Tips for Furnishing a Small ApartmentFurnishing an apartment isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do - there’s lots to consider. There are budgets to contend with, lease agreements that can restrict your choice of alterations, and above all - small apartments are even more difficult to furnish thanks to cramped and awkward spaces and layouts. The plus side is, if you get creative, there are multiple ways to work around furnishing a small apartment and creating a stylish space that embodies your lifestyle, and your taste. In this post, we’re divulging tips for furnishing a small apartment with utility, adaptability, and style in mind.  Dual Purpose Furniture Furnishing a small apartment should always be thought of in terms of multi-functionality, adaptability, utility and flexibility. Select furniture for your small apartment that compliments an overarching aesthetic you identify with, but also pieces that serve more than one purpose. This can mean a coffee table that doubles as a blanket box, a home for your vinyl record collection, or a miscellaneous storage bin. Or a bookshelf that serves as a room divider between a sleeping space and living quarters. Alternatively, you can also use furniture in your small apartment to make rooms multifunctional. Use your dining room table to double as a pop-up home office, or select a coffee table with adjustable height capability to turn your living room into a standing desk/pub-style table for dining or work. Dual purpose furniture can also mean investing in furniture that doubles as storage to help your space go further. There are many incredibly stylish beds that feature storage compartments underneath to store your clothing and/or linens, and nightstands and/or end tables that double as valuable storage space - which can even sometimes be used as impromptu console tables to round out the design of your living space. Sofa beds are fantastic ways to increase your ability to accommodate overnight guests, and coffee tables with drawers and under mount shelves are perfect for freeing up space on your bookshelves or in cupboard space. Add Furniture with Curves Small apartments tend to feature awkward layouts that are box-shaped, so using your furniture selections to add some curves to your space can keep things looking as though they’re in motion, adding to the perceived space you do have available to you. Consider opting for a round dining table or coffee table instead of a classic rectangular shape, and try an oval mirror in the bathroom to help make a stylish statement and get away from the rectangular box on your wall. Rather than standard side table lamps, try floor lamps to add some height to your space and throw in a more rounded appeal. If there’s any natural space-saving spots in your small apartment to salvage, think about turning your curved window space into a reading nook, or guest seating, and add a square-footage minded chair to transform the space into a quaint zone of the house geared towards relaxation. Layer your Decor Small spaces are, by default, lack dimension and depth; when there’s only one spot to look at, the eye settles immediately and this can assist in making a small space feel even more cramped. Layering your home decor is important to creating visual stimuli for the eye, and an help the apartment feel longer, and more engaging. Layering is all about creating deep and meaningful contrast between your space and your belongings - it’s much more than simply stock piling design elements on top of one another to create some dimension. The trick is to select pieces that have different - yet complementary materials, textures, and patterns - so if you choose a sleek, ultra modern sofa, garnish it with an eclectic area rug and/or patterned throw pillows to accent your selection and make it pop. Go the extra mile by working to select interesting pieces of art and wall hangings to complement your space, and integrate colour theory to help your selections feel as though they were a calculated, curated decision, rather than an effort to fill empty wall space. Add an Entryway Small apartments tend to just begin - and this can create harsh transition zones that are abrupt and sudden. If your apartment is so small that it doesn’t have a designated entryway space, you can easily create one by utilizing the power of furniture with a penchant for storage to build a suitable transition zone that also lends itself to maximizing your space. Using a bookshelf, armoire, or even a tall side table, outfit the bottom of the furniture with baskets to accommodate hats, mittens, scarves, and sunglasses, and consider adding a memo bar, key bowl, and a couple of hooks for coats and bags to add utility and style. If your shelving unit, or bookshelf has the room, use the leftover space to declutter another area of your apartment to free up other value space. Declutter Regularly Small apartments can be fickle when it comes to hiding a wealth of clutter. Aside from being overwhelming, clutter doesn’t lend itself well to optimized sightlines, open concept layouts, or the design values of a modern aesthetic, either. In short, clutter must go if you’re going to be able to furnish and live in your small apartment the way you’ve envisioned it in your head. Further, there are fewer places to store and hide clutter in a small apartment. Some of it - not all - has got to go. Twice per year, say at the onset of winter and spring, take stock of your belongings, what you’ve accumulated over the past six months and begin an objective purge. Prioritize what should be kept, and what needs to go - you’ll probably be surprised to find the amount of things you can stand to lose that have been clogging up your space and taking up much needed space. Organize and declutter one space at a time. First, tackle the areas that see the most traffic - typically, the living room and kitchen spaces. Next, tackle the bedroom, bathroom, and den. Seek to find an appropriate balance between strict interior design methodologies and a space that you can identify with and be proud to call your own. Furnishing a small apartment has many benefits: they feature lower rent, are typically closer to the heart of your city or town, and give off a warm charm that can’t be replicated in a large, cold space. Small apartments are also much cheaper to furnish, for the simple fact that less furniture is needed. Selecting the right pieces for your small apartment takes patience, some good background research, and some personal reflection to discover the furnishings and spatial identity you’re trying to portray. The good news is, it can be done - very well, we’ll add - if you take the time to evaluate what’s important to you, and find ways to make your vision a reality. 
