February 14, 2017
An outdated-looking room with old-looking furniture. The furniture structure is in solid state and can be re-upholstered to make it look new. Picture from Pinterest

Reupholster your furniture to save the environment

Every now and then, you may decide to freshen up the look of your home. One thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of a home make-over, is to replace their old furniture with new furniture.

But while it’s important to give your home a new look, the way you go about it could unfortunately result in a lot of waste and damage to the environment.
Estimates from the U.S EPA suggest that in 2009, furniture made up 4.1% (or 9.8 million tons) of household waste. Other research shows that furniture is the least recycled consumer commodity. The decision by homeowners to throw away their furniture rather than recycle it through methods such as reupholstering, costs a hefty amount estimated at $127 billion annually.

⦁ Picture of a discarded sofa by a waterbody. Picture from theGuardian.com by Silvia Izquierdo/AP

How does throwing away furniture affect the environment?

You may not have thought about it, but every time you throw out your furniture, you are wasting not just the money you used to buy it, but also the resources that went into its production.

Some of the damage you cause includes:

  • When you throw out your furniture, you are costing the earth twice the amount of resources.
  • Every new piece of furniture made results in cutting down of more trees. The same goes for furniture pieces made of metal and stone as these materials have to be mined from the earth.
  • Greenhouse gases are released into the environment during production and transportation of every new piece of furniture.
  • Furniture making involves use of chemicals such as glue, paint and wood varnish. These chemicals release gases such as formaldehyde and toluene, which are harmful to the environment, cause allergies and respiratory complications.
  • Improper disposal of wood varnish, aerosol cans and glue contribute to soil and river pollution.
  • Landfills produce toxic gases. For every 1 ton of garbage dumped in a landfill, 200m3 to 400m3 of toxic methane gas are released into the environment. Methane and other toxic gases accelerate global warming. By reupholstering furniture instead of throwing it away, it means that you help to reduce global warming by reducing the amount of methane produced by landfills.

Picture of landfill at Staten Island. Landfills are a major source of air, water and soil pollution.

Old furniture doesn’t necessarily belong in the dumpster. It can be restored easily by reupholstering. Image from Flickr courtesy of Michael Coghlan

The solution: Save money and the environment by reupholstering

You no longer need to throw away your old furniture when we can re-upholster it the following simple steps:

  • We’ll strip down all the existing upholstery to reveal the frame underneath.
  • The frame is then inspected for damage and loose joints. If the furniture has suffered some structural damage, it’s first repaired and then reupholstered.
  • Springs, webs, padding and stuffing are replaced where necessary.
  • The furniture is then reupholstered using fabric of your choosing

We can longer afford to ignore the fact that our habits are causing harm to the environment. Before you decide that your furniture is no longer suitable for your house, give us a call and we’ll help you to transform it to ‘like-new’ condition. You can even go a step further whenever you want to refurnish your house, and buy or reclaim used furniture and we’ll restore it for you by re-upholstering it.


February 14, 2017

6 tips that will help you choose the right curtains and drapes for your home

When creating a perfectly-styled home, a lot of home owners, and even home decorators, think of everything else such as wall color, furniture, accessories, upholstery, and more, but fail to put enough emphasis on curtains.
Yet curtains are quite important and can actually make or break the look of your home. Curtains are the most cost effective items in a room and by paying attention to them, you can end up with a fabulous looking room.
On the flip side, a wrong choice of curtains can make your room look dull and not well put together.
Below are a few tips that will help you when doing your curtain shopping:


Image from Pinterest

Stick to the theme of the room when choosing curtains

If every room in your house has a specific theme, then you should choose curtains that go with each theme. Most home owners make the classic mistake of decorating every room with curtains that look the same.
While such a move will save costs, it will make your décor look monotonous. Not to mention, it will dull the real character and style of each room. Choose curtains based on theme and they will flow naturally with the style of the room.
Don’t be afraid to play with textures and patterns as long as you stick to the theme. For example, you can have neutral-colored curtains in a room with a neutral-color theme. All you need to do is vary patterns, shapes and texture.




Bright green curtains add color and elegance to this room. image from Pinterest.

