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Interior Decor Styles We Love: Baroque

Baroque refers to the interior design and architecture style popular in Europe during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Baroque style was an indicator of wealth and power. This is why it was so often found in gilded cathedrals, massive castles, theaters and estates. 

What Is Baroque Decor?

So, what does Baroque style look like? It includes elements such as intricately decorated interiors, bronze sculptures, gilded accents, detailed molding and paneling, and crystal chandeliers. Canopy bed frames, oversized mirrors and refined materials such as porcelain, lacquer and wood are all characteristics of Baroque interior decor.

Color-wise, we’re looking at lush greens, golds and wood accents. Alternately, if you’re leaning more toward the Rococo style that Baroque eventually evolved into, think pinks, creams and baby blues.

Furniture and wood often have carvings with ornamental details. For instance, you’ll find natural motifs like leaves, flowers, cherubs and animals in the molding of frames, mantles, staircases and dressers.

How to Incorporate Baroque Decor

You may be wondering how to incorporate this style into your home without looking like you’re throwing a Marie Antoinette-themed party. For example, focus on comfort and warmth, and avoid turning your home into something that looks like a stuffy museum. 

Think about symmetry and elegance. Add just a few ultra-ornate pieces, such as an oversized mirror with a gilded frame or a gorgeous chandelier. Keep everything else neutral or mix these in with eclectic styles. 

Clawfoot Tub

A deep clawfoot tub with ornate brass feet is a great way to explore the luxury of the Baroque period without sacrificing comfort. The clawfoot detail can also seamlessly combine with other interior styles, such as bohemian or minimalist.

Gilded Mirror

In another example: add an oversized mirror with a gilded frame to a bedroom or living room. It’ll not only incorporate some Baroque style into your home but will also make the room look bigger.

Archways and Ornate Sculptures

Likewise, this home also has a few elements of Baroque interior decor. Markedly, the rounded archway and ornate cherub sculpture coat rack bring the sophistication and elegance of Baroque to a contemporary dining area.

Crystal Chandeliers

Furthermore, the addition of a crystal chandelier in rooms like the library or an office space can smoothly bring Baroque interior decor into the modern world.

Ornate Molding and Frames

The addition of one great piece of vintage furniture can really up your game. For instance, look for couches or bed frames with ornate molding. Additionally, curved wood fixtures and lush upholstery can add a little Baroque decor to your space.

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery Today to Achieve Your Baroque Decor Dreams

Is Baroque decor right for you? Contact Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing today, and we’ll work with you to create a game plan for turning your home into a decadent foray into gorgeous Baroque decor.

In conclusion, our reupholstering, refinishing and custom design services can help turn your home from “blah” to modern decor inspiration. Talk with one of our custom interior decorators today.

How to Care for Velvet Furniture

Chic mid-century modern luxury aesthetics living room with gray velvet couch and blue rug

Velvet furniture has long been used as an elegant accent to enhance any room. You likely have a Pinterest board (or four!) with different styles and colors saved for your future plans. 

Whether you’re lucky enough to already have gotten your hands on some, or you’re looking to add it to your space, you’re going to need to know how to care for velvet furniture. 

Is It Velvet?

Is your furniture velvet or suede? 

The two materials are commonly mistaken for each other, so it’s important to know which you have. You should make sure before attempting any sort of cleaning as suede requires much different care.

Types of Velvet

There are four types of velvet:

  • Crushed velvet: Despite the name, the material isn’t actually crushed. Instead, “crushed” refers to how the velvet looks. 
  • Silk velvet: This is considered the highest quality of velvet. It’s luxurious to the touch and the softest of all velvet types. 
  • Velour: Velour is a dense velvet that’s typically found in clothing. It’s both durable and comfortable. 
  • Velveteen: A short-cut pile similar to velvet, velveteen achieves the same feeling of velvet with less body. 

Thrifted Velvet

You’ve likely noticed the resurgence of velvet furniture in recent styling trends, both new and not-so-new. From midcentury modern to bohemian interiors, you’re sure to find a plush velvet piece that fits your style.  

If you’re in the mood to do a bit of hunting, we know of a few fantastic Seattle antique shops where you can try your luck. 

Velvet Durability

Some types of velvet are more durable than others. However, velvet remains quite a practical fabric for everyday living compared to other fabrics. 

Of course, there are some core variables you should consider. Don’t worry — we share what you need to know below.

Velvet vs. Pets

For plush pups and extra furry friends, synthetic velvet is a fantastic choice. Synthetic velvet is a more durable option and is typically pretreated to be stain-resistant and easy to clean. 

Velvet vs. Spills

Liquids, and tonics, and beverages — oh my! 

Luckily, spills are typically easy to treat with velvet furniture care. We get into a bit more detail below, but as long as your spill hasn’t dried, the cleanup is practically painless. 

