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How to Find Your Home Décor Style

Interior design is very subjective, and each home décor style can mean something different to everyone. While there are quite a few different home décor styles, we’ve rounded up the top 6 trending interior design styles for 2022. We’ve also included a fun little quiz so you can find out exactly what your home décor style is! 

Scroll down to view all interior home décor styles, or select an option to jump straight to that style. 

Minimalist
Mid Century Modern
Modern Farmhouse
Scandinavian
West Coast
Zendustrial

Home Décor Style 1: Minimalist

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The minimalist design style uses the bare essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space. Furniture and décor pieces should have clean straight lines and are paired with soft neutrals like beige, grey and tone on tone to create a calming monochromatic color palette. Soft delicate textures are incorporated into this color palette to create a sophisticated and calming space. 

The minimalist space acts as a quiet retreat from your hectic day to day life.

Home Décor Style 2: Mid-Century Modern

Mid Century Modern style is defined by clean lines and organic forms. This style was popularized during the chic ‘Rat Pack’ era with it’s classically understated nostalgia. A vast range of color and materials are used with a style ode to the past. 

This style utilizes repurposed vintage or antique furniture and retro shapes. 

Home Décor Style 3: Modern Farmhouse

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The Modern Farmhouse style will envelope you in cozy comfort with wood finishes and natural décor. The overall neutral color palette of warm whites and wood tones pairs beautifully with high contrast black fixtures and accents. Natural materials such as aged wood and brick help create a soothing environment that embraces a rustic lifestyle, but still appeals to modern day family life. 

Home Décor Style 4: Scandinavian

Scandinavian design is minimalistic, simple and functional. It includes the use of natural materials such as leathers and woods. It is heavily influenced by nature and creating a connection with nature. This combines the use of natural shapes, abstract and natural elements. 

Most color palettes associated with this design focus on neutral tones. Including the use of greys, whites, browns and blacks. Pops of colour can be added within decor pieces to help add personal touches to the space.

Home Décor Style 5: West Coast

The West Coast design style is all about combining comfort & cozy with clean profiles and understated hues, creating the perfect family friendly space. Warm grey tones mixed with natural textures and sleek fixtures help create a casual, tailored vibe. 

This style is easy to incorporate into any home, as it provides a neutral background for your furniture & décor pieces. It’s all about having a bright, airy interior that channels your inner Studio McGee.

Home Décor Style 6: Zendustrial

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The Zendustrial style is a fusion of Zen & Industrial, pulling together key features from each style and tying them together seamlessly. Warm earth tones combined with natural looking materials create a raw look that is soft around the edges.

This style focuses on creating balance, harmony and feelings of relaxation through neutral finishes, but then taking it up a notch by pulling inspiration from raw, natural materials such as wood and concrete.

Want even more information about each design style, including furniture & décor recommendations and offers? Fill out the form below!

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Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring is in the air, and so it’s time to get your spring decorating into full gear. We headed out to our local HomeSense to purchase a few things to transform this home from winter ready to spring ready. Check out our top 6 spring decorating ideas below! 

1 | Organize and De-Clutter

This may not be a decorating tip per-say, but you can’t start re-decorating until you’ve cleaned up the clutter from Fall and Winter. Set aside some time to go through your pantry & drawers, closets and cupboards and ditch anything you didn’t even remember you had. 

Often times our pantries will get muddle with old, almost empty chip bags or the containers you bought to hold the cereals will hold up the cereal boxes instead of holding in the cereal. It’s time to re-organize and re-purpose to get a fresh start. 

Another great de-cluttering idea is to go through the closets in your home, and put your winter cloths into boxes for next year, and replace them with your summer clothes. This will keep your closets tidy, and your mornings running smoothly. If you have older items or pieces your kids might have outgrown consider donating them to a local charity. 

2 | Fresh Flowers or Greenery

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Transitioning over from the heavy Fall and Winter foliage, Spring is the time to bring in beautiful fresh flowers in natural colors to brighten up your home. Tulips are an obvious choice as they scream Spring, but you can also try flowers such as lilies, orchids or daffodils. Anything that symbolizes new growth and warmer days ahead. 

