A few of our interior design consultants attended the Toronto Interior Design Show a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share some of the DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2016.
Colour – Fresh/Light/Bright
- Pantone softer dusty rose and pastel tones. Feminine, romantic, also go well with Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian lines.
- White reflects the need for peace, serenity and clean-looking spaces.
- One room homes minimize the need for multiple colours. Results in key walls and spaces to add texture.
- White kitchens. Minimal cabinetry, but add a punch of colour with table top accessories and accent furnishings.
- Earthy, farm-to-table concept, reclaimed woods moving from greys to softer, warm tones and yellows.
PANTONE: “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.”
“White is essential, transcendent, timeless, elegant, honest, powerful – simply said, simply white.”
Design Trends for Modern Living
- Open concept floor plan, multi functional space.
- Use furniture and area rugs to define different zones.
- Looks back to Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian design.
- Sleek design and innovation in cabinetry, e.g. concealed cabinets and hidden charging outlets in drawers to create a seamless look.
- Driftwood look or washed.
- White floors, beachy and casual.
- Wide and long planks, now available in engineered types of flooring, more stability, less shrinkage and expansion.
- Red and white oak now stained in lighter and trendier tones.
- Hickory, ash and walnut is classic, but now left natural and much lighter than traditionally stained floors.
Mixing Different Materials and Finishes
- Eclectic worldly aesthetic is the new normal.
- Minerals, fossils and gorgeous gems, natural stone.
- Showing up in wall paper and custom murals.
This is just a small sampling of the upcoming trends that were seen at the Toronto Design show 2016.