniture are so different that you’re not sure what to do with them, put them in the same room.  In that contrast is the start of something beautiful.

Contrast Ultra-modern with Baroque décor touches.  Try Baroque, gold leaf mirrors in dialogue with a space age dining set.  Or re-vision a traditional wingback with contemporary, geometric fabric to bring it into a harmonious relationship with your Mid-Century stereo console.

Texture plays an important role in mixing and matching different styles.  The nubby eye-appeal of natural fabrics dances with the sleek modernity of modular, leather seating.  A color-saturated kilim interfaces with the Victorian orientalist elegance of a rattan settee.

But the true secret of bringing together different styles in harmony is time.  Consider each piece with care and then ask yourself how it can be part of a conversation between styles that amounts to a type of elegant eclecticism that’s stunning, while imminently comfortable.

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Essential Modern Dining Room Pieces to Elevate Your Style

The time has come to transform your dining area.  You’re busily seeking out essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style, taking it to the next level of elegance.

But “modern” can mean any number of things.  It can mean the latest style trend, but it needn’t and to be honest, it probably shouldn’t.

Because you’re going to be living with your new dining room for a while, trends are best ignored in favor of classics.  Classics stand the test of time, never appearing dated.  Let’s talk about essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style and a few pointers to guide you on your way.

dining room Oreste

What Defines “modern”?

While the words “modern” and “contemporary” are often used interchangeably, “modern” refers to an era of design and certain qualities which were introduced during that era.

The 1940s can be referred to as the historical home of modern design, but some argue that its genesis originates in the 1920s and the sleek lines of Art Deco.

And sleekness is one of modern design’s most compelling features.

There are several sub-categories falling under the rubric of “modern” which apply:

  • Scandinavian (light pine, clean lines)
  • Industrial (rivets, steel, exposed pipes)
  • Minimalist (the absence of extraneous elements)
  • Mid-Century Modern (sleek, futuristic)

What all these sub-styles have in common is an absence of clutter and ornamentation, in favor of the pure lines of the furniture.

Setting the Scene

While some associate modern furniture design with muted colors, that’s not necessarily the case.  It’s often true that modern furniture errs on the side of saturated, bold color which elevates the space and creates specific stylistic points of reference.

But surfaces which gleam are another key element of modern design.  Smooth, reflective glass and steel figure prominently, realized in table tops, wall finishes and even flooring.  Lighting which is dramatic and eliminates the need for pieces like table top lamps is a concurrent design element which works with the reflective surfaces in this style to heighten their impact.

The Right Stuff

For the furniture itself, you’re looking for clean, sensual lines which are somehow organic and functional at the same time.  For ideas, seek out the work of designers like Eames and van der Rohe, who typify mid-century modern furniture design and are largely responsible for its proliferation in homes all over the USA.

For your table, materials like acrylic, glass and metal create a sophisticated modern ambience.  Surround it with chairs which speak to it and anchor the whole with a bright, geometric area rug to anchor it, keying it to modern artwork.

Suspended over the table, illuminating its modern elegance, a lamp which enlivens its gleaming surface creates intimacy and drama.

This brief discussion of essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style will have gotten your juices flowing.  Now it’s your turn to create the ideal home dining experience, touched by the simple sophistication of modern design.

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Design Trends – Channel Tufting

We talk about tufting rather a lot on this blog (because we adore it), but channel tufting is one of our new obsessions.

Aesthetically associated with the Hollywood of the 1920s and enjoying a resurgence in the 1970s, channel tufting never really went anywhere.  It went undercover, in terms of home design.  But cast your eye about any public interior of distinction, like a high-end hotel and chances are you’ll run across it.

channel tufting sofa

Channel tufting creates an aura of glamor and opulence.  It’s arguably more comfortable to sit on, too, as it doesn’t employ buttons.  Running either horizontally or vertically, channels of fabric are created then filled with stuffing or foam.

Let’s explore one of the moment’s most compelling furniture design trends – channel tufting – and see how it can work in a variety of rooms in your home.

Opulent Practicality

We’ve all witnessed wall treatment trends like the recent renaissance of wallpaper and fabric wall coverings, as well as high gloss, lacquered walls.

