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Louis Duncan-He Shares Insights on 2021/2022 Trends and More

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Louis Duncan-He Shares Insights on 2021/2022 Trends and More

The past year has forced us all to refocus our efforts inwardly, specifically toward our homes. We now expect them to work harder for us and our families than they ever have before. It is this evolution that has had the biggest impact on design trends for this year and into winter 2021.

Here are the 3 main design trends I see continuing into the next year:

1. Multi-functional Living

Let’s face it, we’ve been stuck living in closed quarters for quite some time and the need for a space to function in more than one way has never been more important! As a result, our spaces need to be multipurpose and functional. Dinner tables are now classrooms for children and living rooms are home offices.

  • Customized Design: Living room fireplaces built-ins, floor-to-ceiling shelving and creative storage solutions are all long-term investments that will drastically improve how spaces both look and function. Closed storage options are your best friend!
  • Transformative Furniture: The Internet has provided access to so many types of multi-functional furniture pieces ranging from fold-up tables that transition into desks to a single stool that transforms into a bench. Homeowners want pieces that are versatile and adaptable.
  • Multi-purpose Pieces: Ottomans, poufs, footstools, essentially pieces that can be used for more than one purpose are gaining traction so that we can decrease or increase our living footprint as required. A square ottoman with storage makes a great coffee table with the addition of a tray, or another spot for seating.

2. Restorative Spaces

The desire for Zen and restorative spaces has gained major traction in the past year. At Louis Duncan-He Designs, our focus is on creating spaces that are authentically connected to each homeowner and are restorative to the heart and soul.

  • Soft Pastel and Spa-like Colours: Think teals, soft greens along with gentle blush and earth tones. Any palette that mimics the call of the ocean or earth are sure to have a direct impact on your mental health.
  • Natural Textures: Incorporating elements like unfinished wood, touches of rattan and wicker are all perfect and harmonious accents to further heighten the Zen vibe
  • Beautiful Botanicals: Living plant walls, lush planters (both indoor and outdoor) and beautiful botanicals not only purify the air, but also add the perfect touch of Mother Nature. If you don’t have a green thumb, a great tip is to use faux plants and mix them in with real ones.

3. Wall Coverings

Throughout the years, wallpaper has really gotten a bad rep, however, it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to make the biggest impact with the least amount of resources. Anytime you can add a drastic amount of color, texture or a decorative quality without adding in physical pieces creates a more powerful and fluid design narrative.

  • Textural: Grass cloth, beaded and even dimensional wallpaper have all been making a major comeback. Wallpaper doesn’t need to just be dictated by pattern—it can actually be used to inject texture and richness.
  • Murals Galore: The great thing about murals is that you can truly bridge the gap between wallpaper and art. Some papers look great up close, but when used in a larger scale, the repetitive pattern can be a little too artificial looking. Murals are a beautiful way to add drama and chicness to a space.

Regardless of the multitude of design trends we’ll see this fall as a result of this past year, the most important piece they all revolve around is the need to elicit more joy, spark additional growth and soothe our souls. That’s the magic of the home—it’s the one area we can have control over in a world that has become more unpredictable.

Louis Duncan-He 
Principal Designer +
Creative Director
louisdhe.com

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Trends vs Tastes

Deciphering design trends from design tastes

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Deciphering design trends from design tastes

With all the marketing material, colours and new products that are available, it can be daunting. And, as design professionals we need to decipher it all, and recommend colour stories and design that is both trend worthy and true to our clients’ tastes.

Authenticity

Incorporating both trends and taste into a design, inspires our creativity with the need to allow our clients’ individuality and unique style to come through. We are seeing more of this authenticity in current design, incorporating artful arrangements of statement pieces that are unique to the client.

As designers, we can benefit from the collaborative research of the Color Marketing Group, which indicates the direction that colour will be taking for up to three years in advance of it reaching the marketplace. By understanding the forces of social, political, economic and environmental influences that drive these colour trends, we can then use that to build colour palettes that have meaning and longevity.

Connectivity

We have a need to stay connected, and with the push and pull of technology, it, too, impacts colour trends. We are all so attached to our devices, and the instant connectivity that it provides. However, we are also looking for an escape from it, and a stronger connection to nature and simpler times.

