Design Tips, Mixing materials and staying natural
My team at In2ition Realty is immersed in the GTA market, enabling us to stay on top of the latest home design trends. Here’s a rundown on tips to design your home.
Mix it up
Material mixing is hotter and easier than ever! We are no longer bound to boring looks and conventional design rules and ideas – we can mix woods, metals, stone, porcelain and fabrics to create beautiful layers and fresh-looking spaces. Inspired by the Danish term “Hygge,” meaning “cosiness,” a mix of materials creates a comfortable and inviting getaway in any space.
Envision a contemporary bedroom adorned in velvets, and luxurious rugs and fabrics, with tone-on-tone colours shown in a variety of textures and materials (white on white, grey on grey), mixed with wood furniture that’s accented with metal or resin inlays. All of these elements work together to give a room a luxurious warmth.
Mixing metals, such as metallic and muted golds, chrome, ombre gold, rose gold and chrome is also on trend. This metal trend carries through to the kitchen as well, with the introduction of matteblack appliances: Sinks, faucets, even bathtubs.
Natural materials continue to grow in popularity. Marble is no longer just an option for countertops and backsplashes; we’re now seeing marble finishes on tables, trays and candles – giving everyday household items a calming look and feel. Natural woods are also in style, with homeowners trending toward wide-plank grey and blonde flooring, and using warmer-toned or white washed woods for accent walls.
Concrete is no longer reserved just for lofts and commercial spaces; designers are using it in furniture to provide a striking accent piece for kitchens or bathrooms. Natural curves are hot as well, from organic shapes in wallpaper to products such as curved sofas and rounded accent chairs, giving a natural softness to spaces.
When it comes to furniture, we’re holding out for key quality pieces, and are willing to spend more when we find them. This is especially true on big-ticket items such as sofas, dining tables and beds. Given the ever-shrinking size of GTA condominiums, and the ever-rising costs to live in them, people want furniture that not only looks great, but that also serves multiple functions and is well built, showcasing its quality. Statement pieces are where we tend to spend our budgets, and we love showing them off.
Reuse and recycle with imagination is becoming the old-is-new mantra for interior decorators, as designers give older pieces a rebirth with updated materials and textures. Vintage fixtures are always in good taste when refurbished – to add a touch of character and warmth, offsetting the clean, clinical look of modern homes.
Rich and Bold
Rich colours, such as a strong cobalt blue or an elegant emerald green, are currently on point. Same goes with large pops of colour incorporated in unexpected ways, such as vibrantly coloured kitchen appliances, or fresh new paint for tired old cabinets. Accent walls with bold-print wallpaper, especially in floral or organic patterns, enhance small areas such as powder rooms and entryways, giving personality and importance to smaller spaces.
In the kitchen, designers are showcasing bold, oversized glass pendants in a variety of geometric forms and finishes, boasting a unique look to our kitchens. Most importantly, choose your home finishings and decor to reflect your personality and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to make a statement and have some fun while decorating your new home.
Debbie Cosic, CEO and founder of In2ition Realty, has worked in all facets of the real estate industry for over 25 years.