Move Over Minimalism – The Decor Trend You Never Saw Coming Is Here

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Interior Design has been trending towards the Minimalist look for several years now. Until now that is. In the US and Britain as well as in Italy and other parts of Europe there is a strong move trending to a far more lived in look, a maximalist look if you like. People are embracing a new trend that celebrates their lives and reflects this through their artwork, wallpaper, ornaments, furniture and fabric, both the decorative and the purposeful.

Indoor plants and floral decoratives are now making a big return. Many people enjoy the living nature of indoor plants or the symbolism of natural settings in their living spaces decoratively.

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Here is an article reprinted from My Domaine in its Decor section. My Domaine is a US publication from Los Angeles.

Move Over, Minimalism — the Décor Trend You Never Saw Coming Is Here

Increasingly minimal interiors have been dominating décor trend reports for a while now, but as we all know, the pendulum always has to swing back the other way at some point. We started seeing a glimpse of this shift in aesthetics on NYFW’s A/W 17 runways and predicted interiors would follow suit. In the last month, this sentiment has only been confirmed with the proliferation of ultra-cool traditionalist interiors popping up everywhere.

Have we seen enough of monochrome interiors with minimal styling? Maybe not (we’re still all over the new modern trend), but there’s something to be said about a traditional interior executed in a fresh new way. Just like a good Chanel suit will always look flawless on Anna Wintour, some elements of traditional interiors always add flair to a room. Want to learn the best tricks for decorating a traditional home without making if feel stuffy? Get ahead of the curve and incorporate these timeless décor rules in your own space.

Use One Dominant Colour


No matter how much of a minimalist you are, it’s hard not to fall in love with the playroom of Marie Claire fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi. Her designer’s trick for a traditional interior that also feels fresh and modern: going bold with one colour. The red toile wallpaper mixed with a bold striped Dhurrie in the same hue create a vibrant backdrop for other accessories like a classic burlwood armoire, swing-arm sconces, and tailored slip-covered sofa bed.

Throw in Modern Lighting


You may have an entirely formal and traditional dining room, but there’s one quick way to make it feel fresh again: Just add a minimal chandelier. This is a great way to refresh your space when you inherited a set of furniture that isn’t necessarily your style or to infuse personality into a space that feels too formal.

Go Entirely Neutral


If there was one house that had the power to turn anyone into a traditionalist, it would be Mark D. Sikes’s Los Angeles home. His trick for making a classic interior feels bright and fresh: to decorate entirely in shades of white and cream (with a few black accents). This unity in tone allows the shapes of the furniture to shine without looking overpowering.

Mix in Some Modern


British interior designer Ben Pentreath knows a thing or two about classic interiors, but he always manages to make them feel new and different. In this traditional dining room, he added a clean striped dhurrie as a base and softened the furniture with a modern Saarinen table by Knoll. He then mixed in traditional elements in lush emerald green tones to make them stand out.

Light Up Your Bookcase


There are a few elements of traditional design that are timeless staples, and for good reason: They work every single time. Case in point: Picture lights above bookcases and artwork always add a sophisticated flair to a space, no matter how traditional or modern.

Don’t Mix and Match


The quickest way to make your traditional room feel stale is to decorate with only one style. Instead, use your maximalist flair for mixing in elements from different parts of the world and different time periods. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your chairs to blend the lines between modern and traditional.

Decorate With Sculptural Plants


Amy Stone’s stunning New York prewar apartment is proof that traditional interiors can look young and fresh no matter how classic. Adding in a tall banana-leaf plant and a pair of vintage cantilever rattan chairs softened the look of the more traditional furniture, giving the whole space a laid-back edge.


At Sulfaro we stock a wide range of Sofas, Armchairs, Occasional Chairs, Dining Chairs and Tables, Ornaments, Lamps and much more.

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Visit our showrooms at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham 7 days per week from 10am onwards. Take the time to select the furniture and accessories to reflect your taste and style. Or ask our staff for helpful advice on fabrics, colour and interior design. Call now on 03 9872 4608 and make an appointment to discuss your needs.

All Sulfaro furniture is made here in Melbourne by genuine artisans and craftsmen in Upholstery and Furniture making. it’s a family tradition that continues to this day with the guidance of our founder Nunzio Sulfaro.

For Quality, Comfort and Luxury in every detail choose Sulfaro. Sit back and relax, it’s from Sulfaro – you know it’s just right.

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Salone Del Mobile 2018 – Europe’s Design Epicentre

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The Salone Del Mobile Milano 2018 is probably Europe’s largest furniture and design expo, open both to the Trade and to the public. This year over 434,509 people attended, viewing over 1841 exhibits – with 27% being from countries other than Italy. The feature display – Solene Satellite – attracted 650 designers under 35. It is a show of great innovation, vibrance and style. With visitors from over 186 countries, the show is definitely the epicentre of new directions in both interior design, furniture and future trends.

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Milan has long been acknowledged as Europe’s leading city in both fashion and design and it is this European and Italian style and elegance on which Sulfaro Fine Furniture has based its collection and design direction.

Salone Del Milano is truly an international show. First Prize for the show went to an Italian Designer, Stefano Carto Vasconellas for his exhibit – Cucina Leggara (Light Kitchen). Second Prize was awarded to a Croatian design group Tink Things – for their innovative and therapeutic children’s design project. Third Prize was awarded to Japanese Designers Yuri Himato for the display ’Soft Block’ a very conceptual piece based on modular furniture. Awards also went to Finland and Mexico. As you can tell, the show is a genuine fusion of idea and creativity.

