How to Select High End Furniture, Fabrics, Accessories & Artwork

How to Select High End Furniture, Fabrics, Accessories & Artwork

Find out how to select high end furniture, fabrics, accessories & artwork,

 

If you are too busy and need help selecting your good quality furniture, fabrics, accessories and artwork, you can always call a professional.  Interior designers are skilled at asking you the right questions so that they can find out what you like and what you don’t like.

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Furniture, fabrics, accessories and painting.

At the initial consulation, your designer will ask you many questions.  It is also a good idea to have pictures of rooms you like or even specific colors you like.  Also, it is good to ask other decision makers in your home  what they like and it is also a good idea to have them there at the initial consultation.

 

FURNITURE   There are so many different styles of furniture.  What is your furniture style?  Do you like traditional furniture or prefer, contemporary?  Do you like modern styles or prefer Country French?  There are many to choose from and it is a good idea to have images of styles you like to show your designer.  

Do you like curves or straight lines?  Do you like ornate carvings or smooth finishes? What color stains do you prefer?  Do you like dark finishes or light? Look at magazines, books and the internet to find some furniture styles that you admire.

 

Always wait until you can afford to buy high quality furniture.  It will not only last longer, but it will also be more comfortable and make you happier..

High quality furniture is made of high quality materials and will probably cost more..  The detailed workmanship and beautiful finishes also make it more expensive.   So many options are available and there are many gorgeous fabrics and finishes.

It is a good idea to obtain the services of a professional interior designer. before you buy any furniture. They will help you pick out furniture that is comfortable and high quality and will last.

When selecting your high quality designer furniture.you need to think about these five things.

 

1.   When choosing your upholstery pieces COMFORT is KING.  What this means is that the most important thing is your COMFORT.
 
2.  Everyone has a different lifestyle and your furniture needs to fit your lifestyle whether is is very formal or very casual or something in between.
 
3.  Furniture maintenance is very important and your furniture should be easy to maintain. That is why it is so important to choose good fabric for your high quality chairs and sofas.
 
4.  People tire quickly of trendy furniture so be sure you think about your quality furniture as a big investment and buy something that will last. You want furniture that will look wonderful and last for many years. 
 
5.  Your high quality furniture should be very well made. It should have dove-tailed drawers and cushions that are just right for you.  The fabric should be 4 way matched.

The decisions you make now regarding your furniture will be with you for a long time.  It is important to buy good quality if you can.

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This client wanted a warm comfortable traditional living room. 

FABRICS  Do you like patterns or solids or a mixture of the two?  Do you like plaids or polka dots?  What about velvets and chenilles?  Do you like cordoroy or silk?  There are so many different types of fabrics and they all wear in different ways.  Many fabric companies do a special test on their fabrics for wear.

 Your interior designer can tell you whether various materials will be for moderate, normal or heavy duty wear.They can also help you select a fabric that will make you feel a certain way. For example, do you want a glamorous feel to your room?  If so, you may want a silky, satin fabric or a luxurious velvet.  

Do you want symmetry or contrast in your room?  An interior designer can help you with this.  Some clients want boldness in their home, while others want a certain coziness.  You may want a playful feel in some rooms and a coordinated harmony in other rooms.  Each room can have a different feel but they can still all be coordinated to look good in the home

 

ACCESSORIES- Accessories may be one of the hardest things you have to choose for your home.  You don’t want to overdo it, but you do want your accessories to add to the beauty of your home.  Simple and larger accessories are nicer than too many little things.  Often times if you have too many tiny accessories they start to look messy and distract from the beauty of the room. 

 

If you want to really pull your home together and add interest, you can add exciting accessories. Be sure to think about shape, texture, light and color when selecting accessories. They must harmonize with each other and give rhythm to your overall design.

 

You can repeat a certain feature such as color or shape that is found in an accessory to create rhythm.  Some types of accessories that would have one feature, such as color are pillows, glass vases, area rugs and artwork.  

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A professional interior designer can help you balance your accessories in proper configurations and in correct sizes for your space.  It is important to use the elements and principles of design when you are placing accessories..

 

You can also change the whole look of your room by changing the accessories.  Choosing a different color for the lamps or lampshades will change everything .  Also when you add beautiful flowers or a floral arrangement that will change the look of your room.  You can really make your room come alive by adding brightlly colored pillows, vases, throws or artwork

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This client want unique artistic acccessories. 

 ARTWORK  There are so many different ways to use art in a room.  There are prints, original oils, giclees, sculptures, and even lamps that look like a piece of art.  There are clay sculptures, bronze sculptures and metal sculptures.  There are very large works of art  as well as small art which looks best when it is arranged together.  

It is very important that a painting mean something to you. You should look at art shows, online, retail art and galleries. You can also work with an interior designer who will have lots of great resources.

Measure the space you want to add art and take the dimension with you. You can cut out a piece of paper and put it on the wall to get an idea of of the correct size. If you are unsure, ask your interior designer.

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This client wanted a large painting that had a soft feminine look. 

 

What does it take to be a furniture and accessory expert?  Well, you must know all about comfort and the different cushions that are available.  You must also know all about the different finishes that can be applied to furniture and the difference between a matte finish and a glossy finish.  You must know all about quality construction and what it entails as well as knowing what are quality fabrics and whether they will hold  up or not. There are many reasons to contact a professional interior designer if you want ideas and advice for your home interior decorating project.

Michael Foran
michael@foraninteriordesign.com