Bringing a Statement to Your Walls

This year, people are moving away from accent walls and instead, focusing on textured walls to add depth and personality to their home. From abstract wallpaper to shiplap and everything in between, homeowners have plenty of options for creating a statement in their home through the use of their walls.

Gone are the days where wallpaper is considered old-fashioned, bleak, and an eyesore. Thanks to beautiful patterns and colours, wallpaper is trending again in home design. Some wallpaper is actually removable, which makes this a great option for those who are a bit hesitant venturing back into this trend. In a small room such as the bathroom, patterned wallpaper can make the space appear larger and also very elegant. Patterned walls in a smaller space can heighten the impact it has on the space.

In an eclectic bedroom, bold wallpaper can add the finishing touch that your room needs. It’s a fun way to make sure that the entire room is full of personality and pizazz.

For those not wanting to use wallpaper but still want to bring texture to their walls, consider adding wooded boards. Natural wood, like in the room below, bring earthy elements to the room, creating a warm and inviting space. You can also play around with shiplap on your walls for a farmhouse feel.

Another great option that we love is to use textured paint, which is especially great for covering up imperfections or just to create a rustic or farmhouse feel in your room.

Would you bring texture to your walls? If so, how?

Maximalism in Home Decor

Minimalism has been hugely popular in the home when it comes to both design and organization. It’s long been touted that “less is more,” but when it comes to your décor, maximalism is giving minimalism a run for its money.

Maximalism focuses on incorporating unique colors, bold patterns, and all kinds of textures to create an over the top look. You might confuse this with eclectic style; however eclectic involves mixing styles, such as traditional, rustic, and modern all in one room.

When it comes to designing, there are no rules. Go ahead and mix any textures with any fabrics and patterns. However, we find that maximalism looks best if there is color coordination with your pieces. It’s important to connect the dots with your design.

Not sure where to start? Don’t be afraid to start small with this trend by adding unique lamps, colorful cushions and pillows, curated décor, and furniture with different textures. In time you can bring more colours and patterns to your walls, floors, and ceilings.

Maximalism is the perfect storyboard to share your life experiences. Are you known for wearing bright pink? Douse your room in the colour. Always wearing cheetah print? Choose artifacts, an ottoman, or wallpaper in this print.

It’s important to note that you don’t need to rely on colour in order to maximalize your space. If neutral tones are your style, then place the emphasis on mixing design styles of furniture, texture, patterns, and materials. Think wood with metals, contemporary with mid-century modern, velvet with fringe.

Have fun and personalize your space.

Our Top 2019 Bathroom Trends

This year the bathroom is getting a big makeover, as a handful of trends will be taking over this small, yet powerful room in your home. If your bathroom is in need of a refresh, follow along for the trends that we want to see in your bathroom this year!

Drama in a small space is a look that we love, and statement wallpaper in the bathroom will do just that. To make an impact, think bright, saturated colours and bold wallpapers. Have fun in this space; it’ll make it easier to wake up!

White and grey marble or marble-look quartz and porcelain will also be top materials for bathroom surfaces. This will give your bathroom a timeless look that is great for both a traditional or modern space.

You’ll also see an uptick in open-concept designs in the bathroom, allowing more natural light to shine through and more space to move around while you get ready for the day.

Bathrooms with a spa-like look and feel will also be popular this year, as more people want their bathroom to feel like a retreat so that they can relax and unwind from the day.

What trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your bathroom design?

How to Mix Different Woods and Stains

Now more than ever we are seeing rooms designed with different woods and different stains, as most people collect and purchase furniture at various stages of their lives. Having your floors match your furniture can make your space feel stale and flat, so follow along for our best practices for mixing and matching different woods and finishes.

The first rule of thumb is to make sure that the undertones of the wood finishes match. You will either want your wood to be warm or cool, and it’s important that you do not mix the two in a room. A wood can have a neutral undertone, and in this instance you can mix warm or cool with neutral undertones.

If you have wood floors, make sure to place a rug where wood furniture sits, such as the dining room table. By adding a layer in between larger wood pieces, it will help soften the transition between different stains.

Choose a few different wood finishes to mix and match throughout your room. Your space will feel more balanced if you stick to 2 or 3 stains for a put together space with visual interest. For instance, try lighter floors with a darker coffee table, with a patterned rug in between.

And lastly, choose one dominant wood finish for your room. Usually this will be your largest wood piece, such as the floors or a dining room table.

What are your thoughts on mixed wood finishes?

2019 Kitchen Trends to Look For

A new year brings new trends for the home, and a lot can be expected for the kitchen in 2019. We are seeing changes in technology, colours, flooring, and fixtures. When it comes to new trends, nothing is off limits in the kitchen.

Raw Materials

Expect to see stone, wood, shiplap, concrete, and copper heavily used on all kitchen surfaces and fixtures.

Pendant Light Fixtures

These are great in an open floor plan for defining the different areas in the room, such as the prep and dining area. Not only that, but with so many different styles and looks, it’ll be incredibly easy to add a unique look to your kitchen.

Technology

Prepare to see more digital technology incorporated into your appliances, such as touch controls, handless appliances, and sinks with integrated features.

Open Shelving

This look not only opens up your space, but it makes your kitchen feel larger and brighter. Give this look a try and you’ll add warmth, design, and character all at once. Even better, open shelving helps you stay on top of organization and allows you to display your beautiful kitchenware!

Darker Colours

The desire for an all-white kitchen isn’t as in demand as it used to be. Instead, you’ll see a shift to darker colours used in the kitchen, on the walls, cabinetry, and also the floors.

Patterned Floors

Patterns are great for adding visual interest to both your floors and the kitchen in general. These are great especially in a kitchen where the overall cabinetry and wall colours are neutral and simple.

What kitchen trends are you most excited about?

Incorporating Red Hot Decor in Your Home

A fiery and bold colour that will lead us into the upcoming year is red, a colour in which a little can go a long way. Red can be used in any room, in small or large amounts, and truly can be used year round. It evokes feelings both of summer and of a cheery holiday season. Follow along for our favourite ways to incorporate this hot colour into your home!

The key to not being aggressive with red is to use it as an accent colour throughout your room. In your living room, consider a red couch or chair. If that’s a little too much for you, go for red throw pillows or a blanket. It adds just enough red to make an impact without being too overwhelming.

In a dining room, consider artwork that incorporates deep red, dining chairs, or red table linens. Going along the same theme in the kitchen, red can be used on stools, dishware, or storage containers.

Red walls in the bedroom are romantic and powerful, but just make sure to balance the room with neutral colours. If red walls are too bold, but smaller accent pieces aren’t lively enough, add a red accent rug or bedding for the right amount of pizzazz.

How will you add red into your home décor?

Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?