If you aren’t a fan of fresh flowers, you can still liven things up by adding in faux flowers. The look of artificial flowers these days is sometimes hard to determine if they are fake or real. Which means you can still have the attention fresh flowers demand, but without the upkeep. 

Greenery such as ferns, palms or eucalyptus are also a great choice to bring in that Spring feel to your home. And if you can add in a tulip or two – all the better! 

3 | Swap Upholstery & Linens

During the winter months we wanted cozy, warm and snuggly fabrics to keep us snug and warm. We typically went for deeper, warmer shades to help with the overall feel of comfort and warmth. 

But warmer days are ahead and it’s time to ditch those dark tones and bring in some bright, cheerful colors. One way to achieve this is to swap out pillows, throw blankets and bed sheets. 

Spring colors are typically yellows, pinks, light blues and greens. It’s amazing how just a few simple throw pillows can really transform the look of a room. 

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4 | Spring Table Settings

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Another easy way to bring in Spring is to swap our your place settings at the table. This is something that is often overlooked, but it makes so much sense! Dishes such as plates, bowls and cups are no longer something that you can only get with your wedding registry. Pop over to your local HomeSense and you will find a ton of seasonal place settings at great prices. Meaning you can have a set for all 4 seasons! 

Similar to the idea of switching out pillows and throw blankets on your couch, try swapping the deep blue napkins to bright yellow, and adding in fun, airy placemats. Then of course add in a beautiful fresh flower centerpiece, and Voila! Spring has arrived for breakfast. 

5 | Bright & Light Window Coverings

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Another spring decorating idea to help freshen up your home, is to switch out drapery panels. This one may not be feasible to everyone but we love the idea of having crisp, white or cream panels for spring and summer and to leave the deep, velvety colors for fall and winter. 

Linen or sheer type material is best for a natural, beach-like aesthetic. The idea is to let the sunshine and summer breeze in to create a relaxing, fresh space. 

6 | Spring Décor 

Last but not least – spring décor. This spring decorating idea is probably the easiest way to bring spring into your home, and also the most fun! 

There are a lot of different ways to spruce up your décor. You can try switching out frames in your home with cute spring images, adding fresh smelling candles and even adding in a few bunny’s or chicks here and there. It can be as simple as heading to your local décor store and purchasing a few key items such as those mentioned above. Just be sure to get there early in the season to get the good stuff! 

See the Transformation!

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Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Willow in Secord. 
Spring décor purchased at HomeSense. 

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Feature Wall Ideas From Our Showhome Designers

Feature Walls in your home is one trend that has been around for a few years now, and we don’t see it going away anytime soon. Feature walls can really add a unique touch to your home, and make the space tie in with your personality and vision for your home. There are many different feature walls to choose from, so no matter what style you are going for, there is for sure something that will fit. 

While it’s true that you can add a feature wall pretty much anywhere in your home, there are some places that have more of an impact than others. Our showhome designers are pro’s at determining the best place to add some punch to a home, and make it really stand out. Here are a few of the most common areas:

The Great Room and/or Nook

Alright this one is pretty obvious. The great room is one of the most used rooms in a home, aside from the kitchen. And in most newer homes, the kitchen (and most times the nook) is open to the great room so really it’s all one in the same. 

Having a bold feature wall in this main space can really set the tone for your overall design style. The best spot to put a feature wall in the great room is typically on the same wall with the TV outlet on it. That wall will usually be the focus of the room, so it’s best to draw attention to it with a stunning wall feature. Alternatively, if you have a large wall that encompasses both the great room & nook, this is a great spot for a feature wall. 

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Product: Classic Brick ; Vintage White
Showhome: Sterling Homes Sansa in The Uplands

The Fireplace Boxout

A huge trend in homes today is to not just have a fireplace, but to have a fireplace dressed in style. The more traditional mantles have been replaced with a more modern, sleek design. This will usually include a floating mantle – either above the fireplace unit or below – and some sort of a feature wall. 

You do need to be careful when adding a feature wall around a gas fireplace though, as some products are not fire rated (wallpaper for example). Typically as long as it’s above the mantle you will be just fine! 