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The Entertainer's Handbook to Open Space DesignThe very idea of an open concept space is all about multi-purpose use honed in a singular environment, meaning isolating the right spaces for entertaining can be tricky in open concept rooms - but that’s not to say it isn’t possible.Defining the space is where the deliberations begin; without walls to break up the space, it’s up to the entertainer to find unique and innovative ways to create sections of space that cater to different styles of entertaining — conversation spaces, lounging areas, dining, etc. As decorated modern interior designers, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to develop sure-fire ways to help open space design a more approachable topic for homeowners. It may come with its challenges, but entertaining in open concept spaces is doable. In this piece, we’re detailing our personal entertainers handbook to open concept space design. Plan Out ZonesIt’s always beneficial to have a plan before diving into a design project like this one, because it’s easy to be overwhelmed staring at the magnitude of the space you’re trying to overhaul. Before you can begin selecting furniture and aesthetics, you need to pre-plan how you envision using the room. Start by planning out zones by thinking about function. Whether you’re combining a dining room and a living room, or a kitchen and living room, or a reading nook, living room, kitchen combo - you should have an idea in your minds’ eye for how it’s all going to come together. Consider making separations for the following: Conversation spacesLounge/seating spacesDining spacesTransition spaces (entrances, etc)Plan by slotting together visual cues to help separate your distinct zones, and consider using a unifier like an area rug, or reorganizing existing furniture to visualize how individual zones may end up.Embrace Focal PointsOpen concept entertaining spaces may not be the standard, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon all preconceived notions of design etiquette. As per the usual, all spaces need to be developed around a focal point - but open concept spaces mean you’ll need to rely on multiple focal points to differentiate different zones for entertaining. Each spot needs its own pizzazz to draw the eye away from each other. Consider using: An eye-catching piece of artworkA powerful statement sofa A bold area rug/coffee table comboDon’t Turn Your Back on Negative SpaceOne of the most powerful secrets in the world of interior design is the importance of negative space - and with an open concept entertaining space, you likely have loads of it to work with. These empty spaces in between each subsection are critical to the success of your overall layout. The use of negative space in open spaces means most designers will choose to embrace minimalism; there’s no rhyme or reason to fill up all that airy, open space with furniture and turn it into a cluttered space — in this instance, use open space as a weapon for stylish transition spaces that help develop a sense of flow in the room. These pathways of space allow people to move freely from one to another making the room more functional and useable, and aesthetically gives the eye a chance to rest and focus on each setting, rather than seeing one jumbled mess. Colour CoordinatedThis may seem hypocritical or counter-intuitive, but while separating each subsection of space to create unique zones for your guests to inhabit, it’s also important to remember that all of these spaces must peacefully coexist in one open space — so the big picture is important as well. All of your design elements have to work together, despite being separated, and this is perfect for a curated modernist approach to interior design. A colour-coded approach to the space will help the room feel tied together and thought-out, rather than compartmentalized and fragmented. We always suggest a modernist colour palette that uses crisp hues, monochromatic layering, and textures to help ease the eyes into the space. A neutral base colour may be best as a dominant colour, but use bold hues to pop accent walls or unique furniture pieces and create some drama. Repeating textures, materials, or patterns is a good way to integrate a coordinated aesthetic into an open entertainment space. This can mean artwork, photography, furniture pieces, or textiles. Every space needs at least one element that helps it contribute to the big picture. ---Open concept spaces don’t have to be the intimidating blank canvases that spook homeowners eager to entertain friends and family. Using distinctly unique modern furniture in ways to break up, organize, and curate a tantalizing interior design can be done using a discerning eye, and being open to change. No longer an ailing social experiment, the open concept space deserves to be loved and embraced as the people’s champion of entertaining. 
