Home Realty: Home Design Trends

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Home Realty: Home Design Trends

In 2018, look for mixed materials, metallics and natural finishes

My team at In2ition Realty is right in the thick of the GTA’s red-hot condo market, enabling us to stay on top of the latest home design trends. Here’s a rundown on what we’re watching in 2018.


Material mixing is hotter than ever — mix woods, hides and natural fabrics to create beautiful and fresh-looking spaces. Inspired by the Danish term hygge meaning, coziness, a mix of materials creates a comfortable and inviting getaway in any space. Think a modern bedroom adorned in velvets, tweeds and thick fabrics, with colour-on-colour textures and materials (white-on-white, grey-ongrey) and wood furniture that’s accented with inlayed metal. All of these elements combined give a room a luxurious warmth. Mixing metals (metallic and brushed golds, gold with chrome and black) is in, too, as is matte black 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 vogue, with homeowners trending toward wide-plank grey flooring and using warmer-toned woods for accent walls.

And concrete is no longer just for lofts. 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.


When it comes to furniture, people are holding out for key quality pieces and they’re willing to spend more when they find them, especially on big-ticket items like a sofa, dining table and bed. 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 enough to stand the test of time.

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, refurbished to add a touch of character and warmth to offset the otherwise clean, sleek look of modern homes.


Rich colours are where it’s at, like a strong royal blue or an elegant emerald green. The same goes with large pops of colour incorporated in unexpected ways: such as coloured kitchen appliances, or a vibrant new paint job for tired old cabinets.

Accent walls with bold-print wallpaper, especially in floral or organic patterns, can enhance powder rooms and entryways and give personality to smaller spaces.

In the kitchen, designers are coming out with bold oversized glass pendants in a variety of organic and geometric forms, each boasting a unique look.

Rich millwork accents are also enjoying a resurgence, whether it’s in the form of traditional wainscotting or trim that’s used to deliver a dash of inspired colour to a living space.

Debbie Cosic, CEO and founder of In2ition Realty, has worked in all facets of the real estate industry for over 25 years. She has sold and overseen the sale of over $15 billion worth of real estate and, with Debbie at the helm, In2ition has become one of the fastest-growing and most innovative new home and condo sales companies. In2ition has received numerous awards from the Building Industry and Land Development Association and the National Association of Home Builders.


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