Interior Design Trends – Fall 2016

Fall is still technically still a few weeks away but this cooler, wet weather gets many of us in that I’m-read-for-change state of mind. The beginning of September brings those back-to-school feelings (even if your school days are long behind you). For some of us, that means enrolling in a class, starting a project, new clothes, organizing or decorating. For those of you looking to make changes to your interior design, building or renovating in the near future – this blog is for you. With the approach of Interior Design Show West and Trend Vancouver, we were inspired to explore interior design trends for this season.

The overwhelming trend all designers seem to be fussing over is not a colour or a metal – it’s a state of mind. The goal is to create a space that allows us to tune out the distractions of media and technology. It’s a busy world out there and we all need a space of our own to disconnect and reconnect with a more natural surrounding. This can be a dedicated room or a theme for the entire home but the idea is bringing the outside in and embracing nature, or as one writer described it – “escapism”. Here are a few ways we can do that all while staying on trend.

Terra Cotta – Warmer colours are starting to replacing white and cooler tones, adding character and warmth to interior design again. However, we do want to leave those glossy border tiles in the 80’s. This year’s look is more matte and used on kitchen floors and feature walls or fireplaces.
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Cork – Using this as a wall cover absorbs noise in open plan homes while adding texture, warmth and of course a great place to post notes! It also makes stylish furniture like stools and coffee tables.

Photo credit: Petite Friture

Photo credit: Petite Friture

Dark Green – While we are still loving dark blues and navy, those who predict these types of trends see dark green as the new navy.
Photo credit: French by Design

Photo credit: French by Design

Upholstered Headboards – Timber bed frames have dominated bedrooms for some time but we are going to start seeing a lot more fabric covered headboards. Adding one of these to your bedroom transforms the room into something much more elegant.

Photo credit: Heatherly Design Bedheads

Photo credit: Heatherly Design Bedheads

Matt finished metals – In appliances we are seeing black stainless steel as the next best thing. Mixing metals is also very trendy but avoid those with too much shine in the finish. More natural matt finishes on light fixtures and hardware is the way to go.

Photo credit: Town and Country Living

Photo credit: Town and Country Living

Heated entryway floors – need I say more? A warm welcome at the end of the day is what we all deserve.

Photo credit: Beaumont Tiles

Photo credit: Beaumont Tiles

Marble – Although this can be pricey in large quantities, it’s certainly does exude class and it can be incorporated in smaller ways by placing accents in your home.
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Bidets and smart toilets – obviously “smart toilets” are NOT doing much to take us away from our tech-immersed world but a toilet that cleans itself and has a light for late night visits is something we could certainly get used to.

Photo by KatarzynaBialasiewicz on Getty Images

Photo by KatarzynaBialasiewicz on Getty Images

The style of your home is based on what makes you feel happy, relaxed, inspired, energized or cozy. It represents you and says a lot about you. The process of decorating your home should be an enjoyable one. Some of us like to do it all at once while other considering their home a constant work in progress. Whatever your style, loving your home is what’s important.

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