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10 New Colors for Fall

Looking for some inspiration for your interior design updates? Well, fall colors are here and they already have us dreaming of cooler days and hours spent entertaining guests indoors. This seasonal color palette is filled with a gorgeous range of soft blues, cozy naturals, and bursts of red and pink. So grab your coffee or tea, get comfy on your favorite recliner, and get ready to let your fall decor dreams go wild!





Riverside is a dusky blue that Pantone describes as “cool and calming” and “displays a subtle vibrancy and sophistication”.


Create the elegant accents you love.

Bernhard Furniture (above)


Get a classic appeal by using touches of Riverside.

Century Furniture (above)



Select an eye-catching Riverside statement piece.

East King St. & Co. (above)






Airy Blue looks and feels just as its name sounds: light, soft, and free.


Choose Airy Blue for the focal point of your interior design.

Baker Furniture (above)



Create a soothing atmosphere with Airy Blue walls.

Bernhardt Furniture (above)



Add eye-catching detail with patterns.

Hancock & Moore (above)





Sharkskin is perfect as both a centerpiece and a companion color.


Use Sharkskin for a soft color scheme.

American Leather (above)



Create subtle accents with a combination of patterns.

Hickory Chair (above)





Aurora Red is as bold and beautiful as fall foliage.


Add some drama to your room by using vibrant Aurora Red.

Bernhardt Furniture (above)





Warm Taupe is a cozy neutral that Pantone describes as “trusted, organic and grounded”.

Create a relaxed atmosphere with Warm Taupe.

Bernhardt Furniture (above)



Add elegant, earthy accents.

Hickory Chair (above)





Dusty Cedar is a rich shade of pink that is perfect for the fall palette.


Add a touch of the unexpected by using this unique shade of pink.

Chaddock (above)





This beautiful color pairs perfectly with any other Pantone fall hue.

Combine different shades of green and create a layered look.

Century Furniture (above)



Create a bright and bold environment.

East King St. & Co. (above)





Spicy Mustard is a deliciously vibrant yellow that is “unexpected and unusual” and perfect for fall designs.

Pull the room together with a combination of accent pieces.

American Leather (above)



Create a cheerful ambience with a Spicy Mustard color scheme.

Baker Furniture (above)





Potter’s Clay makes for luxuriously warm and earthy interiors.

Combine Potter’s Clay with Sharkskin accents for a stunning design.

Bernhardt Furniture (above)


Use Potter’s Clay as a base to create a warm and inviting room.

Chaddock (above)





Bodacious rounds out this elegant palette with its bold, rich hue. Pantone describes Bodacious as “versatile”, a color that “lends itself to vibrant color combinations”.


Go bold with vibrant, Bodacious accents.

Chaddock (above)


Pantone Fashion Color Report: Fall 2013

Summer has just begun, but designers plan well in advance of the changing seasons which is why Pantone has released their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013.  Officially debuted on the first day of fashion week back in February, the report features the top ten colors for next season’s men’s and women’s fashions as well as designer sketches and industry insights.


Historically, there has been lag time of several years between when fashions debut on the runway to when their influence is seen in interior design.  Recently however, we’ve seen this lag time decrease and in some cases disappear.  Editor in Chief of Fashion + Decor, Gretchen Aubuchon, largely attributes this to the active social media network that operates around the design community.  Designers, both fashion and interior, get an inside look through blogs and social media networks at the up-and-coming trends and this helps educate next season’s designs.  This is the reason why your emerald green jacket matches so well with your new emerald green ottoman!


Take a look below at Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013, paired with matching room scenes from our top selling brands.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors





Outdoor Interiors

It sounds like an oxymoron, but today’s outdoor spaces are taking on decidedly interior personalities. While designers have long tried to ‘bring the outdoors in,’ the new trend is to bring the indoors—and comfortable furnishings—out(side). Homeowners across the country looking to maximize their home’s square footage and capitalize on the beauty of the outdoors are creating indoor spaces outside. And when we think fabulous outdoor living, we think Brown Jordan.


Brown Jordan has been designing award-winning outdoor furnishings since 1945. It was actually the first company to create furniture for full-time outdoor use. The company’s stylish designs span a range of styles and materials and represent the pinnacle in innovation and design integrity. From traditional to transitional and contemporary, Brown Jordan offers the perfect styles to create amazing outdoor living spaces.


Here are a few tips to help you create your own ideal outdoor living space:

  1. Think Comfort
    Comfort is just as important for outdoor areas as it is for indoor spaces. Choose furnishings that encourage relaxation and facilitate entertaining and conversation. The best outdoor space is one that makes you and your guests want to stay awhile.
  2. Embrace Color
    Even if you’re partial to neutral shades indoors, outdoor spaces are a great place to embrace color. While beiges and browns are the most popular colors for outdoor chairs and sofas, you can add pillows and umbrellas in bright outdoor fabrics to make a style statement.
  3. Plan Well
    Spend the same amount of time planning your outdoor space as you would an interior room. Not only do you have all the requirements of an indoor space (furnishings, décor scheme, space planning)—you also have the added requirements of weather tolerances and durability. If you need help planning your outdoor space, contact one of our staff designers for a free consultation.