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Product: Lime Concrete ; Natural
Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Secretariat in Aster

The Half Bath

The half bath (or powder room) is that little bath with a toilet & sink on your main floor. This is also typically the bathroom that would be used by visitors. So it makes sense to liven it up a bit with a neat feature wall. 

Because of it’s smaller size, the half bath is a room that you can really do something bold in. Try adding a funky wallpaper or even faux concrete panels to give it an urban, industrial feel. You also don’t (and shouldn’t) do all the walls in the half bath. Stick to just 1 wall, most commonly behind the sink & toilet. Another added bonus – smaller wall = smaller price tag! 

Product: Urbanscape 2224
Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Willow in Secord

The Owners Suite

The owners suite is the perfect place to add in something that really speaks to you. This space is all about relaxation and recharging, so why not spruce it up a bit? Maybe you want to have a space that feels like you are in a mountain lodge, or a luxurious spa retreat.  Having a room that you can unwind in with things that make you happy is the key to a positive mindset. 

You also don’t necessarily need to add in the same feature wall as other rooms in your home either! It is separate enough from the rest of the home that you can mix it up. 

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Product: AS-IS Barn Wood; Brown-Ish
Showhome: Sterling Homes Allure in The Uplands

The Ceiling

If you want to really turn things upside down, why not do a feature ceiling?! Before you start looking up, keep in mind the following when it comes to adding a feature above your head. 

First, the ceiling must be flat. You can’t install a feature wall over top of a stipple ceiling. No texture is best. Secondly, keep in mind the height of your ceiling. Adding a feature wall to a regular 8′ (or even 9′) ceiling may or may not work, depending of course on the material. The darker and ‘heaver’ the material, the shorter your room will look. 

The best ceilings to add a feature too are recessed or vaulted ceilings as they will be taller than your standard ceiling height. 

Product: Singapore 52006
Showhome: Sterling Homes Thomas in Kinglet Gardens

Now that you have a better idea of where you could put a feature wall, it’s time to start thinking about what feature wall you want to showcase in your home! Click here to see the options offered at designQ Shop, including an information video on each product! 

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Wallpaper: The Good, The Bad & The Pretty

Want to know the truth behind one of the biggest interior design trend for 2022? That’s right – wallpaper is back. But this isn’t your Grandma’s wallpaper. The current styles of wallpaper range from simple, to large florals, geometric patterns and even grasscloth and highly textured papers. 

Adding wallpaper to any room in your home can make a huge impact – even if the room is tiny. 

But what about all of the bad things you think you know about wallpaper. Is it really impossible to remove once it’s on? Is it a pain to install? Is it really hugely expensive?

Well, read on to find out all there is to know about wallpaper, including the best locations in your home to put it that will make the biggest interior design impact. 

The Good

Versatility

Most feature wall products are very direct in the look they offer. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing if the look you are trying to achieve has a very specific style – like adding a barn wood product in a farmhouse nook, or concrete panels in an industrial loft. 

However if you aren’t really sure what interior design style you are going for, or maybe want something a bit softer and less “in your face”, than wallpaper can give you that. 

With literally thousands of different styles, textures and types of wallpaper you are sure to find a wallpaper that will suit whatever you are looking for. 

Now keep in mind you can still find some pretty bold patterns within the wallpaper world that will knock the socks off barn wood any day. 

And let’s not forget that wallpaper can be installed pretty much anywhere without any safety concerns (think barn wood with babies?). Try installing it in family rooms, kitchens, powder rooms, nurserys, mudrooms and even on a ceiling! 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Secord Showhome (closed)

Ease of Use

When it comes to hanging artwork or wall décor on top of a feature wall, depending on the material of the wall product, it can be a bit trickier. But with wallpaper, you can easily hang just about anything on the wall as if there isn’t even wallpaper there. 

Depending on the style of wallpaper chosen, it is also easier to switch out the art or wall décor to a different style or shape. Especially if you’ve selected a paper on the more transitional side of the interior design spectrum. 

