Three trends to watch in 2018

Sap­pho Grif­fin, owner of Hen­house in­te­rior de­sign shares a few of her favourite current looks.

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Expert Advice - BY RE­BECCA DING­WELL


Coloured ceil­ings work par­tic­u­larly well in homes with high ceil­ings (nine feet or more), says Grif­fin. “The fifth wall, as I call it, has been ig­nored for so long. It’s always sort of been ceil­ing paint: white.” A bold or dark colour on the ceil­ing works makes a space more in­ti­mate, while a lighter colour or “some­thing with a bit of a shine” makes the room feel larger. the “fifth wall” also of­fers an op­por­tu­nity ex­per­i­ment with wall­pa­per. “If you don’t want a whole room in wall­pa­per—which can some­times feel over­whelm­ing, or you’re wor­ried about get­ting tired of it—just do­ing one wall, which would be the ceil­ing, is a great way to add some­thing un­ex­pected.”


In Grif­fin’s opin­ion, if you’re go­ing to bring a plant into your home, it ought to be the real thing. “Some plants are re­ally sculp­tural, which is great. There seems to be more va­ri­ety avail­able these days be­cause of ex­tra in­ter­est peo­ple have had—and colour, too.” Grif­fin points out that plants are not as pricy as art, so they’re a good op­tion to fill space with­out break­ing the bank. “I think fake plants are a faux pas right now,” she cau­tions. For se­rial plant killers, how­ever, there are other ways to bring the out­doors into your place. “There’s some great fab­rics out there that have more of a flo­ral de­sign, be it with flow­ers or leaves—i think you can get that sort of fresh look with­out hav­ing to do it with some­thing that’s faux.”


“I like the free­dom of be­ing able to cre­ate more of a dy­namic, lay­ered look,” says de­signer Sap­pho Grif­fin. “Cer­tainly, mix­ing the met­als gives you an op­por­tu­nity to find things that are com­ple­men­tary or con­trast­ing.” In the kitchen, for in­stance, one could use brass on the cab­i­net pulls and bronze on the light fix­tures. Mix­ing met­als on the same fix­ture is fair game as well. “It doesn’t tie you to one look. It gives you op­por­tu­nity to layer, and that’s what I love about the di­rec­tion de­sign seems to be go­ing lately.”

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