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It’s a new year, and with the holidays in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about making changes around your home. We’ve found some key design and decor trends that you might want to consider, plus we’ve spoken with two of Toronto’s design and decor experts about their favourite elements for 2015.


Bright and Bold Bedding

Bedding is a way to quickly change the look of a room, and lighten things up with bright and bold colours, like hot pink or peacock blue, or a daring pattern like a paisley or trellis.


Indigo and Marsala

Blue is popping up everywhere, from throw pillows to kitchenware. The shade you’ll want to opt for is indigo, and if you don’t want to make a large commitment, go with a pattern that incorporates the blue with a more neutral tone like grey or white. The other hot colour is Marsala, which is the Pantone Colour of the Year. An earthy, warm wine-red, Marsala will be found in upholstery, drapery, bedding, and paint.


Statement Furniture

Statement furniture, like sofas or chairs in daring styles and fabrics, are a great way to liven up your living area. This can be a real commitment since many come with a higher price tag, but you can opt for reupholstering an existing sofa or chair in an adventurous pattern.


Antiques, Heirlooms and Artisanal Items

An increasingly popular trend is feeling a connection to the items in your home, hence the popularity of incorporating heirloom items, pieces of art created by friends or family members, or incorporating an antique or retro item with more current items and designs in a room.


Soaker Tubs

Rainhead showers were all the rage, but they’re being pushed aside in favour of soaker tubs. These luxurious, indulgent bathtubs are a great way to disconnect from technology and relax after a busy day. Whether a traditional cast-iron clawfoot tub or a modern Japanese-style acrylic soaker, this year is all about bringing a little bit of zen to your home.


Warm Metallics

Brushed brass, antique gold, bright copper and oil-rubbed bronze tones are cropping up in faucets, handles, knobs and fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms, but they’re also appearing in lighting, wall sconces, kitchenware and decorative accessories. Give your kitchen a facelift by replacing handles and knobs with one of these options, or let these colours and finishes inspire you when updating your faucets and taps.


Doors as Accent Items

For an interesting touch to any room, try painting a door. Go with a dramatically dark colour, a bright and bold hue, or a two-toned look. It’s an affordable choice, doesn’t take a lot of time, and can be easily changed when you’re ready for a new look.


Mismatched Furniture and Mixed Media

Probably the most prominent trend this year is that there are no rules when it comes to decorating your home. In the dining room, some are opting for mismatched chairs in differing patterns and materials. Bedrooms can be livened up with a rainbow of throw pillows in an array of fabrics and with decorative accents like beads or sequins. For a living room, go with elaborate drapes and carpeting with simple, functional sofa and chairs.

What the Experts Say

Colleen Lynch, Certified Interior Decorator of Toronto firm Dovetail Décor shared what’s on her radar for 2015.


“It seems that trendy colour options are quite broad this year. Grey is still a favoured neutral and one of my favourite schemes, a subtle monochromatic one that uses detail, texture, pattern and layers is in, but so are "renaissance" type jewel tones and olive greens. There’s lots of choice!



Lynch added, “My favourite trend though, is ongoing: the personalization of spaces with artisanal and unique details, like a friend's painting or a reworked antique. This is especially nice added in touches to an overall style, perhaps a wildly colour full art piece in a simple modern space, or a rustic industrial table in a classic space. I like it when people build their spaces with things that touch them, that have a meaning or appeal for them.”


Meghan McBride, Interior Designer and ARIDO member, shared some of Lynch’s opinions, and expanded on why personalization of space is essential this year.


She told us that colour choices are in a state of flux, and that can be seen in both the brushed brass, antique gold and other warm metallic finishes, as well as the hot pops of colour with two-toned doors and bold bedding that don’t require a huge commitment. 

“What’s wonderful about this year is that anything goes. It’s very much about what works for you, and taking a more personal approach,” said McBride. People are seeking more than just stylish, trendy items; they want meaning and history, a sentimental attachment, or a connection to the objects they add to their homes. More people are working with smaller, multipurpose, functional spaces, so what they select is showing a mix of purpose and meaning. This is reflected in trends like opting for mismatched dining chairs, which evokes memories of family dinners when mom would gather up whatever chairs were available.


McBride summed it up with a more profound observation: “It all comes down to recreating atmospheres of happiness, capturing simpler times, and creating havens. We are looking for security through space.”


Thinking of making a move in 2015? Allow me help you find the perfect home. 


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