Sunshine Furniture, 7178 S. Memorial Drive,

To freshen up a room or even the whole house, the latest home decor trends focus on fun, versatile furniture and home accent pieces.

And say goodbye to the browns and heavy looks, while saying hello to whites, grays and bright, lively accents, according to Giovanni Rundo, owner of Sunshine Furniture, 7178 S. Memorial Drive.

“There have been several changes in the industry. Within a very few years, we went from very traditional looks to much more eclectic looks,” Rundo said. “The typical browns, coffee and beige colors have been largely replaced by the gray and neutral colors to be accented by the bright colors of the chairs and pillows.”

Fabrics have also become more family-friendly and cleanable, he said, which opens up many more interior design options.

“People are choosing lighter colors because they are not afraid anymore of the cleanup. The fabrics are more pet- and kid-friendly.”

Young families aren’t looking for the heirloom furniture looks or the shiny, dark brown piano wood finishes. Farmhouse and industrial styles and reclaimed woods remain the top design trends in the region. Glam and metallic finishes aren’t quite as popular as they have been, but those luxe looks are still in demand, especially for young girls, he said.

“It is not your grandma’s furniture anymore by any means,” Rundo said. “Customers like to change the colors, replace the pieces every few years.”

Bright accent chairs and pillows complement stylish and bright accent rugs with abstract designs.

“Everything is more fun than what it used to be,” Rundo said. “It’s not all matchy, matchy anymore.”

In the living room, coffee tables don’t have to match the end tables and the sofa tables. In the bedroom, the nightstands don’t have to match the bed or the armoire.

“It is more like a treasure hunt. The style is to look for the perfect conversation pieces and then find pieces that work with them,” Rundo said.

And if a treasure hunt is not your of cup tea, not to worry. Sunshine Furniture has a team of on-staff designers who can do the hunting for you, said Cindy Flores, sales trainer.

“They will work on any project, nothing is too big or too small. They will work on any price point, and they will come out to your house and measure your house for you,” Flores said.

“Basically, they will make all of your dreams come true, and the nice thing is that it makes it fun again. It takes all of the grunt work out and makes it fun again.”

With summer in full swing, outdoor living areas might need some updating, too.

Sunshine Furniture began selling outdoor furniture last year. It offers many styles in powder-coated aluminum and woven resin, which has the appearance of a woven material but is more durable, Rundo said.

“The new arrivals will be eucalyptus wood, basically it has the look of teak without the cost and also is a sustainable type of wood.”

Nicole Marshall Middleton



Scene Editor

Nicole joined the Tulsa World in May 1993 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. She has covered crime, city government and general news on the news side and food for the Scene section, where she is now editor. Phone: 918-581-8459