All the best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Dining in Style

The dining room. Honestly speaking, it’s not the most frequently used room in the house. Yet, when you do use it—it couldn’t be more important. It’s where you break bread with family and a destination loved ones travel cross-country for during the holidays. It’s the site of countless Bunco parties and where you entertain business associates like they’re friends. It’s the best place to sit for coffee and dessert and has served as the location for many important discussions.


So is your dining room living up to its potential? If not, now is the time to rethink, refresh and redesign it to fit your lifestyle.


With nearly the smallest square footage of any room of the house, designing the perfect dining room can be a challenge. Since there’s limited room for extras, the overall look of the space is based largely on its furnishings. Once the star of the room is chosen, a rug, wall coverings, window treatments and artwork can be selected to enhance the look. And don’t forget the tablescape—place settings, linens, and centerpieces are what take a dining room from ordinary to extraordinary.


Wondering how to get started? Call one of our talented designers for a free consultation. They’ll walk you through some easy steps to help you identify your style. Then it’s on to selecting the shape of the table and number of chairs that best suit your personal taste, your room size and entertaining needs. The best part is that they make the decorating process what it should be—fun!



All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



From Suits to Suites

It’s no secret that home furnishings design follows the trail that fashion blazes. From color palettes and patterns to fabrics and textures—runway looks inspire furniture designers and the designs that eventually make their way into our homes. So it’s no surprise that a big trend this season is the menswear look.


It’s hard to find anything more classic than a well-tailored suit. Combine the perfect fabric, style and tailoring, and the result is amazing. Today’s home furnishings designers are finding the same holds true in furniture. From the fabrics to the detailing, here’s a look at how men’s fashion is influencing interior design.


As with fashion, fabrics come first with this trend. You’ll see tweedy plaids, hounds tooth (in both small- and large-scale), pinstripes, chevron designs, Greek key patterns and small dots and graphic prints. Almost any pattern you’d see on a man’s tie is being interpreted in textiles and used in upholstery and window treatments.


The color palette is equally important with the menswear-inspired look. Expect to see lots of black, white and complex neutrals (colors mixed with gray). Gray provides the foundation—just like the classic gray suit—and colors are added and mixed to create the mood. Gray and greige (gray+beige) are some of today’s hottest shades in wall colors and bed linens. Wood finishes range from deep and rich to lighter and more distressed—and are accented with metal finishes and bases to add character.


Just as the difference between a $200 suit and a $2,000 suit is all in the details—the same is true for home furnishings. Defining touches such as pleats, nailhead accents, contrasting welts, decorative trim and fabrics that look and feel luxurious, distinguish these high-end furniture looks.


The final touch to any fashionable ensemble is jewelry—or a wristwatch for men—and furniture is no exception. Drawer pulls, window treatments, rugs and decorative lighting are the jewelry to a room and add the perfect finishing touch. Great fashion can improve the way a man looks and feels, and today’s menswear fashion trends are elevating the style in our homes as well.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



That Touch of Paris

Sometimes a girl needs a little glamour. And sometimes a room does.


Nothing perks up a space more than adding a layer of sparkling sophistication. For inspiration, think of Paris at night and the Eiffel Tower aglow with twinkling lights. Or picture the glamour of old Hollywood when men still held doors open and everyone dressed for dinner. Adding a little Parisian influence to a room dresses it up and gives it importance. Here are few keys to creating this look:


Start with the sparkle: Furnishings and materials that sparkle add instant glamour. Look for mirrored pieces, reflective surfaces and glitzy textures.


Select luxe materials: When it comes to creating a luxurious environment, rich fabrics are a must-have. Silks, velvets, leather and fabrics with shine and dimension work best for this look. Tufting and pleats can be used to help accentuate a fabric’s character.  And don’t forget faux fur and shearling.


Choose sophisticated colors: An elegant, Paris-inspired color palette is ideally muted or monochromatic. Classic colors and palettes provide a backdrop for statement pieces that create the feeling of luxury.


Don’t skimp on lighting: Good lighting sets the mood in a space, and it’s a critical element for creating this look. Lighting adds drama and directs the eye around the room. Plus, nothing says glamour more than a crystal chandelier or light fixture dripping with bling.


Speak with accessories: Choose your accessories wisely and display only those that help you tell the story you want to tell.


Whether you’re re-imagining your bedroom, living room, dining room or den—you don’t have to go around the world to find glamour. You can use furnishings, accessories and color to bring the ‘City of Light’ to your home.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Trend Alert: Livable Luxury

Sure, casual style reigns in many households—but luxury is still alive and well. Thankfully, today’s designers are redefining luxury. Opulence is no longer so over-the-top. Today’s luxury is livable. It’s not fussy and untouchable; it’s real and yet still inspiring.