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Pairing Wood with Modern Living Room DesignModernism has always held close the idea of clean-cut lines, minimalism, and an angular approach to design. The overall look is tidy, open, and airy - but can often leave a staunch modern space feeling cold and clinical. Organic materials like wood, greenery, and other natural materials held to bring a sense of warmth, a sense of home, and a sense of personal identity that can sometimes feel out of reach in a modern living space. Wood, in particular, can be key to maintaining the clean, linear lines so cherished by modernist ideals, but in a way that helps to contrast a man-made interior, with the organic richness of the natural world. In this post, we’re exploring how pairing wood with modern living room design can help bring warmth and relaxation into your space. Accent Walls Wood accent walls are an incredibly accommodating way to help balance the industrial influence of classic monochromatic modernist spaces. Adding a wood accent wall to a large and open modern living room is a great way to add textural contrast to an otherwise blank slate. Modern spaces are typically dominated by singular polished or sleek surfaces, so the addition of a wood accent wall creates a dynamic focal point from which to get your fix of texture and distinction. Furniture You don’t have to feature solid wood furniture in your modern space to take advantage of the warming and rich material in your living room design. Rather, using wood as a structural accent in modern furniture is a lovely way to pair and use wood in a subtle way to help break up the metallic, industrial keynotes of modern design. Couches and sectionals that feature wooden legs , for example, are a good way to bring the organic aura of wood into your furniture considerations and help to create a focal point from which to differentiate the contrast of materials. The same can be said for end tables, sideboards, entertainment units, and coffee tables. Further, the addition of wood to modern furniture design helps portray a desirable retro-chic aesthetic that’s attractive and timeless. Flooring Adding or revamping your current living room pace to include a hardwood floor is an excellent way to warm up a modernist room, but also to help break up the neutral or monochromatic colour palettes to successful in modern interior design. Playing with the hue of wood stains can help to elevate the perceived temperature of a modern space by utilizing red, Auburn or chestnut brown stains on woods themselves to darken them up and add a boost of colour - and on top of stains, there are many kinds of wood to choose from. Typical pine or maple flooring has a tendency to be light in colour, reminiscent of a light tan - whereas walnut or red oak are already dark enough to carry the warmth of the room. In this situation, it may be easiest and most desirable from a design perspective to treat a darker wood with a sealer, or a clear coat to preserve the material. On top of the colour, wood flooring also can develop a beautiful warm texture over time, as the wood is walked on, gently scuffed up by foot traffic and furniture arranging. Should your walls and floor be too opposing, introducing an area rug can help break up and soften the transition between wood flooring and a cooler colour on the walls by breaking up the contrasting colours, creating harmony between the two forces. Artwork Modern design is very much dependent on wall coverings and artwork, as it is about furniture design and structural considerations. Pairing wood frames, for example, with genuine modern artwork creates a harmonious juxtaposition that adds personality and identity to monochromatic art, black and white photography and minimalist contemporary artworks. --- Wood and other natural design elements made a huge splash within the interior design community in 2017 and 2018, and we predict that trend will continue to grow into 2019 and beyond, as designers and homeowners are only beginning to unveil how wood can be constantly re-imagined and used in modern living room design. As an accent feature, as flooring, or as minimal, impactful add-ons to a piece of artwork or furniture, wood is the first choice in a material used to warm up a classically modern space and give it a touch of personality, identity, and energy.