Velvet vs. Kids

Slippy sippy cups and other child-sized disasters are a formidable foe. 

But we have good news! Similar to the spills mentioned above, cleanup from kid-created messes is easy. And as for cushion forts, you’re in the clear. 

Keep reading for more on general velvet furniture care and our velvet furniture care instructions. 

Velvet Furniture Care Tips

General Care for Velvet Furniture

With such an alluring fabric, you’re sure to notice signs of wear. Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Crushing: This happens when the fabric is compressed or “crushed” by everyday use. To slow down the inevitable, simply vacuum regularly with an upholstery attachment or use a soft-bristled brush. 
  • Dents: Velvet is prone to dents. When caring for your velvet fabric, be sure not to leave anything too heavy resting on it for too long. Some pressure marks can be removed with light steam and brushing. 
  • Creases and wrinkles: You’ll start to notice this on high-use cushions or pillows. You can fluff and rotate regularly to avoid wearing them out too quickly. 
  • Color fading: This can be a bit trickier as the cause is simply light. Whether from the sun or an indoor bulb, velvet can be sensitive to light. It is best to place velvet furniture out of direct light. Or, if you’re blessed with loads of natural lighting, place a throw over the sun-exposed spots for a little added protection.

Velvet Furniture Care Instructions

Accidents happen. Be ready with this quick list of velvet furniture care instructions:

  1. Know your material: As we briefly mentioned, there are several types of velvet, from the delicate crème de la crème silk velvet to the more durable and dense velour. Make sure you are being gentle enough depending on your type of velvet furniture. 
  2. No rubbing: Friction can damage the pile and the overall appearance of your velvet furniture. It’s important to blot or dab any spill that may occur with a dry cloth. To prevent any markings from the spill, use a hairdryer at a safe distance on cool until no longer damp. Finish by brushing the now dry area to prevent matting or napping. 
  3. Consider using cleaners: If all else fails, you can always turn to a cleaner or solvent. However, you’ll want to test on a discreet area of the furniture first in the event that things do not go as planned. 

We’re Here for You

Velvet or not, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing new furniture for your home. Lucky for you, we have our guide to purchasing furniture. Now you may be wondering, is my furniture worth refinishing? You’ve got a few options to consider. 

Reupholstering Velvet

Reupholstery is another option. Visit our site to get an estimate

If reupholstery doesn’t sound like the right choice for your velvet furniture care, it might be time for an upgrade altogether. We discuss parting with your well-loved furniture in another blog about how long your furniture should last. 

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing Today!

If any of this feels a bit beyond you, don’t worry — you can always call on a professional. Here at Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, we just might know someone who’s perfect for the job.

2021 Furniture Trends

For a lot of people, 2021 is symbolizing new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate that theme than to get creative with your home’s aesthetic? 

Renew and refresh your surroundings by playing around with 2021 furniture trends that are sure to spark new life into your home decor and give a little more excitement to your everyday environment.

Reclaimed Wood

If you want to maintain a classic, modern-looking home but are still looking to add some personality to your furniture, try including touches of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood creates a harmonious bridge between old and new aesthetics, while also being eco-friendly. 

This type of wood is upcycled from pieces used in buildings that have been deconstructed. You can find unique pieces of furniture made out of salvaged wood in great condition, such as dining room tables, chairs, and desks.

Sculptural Furniture

Looking to create some drama in an otherwise minimal space? Try adding furniture in unconventional shapes, angles, and curves. 

Sculptural furniture combines function with art, and when thoughtfully placed, creates a stunning, trendy vibe for any design-forward individual. Start small with uniquely shaped chairs and lighting structures.

Woven Pieces

Furniture is more than just shape and function. 2021 is seeing a revival in the importance of texture, which means woven furniture is back. 

Woven materials such as rattan, bamboo, and cane can be integrated into shelves, dressers, chairs, and headboards for a rustic, charming style or a funky ’70s environment.

Vintage and Retro-Inspired Items

Speaking of the ’70s — vintage and retro-inspired furniture is more on trend than ever in 2021. 

Use a less-is-more approach and stick to a theme, like a ’50s diner kitchen or ’70s swanky living room. Add modern furniture with a retro-twist, such as a new velvet couch or a mid-century modern coffee table, and spice up your surroundings with special authentic vintage pieces, such as a swag lamp or formica dining table.

Comfortable and Stylish Office Chairs

Since many of us had to shift from working in an office building to working from home, we’ve all learned the importance of creating an office space that works for us in our house. Although things are opening back up across the country, your remote work life might not be coming to an end. 