 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Willow Showhome 

Price

If you are looking at doing a feature wall in your home, wallpaper can certainly be one of the more price conscious options. When compared to other feature wall products such as barn wood, tile, thin brick or even a custom painted mural, wallpaper is the way to go if you are looking for a big impact at low cost. 

bohemian wallpaper
Photo: Sterling Homes Milan Showhome (closed)

The Bad (ish)

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Secord Showhome (closed)

Install

It’s no secret that wallpaper can be difficult to install. Lining up patterns is hard enough but when it comes to a wall with many things on it – such as a powder room – that can be the trickiest. Cutting around a toilet and sink and making it look good isn’t for the faint of heart.

So why not hire a professional wallpaper installer. Having someone install your wallpaper for you will ensure 3 things:

  1. Your new feature wall will look amazing when installation is complete.
  2. You will feel peach of mind, and not all sweaty and upset.
  3. There will not be the added expense of a professional mediator after the job is done (ok so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but have you ever had to build IKEA furniture with your partner? Same thing applies here)
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Photo: Pacesetter Homes College Woods Showhome (closed)

Removal

Yes it’s true. Wallpaper can be arduous to remove. 

However the type of backing on the wallpaper will determine the difficulty level for removal. 

Traditional wallpapers are just that – paper. Meaning when removed it could (and probably will) rip easily which means taking it off in tiny pieces over a long period of time. 

Vinyl based wallpaper is a great alternative option as it is easier to remove because of the addition of the vinyl. Bonus – it’s also more durable and easy to clean! 

If you are wanting something a bit more environmentally friendly though, consider non-woven wallpaper. Non-Woven wallpapers contain synthetic fibers – more like a fabric. They are completely vinyl free and still super easy to remove. They do not tear easily and will come off in one long strip! 

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Photo: Pacesetter Homes Desrochers Showhome

Price… wait, again?

I know we grouped ‘price’ into the good category, but it also can be considered to be in the bad (ish) category as well. 

When looking to invest in a wallpaper for your home price can be a huge determining factor in your selection. 

Wallpaper prices can range from $50 / double roll to $400 / double roll. Which is a huge price range, and can be on the pricey side depending on what style of paper you choose.

But consider this. You get what you pay for. 

I cannot stress this enough. If you want a wallpaper that is durable, long lasting, environmentally friendly, feels and looks great (yes feels – there is a difference, trust me) and is easy to install and remove then spending a bit more at the start is 100% worth it.

The Pretty

This category is really just about showing all the pretty looks you can get with the wide range of wallpaper patterns & styles available.

Check out our inspiration gallery below to see how our designers have used wallpaper for interior design in our showhomes, and then head over to our wallpaper gallery to see a sample of what is available with designQ Shop, and how you can view our entire collection. 

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Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2022

Instead of setting the traditional New Year’s resolutions for 2022, why not be a bit more adventurous and set some resolutions for the interior of your home too! With a splash of paint, or maybe some new (or new to you!) furniture or accessories, you can help your home take on all that 2022 has in store. Here are the top 5 interior design trends for 2022 that our designers are loving. 

#1 | Shades of Green

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The 1st interior design trend for 2022 that we are in love with is ‘Shades of Green’. 

Green is a comforting reminder of the outdoors and our need for a connection with nature. With so much time spent at home these days, having those natural earth elements inside your home is key. 

Even a few major paint companies agree! Sherwin Williams and Behr named a shade of green as their colors of the year for 2022, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Green has a lush hue to it making it easy to incorporate into almost any element to your interior. You can toss a few green throw pillows on your sofa, add a calming feature wall to your bedroom with paint or wallpaper, or go bold with green cabinetry or a statement green piece of furniture. 

#2 | Warm Neutrals & Earth Tones

The next interior design trend for 2022 is a compliment to the first trend – shades of green. 

In keeping with the idea of creating an outdoor sanctuary inside your home expect to see comforting neutrals as well as rich earthier shades like taupe, camel and rust. 

Warm neutrals create a cozy and comfortable environment and can be applied to both walls & upholstery. 

A few key ways to incorporate this trend into your interior is by choosing an area rug in creams, beiges & nude tones that complements the existing flooring, and use accessories in the same shades to tie the room together. 

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#3 | Natural & Biophilic Design

First off, let’s define what ‘Biophilic Design’ means. 