Introduce color into your rooms

Your curtains don’t need to be the same color as your room. Especially if you have large windows, having curtains of the same color as the walls will create monotony.
Using a contrasting color for your curtains not only introduces an element of uniqueness and intrigue, but also turns your window area into a focal point. Eclectic and beach-style themes are especially good for experimenting with color contrast.


Combination of sheer lining and black-out curtain for light and privacy. Image from Pinterest.

Choose curtains that give you a good view without compromising privacy

Besides just beauty, curtains have an even more important function of giving you privacy. But having privacy doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to compromise on the views in your surroundings.
Sheer curtains will allow light in, but they will not give you privacy. Curtains made of thick fabric and have a solid weave are good for privacy. Combine these two types of curtains and you can enjoy your views when you need to, and black out your windows when you want some privacy.





Stylish and elegant thermal curtains keep a home warm in winter. Image from Pinterest.

Curtains should keep a room fresh in hot weather and insulate in cold weather

The wrong choice of curtains can make your home uncomfortable as the seasons change. For added warmth in the winter, choose curtains that are made of thermal material. You can also go for curtains made out of thick material if your home is well lit and uncluttered.
In the summer, choose draperies that are made of light material as they will flow freely in the wind to let in the cold breeze from outside.
The right curtain choice for every season will also help to control your heating and air conditioning costs.



These patterned curtains add more character in this room. Image from Pinterest.

 Introduce patterns and texture

If the décor in your room lacks interesting patterns and texture, curtains can be a great way to introduce these missing qualities. If your bedroom is too masculine for instance, silky curtains will bring in some femininity. As well, geometric patterns on a curtain can add some sort of order to a room that doesn’t have angular walls, while irregular patterns can soften the angles of a room.






The length of these curtains allows them to pool elegantly at the floor. Image from Pinterest.

How do you want your curtains to hang?

You display the beauty of your curtains and of your room based on how your curtains hang. Putting some thought into the right length, width and the accessories for holding back the curtains will determine the ambiance your hanging curtains will create.
Before making your choice, try out different materials to see how they flow and look when hanging, consider the accessories that you’d like to use with them with and assess the ambiance they create.



February 14, 2017

4 color mistakes that people make and 7 tips to overcome these mistakes

Life is all about color. If white, and beige were all the color choices available, life would be pretty dull.
But even though there are many colors to choose from, most homes (perhaps even your home), display a surprising lack of color, which is a sign that most people struggle with achieving the right color combinations, choosing instead to settle for default tones like white and beige, because they are easier to work with.
This doesn’t have to be the case. In this blog, we’ll look at color mistakes that people commonly make and how to open up the color choices available to you by avoiding making those mistakes.


Image from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/3518505938056576/

Choosing a color scheme that is too matchy

Accent pieces are supposed to stand out and attract all the attention. If you decorate your room with other pieces that are of the same color, this will overshadow the accent piece. If the dominant piece is green, such as the chest of drawers in the image above, choose other items in a lighter tone as they will be more subdued, will not be monotonous and will not outshine the accent piece.




Going with cream or white

Cream, white, beige and gray are safe colors, they are easier to work with, and that’s why many people prefer them. But restricting yourself to these colors will deny you the opportunity to experiment with bright colors.
Before you settle on any color, get some samples of fabric or paint, test them at home and see how they fit together.
You’ll be surprised at how different hues can complement or contrast each other.


Image from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/198299189820858230/

Overdoing bright colors

If you have a room in your house that lets in a lot of sunshine, it’s okay to go with bright colors such as sunshine yellow.
But in darker rooms, it’s better to go with tints and tones instead of bright hues. For instance, instead of bright red, use raspberry tint.





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Choosing a tone that is not appropriate for a space

Warm colors and cool colors have their place.
Cool colors help to achieve a sense of calm, focus or restfulness and are therefore good for bedrooms and offices. Warm colors reflect energy and vitality and are good for dining and sitting areas. If you choose a bright yellow color for your bedroom, you will promote anxiety instead of rest. But a warm color such as silvery-blue will promote calm.

