Trend big on tradition, use of rich colours
IDS headliners provide a peek into what the season has in store for decor and design
As the summer months slip away for another year, warm up your space with rich colours and textures like vintage leather, embroidery and rattan — that’s some of the advice from design influencers who will discuss trends and share their decorating insights and inspirations at IDS Vancouver.
Suzanne Dimma, who has been at the forefront of decor and design in Canada for two decades, including eight years as editor of House & Home and now as principal of a boutique design agency, says she sees a trend to a more relaxed lifestyle and a return to traditional design with fewer wide-open spaces and more rich colours.
“It’s about living more authentically. People are thinking about how to live in a more thoughtful way, with respect for the planet and not just buying with abandon. It’s about looking at things around us that we can repurpose and use again,” says Dimma, whose topic at IDS Vancouver is Design With Feeling.
“An easy way to imbue a room with a sense of history and warmth is to add an antique to the space,” she adds. Not Louis XVI-style, but items that are “more farmhouse, a little more rustic — showing the signs of age.”
“I’m really into rich, textural textiles in furniture and drapery this fall. Heavy embroidery in jewel tones feels luxe and moody — makes me want to curl up next to a fire with a good book,” says Kate Arends, who founded Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog that focuses on decor, fashion and entertaining.
“Another trend I’m loving is rattan furniture. You see it more often in warmer climates, but mixed with velvet fabrics and rich wood furniture, rattan looks totally classic instead of beachy,” says Arends, who is a keynote speaker at IDS Vancouver.
Dimma agrees: “Bringing that peacock chair into the living room is a cool way to add texture.”
Another idea: Use furnishings made from vintage leather that show some cracks and patina, Dimma says.
Sharon Grech, colour and design spokeswoman for Benjamin Moore Paints in Canada, says there is a shift to warmer hues, but after 20 years in the business she recognizes there is a natural ebb and flow in colour choices.
A new paint collection, Century, will have its West Coast launch at IDS Vancouver, Grech says, and the curated collection of 75 premixed colours has several hues — like Sumac, Wild Caraway and Blue Muscari — that will warm up a space.
Using colour to delineate a space is a popular option for condo residents, Grech says. “By painting just one wall, you can say: This is the dining room.”
“As people use colour to personalize their homes, they are being more creative and not just thinking about the walls. They’re painting the ceiling or choosing a colour for their kitchen cabinets,” she adds.
Gillian Segal, principal of Vancouver-based Gillian Segal Design, says flexible seating maximizes small and large spaces.
“People always say they want a big sectional, but because everyone prefers their personal space you seldom get more than three people sitting on a sectional that could seat eight people,” she says.
She suggests modular sectionals that can be reconfigured to provide more seating.
“I also like ottomans — put them together with a sectional to create a bed-like sectional if you’re watching a movie at home, or arrange them for a conversational setting when you have guests,” she says.
“Storage ottomans are my favourite way to bring extra seating and storage into smaller spaces,” Arends says.
“One way to make these pieces go the extra mile is to purchase a coffee table to slide one or two ottomans under. It gives a nice layered look to your space and allows for extra room when you’re not entertaining.”
Another way to add a luxurious ambience to your small space is to invest in custom millwork, says Segal, who will speak on West Coast luxury at IDS Vancouver.
“Custom millwork is costly, but it makes the biggest difference, especially in small spaces, because it can include closed storage and open display spaces such as art niches,” she says.
If budget is a constraint, she suggests using Ikea boxes and hiring a finish carpenter to frame them for a custom appearance.
“Or use doors from a company that makes doors to fit Ikea cabinets, like semi handmade doors. com. This is a budget-friendly option to get a custom-look,” Segal says.
IDS Vancouver takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. For more information, visit vancouver. interiordesignshow.com.
“People always say they want a big sectional,” Vancouver-based designer Gillian Segal says, but “you seldom get more than three people sitting on a sectional that could seat eight people.”
Benjamin Moore Paints has bold colours in its new Century line such as Sumac, left, and Blue Muscari, right. But spokeswoman Sharon Grech says it’s not all about walls: People are being “more creative … They’re painting the ceiling or choosing a colour for their kitchen cabinets.”