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. in­te­ri­orde­sign­

“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.”

Gil­lian Se­gal

Sharon Grech

Suzanne Dimma

Kate Arends

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