But channel tufting on walls adds a distinct air of opulence that goes just a little over the top, delivering a plush finish that gets noticed.

Vertical tufting has the effect of making the ceiling seem higher, while horizontal channels add width.  Another advantage of channel tufted walls is the insulation they provided, as well as sound-proofing.

So, they’re not just gorgeous.  They’re practical!

Extra Plush In Bed

Creating a channel tufted headboard creates another level of plush for your bed.  This is the place you want to be most at ease, luxuriating, as you unwind.

Channel tufting is best employed for this purpose by either running horizontally, along the length of the entire wall the bed is against, or vertically to the ceiling, at the width of the bed.

Both headboard configurations add dimension, texture and comfort to your room.  Use a light-colored fabric to emphasis the tufting or go dramatic with an eye-popping primary color against a neutral wall.

channel tufting bed


Channel tufting lends itself beautifully to seating and is probably most familiar to us in the form of a sofa.  This trend is so redolent of the sleek Art Deco stylings of the 1920s that it brings with it a sophistication to complement any living area.

Fabrics that work well with channel tufted seating include rich velvet.  The tactility of this fabric enhances the dimensional aspect of channel tufting, making it even richer.

Or try a Maximalist approach with a bold, printed fabric in a riotous floral.  When placed in a room with solid-colored pieces which echo the fabric you’ve chosen, you’ve created another dimension for your channel-tufted sofa by adding pattern and color – truly a Maximalist triumph!

At Michelangelo, we welcome the return of channel tufting to the world of furniture and home décor.  As we said at the beginning, tufting is our thing, but channel tufting is a level of luxe that comes with built in practically and comfort.  In short, we’re fans.

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A Modern Italian Style for Outdoor Living Spaces

Now that summer has finally come, with its sweet, warm breezes and languid outdoor living, you’re fully engaged in making your deck, patio or balcony as stunningly beautiful as your indoor spaces.

You may have your time-honored favorite pieces, pulled out faithfully, year after year.  Then again, you may be looking for a change that refreshes your summer experience.

A modern Italian style for outdoor living spaces can be as simple a change of seating or adding a colorful all-weather rug.  And while the mood matters, enjoying the glorious summer weather is all about comfort and relaxation.

Striking a balance between style and sybaritic pleasure is what a modern Italian style for outdoor spaces is all about.

outdoor modern furniture

Creating Intimacy

Modern furniture gets short shrift from far too many people.  They interpret its clean, simple lines as stark – uninviting.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

All you need to do is look back through the history of modern design to find examples of what we’re talking about. Eames’s iconic lounge chair is just one emblem of comfortable modern style that refutes the perception that it isn’t comfortable.

And with modern furniture, you’re able to create the same intimacy around the fire pit that you do around your dining room table or in your living room.  In fact, sleek modern lines lend themselves to exteriors.  Unfussy and unobtrusive, they offer both comfort and style.

And when it’s modern, there’s little concern about the weather, as modern furniture interpretations very often work in materials which are resistant to heat, moisture and other elemental realities that can cause other types of furniture to deteriorate rapidly.

At Home al fresco

A modern Italian style for outdoor living spaces is at home al fresco.  It’s in the open air that it does some of its most compelling work, in terms of design.

Because of the nature of modern design, outdoor furniture in this style tends not to interrupt the setting.  Rather, it complements it.  Because of its linear simplicity, modern Italian furniture for outdoor living spaces doesn’t compete with your garden, your view of the river or the forest your house backs onto.  It’s there, but subtly so, as you enjoy the pleasures of outdoor living.

outdoor living space

And comfort isn’t sacrificed with modern furniture, despite the perceptions of some.  As we’ve pointed out, the famed Eames lounge chair established modern furniture as a font of comfort.  That font, when expressed in your outdoor spaces, takes the form of sunbeds, Acapulco chairs and sensually-formed tables and lighting solutions that make being outside not only a stylish way to enjoy the fine summer weather, but an imminently comfortable one.

Tradition is a nice thing to have, but outdoor living demands the beauty of modern Italian style, bringing the brief but delicious season of summer something that reaches beyond Adirondacks and fold up chairs with drink holders.

