I love shopping – any kind of shopping. I can spend hours in any store – whether it be a chic clothing boutique, or my neighbourhood Loblaws. However, I understand that shopping is sometimes a challenge! But it doesn’t have to be. As long as you keep these tips in mind, shopping for your next custom furniture piece can be as easy as 1, 2, 3, (4 and 5!)
1. Come with inspiration. You don’t need to know exactly what you are shopping for, or even how you want it to look. In fact, having the picture perfect layout in your head sometimes makes it even more difficult to find the perfect piece for your space. I know the most challenging shopping trips I have ever endured have been when I knew exactly what I wanted – because it never exists! However, having a general idea of how you want your space to feel or function will help us steer you in the right direction.
2. Measurements are key. It’s very important to shop for furniture with a sense of your space. Builder plans, hand drawn floor plans… anything that provides a sense of the amount of space you are working with can help narrow down your options. Remember to also measure the stairway, hallway or elevator! You don’t want to fall in love with something that your building has determined you can’t have. See tips on how to measure here. Our Room Planner is a great tool for planning out your space!
3. Don’t be afraid to share your opinion! If you like what the sales associate is showing you – say it! If you don’t – let them know that too. By getting a sense up front of what you like and don’t like, you’ll have an easier time finding a design that suits your personal taste.
4. Come with an open mind. The best shopping experience is when you feel like you can trust the person you are working with. While I know not everyone has the same sense of style , your sales associate will do their best to educate you on all your options, styles and colours. It’s a great idea to take home some of the fabrics you’re interested in – it’s helpful to live with your options for a day or so, see how they work with your existing pieces of furniture or paint colours, and how they look at different times of the day. I always recommend that clients lay out the fabrics in the space they want to put their furniture and check on it a few times a day.
5. Love it – and be proud of it! Once you have explored all your options, spent time with your fabrics and checked out all you measurements, it’s time to make the final cut. Whatever you decide, be proud of the consideration and time you’ve put into your choice. Just like that fabulously-cut blazer, you will be more confident about your home when you love everything in it.