Category Archives: Home Decorating

2018 Home Design Trends

Does your home design feel a little bit blah? Are you looking for ways to freshen up your décor, and bring your interior design up to date? A new year is a great time to try out some new trends, and according to the experts, 2018 is bringing some exciting trends you’re definitely going to want to embrace.

  • Color palettes are growing deeper and richer. Jewel tones are a big deal this year, with deep purples, greens and blues creating plenty of drama. Don’t want to go too dark? Millennial Pink has been the go-to pastel for a while, and in 2018 it’s joined by
    Best Home Furnishings Karla chair.

    lavender and lilac, for a soothing atmosphere. How you choose to use color is up to you, because while high contrast and bold geometric patterns are popular looks this year, tone on tone is also huge. Just don’t choose to paint only one wall in a room; the top decorators say accent walls are passé in 2018. The new trend with similar impact? Statement ceilings.

  • Words on the walls are a trend of the past. There, we said it. For the past few years, quotable words have been everywhere: on walls, canvases, boards, throw pillows, and more. In 2018, it’s time to get a little less literal, and express ourselves more artistically. Instead of a favorite word art, choose actual art, perhaps from a local artist. If you’re not quite ready to give up signage altogether, look for vintage wall signs, or other meaningful vintage items, repurposed as artwork.

    Orchid in glass jar by K & K Interiors.
  • Bring nature indoors this year. Natural materials are big, whether it’s wood or natural fibers. The greenest trend, though, is indoor plants. Hanging plants, potted plants, herb gardens, micro-greens, and succulents: name a plant, and someone has probably incorporated it into their 2018 home design. Why? Plants are a beautiful and relatively inexpensive way to decorate, and they’re the ultimate green accessory, providing cleaner air as well as aesthetic appeal. Don’t feel you’re up to the task of keeping houseplants alive? Incorporating driftwood, cut flowers, and stones into your design will allow you to embrace the trend without taking on the responsibility.
  • 2018 designs have weight to them. Forget all-white kitchens, shabby chic, and open cabinets. This year, the cabinetry is weighty, the designs are colorful, and the chic look is Boho. Plush velvets, rich textures, wallpaper-inspired backsplashes, and colorful bowls and accessories make for bold but playful statements in interior décor.
  • Accent stool with white faux fur.

    Copper and brass are the go-to metals for 2018. Forget brushed nickel and stainless steel. Today’s look is warmer, whether it’s fixtures, faucets, or embellishments. Copper and brass are a great match for all those warm jewel tones and weighty designs.

When you’re ready to bring your home design into 2018, Smith Village Home Furnishings has bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture to suit your style and your budget.  A family-owned business for more than 80 years, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with top quality furnishings at the lowest possible prices. We even have a design center, where you can play around with furniture and fabric to find the looks that are perfect for you. Visit us online to view our current stock or call us at (717) 428-1921 for more information!

5 Swaps to Put Your Home in a Holiday Mood

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to get in the holiday mood! A great place to start is your home, and even if you’re not ready to haul out the holly, decorate the tree, or light the menorah, there are some simple swaps you can make that will have your family feeling that holiday spirit. The best news? The changes we’re talking about require very little effort or expense.

  • Toss in some new throw pillows. No matter which holiday you celebrate, it’s easy to find pillows that match your traditions and fit your style. From whimsical to ornate, they’re everywhere this time of year, and can turn your furniture into a holiday display.



  • Make your bathroom a winter wonderland.                                          It’s simple as can be to switch out towels, bathmats, and even the shower curtain to go with your holiday theme. Want to go the extra mile? Switch your usual soap with a whimsical holiday-themed or elegant metallic  dispenser. If you keep a scent diffuser in your bathroom, you can easily change it to match the rest of the room.
  • Holiday up your kitchen. Just about every store you visit this time of year has their own spin on holiday dish towels, potholders, and more. If you’re able, it’s also a nice touch to hang up some kitchen linens that have been handed down through your family. You’ll feel nostalgic and cozy every time you see your grandmother’s fingertip towel, or your great-aunt’s potholders. On the table, a simple centerpiece can change the mood, turning it to all things holiday, even if it’s as simple as a potted poinsettia.
  • Make things merry with candles. Candles soothe and delight, whether they’re for a religious purpose or simply to create a warmer ambience. They don’t even have to be holiday themed! Simple tapers are an elegant and attractive addition to any centerpiece or holiday display.
  • Switch up your scents. Nothing triggers warm memories of the holidays like certain scents. Whether you use scented candles, oil diffusers, or even strategically placed cinnamon brooms, choose scents that take you back to happy childhood memories, and you’ll find you’re in a holiday mood.

Ready for a change in your décor that’s a little more substantial than linens and pillows? Smith Village Home Furnishings has bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture to suit your style and your budget.  A family-owned business for more than 80 years, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with top quality furnishings at the lowest possible prices. Visit us online to view our current stock or call us at (717) 428-1921 for more information!

Mixing Metallics for a Seasonal Update

What says “holiday season” more than a healthy dose of sparkle and shine? A little bit of blingy décor can make any home feel more festive, and make everyone feel more like celebrating. The best news? Metallic home décor is a hot trend right now, so if you choose wisely, you’ll be able to hang onto that shine even after the holidays are over. No matter what your style of décor, you can find metallics to mix with your existing pieces and brighten the look of your home.