As you choose your tones, you also have to consider if they’ll suit different seasons. Making draperies or seat covers in different colors will help to deal with this challenge as you can change them as weather patterns change.







7 ways to deal with these common color mistakes

So, how do you overcome these color mistakes?
Choosing the right color palette is not easy. But here are a few pointers to get started:

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1. Use the 60:30:10 rule of color selection

60% should be the color dominating the room, e.g, your walls or large pieces such as rugs or couches. This color sets the background for the everything else.
Your second color choice should dominate 30% of your room on items such as draperies, beddings, furniture, pillows or for painting part of the wall.
10% is the accent color and will vary depending on the room and the accent pieces in those rooms.






Your colors will look different depending on the time of day. Test them thoroughly and choose colors that promote the mood you want throughout the day.

2. Lighting plays an important part. Don’t ignore it.

This is one trend that goes beyond just color choices, to encompass a whole lifestyle. The colors and hues reflect lifestyle choices such as healthy living and eating, and responsible habits such as recycling. Faded denim, oil yellow, Argyle Purple, winter twig and Zephyr pink are favorites in this category.



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3. Use shades and tones of your favorite colors to replace traditional neutrals such as beige

Beige is not the only neutral color that you can use. Shades and tones of your favorite colors will bring just as much balance to warm and cool colors and are therefore a suitable substitute for beige.






4. Avoid creating monotony

Too many color choices can overload the room and make it look distasteful. It’s best to restrict yourself to one color scheme and use the 60:30:10 rule discussed above.

5. Avoid trendy furniture

Trendy furniture will need to be switched out when a trend runs out. Instead of going with trends when buying permanent or large pieces such as couches or beds, accessorize them with interesting accent pieces when you want to change up the look of your room.

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6. Avoid color selections based on gender stereotypes

Shades of Pink can be used in a room and still retain its masculinity. The same applies to masculine colors such as silvers, grays and blacks.
The room above for instance, incorporates pink into the décor to introduce a touch of femininity without overshadowing the masculine aspects of the room.

7. Consult interior décor experts.

Image from hgtv.com

If you are “color-challenged”, do not stress yourself trying to learn colors. Interior décor experts know their trade and are there to help you. They will recommend a color palette that will pull your whole room together.

November 23, 2016

8 Color trends that will transform your home’s interior in 2017

2016 was a fun year for experimenting with colors. But with only 1+ months to the end of 2016, you must be wondering which colors will define interior décor in 2017. It is generally expected that some color trends will endure but there’ll still be space for new color combinations.
Here’s a look at the color trends expected for 2017 and what they mean for your lifestyle, preferences and your plans for decorating.


native combinations

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Native color combinations

One approach when decorating is to use a single color or pattern. But in 2017, a new trend that combines hues and patterns from dissimilar cultures, is expected to dominate. So, for instance, instead of going for a purely Moroccan theme, how about you combine a Turkish rug with Moroccan inspired upholstery, Asian-inspired draperies and African inspired art?
Color combinations that contain copper, gold, greens and blue tones will especially achieve dramatic effect.




floral pattern curtains

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Floral patterns

Experts also expect that more people will tend towards floral patterns such as red Dahlia, lavender, chrysanthemums that will introduce dramatic color combinations of pinks, reds, violet and white.
This is a great theme for the warm and sunny months of the year.






acquired taste

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Acquired taste

The warm tones of 2017 dubbed ‘acquired taste’ by Pantone, include colors ranging between Orange and red. To round out the whole effect, color accents such as gold can be used either in the upholstery, trimmings, artifacts and other objects.
While most of these combinations are unusual, they work well together if you find the right way to combine them.





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Image from pinterest.com

Light and serene colors

These are definitely the colors you want to use in that one room that you escape to when you want to just day dream, forget about all the ‘heavy stuff’ in your life and have only pleasant thoughts. Colors such as rose quartz, yellow iris, Nile green and blue glow will light up a room and make it an ideal environment to just day dream.