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Hot (and Not) Interior Design Trends for 2018!

Times change and so do interior design trends.  That’s not to say you should run out and replace the contents of your home.

Nope. That would be foolhardy (and wasteful).  Rather, incorporating interior design trends for 2018 may be as simple as a few key tweaks to bring your residence up to the minute.

This post is dedicated to hot (and not) interior design trends for 2018, that you need to know about.  There’s a lot of design news out there right now and a lot of it’s going to make your life better.  All of it’s going to make your home more aesthetically pleasing.

Crypton Textiles

At Michelangelo Designs’ Italian Design Center, we offer professionals in the Trade over 1,000 textile selections, so this is one we’ve dog-eared for future reference.

The demand for greater sustainability in our consumption habits extends to the fabrics we use to dress our walls, furniture and beds.  Sustainability demands that we consume less, so many of us seek durability.

And that’s where crypton textiles are making a difference.  Once upon a time, this type of fabric was universally known for its stiffness and monotonous solid colors.  But today’s rendition offers an array of patterns and a pleasing tactile quality that’s making it a growing trend in interior design.

living room eclectic style

Statement Rugs

As most of you reading will know, Minimalism is on the way out.  The practical seagrass and sisal rugs so popular in that design schema are giving way, this year, to something altogether different.

Statement rugs.

Bold colors and unusual patterns hold sway in 2018, paired with throw rugs in faux cowhide, zebra and other animal prints to create a pleasant, cozy chaos.

And everywhere you go, you’ll find abstract weaves and traditional kilims making it to people’s walls to make the most of this trend.

In general terms, the new trend toward saturated color, lush fabrics and a living space that’s filled with all the beautiful things you love is, in a word, Maximalist.  But Maximalism keeps its eye on sustainability, with the trend toward crypton textiles.  Lush excess needn’t sacrifice environmental responsibility.

So. what’s not hot?  Let’s see a couple of trends we’re happy to see the back of.

Country Clutter

The days of handpainted wooden roosters lining your kitchen cupboards are (mercifully) over. So are self-consciously whitewashed woodwork, anodized aluminum and rose gold fixtures and fittings of all kinds.   Adieu.  You won’t be missed.

Wishy Washy Colors

Blush isn’t really a color.  It’s more an absence of enough color.  This year look for super-saturated, high-pigment shades that are who they say they are.

Timidity is a thing of the past.  One of this year’s hottest trends is a farewell to blush and grey and a hello to all the vibrant colors of the rainbow.

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The Essence of a Contemporary Classic Home  

The spirit of Italian design is found in its essence.  That essence can best be summed up in one word – beauty.  And while beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, the Italian aesthetic demands beauty in all things and that beauty is always expressed with superior quality and craftsmanship.

The essence of a contemporary classic home is no different that the essence of Italian design.  Simply. the style “contemporary classic” is directly translated from the original Italian “classico contemporaneo”.  And that’s all you need to know.

The essence of a contemporary classic home is the Italian love of beauty, realized in the finest materials, wrought into the iconic style Italy is known for all over the world.

orange sofa

Classic Materials In the Modern Age

The classic materials Italian design has been renowned for through the ages define the contemporary classic home.  Where you see fine marble cladding walls, creating elegant flooring, or integrated into elements like lamps, tables and décor, you’re looking at classic materials which have made a home in the modern age.

Upholstery is tactile and lush, ranging from velvet to fine leathers and intricate brocades.  Realized with the contemporary flair this style is known for, these fabrics enjoy a renaissance in sleek, modern settings and sinuous shapes, recreating them as modern mainstays.

Wood elements as part of the essence of a contemporary classic home have a warming effect.  Referencing a past marked by exceptionally diligent workmanship, wood appears in this style as a subtle foray into the elegance of earlier times.

Luxury For a New Era

References to Imperial Rome are a unique part of this interior design trend, with tiled floors evoking the palaces of the Caesars.

Geometric patterns which are both bold and sophisticated grace entrance halls and guest bathrooms and may be echoed throughout the home in fireplace surrounds, kitchen tiling and tiled edging in rooms with parquet wood floors.

