In Good Taste, we TrustPublished on January 27, 2015

  • Inspiration under foot from Modern Weave

  • Muted vibrancy from Para Paints

  • Drama in lighting with contemporary brass

  • IKEA SEKTION/BOBYN, grey- designers, Suzanne Dimma, Editor in Chief and Sarah Hartill, Design Editor, Canadian House & Home Magazine

This year the 2015 International Design Show in Toronto stood out as a believable resource for décor inspiration. For the first time in a long time every booth and vendor made sense to me. I commented to a fellow designer that either my tastes are getting edgier or design is taming to the sensible because this show really appealed to me!

While I have embraced past shows and found inspiration none have called to me like the 2015 event that seemed to do things right! Yes, patterns are plentiful and colour is popping, light fixtures are elaborate and gold and brass are making a vibrant come back but all of these elements have combined in just the right doses to make home décor trends much more tasteful than in years past.

Paint colour shows strength with undertones of brown so that the colour is dynamic yet easy on the eye. Pattern is going underfoot so that an entire room is not awash in colour and pattern. 

Carpets are a raging trend with the appeal of long lasting, luxurious textures, colour and pattern to fun custom creations that include imprinting photos into flooring (I see this as ideal for commercial space, not so much for the home!).

A standout design element is the traditional features found within kitchen and bath. European influences are taking direction in both those spaces where grey seemed to dominate the colour palette! Grey, my go-to colour choice for just about every room in the house continues to be the ‘new neutral’ in home décor, which personally makes me feel very optimistic that tasteful décor is here to stay  within the warmth of well-dressed space. 

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