2017 & Trending...

Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already over, though, with it's roaring sweep of snow falling in Alberta, Saskatchewan and other parts of the prairies the last week, I think I can hear the tinkling sounds of Christmas carols in the distance.  What that means is that 2016 is in it's final movement and that has designers and trend-followers alike looking ahead to the new trends of 2017.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I do not believe in following the trends exactly.  Mostly because, well, they're trends, meaning, they will be out of style by the end of the year or in a few years, leaving you with a space that now screams "This is SO 2017!"  However, I do certainly keep an eye on the trends and love to incorporate elements of the latest trends in time-sustainable ways for my clients.  In fact, I just completed the design stage of a project in Edmonton where we are incorporating a mixture of metals throughout to both tie in the existing metals in the home and create a style truly reflective of my client.

In prepping for today's blog post, I did a quick Google search of '2017 Interior Design Trends Canada' and based on what I've seen emerging on the market as well as these images I'm about to share, I'd say these are 5 of the key elements you can look for in 2017 AND comfortably incorporate into your home:

Large Format Tile...

Large format tiles have been steadily appearing in my supplier's showrooms for a few months now, some reaching sizes of nearly 36" square and larger!  A nightmare for my dear man (who dutifully, though trepidatiously, installed 12x24" tile in our bathroom this summer), these behemoths in the tile industry have the ability to create spaces that look almost monolithic.  While a 'monolithic' interior is probably not what you're going for, these tiles do lend themselves to giving spaces, even smaller ones, a larger-than-life look while reducing the grout lines (hello less cleaning!).  If your home isn't quite as grandiose as the one pictured below, bear in mind you can use these tiles pretty well anywhere; think shower, feature wall, hallways, etc.

Decadent Dining...

We have seen a move to create more sparse dining areas in the last few years but the pendulum is starting to swing back and is currently in a lovely in-between stage.  It's not quite the cold, bare, minimalistic dining setting of recent years but it's also not the over-the-top, rich, velvety look of years far past.  Instead, it's a delicious mix of rich textures and colours, that can be incorporated through wallpaper, upholstery or drapery, and clean, elegant lines of modern furniture and lighting.  My favourite part of the new dining style is that it has a touch of 'anything goes' to it.  Here is a space where each homeowner can really create an atmosphere that shows exactly who they are!

It's All About The Bass.... er.... Brass...

Brass has made a bold comeback the past two years, and brought along with it copper, adding to the already mainstream mix of chrome, satin nickel, and bronze.  While many are still hesitant to bring brass back into their interiors (we did after all just FINALLY get rid of all that shiny 80's brass!), the new brass is both chrome-plated (read: shiny) and burnished (read: brushed and deeper tone).  While copper has made a small splash and looks really cool in very small doses, brass is coming back big time as we move more into mixing metals in our interiors.

Another element you see in this image is the medium toned wood flooring, baring both browns and greys with a wide variety of hues.  Gone are the days of dark, dark flooring or of the white-washed oak we've seen in recent years.  The new materials are showing a mix of past elements, and among the many positives of this style, one of my favorites is that it hides dirt and dust fantastically!

Black Stainless...

This has just come onto the market in the last year or so but hasn't really caught on in the mainstream as yet.  A trend that was noted for 2016, the black stainless steel I think will continue to garner interest and become the new 'go to' appliance finish.  Among it's features are the fact that it resists fingerprints.  Any stainless steel appliance owner will agree that the fact that traditional stainless marks so easily is a real irritation.  I haven't personally gone and put my dirty fingers all over the new black stainless to test it out but that doesn't mean you won't see me doing just that in a Home Depot near you soon...

Matte & Hexagonal Tile...

There has been a lot of cool new things happening in the world of tile the past few years and this year is no exception.  One of my favorites that I'm just dying to try out in a project soon (presuming, of course, that I meet the perfect homeowner for said tile) is the new matte finish, hexagonal tile patterns.  They come in a wide variety of colours and patterns and can be played with together to create an absolutely one-of-a-kind space!  In the first image below the tile has been installed with a hard line cut off where the tile meets the wood floor, but in the second image below, you'll see that expert craftspeople have actually integrated the hexagonal tile with reclaimed wood and it looks spectacular!!

Bringing Them Home...

Style trends are always fun to look at and cause many hours to be lost daydreaming but if you're looking to incorporate them into your home, do so carefully.  I think the best way to bring cool new trends into your home is to do so in smaller doses, as accent elements mixed with time-sustainable anchors.  This helps your home look fresh and fun, but also classic and expertly styled.

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