Again, the key word is luxury.  That luxury is best expressed in the materials used in contemporary classic design, which may be marble, or natural stone with unique characteristics which come to life in your interiors.

Tufting figures prominently when choosing the right furniture for your contemporary classic home.  This upholstering technique has never been more desirable than it is right now.  Juxtaposed with the deceptive simplicity of this style, it enhances the luxurious nature of the materials employed to create the ideal home in this interior design style.

elegant chair

Sleek and Bold

Contemporary classic shapes are sleek and bold.  Clad in the luxury of velvet or leather, they’re timelessly sophisticated.  Rich mustard meets ebony and polished mirror treatments.  Deep indigo meets cream marble, veined with gold.  The interplay of light and dark, hard and soft are the most compelling features of contemporary classic, making your home both a showpiece and a relaxing sanctuary from the world.

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Designer Tips for Creating a Healthy, Non-Toxic Home

While we all desire a healthy, non-toxic home, style conscious people are usually a little concerned about introducing an element into their living space which may detract from their interior design scheme.

Well, we have good news for the style conscious.  Our designer tips for creating a healthy, non-toxic home won’t put a dent in your residential aesthetics.  In fact, with the trend toward reducing toxicity in our personal environments and the new global sustainability consciousness, you don’t have to sacrifice style for wholesomeness.

We’re about to show you some key designer tips for creating a healthy, non-toxic home.

wooden desk by a wooden wall

Avoid the Lure of Plastic

Before we warn you off plastic as part of your home design scheme, we should make it clear that not all plastics are created equal.  Today’s plastics, derived from organic materials like hemp, can make a difference to your home environment, while delivering the same stylish flair.

But conventionally manufactured plastic emits gases which are proven to be deleterious to your health.  Those gases can wind up mingling with dust in your home to create toxic combinations which exacerbate allergies, reduce air quality and make your home unhealthy.

Ventilation Matters

Adequate ventilation in your home ensures the circulation of things like dust, which can accumulate in a home that’s poorly ventilated.

Air flow moves air into your home that’s been oxygenated (especially if you live near a wealth of trees) by plant life, exchanging stale air for fresh.

Ventilation is important in all areas of your home, but the kitchen should be a focus.  That’s especially true if you char meat indoors.  The carcinogenic properties of charring when released into the air can seriously impact domestic air quality. Maybe take it outdoors.

Natural Fibers

Was your carpeting in place when you moved into your home?  If that’s the case, then chances are that it’s emitting chemical agents into the air which aren’t good for the health of your family.

Seek out flooring that’s naturally derived.  The same goes for upholstery.  Flame retardants, allergen inhibitors and flame retardants are all made from toxic compounds which are released into your home’s air every minute they’re there.

Seek out alternatives which are not only manufactured from natural substances, but which aren’t treated with chemicals purported to prevent problems you can deal with in better ways and which are unhealthy, in the long term.

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Mind the Moisture

One of the health threats in your home that’s most controllable is also one that’s very common – mold.

This unpleasant material which burgeons in the presence of moisture can cause numerous health problems.  Keep your eye on moisture incursion and do your family a favor by reducing mold.

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These designer tips for creating a healthy, non-toxic home are offered in the hope of healthier living spaces.

There’s no need to sacrifice style for your health.  At Michelangelo, Trade professionals get it all, creating endless opportunities for visually stunning, healthy interiors.  Exclusively Italian design was made for times like these.

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How to Use Luxury Custom Furniture in Your New Jersey Home


You’re ready to add a little luxury to your home.  Now that you’re well-established and the kids are grown and on their way out the door, you’re ready to invest in luxury custom furniture to make your dreams of a gracious living space come true.

But maybe you’re hesitating.  Maybe you believe that adding luxury custom furniture to your New Jersey home is going to make everything else look dated or shabby.  But it’s vision that dictates how you’ll achieve the desired effect and vision is a highly individual thing.

In this post, we’ll give you a little nudge in the right direction about how to use luxury custom furniture in your New Jersey home.  We hope to send you off inspired and ready to make the changes that re-create your home environment.

luxury living room furniture

Setting the Scene

Your first and most important step is taking stock of what you’ve got.  Do you want a more profound change than just a couch or a pair of tub chairs can manage?