Biophilic Design is a concept used within the building & design industry to increase connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct or indirect nature. It is argued that this idea has health and environmental benefits. 

In simple terms – create a mini greenhouse in your home!

This 2022 interior design trend is moving beyond a few pots on the windowsills. We are now experimenting with plant-covered walls & unique hanging installations. Be sure to use natural & reclaimed materials to really incorporate this trend to it’s fullest. 

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interior design trends 2022

#4 | Curves

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This interior design trend for 2022 is all about comfort and creating an embracing feeling. 

Curves are softer and more calming than sharp angles & straight lines. We aren’t talking about plump, over the top exaggerated curves, but soft to the eye and the hand curves. 

Try adding furniture pieces that have radiused corners or curved backs on sofas or chairs, and even scalloped shapes on accent items like rugs or ottomans. 

#5 | Vintage Comeback

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The last interior design trend for 2022 is probably one of our favorites. 

Try your hand at shopping second hand furniture &home wares to find unique furniture and décor pieces to upcycle. 

Mixing the old and new in a space creates a unique juxtaposition, and is an eco-friendly way to repurpose items. Move towards furniture’s with reclaimed wood or recycled glass accessories. 

What’s the best way to get started on this trend? Start searching your local antique stores for unique items! You can also find numerous local companies who take old furniture and make it new again while keeping the vintage charm. 

We hope these top 5 interior design trend tips for 2022 helps you achieve your interior design resolutions! 

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5 Unique Bedroom Furniture Ideas

Bedrooms shouldn’t be boring. Add a touch of personality to them with these 5 unique bedroom furniture ideas. 

1 | Beside Tables

The 1st bedroom furniture idea is the overused and under appreciated bedside table. Normally when you think of bedroom furniture, you think of a matching set. The bedframe should match the nightstands which match the dresser. But that’s not the case anymore. Our designers love to mix it up by adding accent tables or end tables, that are normally meant for the living room! 

More recently though our designers have thought outside the box by utilizing vintage items such as antique suitcases and chairs. 

Showhome: Sterling Homes Reveal in Cavanagh.

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2 | Bed Frames

Step outside of the norm and add in a bold bed frame as a focal point to your bedroom. There are so many different options for a unique bed frame, that the tough part won’t be finding one but choosing one! It’s a good idea to narrow it down by knowing what your design style is. Click here to take a quick design style quiz, then start looking for that unique piece. 

Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Calypso in Jensen Lakes

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3 | Headboards

If you don’t want to go with a full bed frame, you can also choose to do a unique headboard instead. Our designers love doing custom headboards that are more of a décor item in itself, rather than just a headboard. Try adding custom made cushions and hanging them off a drapery rod behind your bed. We also love this IKEA headboard with built in storage space.

Showhome: Sterling Homes Maroon in Langdale

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4 | Ditch the Dresser

Most new homes nowadays have huge walk in closets. Which asks the question – why do you even need a dresser? A dresser is one of those things that we have just always had, our grandparents had one, our parents had one, and so on. But does that mean you have to to? 

Make use of that extra space in your room by adding a unique console table, or maybe even a bench for somewhere to sit and put your socks on. 

Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Madeline in Cy Becker
Console Table: Helios II Console Table from designQ Shop

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5 | Add a Bold Element

This last bedroom furniture idea isn’t really furniture related, but we had to mention it. 

Be BOLD. Add in a statement component to your bedroom that will have you wanting to go to bed. This could be in the form of a feature wall, a large & unique art piece or even some fun drapery panels. This is your space, and should reflect your personality. The rest of the house can be simple, but your room doesn’t get much traffic (usually!) so spice it up a bit and be unique. Be you

Showhome: Sterling Homes Milan Showhome in Langdale
Wallpaper: Boho Chic Mural from designQ Shop

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Want more Bedroom Furniture Ideas?

Check out this inspiration gallery from our recent showhome projects, and shop the furniture too! Click here to view all bedroom furniture available at designQ Shop.