Image from pinterest.com/source/sarah-sue.com

Image from pinterest.com/source/sarah-sue.com

Japanese inspired forest themes

If you want to connect with nature, your choice of colors should be inspired by ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, which means to connect with nature in Japanese. Think of talking a walk on a forest floor covered in fallen leaves.
The dominant colors and accents in this theme green-blue hues, contrasted with colors such as plum, yellow/gold and grape kiss.






Lifestyle inspired theme

This is one trend that goes beyond just color choices, to encompass a whole lifestyle. The colors and hues reflect lifestyle choices such as healthy living and eating, and responsible habits such as recycling. Faded denim, oil yellow, Argyle Purple, winter twig and Zephyr pink are favorites in this category.

Image from pinterest.com

Image from pinterest.com

Graphic theme

Black & white with shades of gray, and vibrant color accents such as pink, orange, yellow, and green, are bound to create a great impression in a room. Not only is the combination graphic, but it also has a pop element to it, making a great choice if you want to add some fun to a room.







Image from pinterest.com

Image from pinterest.com

Sophisticated/Neutral tones

We cannot forget the neutral tones. Pantone calls this theme ‘At ease’ and it’s a combination of warm and cool neutral colors. For example, warm sand color combined with a cool aqua blue hue, with silvery accents on your upholstery. These and other warm and cool combinations are ideal for people with sophisticated tastes in color.

September 27, 2016

Tips for selecting the Best Bedding


When you think of your ultimate comfort zone, you think of that warm, cozy bed that you can’t wait to slip into each night. If you’ve invested in a top quality mattress set, you might think you’re taking a shortcut to Sleepville, but note this: 1. You might actually be taking the long winding road and 2. You don’t need the best mattress to get there! The key to a proper good night’s rest is having the right bedding! Here are a few interesting tips and ideas:

1. Fabric:

Bedding can be of various materials like cotton, silk, polyester, and velvet. The most important factor in cotton sheeting is the thread count; the higher the count the softer your sheets are. Low thread count results in stiff bedding that can feel like your sleeping on cardboard, even if you have a plush topped high end mattress. Polyester sheets tend to have a more plastic feel and might result in excessive sweating. If you prefer a chic or stylish look to your bedroom, then silk fabric is the best choice. Velvet and suede fabrics are other options that can add a touch of glamour to your bedroom. By far, high thread count cotton bedding is the best option for a cool, cozy, and comfortable sleep!







2. Color:

Bedding can either be solid colored or patterned ones. If you go for that trendy hotel style look, then solid color sheets would be the right option. You can also add some design by selecting a main color and complement it by using lighter shades of the same color for the pillow cases, for example. Patterned bedding, on the other hand, can be used if you want to incorporate accent colors from your bedroom i.e. if you have a wall painting with blue as the main theme, then you can introduce bedding with blue flowers or geometric patterns. You can also liven up a drab colored room by adding colorful designed bedding.




3. Texture:

If you are going for solid color like white or beige, select fabric with some texture like ruching or pin tucks. This makes the fabric look more interesting and less dull. Also if selecting flannel or bedcovers, remember to buy preshrunk fabric since they might shrink after the first wash.








4. Size:color-pic-courtesy-aliexpress

The size of bedding selected depends on the size of the mattress. Mattresses comes in 6 sizes – Twin, Full, Queen, King, Twin Long, and California King. Before shopping for new bedding make sure to measure the width, length, and depth of your mattress. Most bedding sites offer measurements for each size.







5. Length and Width of sheets:

If you are buying a thicker mattress, it is advisable to opt for deep fitting sheets that fit the entire thickness of the mattress. If your sheets are not deep enough, mattress suspenders can be used to keep them in place.

6. Weather:

Last but not the least, weather conditions for your area should also be taken into consideration before purchasing the bedding. Natural materials like cotton and linen are breathable and provides a cool feel. These fabrics, especially high thread count ones, are the ideal choice for summer season. Wool or synthetic material that do not allow ventilation would be more suitable for a cold winter season.
A good set of bedding can last years and offer endless hours of luxurious sleep. Many companies, such as Marc Tash Interiors, offer custom bedding to suit your design, comfort, and budget. Contact them at info@marctashinteriors.com for a free quote.