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Minimalist Interior Design: Modern FurnitureThere’s no feeling quite like returning home from a long, chaotic day, only to enter the zen-like space of your elegantly simple modern design living room. Not only are minimalist spaces chic and stylish, but they’re easier to manage, maintain, and keep looking fresh. Minimalist modernism is no one-trick-pony, though - the overarching design concept of minimalism doesn’t have to mean angular, linear, blah pieces of furniture and loads of unused empty space - it can just as easily mean a curated, comfortable space that’s free of clutter, easy on the eyes, and uses long, clean lines to help direct the eye. In this post, we’re looking at a few staple modern furniture pieces ideal for minimalist spaces. A Simple Dining TableLong, clean, and organic dining room tables are a staple of the minimalist design mantra because they’re light, airy, and appear natural to every space. They give the room a rich character, and an authenticity not easily achieved by metal, glass, or stone tables, and they keep the minimalist flair going by not incorporating much else in terms of flashy, ornate features.Pine, oak, maple, beech, teak - you name it - natural dining room tables are simple ways to make big, bold statements in your curated approach to minimalist interior design. A Sleek SofaWhile some patrons of minimalist style will tell us that minimalist furniture also has to be painfully simple, we disagree. Minimalism is about reducing the perceived level of clutter, chaos, and disorder that a load of other crowded features can have on a space - not how conservative you can make a sofa look. In this sense, a minimalist sofa needs to be one thing: stylish and comfortable to you, and you alone. We adore the traditional, linear, long lines of a modern sofa, but we also have a soft spot in our hearts for bold, in-your-face sofas with bright colours cushions. The minimalist mantra needn’t be dull - it just must remain tidy and clean to the eye. When selecting a sofa for a minimalist space, consider how well the piece works with your existing decor. This is an easier decision to make if you’re planning on redesigning the entire room, but you don’t have to go throwing everything out just yet. Consider a small upkeep of removing some of your existing decor and rearranging your current sofa to get a sense of how the space can adapt to a fresh set of eyes. If an angular, rigid sofa is more your style, you can aid in the minimalist appeal by eliminating additional seating, and adding in a few throw pillows to add character and identity to the space as an alternative. NightstandsMinimalism is also about arranging furniture and physical objects to open up a space to the eye. Obstructions within a space create breaks in the flow of the room, so adjusting or replacing furniture pieces can easily transform a space into having a minimalist appeal.Consider how nightstands add a simple frame to your bedroom. They add a sense of clean symmetry to your bed chamber and can store the accoutrement you typically leave on your dresser or on the ensuite counter, contributing to a cleaner and more streamline overall space. Nightstands with storage provide space for your reading glasses, medications, contacts, books, tissue, jewelry, etc, and help maintain a clutter-free bedroom side table space. Purchasing two identical nightstands also provides a traditional minimalist look that adheres to the interior design rule book. Different pieces can create visual confusion and draw your eye away from the broader scope of the room, breaking it into segments. Bar StoolsBar stools are versatile, adaptable, and simple items that can be used anywhere in the home. While we prefer them as part of your kitchen island set up ourselves, bar stools can be used as extra seating in the living room or rec room, and can even be integrated into your living room and coffee table space. Bar stools can also be used in minimalist interior design as chic and simple plinths for plants, greenery, or a single couch-side lamp. Their open base and elongated structure help bring them up off the floor, adding space under the furniture and allowing the eye to direct itself along the trim line of the floor and the wall, helping the space appear more streamlined and open. Stylish StorageLike we’ve mentioned, minimalism isn't about throwing the baby out with the bathwater - it’s about curating a space that appears clean, methodical, and sleek. You have a life to lead, and you’ll inevitably miss the plethora of stuff you’ve thrown out, so opt instead to creatively store your necessary features with chic minimalist storage solutions like end tables, sideboards, and entertainment centres. ----While minimalist interior design makes some people think it’s an easy design style to master — just get rid of everything, right — they’re wrong. Like any interior design modality, selecting and pairing minimalist furniture with a space requires patience, thought, and careful consideration.
