This new year of design that's upon us looks to have something for just about everyone. As hundreds of international and local talents prepare to assemble at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from January 19-22, 2017, the Interior Design Show (IDS) curators have forecasted some of the top trends for 2017 inspiring the direction of design for the year to come. “We’ll see designers and trends that will encompass the expansion of the outdoor living realm to the fusion of tech and design accumulating into an awe-inspiring and ultimately exciting year for design,” says Karen Kang, National Director, IDS Canada.
Here are the emerging home design trends being showcased at IDS17.
Mixed materials continue their domination in 2017. Floors, ceilings, and surface areas will be adorned with interesting materials, tiles, and patterns to create an eye-catching statement. Designers will play with strategically placed tiles mixing into other patterns to create an unconventional focal point.
Old will meet new in 2017, as we witness traditional furniture structures reimagined with a modern edge. New materials, colours, and textures will revamp even the most dated of styles for a playful and referential approach to design.
Rugs as art
Area rugs will be the go-to trend for homeowners looking to make a rapid impact. A mix of size, colour, style and texture creates endless possibilities to complement an existing room or make a complete transformation. From floors to walls, rugs become art with rooms being built around them as opposed to on top of them.
Strong and beautiful, the new feminine aesthetic goes beyond pretty. This trend sees a juxtaposition of bold architectural details and lines, mixed with soft colours and feminine shapes.
This year’s Maker class embodies the essence of North American craftsmanship: quality and style while using local raw materials to design unique pieces. The Maker movement speaks to consumer trends towards personalization, one-offs and supporting local and independent design.
Kitchens and Baths
Stylish kitchens and bathrooms will never go out of style. Year after year these rooms act as a perfect “splurge” for homeowners looking to renovate. With the introduction of wood panelling and technology, a fusion of classic design with modern sensibilities will be popular this year.
The spotlight is on lighting as the true showstopper for commercial and residential spaces. It’s not just fresh interpretations of shapes, but also the incorporation of interesting technology from LED and beyond that make this trend new and innovative.
The Interior Design Show has been an incubator of emerging design talent since it began 19 years ago. New professionals within the industry will continue to be leaders with the experimentation of materials and forms to display fresh perspectives in design.
In an age where homes are smaller and lives are busier, the city retreat becomes more important than ever. As an extension of the living area, creating an outdoor urban oasis will be the perfect addition to any home or condominium. In 2017 expect to see mixed materials work their way into outdoor spaces.
Favourites? Mine seem to lean toward the light. Aurora borealis-esque light shows in your home sound pretty cool, but that's more of a cherry-on-top kind of option, once everything else has been taken care of. The ghostly Gweilo light is just too beautiful not to want to live with. I'm also a sucker for a stunning rug. It's an aspiration of mine to own day own a rug that is so special it demands the room be decorated around its features.