Health and Green Living

A return to home gardening has become more prevalent with the continued focus on health and wellness, and what we’re putting into our bodies. Preparing, and sharing, meals has always been a highlight of social gatherings. Gardens are being designed to accentuate our outdoor living spaces, as well. Even pots on the balcony are being filled with a mix of ornamental and edible plants. Gardening isn’t limited to outdoors. Lush, living walls are a definite feature. By incorporating shelving and the appropriate lighting, we can grow herbs and vegetables inside our homes. And, the fresh palette of the garden is trend-worthy. Greens and yellows are being used as an undertone, by transitioning the steely grey of the past several years and warming it with hints of yellow. Deep, rich hues, or light, pastel colours, inject a message of growth and optimism.

Nostalgia

A return to rusted, time-worn colours add richness and warmth, and a nod to the value of the past. Artisanal and home-made elements are making a comeback. By incorporating special mementos and heirloom items, clients are able to showcase these cherished items.

The new Terra Cotta serves as the perfect transition, and pairs seamlessly with the still-popular blush pinks, as well as fresher, lighter versions.

Earth

We are also seeing an emergence of natural materials, particularly wood mixed with polished and reflective surfaces. From rustic to refined, and casual to contemporary, wood adds a depth of texture.

Black has not gone out of style. The new, almost-black, is less harsh and grounds the environment, especially when paired with earth tones or pastels, and then dressed with satin gold to accentuate.

It’s important while offering a design reflecting current trends, that we tell the clients’ stories by creating unique spaces with the use of authentic pieces and colours that best reflect their personality.

JANICE FEDAK is a designer, trend researcher and speaker. She has a diverse background in Colour & Design and creates impactful and artistic residential, commercial and retail spaces.

She is the owner of Janice Fedak, Colour & Design in Toronto and shares her forecasts and inspiring insight through her training seminars, presentations and design consultations, across North America.

@janice_fedak


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Market Report: The Dirt

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Market Report: The Dirt

Deets & Trends about the GTA New Homes and Resale Housing Market

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Market Report: The Dirt

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Market Report: The Dirt

Deets & Trends about the GTA New Homes and Resale Housing Market

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Top trend picks for 2018

Top trend picks for 2018

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Top trend picks for 2018

Drama and colour will be the hot trend in home decorating

by Jo Alcorn

I love when the new trends for the upcoming year are revealed. It’s the perfect time to update your decor and freshen up your home. This year I am seeing (and loving) all things dramatic. Bronze decor, patterned wall treatments, beautifully bold pillows and all things brass. Here is a sneak peak at the trends I see emerging this year, many of which will be incorporated into my 2018 makeover projects.


This year, expect to see big and bold patterns and more items made in Canada. That’s certainly the case for my line of product, from matching dog beds and throw pillows, to the new wallpaper line, both are following these trends. Made-in-Canada and big bold patterns. Wallpaper $179, dog bed $129.99


The on-trend hosts will have brass silverware and plates. Brass is no longer just for your decor, you will now see it in table settings, flatware glasses and more. These beauties are from Wayfair.ca: cutlery $179.99


As the bronze trend continues, expect to see splashes of bronze throughout the home: on top of mantels, on media units, in wall decor and more. Looking for the perfect bronze decor? HomeSense has you covered from lamps and clocks to bookends and artwork.  Light $79.99; bowl $19.99; InstaFood sign $16.99


Look for a mix of materials in furniture pieces this year. This gorgeous multi-function piece is from Structube and it incorporates all the trends I am seeing this coming year – a mix of wood, glass and a metal frame along with drawers, making it the perfect blend of function meets style. Table $399


Step aside stainless steel because the new kid in town is Sunset Bronze. In 2018, it’s all about statement appliances. Functional and bold, the Sunset Bronze kitchen suite from Whirlpool brings warmth to any kitchen with its rich metallic finish. This statement suite of appliances is the very set I chose for my own kitchen reno (stay tuned for that reveal in early 2018). I wanted to go big or go bold in 2018, so this set met my criteria perfect. Pricing TBD


This year I am loving all things black in the bathroom. This trend is drastically different and really packs a punch when you enter the bathroom. The inky and edgy sophistication of matte black is the go-to finish for the design-savvy homeowner looking for a dose of drama in their space. From shower heads to faucets and towel bars and hooks, these black beauties from Delta Faucet are offered in a variety of show stopping collections including the Trinsic and Ara.