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2017 Décor Trends to Liven Up Your Living Room

Classically Contemporary
Rustic traditional pieces and sleek modern edges have been favorites for the past several years. While these two styles seem as if they’d always be opposing forces, designers today are finding ways to artfully blend classic and contemporary tastes. Choosing antiques no longer requires you to design an entire space around one time period. Instead, use older furniture or artwork as the centerpiece of an otherwise modern living room. Continue reading 2017 Décor Trends to Liven Up Your Living Room


Furniture has become very much a fashion industry in the last decade and a half, what with Pantone’s color of the year, and popular tones for metal and wood fininshes changing in the blink of an eye. The good news is, just like fashion styles, you don’t have to embrace every new trend that comes along.  The same way most women know what fashions look best on them, and change just a few accent pieces in their wardrobe to stay on trend, the same came be done in your home. Continue reading Ch-ch-changes…

Holiday Decorating Do’s and Don’ts for Your Dining Room

With several holidays right around the corner, many of us enjoy sprucing up the house —including the oft-neglected formal dining room, since much of the holiday spirit is embodied in some kind of special feast!

Ideally, the holidays are supposed to be about celebrating and sharing special moments with your loved ones. But with the endless list of things to do, presents to buy, visitors to entertain or coordinating travel plans, the holiday season can sure pile on the stress as well. So whether you’re hosting a big family gathering or just decorating your dining room for two, here are some simple guidelines to help keep your holidays merry and bright.


  • DON’T wait until the last minute.
  • DO start early and have a plan.

Of course this needs to be first on the list, but who doesn’t wait until the last minute to do anything nowadays? However, it’s always a good idea to first take inventory of what you have and what still works from last year. Then make a list of what you need before you go to the store so that you don’t get overwhelmed or overspend.


  • DON’T just pile on holiday decorations with everything you already have on display.
  • DO put away some of your everyday items to keep the focus festive.

Change the everyday into the special — remove all regular pictures, knick-knacks, plants, and so on to make way for all your holiday pictures, treasures and decorations.


  • DON’T just scatter decorations everywhere.
  • DO take the time to create a memorable focal point in your room.

The most obvious place for the focal point of your room is the dining room table. The one mistake a lot of people make is to overdo the centerpiece — too tall and it will hinder conversation and separate your dining guests unnaturally. A low centerpiece will accent your table without getting in the way.

Start with a nice, wrinkle-free tablecloth as your foundation. Depending on your color scheme, you may want to keep it simple with white, or you may try a more colorful or patterned fabric. Just remember that you want your tablecloth to draw attention to your centerpiece, not compete for attention, so it’s best to keep it simple. If your china is not color-neutral, you should keep that in mind when crafting your centerpiece. Colors don’t have to match, but they at least should be complementary.

For a traditional look, you might use a large wreath as your centerpiece, decorated with bells, bows or special ornaments.

For a natural look, try hanging simple wreaths at the doors and windows, and evergreen clippings draped from the chandelier. Fresh flowers and lit candles can create a soft and intimate table centerpiece to bring together the earthy tone of the room.

Even an eclectic blend of not-so-formal furniture can look formal when dressed with an elegant table runner in gold and cream. Add two pillar candles in oversize vases with a few sprigs of greenery at its base, and augment the table settings with delicately decorated napkins for a romantic feel.

Another nice touch would be to add decorative chargers to your table setting. If you are using gold or silver as an accent color, you can match your chargers to give a little more formal feel to the place settings.

You can even dress up the dining room chairs by tying a wide ribbon around the backs of the seats.


  • DON’T think everything has to be red or green.
  • DO be careful about changing the entire color scheme.

Yes, there are plenty of new and untraditional colors used in holiday decorations, from oranges, pinks and purples to simple black and white schemes. It’s fun to switch it up and try something fresh, but as color trends change, you may end up spending a lot of money on a style that you’ll be tired of by next year. If you’re looking to jazz up what you’ve already got, think of adding metallics and glass to the mix — lots of gold or silver accents will make your other colors shimmer, and the light reflecting off the metallic colors and glass will add lots of sparkle.

An elegant approach is to go with a monochromatic color scheme such as winter white, New Year’s silver, gold, Christmas red or evergreen can give your dining table a unique, classy look. For something a little different, you could try using colors such as mustard yellow paired with white to create a star theme, or use silver, light blue and white to create a snowflake/icicle theme.


  • DON’T spend a bundle to create a cozy, holiday atmosphere.
  • DO get creative and use items you already have around the house.

Gather all of your candles into one vignette and place them together on your sideboard or serving hutch. Get out all your children’s Christmas books, your Christmas craft books or holiday magazines and display them in short stacks on the shelves. Wrap some empty boxes with leftover wrapping paper to use as decorations, along with some special ornaments — perfect for adorning the smaller pieces in the room.

Lights are sure to give any room a special feel; try working some holiday LED or rope lights on the buffet or hang elegant crystal icicles from your chandelier. A mirror over your buffet will help reflect light and color into your dining room and open it up, giving the illusion of a more spacious room.


  • DON’T get so caught up in decorating that you forget to enjoy the holidays.
  • DO take time to sit back and relax.

It’s easy to let holiday activities overwhelm you during this busy season, but don’t forget the best and most important part of the holidays — getting to see the people you love, having a great time together and counting your blessings!