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How to Decorate a Bedroom for the Cooler Seasons

In our last Fall themed blog, we show you how to decorate a bedroom for the cooler seasons. The bedroom is a place where you really want to be able to relax with a good book, maybe do some journaling or even, you know, sleep. Now that the heat isn’t so overwhelming, you can really bring in those comfy cozy elements to warm right up. 

Chelsi incorporated the same items purchased from HomeSense to show you how to decorate a bedroom for Fall and into Winter too. If you missed our other Fall inspired design blogs, click here! 

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Switch Out Your Bedding

The first item that Chelsi suggests switching up is your bed sheets and duvet or quilt. Time to put the light, airy Summer sheets away and bring back the big fluffy comforter or duvet. 

Volume is key to getting that cozy look of something you can just sink right into and relax. 

Try adding in flannel or cotton sheets or a duvet cover to add to the overall feel. Our designers LOVE shopping for sheet sets at Simons Canada. They have super cute designs, and are a great value! Check out some of their newest Flannel sets here. 

Bring In The Layers

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Layering your bedding is key to having the cozy comfy feeling. Add a quilt, coverlet or throw blankets as well as add some accent pillows for more fluff. Keep to the classic Autumn hues such as rust, brown, mustard and burgundy. 

When choosing the materials stick with wool, cashmere, fleece and large chunky knits. You can even bring in velvet or fur too. 

If you are on a budget, you don’t need to go crazy with accent pillows either. Just pick out a few larger ones in the Fall colors, and then re use your previous ones. As long as they are a neutral color they will work just fine!

Swap out the easy things

Image Credit – 88Prints on Etsy

Making seasonal decor changes doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot, or be a ton of work. You can swap out some easy items around the bedroom for an instant seasonal change! 

Florals – bring in the Autumn greenery such as sunflowers, wheat, eucalyptus or even some branches from your yard! These are all great options for Fall.

Accents – Bring in some patina metals and wood elements through items such as picture frames, a catch all tray or small décor items.

Lampshades – something that tends to get overlooked is the simple lampshade. They are so easy to switch out, allowing the Fall colors to be incorporated into your room a different way. We love these options from Bouclair. 

Prints – lastly, if you have a really good picture frame you can easily put in different prints to coincide with the seasons. Shopping for low priced prints on Etsy is a great way to go about this. Once purchased, they will send you a digital download  to send to your local printer. Then using your existing frame, swap the old print out for the new one and voila! Instant change!

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Thanksgiving Table Décor Ideas

We are back again with some Thanksgiving Table Décor Ideas & Inspiration! Sitting around a table full of yummy, comforting food is a great way to spend Family time. So why not take it up a notch, and decorate your table with beautiful Autumn colors and textures. 

Chelsi, our Visual Merchandiser and Interior Designer, shows you how to can get a designer curated look using only items found at HomeSense! Missed last week’s blog? Click here to find out how to switch up your décor for the season with any budget!

Step 1: Start with a Centerpiece

When planning out any space, it’s always best to start with a centerpiece, or main “feature” of the room. When looking for inspiration for this Fall themed tablescape, Chelsi came across this charming floral arrangement. With the natural tones and elements of Fall, it inspired the rest of the set up. 

TIP: This centerpiece is actually meant to hang on a door or wall! By laying it down on a table instead (or fireplace mantle!) you have a beautiful focal piece. 

Step 2: Pick your Place Settings

Using the centerpiece as inspiration for the rest of the décor, Chelsi set out to look for natural materials & Autumn harvest colors to pull the whole look together. 

Starting with the placements, she wanted something with a natural texture, like a jute or burlap, to tie in with the burlap ribbon on the centerpiece. These placements were the perfect choice to bring in the harvest colors. 

Next, you want to keep the plates more on the muted side. Chelsi found these great plates with a slight speckle to them on a creamy white background. 

Lastly, to add some color the rustic orange napkins really pulled the whole look together. 

Step 3: Add in Décor Items

The last step to decorating your table for Thanksgiving Dinner is to add in some cute décor items. 

On the table itself there are 2 ways you can finish off the centerpiece. Either by adding height, with some tall candles or similar to the middle, or as shown, Chelsi found these cute little pumpkin lights that add an extra bit of ambiance (and are child friendly!) She also found little pinecones to add an extra element to the place settings themselves. 