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New directions from shows and events like the Milan event influence future pathways of design and interior visualisations here in Australia, and in this case the Milan show is definitely a global trendsetter.

The direction as evidenced by the show is leaning back towards maximalist in terms of upholstered furniture and ornaments – comfortable seating with low puffy plump and curved sofas.

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Wallpaper is making a very solid return to favour. Milano designers Studio Pepe provided a striking illustration of this direction. Taking a Milanese apartment (circa 1880s), the design team added layers of furniture in terracotta, peach, pink and green – all in perfect balance.

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It’s now time for warm, almost retro colours in Europe. Terracottas, browns, deep pinks, burgundy and teals, with flashes of bright blue and orange. Complimenting these warmer colours there is a return to rich timber grains such as walnut, cherry and other similar retro timbers. Think lush velvets in rich tones of turquoise and ruby.


Here at Sulfaro we are fastidious in remaining true to our Italian traditions – quality craftsmanship and design excellence. We select from the very best fabrics and leathers available.

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Why not visit our Showroom at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham. We are open 7 days a week from 10am onwards. Or call prior to our visit on 9872 4608 and make a personal appointment to discuss your furniture and interior design requirements.

At Sulfaro we offer a wide range of contemporary and traditional furniture with accessories and ornaments to accent your selections of Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Dining Tables and Occasional Chairs for your home.

Sulfaro – for quality, comfort and detail. Fine furniture of distinction.


This Week at Sulfaro’s Big Autumn Sale – 40% off selected items

First of all ‘like’ our Facebook page and you will receive an immediate 20% discount on any item selected (just show the salesperson when purchasing). [N.B. This is not added to other discounts available during the sale.]

This week we offer 2 Lounge settings – the London (2 Sofas, 1 Scatter Back and 1 Full Back) and the Coco – a Full Back at 40% off list price. This is a one-off deal so hurry!

A visit to our Showrooms this week and you could be sitting in one of these two beautiful settings in your lounge room next week.

The London Scatter Back – 3 1/2 Seater

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This beautiful elegant London Sofa is available this weekend only at 40% off list price. Imagine it in your lounge room, your home. Finely crafted it features kiln dried Victorian Oak hardwood timbers and structural plywood, ‘no sag’ springs and hand tied sprung edges, Dunlop Enduro Foam wrapped in a luxurious memory foam seating and fibre filled back cushions, double sided skirts with self-piped seat and back cushions.

This is your opportunity to own a handcrafted, genuine Sulfaro Sofa suite. Pictured here the item offered for sale is handcrafted and built to last. Real Comfort, Real Quality.

The London Full Back – 2 1/2 Seater, features, as its name suggests, a Full Back. The two sofas here are pictured with two dressed Brooke Chairs (not included)

For this week only – the two sofas – the London 3 1/2 Seater Scatter Back and the London 2 1/2 Seater Full Back are yours for only $7190 – a full 40% discount. However there are only the two units featured here – and once they’re sold, that’s it, they’re gone!

Also on Sale with a 40% discount this weekend is the comfortable contemporary Sofa – The Coco – featured here.


This sofa upholstered in a luxurious velvet, features all of the same quality materials as the London. This weekend the Coco featured here can be yours for $3990, a full 40% reduction in price.

All sofas on Sale mentioned and depicted are available ‘as is’ in the colours shown.

There are many other incredible bargains to be had during this, our annual Autumn Sale. Drive out to our showroom at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham, just past the Mitcham Shopping Centre towards Ringwood. This weekend we are open all day Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and every day during the week

Please come out and browse through our extensive showrooms. We offer a wide range of exclusive, handmade quality furniture and accessories in a wide selection of styles that suit both traditional and contemporary settings. At Sulfaro you know you are buying quality – direct from the manufacturer. Real European style, real craftsmanship – real quality. Elegant and beautiful – perfect for your home.

Sulfaro. Where quality and craftsmanship meet style and elegant design.



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Sulfaro Furniture. Beautiful, elegant furniture ready right now for your inspection. Visit our extensive showrooms at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd, Mitcham and experience a world of choice – genuine Italian and European style, handcrafted, made right here in Melbourne.

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And right now never to be repeated pricing on selected items during our annual Autumn Sale – up to 40% Discount!

Sulfaro offer a wide range of Sofas in two seater, two and a half seater, three seater and three and a half seaters, customised corner Sofa designs and chaise variations. All styles in our range come with matching armchairs. As well we have a wonderful collection of occasional chairs, tub chairs and dining chairs.


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Need help with your Interior Design? Our staff are expert and well versed in fabric selection, colour selections and ensuring the right design choice is made for the situation you are considering.

Sulfaro offer a full range of Upholstered furniture including recliners and sofa beds. Accessories available including Dining Tables, Ottomans, Coffee and Occasional Tables, Lighting and Ornaments.


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Why not set aside a time this weekend to drop in and inspect our very extensive showrooms at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd, Mitcham.


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Take the time to view our extensive range of well over 50 different styles all on display in situation for you to sit down, relax and consider. For real comfort, real luxury and European stye and elegance, choose Sulfaro. Hand made on the premises by genuine artisans.

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Sulfaro – Simply the best in European and traditional upholstered furniture. Call now on 03 9872 4608 and arrange an appointment this weekend with our Sales Consultant or message us here for further assistance.

Sulfaro – Quality craftsmanship made here in Australia.