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Decorating the Bedroom with Modern FurnitureModernism in the bedroom? Some may envision the very concept of the modernist movement as cold, linear, straight-laced, and lacking of warmth and comfort - and they’re sort of right. Without careful consideration, decorating the bedroom with modern furniture and a modernist style can be tricky. Stumble, and you’ll be left with a cold, uninviting space; succeed, you’re left with a dynamic bedroom that oozes style, carefully curated style and warmth, and loads of individuality. In this post, we’re looking at ho to successful decorate your bedroom with modern furniture. Incorporate Pieces that Include All Elements of Modernism Modernism may be peppered with parallel lines and a clean-cut aesthetic, but at its core is a dedication to functionality, practicality, and purpose - three pillars of clever bedroom decoration and design. The trick is, to use modern furniture and all of modernism’s design traits to portray a bedroom with a full-bodied expression of what it means to be modern. Bedrooms are inherently perfect spaces for modernism. They have all the architectural elements required: linear lines, ample natural light, and cleanliness. They can easily be accented by a different coloured wall, wooden floors, and simple accents and decor like books and artwork that keep the floor plan open and simple. Populating the bedroom with modern furniture is all about obeying the modernist mantra - keep things functional and open. We recommend using a simple and clean headboard or bed frame as a focal point for the rest of the room, and accenting it with dressers and nightstands that mimic the same aesthetic. Think in terms of small footprints and mass functionality - this many mean a longer, slimmer dresser, or tiny side tables with storage integrated into them. Simple Artwork Artwork is a stellar way to inject some humanity and warmth into a cold modern space. In the bedroom this is particularly important. It’s where you rest, lay your head, prepare for the day, and lounge on the weekend - this space needs to accommodate life as much as it does functionality. Modern artwork is a great way to accent your modern furniture choices in the bedroom and add a zeal of ardor to your space. Modern master bedrooms support a plethora of artworks as well, so there’s never a worry about selecting works that won’t suit your own personal style. Typically, modern rooms look great with black and white photography or fine art prints; those are the two we usually think of what we envision modern art. But exploring mixed media, drawings and illustrations, pop art, and paintings are all valid choices to help bring colour and life to wide open spaces. Abstract artworks can add a beautiful juxtaposition to your space and help create a dynamic independence that can be quite motivating and refreshing. Alternatively, black and white photography of family and friends is a classic approach to adhering to the modernist rules while adding a form of humanity and culture. Wood The stigma of modernism is it can never change - while that’s not entirely untrue, modern style can certainly be permitted to evolve as present day tastes change. This means integrating a more and more eclectic flair on modernist structuralism and aesthetics. Adding natural wood accents or utilizing wood furniture as a base for modern furniture in the bedroom is an excellent way to bring warmth, inspiration, and a zest of vintage style into the bedroom. Natural woods like birch, maple, teak, and mahogany are excellent hardwood choices for modern furniture. They’re light enough to help the light and airy feel of a modern bedroom alive and well, yet strong enough and clean enough to lend their visual strengths to a modern interior design. The clean, linear lines of wood furniture can help accentuate the linear nature of an open, functional modern space, as well. Darker woods sharing the same style and modern aesthetic can be lightened and livened up with a modern colour palette used as bedding, drapery, curtains, area rugs, and other textiles. Colour Adding colour is a vital step in decorating or re-imagining your bedroom, but choosing the right palette to compliment a modern style can be difficult, especially if you’re drawn to overpowering, overwhelming hues. In a modern bedroom space, nearly any colour could be used, whether that be neutrals, bright colours, or pastel hybrids, but to truly portray a classic modern style, colours are successfully used as focal points in an accentuating capacity, whether that be on the walls, or in your furniture choices. If your space features a predominantly monochromatic colour pattern, consider adding boosts of bright colours to your furniture choices; a pair of bright, textured chairs, for example. Or a colourful bed frame, area rug, or set of lamps to adorn your nightstands. These minimal pops of colour help bring drama and style to modern bedroom spaces while not overpowering the entire room with one colour. ---- The inventors of the modernist movement believed in functionality, cleanliness, and clean shapes above all else. We adore the stylish sensibility of modern decorating, and believe the bedroom is the perfect place to begin exploring the broader scope of modern home styling. 
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Choosing the Right Upholstery For Your FamilyGreat furniture is an investment - so it comes as no surprise that the vast array of complex decisions you’ll need to make to purchase your new furniture can be overwhelming. Choosing the right furniture upholstery for your family and your lifestyle are hangs in the balance - so where should you start? There are innumerable types of fabrics and materials out there these days and all of them promise something unique. Durability, luxuriousness, and cost-effectiveness come to mind - but navigating the arena of furniture upholstery options can be daunting. In this post, we’re discussing some of the most popular, and more relevant furniture upholstery choices available on the market today - and explaining why they may be a great fit for you and your family. Genuine Leather The proverbial pièce de résistance of furniture materials, the coveted genuine leather option is a classic option that is always stylish, relevant, and worth considering. Genuine leather is the whole package - it’s extremely