Nothing looks more luxe than the lovely sheen of a metallic finish or the reflection of a mirrored or gleaming surface. When it comes to adding drama to a piece, sparkle speaks volumes. We love the new muted metallic finishes that are taking hold. From polished gold and pewter finishes on dining tables to elegant detailing on cocktail tables and decorative occasional pieces—the high-end look is all about the details.


Reflectivity abounds in mirrored chests and consoles while shiny lacquered finishes add personality to otherwise conservative profiles. A subtle glimmer in the leather of a sofa takes it from boring to beautiful instantly.


If you’re not ready to embrace luxury in a big way, look to the accessories. We’re seeing accent pillows with shiny detailing and window treatments with metallic hardware. Look closely and you’ll see metallic strands of gold and silver popping up in the most unexpected places. Bring a little luxe into your space and see how happy you feel.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Design Trend – Warm Colors

As the weather changes and the days get shorter and cooler, it’s a great time to look to color for inspiration in home décor. Nothing sets a mood better than color. You can change the way a room feels just by updating its fabrics, furnishings and wall color. And today’s color trends make it easy to create warmth.


The beauty of creating a ‘warm’ space is that it works everywhere—family rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, baths, etc. Making a room feel comfier is always a good thing. A den or great room that feels warm encourages guests to stay and get comfortable. Using a warm color palette in a bonus room or basement is a trick designers use to make a cavernous space feel cozy.


So how do you create this feeling? Start with colors that remind you of fall. Create a palette using shades of garnet, plum, berry, sapphire, olive, burnt orange, chocolate, mustard and cream. Imagine you are bringing the outside in and look to your favorite shades of nature for inspiration.


Warm colors work wonderfully when paired with neutrals. You can dress up a neutral beige sofa with pillows and an ottoman covered in rich autumn-inspired shades of gold and orange. Or, add drama to a neutral dining room with custom drapes made in a shade of deep plum or amethyst, and then tie in your table linens and glassware.


Lastly, consider texture as another way to ‘warm up’ a room. Look for chunky, sweater-inspired woven pillow covers and throw blankets. Consider fabrics with raised dimension or embroidery. Today’s top patterns are soft, textural.


Whether your personal design style favors traditional, contemporary, transitional or eclectic—there’s a way to warm up your space with color and style.


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



Suzanne Kasler’s Signature Style

When I think livable luxury, I think of the Suzanne Kasler collection from Hickory Chair. Her furnishings are gorgeous without being fussy. They’re elegant without being stuffy. And they’re ‘just the thing’ when you’re trying to create a space of beauty.


After years of admiring her furnishings, I began to wonder more about the woman behind the brand. “Who is Suzanne Kasler?” I pondered. She’s obviously more than just a name. It turns out—not surprisingly—that she’s an interior designer by trade. Based in Atlanta, she’s known for her unique combination of southern charm, European sensibility, and architectural sensibilities. Her signature style is best described as where timeless meets classic with a twist.


One of the things I like most about her furnishings is their sense of balance. All of the silhouettes are proportionate and when used together, create a room with symmetry. It’s easy to see that details are important to Suzanne Kasler. Every fabric is beautiful, every finish is exquisite. Her experience as an interior designer shines through in every detail.


What details? Grosgrain ribbon trim, slipcovers with elegant ties, hardware that looks like jewelry, and colors that are soft and touchable—to name a few. I love this quote by her: “A room should feel collected, not decorated.”


If I could do a whole room just with her collection, I think I’d start in the bedroom where her fresh, updated traditional styles would make for a calming, relaxing retreat. Although then my living room and den and guest bedrooms would be jealous…


All the best,

Sheffield Furniture & Interiors




Navy Blue: the New “It” Neutral

When it comes to neutrals, watch out browns and grays—navy blue is on the scene. Bold and strong, yet classic and refined, navy is the perfect shade to build a space around. And that’s what makes it the ideal neutral.


So what is a neutral anyway? We see neutrals as the core colors that provide a foundation to a room’s color palette. Neutrals provide a backdrop to help other colors shine, and navy does this with style.


Navy is the perfect complement to white and shades of cream, ecru and beige. It has a crispness that is at once bold and clean. Pair it with whites to create a look that’s classic, formal or coastal.


For a more fashionable look, navy provides the perfect foil to hues of raspberry, gray, red and chartreuse. It offers the rich darkness of black, yet is more intriguing and complex.


A monochromatic color scheme is another excellent way to showcase navy blue. It looks its best in rich fabrics—preferably with sheen, pattern or texture—that reflect its depth.


No ‘johnny-come-lately’, navy has been around for ages, and has never gone out of style. Dining room, bedroom, powder room, den or study…there’s nowhere this shade doesn’t work. And while it’s sometimes the star of the show, its greatest role is as a neutral backdrop that lets other colors truly shine.


Our best,
Sheffield Furniture & Interiors



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