Changing the setting is a good place to support the introduction of luxury custom furniture.  When you have the wall color and flooring right, it’s easy to build your dream.

The question of color right now isn’t limited to paint or the shade of laminate faux wood flooring you desire.  Color now shoots off in numerous directions, in brilliant statement rugs, tile flooring and wallpapers that can set the scene for luxury custom furniture.

Build it and your new pieces will feel at home with what’s already there.

Choosing Well

The living room is where many people choose to stick their toe in the water when they’re seeking profound interior design change.  How to use luxury custom furniture in your New Jersey home is boldly, but intelligently.

Your sofa may have seen better days, or maybe you need to switch up the coffee table.  But a new sofa is a stellar place to start because from there, you can build your desired theme, gradually exchanging pieces as you move along.

Select something enduring.  The latest contemporary shape isn’t going to work if the rest of your living room veers to colonialist reproductions.  Choose something that works with what you’ve got, upholstered in a lush fabric like velvet in a rich color to complement the work you’ve done on the floors and walls to set the scene.

Don’t Rush

Luxury custom furniture is an investment that will be gracing your home for decades to come, so don’t rush when selecting the piece that’s going to signal a sea change.

Take your time.  Join Pinterest and scroll through the myriad design pages you’ll find there.  When you see something you like, save it to a thumb drive named “luxury custom furniture”.  This way, you’ll develop a clear idea of what you really want and what speaks to you.

Then, choose the luxury custom furniture that inspires you.  You’ll find you want to keep going!

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Ways to Make Your Dining Room Furniture the Star of the Show

If you entertain regularly, you’re fond of having people over and sharing the delights of your home with them.  You’re no doubt a dab hand in the kitchen, but if you’re here, you’ve probably got beautiful dining room furniture you’d like your guests to notice.

People who entertain often focus on the more temporal aspects of having company around.  Good conversation and fine food figure prominently.  But the setting is what really makes the evening and that means creating an ambience that makes your guests feel welcome and a little spoiled.

This post focuses on ways to make your dining room furniture to the star of the show.  It’s beautiful.  You’ve chosen it carefully and now you want to create a setting that does it justice.

Read on.

The mood

If you’ve ever eaten under the harsh lights of a cafeteria, you’ll know how intrusive and annoying overhead lighting can be.  That’s why you want to avoid that effect in your dining room.

You’re not just having your friends over for dinner.  You’re inviting them into your world.  That world is thoughtfully lit with a pendant light which hangs over the center of your dining room suite, illuminating perhaps a large art glass bowl, or a magisterial arrangement of seasonal flowers, flanked by flickering candles.

Wall sconces are also at home in the dining room, providing peripheral light which doesn’t spoil the mood or detract from the central features you want most to highlight – your dining room furniture.

Lighting should cast a glow, not a glare.  Choose options which allow your guests to see the beauty around them, while making your dining room furniture the star of the show.

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Grounding the space

If you’ve taken our advice about a fixture which illuminates your dining table at its center, then you’re well on your way to grounding the space and sharpening its focus to star of the show, your dining room furniture.

You’ll want to take the extra step of finding just the right rug that will be the final masterstroke toward a refined focus on the room’s central elements.

Here’s where you can go mad.  Your rug needn’t match the walls, the furniture, the art, or anything else for that matter.  It can reference them, instead, creating an island of dining pleasure by clearly delineating the space and its boundaries.

A good rule of thumb for a dining room rug is to leave 18 inches on all four sides.  If that’s not possible, choose something smaller, which leaves an 8-inch border from the back legs of the chairs when they’re pulled out (as though a guest were sitting in them).

Choosing a high impact color or pattern (animal prints like zebra, or patterns which speak of them, are huge right now) grounds your dining room and your dining room furniture becomes the star of the show.

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Displaying Old and New Luxury Furniture Together

Contemporary interior design is rapidly evolving out of constricting dogmas of consistency of styling.  Disparate styles are now brought together as a matter of routine, creating something entirely new.