tough and durable, suitable for households with small children and pets. It’s resistant to staining and moisture-related marks, and should it get scuffed up over the years, genuine leather develops a fine patina finish as it ages, accentuating character, organic charm, and a warm, nostalgic aura of timelessness. Leather is easily cleaned, maintained, and protected by using a leather conditioner approximately two times per year, depending on the amount of use it sees. The conditioner helps lock in moisture and natural oils to salvage the look and feel of the leather’s supple surface. It’s look and smell are the epitome of furniture upholstery choices for most - but it does come with its downfalls. Genuine leather is expensive. Though its value for money is high, the initial cost of owning a leather sofa sectional, or arm chair can be a big deterrent for some people. Second, is the lack of any substantial choice in colours and patterns. The natural creation of leather means there’s no blue, orange, or green leather options - no tweed texture option, or silky smooth warmth. Leather is cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and for the most part, comes in a standard selection of predictable colours. Bonded Leather Bonded leather is a hybridized man-made material that emulates the look and feel of genuine leather by using scraps of leather and blending them together to form a seamless piece of leather-like vinyl material, whereas genuine leather is made from one single piece of natural leather. Bonded leather uses multiple coats of sealants and polishes to prolong the perfection of the manmade material, but often features very small amounts of genuine leather, opting instead for a disproportionate percentage of vinyl and other synthetic materials which contribute to degradation over time. However, if you’re in the market for a quality piece of furniture that you want to last, bonded leather may not be the perfect option for your family. Disadvantages include cracking and peeling of the leather-like material from the fabric underbelly of the furniture cushions and coverings. This inevitably means if you have small children and pets, bonded leather in a high traffic area like the living room may not stand up to the durability test of an active family. To help minimize this cracking, clean the furniture using warm water apply a quality bonded leather conditioner with a clean, lint-free microfiber cloth - at least once every 6 months. Microfiber Leather A much more sophisticated approach to a man made leather alternative is microfiber leather. This innovative material is a form of synthetic faux leather that’s constructed from a blend of polyurethane resin and ultra-fine microfiber combined to replicate the texture and microscopic structure of leather. While it’s a more expensive option than bonded leather, the advantages of microfiber leather far outweigh the price point. Microfiber leather does not scratch, crack, tear, or fade, and it’s capable of breathing - similar to genuine leather. Further to its structural advantages, microfiber leather boasts anti-bacterial properties that help minimize spoiling and odor. Microfiber leather is odorless, easily cleaned, is resistant to the harmful effects of the sun, and has very high uniformity - even rivalling the natural inconsistencies of genuine leather for superior aesthetics.  Fabrics If you’re not inclined to purchase a leather, or leather-like piece of furniture, you’ll inevitably find yourself contemplating various different fabrics as a substitute. Each available fabric plays a vital role in the longevity and value of a piece of furniture, and represents different durability, price, and resistance factors. Natural fabrics can include cotton and cotton blends, linen, wool, vinyl, and silk. Synthetic fabrics may include acetate, nylon, olefin, polyester, and rayon. Let’s investigate these further: Cotton and Cotton Blends Cotton and blended cotton materials provide good resistance to general wear and tear, fading, and material piling - but are less resistant to spills, soiling, and wrinkling over time. They’ look great, offer competitive and fair price points, and are available in a huge array of patterns and colours. Wool A very durable and tough natural fabric, wool is a great material to consider for high traffic areas that may include children and pets. Wool offers a great defence against fading, wrinkling, and tearing, and is very easy to clean and maintain. Typically, wool is blended with other materials, such as cotton or synthetic materials to help keep its texture smooth and soft. Silk Ultra-delicate and reserved for adult-only spaces such as the bedroom or lounge, silk furniture is limited by its expensive price point, and it's difficult cleaning nature. Silk must be cleaned professionally should it encounter a spill, and is not very durable to tearing, and fading. While strikingly beautiful, silk is typically not a wise furniture upholstery choice for a family. Acetate Cue Acetate - developed as a synthetic substitute for silk, it is resistant to pilling and shrinking - but its still susceptible to soiling and general wear and tear. It also doesn't fare too well in direct sunlight, fading easily with time. Not an ideal material for everyday use, acetate is still a more durable and attainable silk substitute appropriate for formal spaces. Acrylic Developed as a synthetic wool substitute, acrylic resists wear and tear, soiling and fading well, but low-grade materials may pill in sections that see excessive daily use. Olefin A perfect choice for those with a busy, active lifestyle, olefin is very durable, easy to clean, and can handle excessive wear and tear. Ideal for families with pets looking for a workhorse that can roll with the punches. Rayon A real jack-of-all-trades, rayon was initially developed as a cost-effective substitute for silk, linen and cotton upholstery. Rayon technology has made the material very practical and functional, but it is still prone to wrinkling. ---- Regardless of your ultimate decision - remember that your furniture purchase is a time-tested investment of not only monetary value, but of style, modernism, aesthetics, and lifestyle. There’s a lot riding on this decision, so knowing your synthetic fibres from your genuine leather patinas is a great place to start. Happy deliberating! 
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