This is why 2021 is seeing a lot of stylish, yet comfortable office chairs trending. Don’t resign yourself to boring computer chairs — choose a dark leather chair if your office setup is library-esque, or find a velvet-upholstered office chair for a more luxurious look.

Mix of Soft Textures

In 2020 we stayed home more than ever, which means we may have developed higher priorities when it comes to comfort. Adding softness and warmth to your household by layering textures such as cotton, linen, and knit on your couches and chairs will help keep your comfortable environment going strong in 2021.

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery Today!

If you’re looking for help achieving your ideal interior aesthetic for 2021, we’ve got your back. Queen Anne Upholstery has years of experience in upholstery, custom furniture products, and refinishing, and can help you incorporate some of these 2021 furniture trends in your home. 
Contact us today to get an estimate, and let’s get started!

The Four Elements of a Perfect Room

You’ve seen them in magazines, movies, and maybe even in real life: rooms that ring with perfection.

But what really makes a room perfect?

To help you with your own interior decor, we’re revealing what we consider to be the four elements of a perfect room.

Purpose

The items in your room should all have a purpose.

When selecting items, think about what value they will add to your room. If an item has no real functional value but adds beauty, that’s okay — just make sure that every item has a reason for being in the room, and even for being situated as it is.

This can help you avoid thoughtlessly adding items to a room and creating clutter, the enemy of a well-planned space. Even a room full of the most beautiful items will fall short if too many of those items are present.

You may also want to take stock of your room, examine each item, and — even if you think it has a purpose — ask yourself if it is serving its purpose well. A coffee table may well have a function, but if it is too small for your family’s needs, then it isn’t serving its real purpose.

Style Harmony

Impressive rooms are always decorated well and cohesively, meaning that the styles of the various elements — furniture, paint color, and so on — harmonize with one another. Ensuring that your room is not filled with random, purposeless items will make it easier to create this style harmony.

While this may sound simple, the challenge is to find a balance between style mayhem and style monotony.

On one side of the spectrum, people make decisions arbitrarily and end up with a space that is eclectic in the extreme; and on the other, people choose one common theme and exhaust it. Imagine a room where everything is the same color — a bit overwhelming.

Our tip: Start with a large statement piece (such as a sofa) and then find other decor elements that will complement it. Once you know what the large pieces will look like, choosing fabrics for drapes and throw pillows is easy.

Working with an interior decorator is also a great way to achieve style harmony without having to overthink every decision. You can be as involved as you want in the decorating process, but most importantly, you will have peace of mind knowing that the money you’re investing will produce good results.

All Queen Anne Upholstery projects come with a free consultation with our in-house interior decorator. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that the furniture you’re having updated will look at home in your space. We can even order in special fabrics and custom-design paint colors to match your existing decor.

Comfort and Livability

However stylish your room is, if it isn’t a space you actually want to spend time in, it’s missing the mark.

This is the problem many people run into: They create a space that looks amazing, but isn’t comfortable or livable. It belongs in a magazine — not in someone’s home.

Unsurprisingly, creating a comfortable space starts with making sure your furniture is comfortable. Whether you need to browse the new furniture in our showroom, have furniture custom-designed to your specific needs, or upgrade your existing furniture, we can help.

Our upholstery services include replacing the foam cushions in the seats, arms, and backs of chairs and sofas that have lost their comfort over the years. We can also create cushions and pillows to match your interior decor, which, along with throws and rugs, go a long way toward creating a comfortable environment.

Livability encompasses more than comfort, though.

Think about who will be using this room and how they’ll be using it. If you have animals or children, that may mean choosing fabrics that are kid- or pet-friendly.

You’ll also want to make sure the room is set up in a way that facilitates the activities that will take place there. If you find yourself constantly rearranging furniture from one day to the next, the room’s layout may need rethinking.

Personality

When a guest walks into your home, they should feel that it is your space. Accomplishing this may mean hanging up pictures of family and friends, or including souvenirs from past trips, but it should also mean choosing pieces that reflect your personal aesthetic.

For some, identifying and expressing their personal aesthetic comes easily. Others may know that they like something when they see it, but have a hard time describing their general taste in interior decor.

This is another time when working with our interior decorator may be worthwhile.

The best decorators combine excellent design skills with excellent listening skills. Our in-house decorator prides herself on asking the right questions, listening to what our clients have to say, and surmising what they don’t or can’t put into words. The result is an intentionally designed space that reflects the client’s needs and personality.

Queen Anne Upholstery and Refinishing’s mission is to create curated, classic, and comfortable spaces that our clients will love. To get started on your custom interior project, request an estimate.

Early 1900s Oak Desk Restoration

Our client’s grandfather’s desk needed a full restoration including re-gluing of drawer boxes and runners.

We replaced the leather top and completely striped and refinished like original; we also provided a custom glass top to protect the finish during use.