This trend is reflected in the Eclectic, Bohemian and Maximalist trends which are dominating the world of home design right now.  Even in the most carefully curated rooms, the modern interior design impulse is toward mixing the old with the new.  But how?

Designers, instead of choosing an era or style, choose unifiers like color, pattern and theme to create rooms with select pieces which don’t need to come from the same era or design school to relate to one another in perfect harmony.

Let’s find out more about displaying old and new luxury furniture together.

Symmetry and line

One of the most important aspects of displaying old and new luxury furniture together is to seek symmetry and to find balance in the lines offered by pieces you already have, or plan on acquiring

Furniture pieces from different eras and design styles can work together when you consider how balanced they are.  For example, things which are a similar or the same color won’t necessarily work, if they’re so diverse in terms of scale and interpretation that they butt up against each other.

Find balance and harmony in lines that speak to and echo one another.  This is a subtle approach to blending eras and styles which takes a little thought but pays tremendous dividends.

From the ground up

When you seek to create harmony between contrasting epochs of design, the floor is always a good place to start.  Seek out a large rug to accent your furniture and create a critical focus for your disparate design elements.

Oriental rugs lend themselves very well to this, with their vibrant colors and patterns, but just as useful is a handloomed rug with a consistent pattern that serves to ground the space it’s in and create context for your design vision.

But geometrics are huge right now, so don’t rule out choosing a rug with a geometric design that’s bold and references original iterations from ethnic weavers.


Now that the rug’s down, it’s time to talk about art and how it can serve to tie your room together.  Modern art is especially effective for this.  Whether representative or abstract, modern art creates a focus which grounds your room in the modern age.  An interesting alternative is modern art referencing classic art pieces from antiquity or later ages.  This ties in with you old/new furniture mix, also.

Go large, accenting your central art piece with smaller pieces that help build on your eclectic theme.

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Use Color to Help Your Dining Room Furniture Stand Out

If there’s one thing that can be said about contemporary design trends, it’s that color is back and bigger than ever.  White walls are giving way to glorious exclamations of vibrant color in every room of the home.  Even hotel properties are getting in on the color action, with many properties embracing the trend to give their accommodations a personalized touch of design panache.

In the world of design, it’s color that really winnows the conventional from the superlative.  When wisely deployed, it can create from the banal something truly sublime.

This post is all about how you can use color to help your dining room furniture stand out.  If you’ve invested in a high-end dining table and chairs, a buffet, or other fine furnishings, then the last thing you want is for it not to be noticed.

That’s why color is your friend.

red dining room

Color is now

We’ve written about Maximalist design here before.  It’s huge right now.  And you can bring it into your dining room to create the ideal environment for your stunning dining room furniture, making it the undisputed start of the show.

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s color of the year.  Upholster your dining room seating in this color and match it with a floral centerpiece that sets the scene.  Or use it on the walls to create a backdrop for your elegant furnishings.

Choose a deep, warm version of the color to envelop your guests in the cozy delights of a meal with friends, as your dining room furniture takes center stage.

Or choose Black Flame (that sensuous marriage of black and navy blue) for contrast and theatricality, with ultra violet upholstery popping against this enigmatic backdrop.


Color isn’t just for upholstery and walls.  Color can be used to place your dining room furniture at the heart of the action, by selecting artwork that does the job.

Now that you’ve got the walls painted and the chairs upholstered, choose art that’s both bold and which creates a tension between the color or colors you’ve chosen.  Your art should bring everything else in the room into focus, while creating conversational opportunities to keep your dinner party lively.

Cluster artwork around a theme or color scheme.  Choose frames that compliment your furnishings, while allowing them to shine.

patchwork chair in colors

Table settings

Table settings demand your attention, when you’re seeking to create an ambience of hospitality and sensual enjoyment around your dining table.

Choose settings which either contrast or blend with your table top (depending on the effect you’re seeking).  Layer that effect to intensify it with elegant chargers and full table settings in contrasting colors and unusual patterns.

A mix of bold, solid colors and lively geometric or floral patterns in an intentional table setting is another trend you’ll want to play with.

Color is a gift.  It brings another dimension of beauty to interior design and yet another way to customize spaces and express the homeowner’s taste and lifestyle.  We recommend applying it liberally.

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