Delta Trinsic contemporary floor mount faucet $1,713.25

Delta Ara Monitor 17 Series H2Okinetic tub & shower trim $466.10


In addition to black and bronze, pink is red hot this year in wall colours, accessories and accent pieces. Want to add a bit of blush to your setting? Check out the super affordable ideas from Bouclair, from side tables and throws to artwork and accessories, they’ll have you tickled pink. Table 79.99; throw: 29.99


You all know I am obsessed with white. But this year it’s time for my love affair with white to take a backseat while I introduce bright, bold and powerful colours into my designs. It started slowly in 2017, but wait and see what I have in store for 2018. I am forecasting a mix of pinks and reds — used in the same space — for a few of my upcoming makeovers. Stay tuned for some dramatic and bold, on-trend makeovers. Here is one of the colours I think will be hot in 2018, Pleasant Pink by Benjamin Moore. From $49.99 gallon


Jo Alcorn is the founder and design specialist at Whitewash & Co..


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The Basics of Lighting Design

The Basics of Lighting Design

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The Basics of Lighting Design

by Samantha Sannella

Ensuring that your space looks and functions requires the perfect lighting. Light is the key ingredient in the space and influences our safety, health and mood. Layering three types of lighting is critical for good lighting design. Providing flexibility in how lights are activated is important as well. Whether old-fashioned switches or a digital smart system, the guiding rule about how lighting is used should be common sense.

Ambient Lighting

This is the general lighting that must be provided to ensure that a space is well lit. It provides illumination for general tasks and it is always better to provide more, rather than less, ambient lighting. It’s easy these lights on dimmers or to zone it on switches if you believe that you might over-light a space. The psychological aspect of lighting is an important element throughout the design. Ensuring that spaces are devoid of shadows and dark corners helps us to circumvent our mental triggers of looming danger, according to Kristina Zarembo, a lighting consultant at Nemetz.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is critical in workspaces such as offices, kitchens and bathrooms. Under-counter lighting, bathroom vanity lights and desk lighting should be carefully calculated. Foot-candles measure the amount of light on a surface while lumens measure the amount of light emitted from a source. It is important to know the meaning of both of these terms since there can be significant loss of light as it travels to a surface due to distance, direction and other factors, such as the colour of the surface.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting brings added visual interest to a room by creating different focal points and is another important element of lighting design. Accent lighting highlights specific objects like art, sculptures and bookcases. It can also be used to highlight a textured wall, or other architectural features. Classic track lighting and picture lights are often used to provide accent lighting.

Calculating Lighting Requirements

Lighting calculations can get technical. Fortunately, many suppliers offer these services at no additional cost. However, it is still essential that designers understand the terminology and can ensure that the space is lit appropriately.

Lumen: A lumen (lm) is a measure of the total amount of visible light emitted by a source in any particular direction.

Lux: Lux (lx) is the metric measure of illuminance. This is a measure of how much light there is over a given surface area. One lux is equal to one lumen per square metre.

Foot-candle: A foot-candle (fc) is the imperial measure of illuminance for those who prefer to work in imperial feet. One foot-candle is equal to one lumen per square foot.

There are charts recommended by the Illumination Engineering Society (IES) that recommend the number of foot-candles or lux required for a space.

Lighting fixtures and their lamps indicate how many lumens they emit. After calculating how much area you are lighting, and how many lumens are needed, then you must search for fixtures and lamps that meet your requirements. It is recommended that you over-light and use dimmers. As people age, they need more light.

Photography: Loft BBY SDJ Design
Photography: Loft BBY SDJ Design

Trends

Indirect hidden light is a trend on the market today made possible by advances in lighting such as LEDs, OLEDs and fiber optic lighting. It is possible to hide the light sources and illuminate walls and ceilings without ever seeing a single fixture. Lights have become more powerful and laser technology has influenced lighting development.

Also important to note are the advances in lighting control systems. In short, everything can be controlled through WI-FI and a smart phone or iPad, even when you are not home. While some of these applications are great, when the Wi-Fi is down frustration can increase. While many designers dream of never seeing a light switch mounted on a beautiful wall again, reliability over form is highly recommended and at this time redundancy is needed.

SAMANTHA SANNELLA, BFA ID, M ARCH, is a designer, educator and principal at Urban Retreat Homes.

She is an expert in the field of design and construction and is a columnist for RENO & DECOR and editor of the Ontario Design Trade Sourcebook.

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