Every year the interior design and fashion industry influence a specific trend for the year. Some trends take time, sometimes years, to be accepted by people while other are almost immediately accepted. Here are some trends that I feel will continue to be strong this year as well as few new ones.

  • Open concept floor plan. This trend have been around for more that seven years and still is strong. When a wall is torn down the space expands and natural light flows immediately creating a feeling of grandeur and unobstructed view of the space. These qualities have made this trend one to stay.
  • Bold coloured upholstery. A sofa in a bold colour provides two different and important design solutions: creates a focal point and adds colour to the space. It could also be used in accent chairs.
  • The use of dividers to define spaces. This practice has been in trend for years. It really defines areas effectively. The dividers are now more sophisticated and in many cases with double purpose like bookcases, credenzas,etc.
  • Black window frames. Black, charcoal and colour window frames for outdoor and indoor applications.
  • Natural elements like stone (marble) or wood back-splash, floors and decor accessories. Tiles now mimic these natural elements as well and provide superior durability.
  • Chevron or herringbone pattern. Classic and elegant pattern for hardwood floors, back-splashes and walls.
  • Oversized floral wallpaper or murals. Taking any traditional floral print or mural and reinventing it by expanding the pattern scale. It creates a dramatic and modern effect.
  • Matte black finishes fixtures and accents for bathroom and kitchens.
  • Warm wood tones and neutral colours for kitchen, bathroom and laundry room like greys, blue and green are on the rise but a white kitchen is a classic and will not disappear.
  • Concrete and concrete-look materials for a relaxed contemporary and modern style used in wallpaper, tile, counter top and accessories.
  • Mixing metals and sheen. The combination of metals (gold, chrome, satin brass, iron) and level of sheen creates a layered, interesting look.
  • Velvet fabric in rich deep colours will continue strong in furniture, drapery, wallpaper and accessories.
  • Pantone colour of the year is: Ultra Violet 18-3838. “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Pantone Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future” (Lee Eiseman) I particularly like this colour for its freshness and gender versatility.