Fueled by the home design craze on TV and the Internet, home decorating is focusing on contemporary, yet bold and personalized touches.
However, nothing beats the local personalized service that can be found in the Ohio Valley. Janet Galiffa, interior designer and accessories buyer for Chris Miller Furniture on Market Street in downtown Wheeling, said she sees her job as a way for customers to bring their home decor ideas to fruition while staying within their budgets. And today's customers will find that home furnishing and fashions have changed, especially over the past three to five years, Galiffa noted.
"We are seeing a lot more contemporary trends. Many of our suppliers are showing more edgier fabrics, bolder patterns and colors. Our Norwalk wall used to be a lot of neutrals, tweeds and solids. But now we have bursts of color."
Sage green has been replaced with chartreuse and bold lime green shades for wall colorings and even in some furniture pieces.
"Gray has become the new neutral. In furniture, we are seeing an influx of woods and even darker woods. Hardware finishes have gone from gold to brushed nickel. Wall coverings are showing more graphics," Galiffa said.
Chris Miller offers a new line of furnishings from Marshfield, a U.S. company, that features "a wonderful lodgey style," Galiffa said. The furnishings recently were featured in the store's windows and have been well-received by customers. She said the country styling offers customers the choice of deer, elk and bear within the patterns of furnishings. Galiffa finds that customers appreciate the personal service in offering suggestions for floor plans for arranging furniture, selecting fabrics and colors.
"We do a lot of different looks, not just contemporary. I can come into their home with a purchase, lay it out and eliminate the chance of making a mistake," Galiffa said.