If you have a sideboard or buffet in the room, you can add in decor pieces here as well, or even Fall colored serving ware to hold pre dinner snacks and treats. Add in some Autumn florals and Fall smelling candles, and your designer curated Fall tablescape is ready to go. 

Showhome: Sterling Homes Thomas showhome in Kinglet Gardens. 

To view all the furniture available for sale in this showhome, head to the ‘Shop the Showhome‘ page for this home. 

The décor products used in this post were all purchased from HomeSense in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Fall Décor Ideas for Any Budget

Fall is here, and we absolutely LOVE this season at designQ. The colors, the fabrics, the smells – everything about it speaks to us. Our Visual Merchandiser & Interior Designer, Chelsi, is probably the biggest Fall lover of us all. So we drafted her to give us some Fall décor ideas that anyone could achieve in their own home. 

Chelsi hit up the local HomeSense and purchased a a few Fall inspired décor items to show you how easy and affordable it can be to get your home ready for the season. 

Keep Some of Your Existing Décor Pieces

Switching up your décor for the seasons doesn’t have to be expensive! Chelsi recommends to keep some of your existing décor pieces, such as large mirrors, vases, even neutral colored blankets or pillows.

You can easily incorporate them with smaller seasonal pieces, especially if they are neutral colors. If you do have a large art piece that is very “seasonal focused” in the same area you are decorating, then you may want to switch that out too. 

Add in Seasonal Flowers

Greenery is always in style, no matter the season. For Fall, you really want to bring in harvest inspired plants & flowers such as sunflowers, wheat, mums or fountain grass. Adding in texture with twigs or branches adds to the outdoor essence. And of course using leaves in the shades of orange, red and yellow will really help tie it all together. 

And speaking of “tying it all together”, if you are creating your own floral arrangement think about using natural materials such as burlap to finish it off. 

TIP: The flower arrangement Chelsi used for the fireplace mantle is actually meant to hang on the wall! So don’t limit yourself to only using items meant for specific purposes – get creative with your décor! 

Heat Things Up with Fall Scented Candles

The Autumn season is all about being cozy and warm. Think chunky knits, fuzzy blankets, hot coffee. To create that warm, cozy ambiance indoors try adding in some candles. They don’t have to be scented either, although being surrounded by the smell of apple cinnamon pie all day does sound nice! 

Chelsi suggests looking for candles that not only smell like Fall, but have the colors of Fall as well. Most of the time candles come in a container of some sort, so you can use that to bring in extra colors to your décor. Go for greens, oranges, yellows or even browns to really capture the feel of a forest walk during a crisp Fall day. 

Don’t Overwhelm with Themed Décor 

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When decorating for any season, you want to try to ease back a bit on really themed décor (except for maybe at Christmas.. snowmen & reindeers might be the exception!). What we mean by this is don’t go crazy with the pumpkins and turkeys. You don’t want to overwhelm the space with the season, you just want to lightly sprinkle Autumn into your home using Fall colors, smells and florals. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any pumpkins! Grab a few that really speak to you, but then stop there, and let the rest of the décor items do the talking.

Snug as a Bug in a Rug (or a Blanket)

And lastly don’t forget about the blankets! It’s time to swap out the lighter fabric materials & colors, and bring in the rusts, greens, oranges and golds. And they must be fuzzy, cozy and comfy! 

You can bring in those same colors with accent pillows as well. If you have a neutral colored couch or pillows already, it would be easy to grab just a few fall colored pillows or blankets to keep the costs down. 

Adding in natural looking baskets to hold your blankets and extra pillows is a great addition too. The natural look and texture of the baskets will help to bring in the season too! 

Showhome: Pacesetter Homes Ellerston showhome in Jensen Lakes

To view all the furniture available for sale in this showhome, head to the ‘Shop the Showhome‘ page for this home. 

The décor products used in this post were all purchased from HomeSense. 

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Fall Fabric Guide: Coziest Colors, Materials & Uses For the Cooler Seasons

We are back with our 2nd addition to our Fall Décor series to talk about Fall Fabrics! If you missed our other Fall blogs, check out Fall décor ideas for your home, and how to set your table for Thanksgiving.

