Small Space, Big Style

Any space can be stylish regardless of size. Smaller space doesn’t mean less style and creativity. In fact, having less space to work with means using your imagination and creativity to its full extent. A functional space doesn’t have to compromise on style. Here are some tips to personalizing any small space:

1.    Colours – be consistent and use colours and tones that blend evenly. Stick with a simple colour scheme throughout the space. This will make the space feel bigger. Consider the colour of your floor, and incorporate that with the colour scheme.

2.    Practicality – Today’s condos for example, are not necessarily designed to house a formal dining table, 3-seater sofas, and big dressers. Consider functionality when choosing your furniture.

 3.    Grandeur – Add the illusion of a big space by adding floor to ceiling artworks, wall mirrors, or headboards to the room. This adds the illusion of more space, without actually taking up more space.

 4.    Mobility – Invest in furniture pieces that travel well. Rugs, lamps, artwork, armchairs that can be moved easily are must-haves for small spaces. Mobility allows you to revitalize a room by having the ability to move things around when wanted.

 5.    Soft Look – Create a pleasing look by matching the drapery with the colour of your wall. Have your drapery a shade darker or lighter than the walls, to add a flowing look that enlarges the feeling of the space.

 6.    Wood Theme – stick to one particular colour scheme that goes with your wooden furniture and floor. Dark wood floor and furniture usually feels masculine and sophisticated, while lighter wood floor and furniture usually feels more feminine, casual, and fun.

 7.    Mirrors – Mirrors create the illusion of more space. If placed near a window, it allows more natural light into the space. Long vertical standing mirrors are great for long narrow spaces.

 8.    Area Rugs – Create small spaces within the overall spaces by using area rugs. They help define each space and its particular use. You can use them to define living space, dining space, and office space.

 9.    Technology – Check out new technologies. Flat screen TVs and other sleek devices give you more room in the space. They also serve as works of art in some cases.

 10.    Storage –  Use functional storage kits to hide away little things and big things   specially in the office and in the family room. Storage boxes are great for de-cluttering small spaces. They can easily be personalized as well depending on individual style.

For interior design inquiries contact Jackie Connolly at  Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email info@parsonsinteriors.com

  

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The Perfect Bed

There is a level of art in setting up your bedding. Although there are many easy, pick-up-and-go a la carte style bed sets, there’s certainly more challenge and reward in creating your own personal style bed setup.  Considering you spend a good chunk of your life in bed sleeping, why not make it the best experience it can be. It is also a lot cheaper to change the look of your bedroom just by changing the bedding, instead of renovating and redecorating your entire room. Parsons Interiors can help you find your personal style and develop your bedding palette. First, to better understand the art of bedding, we will explore the different founding pieces that make up your overall bed.

Bed Pillows

The three things you need to know when it comes to bed pillows are fill, support, and size. For light support, go with a soft fill like down, feathers or silk. Organic Cotton and Wool deliver firmer support. For added support, pick a gusseted pillow with sidewalls that help maintain shape. Natural latex foam pillows relieve pressure points because they’re made to contour the neck, shoulders, and spine. Whatever you pick, make sure to invest a few extra dollars on a pillow protector for hygienic purposes.

Mattress Pad

A Mattress Pad is constructed with a flat quilted top layer that fits snugly over the mattress sides. This piece is a lot easier to clean and replace than the actual mattress. It makes maintenance cheaper and more manageable. Today there are more options as to what kind of mattress pads you can get: down fills that mimic featherbeds, visco-elastic memory fills that respond to temperatures and shapes providing added support.

Feather Beds

Feather beds are like a bed-size pillow. You put it atop your mattress. It makes the sleeping experience more restful because of the softer surface and relieves pressure points. Fill choices range from natural down to synthetic. There are also featherbed covers available.

Sheets

Sheets are the heart of the bed. Select the best sheets you can afford for maximum quality and comfort. Bed sheets are highly customizable. Express your personal style with bed sheets of your taste. Parsons Interiors can customize the fitting sheet to any size to fit your matters.

Layers of Warmth and Blankets

Blankets provide warmth above the sheets. They vary from weight, material and texture. It’s good to have a few kinds on hand for the different seasons of the year. There are lightweight ones for the summer such as cotton. Wool or lux cashmere and alpaca are heavier weight and keep you really warm in the winter. Organic cotton, silk, and eco-friendly materials are also on demand.

Coverlets and Quilts

It’s the decorative middle layer and often double as a top-of-bed covering instead of a comforter or duvet cover.

Duvets and Comforters

They make up the top layer of the bed set. They are usually down, feather, cotton, or synthetic filled. Duvets come with a cover that is machine washable, while the actual duvet is not washable due to the fill inside. Comforters are lighter in weight and can be washed completely.

Bed Skirts

Also known as dust ruffles. Bed skirts are not only decorative but also prevent dust from gathering under the bed. Bed skirts also hide away things you store under the bed. Make sure to measure properly before making a purchase.

Shams

Shams are pillow covers that coordinate with sheets and require pillow inserts. They’re used for decorative purposes unlike bed pillows.

Accent Pillows

Accent pillows are perfect to complimenting your bed pillows. It may seem like too much pillows to some people, but it all depends on personal taste. We wouldn’t suggest accent pillows, or at least many accent pillows, if you have a small bed.

Suggestions:

On a twin bed, instead of a standard pillow, add one king pillow because it spans the width of the bed; and one to two accent pillows.

For a full size bed, Parsons Interiors recommends two standard pillows, two standard or Euro shams and one to two accent pillows.

Queen beds can easily hold two queen pillows and two queen shams, plus two to three accent pillows or a single bolster.

On king beds, a good combination is three standard pillows and two king shams, plus three smaller accent pillows or three standard pillows with three Euros.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly at  Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to start developing your dream bed setup.

Romancing Europe

If you’ve ever had the chance to travel to Europe, you will know the classic, ‘Old World’ style that it has. It is a preserved elegance that has been around for hundreds of years. It goes beyond the classic architectures and old stone, cobble roads. It is classic elegance that radiates from the people. Even if you’ve only visited once or a twice, there is no mistaking the feeling of being in Europe compared to anywhere else in the world. If you’ve been smitten by Europe, here are a few tips to bring European romance to your home without breaking the bank:

  1. Out with the carpets! Get rid of your wall-to-wall carpets, and install hard wood floor. Polish hardwood floor until it looks elegant. Finish things off with an area rug, from Europe if possible. You can easily divide spaces using area rugs, and they make for interesting eye flow.
  2. Add elegance to your walls by using gold hues for paint. Combine it with soft, cream trim for additional effect. Use textures to add even more interest to your wall surface.
  3. Incorporate furniture from different eras and parts of Europe. Wrought iron for example, is reminiscent of the French countryside. Dark, heavy, intricately carved wooden pieces are more Gothic. Unfinished light-toned wooden furniture is evocative of Tuscan style. Leaves and scrolls adorned furniture are reminiscent of the Rococo period that’s eclectic and contemporary.
  4. Add fabrics to the motif of your room. Dark, velvety fabrics can be used for your drapery or upholstery. This gives a very formal and stately Victorian feel. Add light and bright fabrics for a more French countryside look.
  5. Antique or vintage pieces can easily add the European feel that you need. Iron wrought candlestick holders, stone or marble busts, rustic light fixtures all add to a European atmosphere.  Even just a vintage antique looking chandelier can turn your room into an instant classic European space.

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Consult with Parsons Interiors,  Jackie Connolly at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your space and determine how you can add your worldly travel experiences into your home.

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