Chelsi, our Visual Merchandiser and Interior Designer, breaks down everything you need to know about picking Fall fabric for the cooler seasons. There are really 3 main things to look for when making your selection – Color, Material & Use. This information can be used across all upholstery items in your home from sofa’s & sectionals to smaller accent chairs, throw pillows and even drapery! 

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Fall Fabric Guide: Colors

When selecting your fabric colors it’s important to take in to account the overall color pallet of your home. Do you have warmer tones, or cooler tones? 

Warmer tones are typically described as browns, beiges, lighter off-whites and more neutral coloring. If your main flooring surface has a brown tone to it, then you probably are on the warmer side. 

Cooler tones are, well the opposite. You probably tend to have more greys and stark whites. You main flooring will tend to be more on the gray side, with a grey carpet and white walls. 

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Warmer Color Pallet

For a warm color pallet, you should try to bring in more neutral, lighter colors. Think light beige, off whites, more creamy soft colors. 

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Cooler Color Pallet

For a cooler color pallet, you will want to bring in deeper, richer colors such as greens and greys.

A nice brown leather works beautifully with either a warm or cool color pallet, as does bright pops of color such as oranges or yellows. 

Fall Fabric Guide: Materials

When it comes to picking the coziest fabric to snuggle into on a cool Fall day, there are a few options Chelsi recommends.

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Chelsi’s 1st Pick:

The first fabric that comes to mind is a very soft velvet plushy material like the Orca Series by Stylus. These fabrics are very warm, and almost feel like a fleece type material but not as thick, and they are available in a few different colors. 

This type of fabric goes great on any large piece of furniture like a sofa or sectional, but also works great on a smaller accent chair too. 

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Chelsi’s 2nd Pick:

A really popular fabric right now is a Boucle fabric. It’s a looped yarn type material, and as Chelsi says “it just looks like the comfiest thing you would ever want to sit on”. 

This fabric is seen on a lot of sofas, chairs & sectionals in many popular retailers right now, and designQ Shop also has a few selections too like the Everly C Sectional as shown in the Cypress Showhome in Griesbach. 

Chelsi’s 3rd Pick:

The last product that Chelsi loves for a beautiful natural look is a leather type material. This material wears so nicely, and will give you a beautiful patina over time. It is also very durable, easy to clean and maintain. 

You can switch things up a bit here and add this leather type material to a headboard to really give your bedroom a cozy, chalet type feel as seen in the Allure showhome in Uplands. Or if you really want to be bold, try adding leather fabric to a window valance.

Fall Fabric Guide: Usage

Now that you have the fabric color and material picked, what would be the best use for them? Where will these pieces go, how much wear will they see and how will they fair over time. 

As mentioned above, the leather type fabric is great for headboards, seating and even pillows. It wears really well, and is very durable and easy to clean. So it really will work on almost any application. 

The softer plush fabrics and the boucle fabrics are a great choice for seating such as sofas & accent chairs, but keep in mind that pet hair will stick to them quite easily although it is easy to vacuum off. 

The linen textured fabrics are perfect for high traffic areas. They work great for seating, ottomans & pillows as they are very durable and easy to clean.

When you are trying to transition your home from the warm Summer season to the cooler Fall and Winter season, don’t forget about window coverings. Drapery panels can actually help keep the warmth inside of your home during Winter, and the cold out. 

By adding in a thick velvety drapery fabric, it will look and feel warmer and hang really nicely. There are numerous colors to choose from as well, so matching the fabric color to your homes color pallet won’t be an issue. 

You can also add in leather drapery to a valance or even panels to give a really natural, woodsy look. 

But Chelsi’s favorite Fall inspired drapery fabric has to be the wool drapery fabrics in the Sherlock collection. It’s like wrapping your home in a cozy sweater. 

All fabric colors and materials used in this post are available through designQ Shop. We are able to customize almost any piece of furniture to have the fabric color and material you like! Click here to learn how you can customize a sofa or sectional, or here for custom beds & headboards!

Interested in updating your window drapery? Click here to learn more about our custom upholstery & drapery programs!