Refresh your living quarters by incorporating 2017's hottest colours into any room in your home.
This year’s interior design trends are fun and edgy — and that includes 2017's most covetable hues. The four colours topping the charts? An enchanting purple, a lush green, a smooth caramel and a lavish navy. These fantastic four possess a cocooning quality, whether you opt to paint a whole room or accent it with a piece of furniture or an accessory. Seek decor inspiration from 2017's top colours below.
Editor's Note: A saturated purple makes a bewitching backdrop.
Image by: Benjamin Moore
Our favourite purple paints:
Shadow 2117-30, Benjamin Moore.
Starry Sky 70BB 21/147, Dulux Paints.
Premier Infinity Lilac Feather PR16T38, Canadian Tire.
Beauti-Tone You Look Mauve-lous SC169-0, Home Hardware.
Editor's Note: Call it forest or hunter, this green packs a punch.
Image by: Farrow & Ball
Editor's Note: This soothing tan is a balm for sore eyes.
Image by: Canadian Tire
Editor's Note: A perfectly inky blue is sure to bring the drama.
Image by: The Home Depot
A cabin in the woods becomes one family's dream vacation home.
One designer helps a B.C. couple achieve the vacation home of their dreams.
We didn’t have to knock down walls. We had to put them up – and that almost never happens,” says designer Dan Vickery on the transformation of this small cabin on Hornby Island, B.C. A project he took on as one of the hosts of W Network’s new show Love It or List It Vacation Homes, the cottage was far from complete. Homeowners Jim and Lauren Wolf (he’s a city planner, historian and author; she’s the executive director of a not-for-profit organization) purchased the 700-square-foot space on a whim in 2005, and for the next 10 years, the New Westminster, B.C., couple spent vacations lovingly updating and expanding the cabin to suit their family, which includes 16-year-old son Griffin, Felix the Jack Russell terrier and Loonie, “a fat and fussy ginger tomcat.” They raised the existing structure and set it on a new concrete foundation; flipped the blue-stained siding to reveal its natural cedar finish; and added an Arts and Crafts-style porch to suit the artist-populated island. And they didn’t stop there: Jim and Lauren continued to enlarge the cottage, incorporating a full kitchen, extending the main-floor master bedroom (“so it could actually fit a queen-sized bed,” he says) and building a second level for more bedrooms.
“Jim is an artist at heart,” says Dan. “And while he’s great at starting projects, he’s not so great at completing them. When I entered the scene, the only finished rooms were the kitchen, bathroom and living area.” But, Dan clarifies, the flooring was mismatched, and the bathroom had an exposed water heater at its centre. In addition, the master bedroom had no insulation, and the entire upstairs was built only to the studs. The challenge – made even more difficult by the fact that the island is three ferry rides from mainland B.C. – may seem daunting to most, but Dan was in his element. “This was a fun project,” he says. “We just had to fix some construction issues and put up some walls to define the upstairs bedrooms.” (Ha! “Just.”)
“The hardest part,” says Dan, “was hunting down unique items that would speak to the character of the cabin, its artful setting and, especially, Jim and Lauren themselves.” Of the couple’s established style, he adds: “Every part of this place has a story. There are pieces from different vintage shops they’ve visited or vacations they’ve taken. There’s a sense of love and warmth as soon as you walk in.” So to continue the welcoming atmosphere, Dan sourced a lot of items from the Free Store, a Hornby Island spot where people can adopt others’ donated goods and building materials at no cost. It’s where Dan located stuff like the sheet metal (used as a textured wall treatment in Griffin’s room) and salvaged barnboard (turned into a herringbone headboard in the master bedroom, not shown).
The strategy was a success, because when it came time for Jim and Lauren to decide whether they’d keep this freshly renovated cabin or buy a new place (the premise of the Love It or List It franchise), it was a no-brainer: “The other properties couldn’t match the sweat equity that we had already invested and would never have our history so entwined in every corner,” says Jim. “This cottage is a part of our family’s story.”
This cabin may be three ferry rides away from where Jim and Lauren Wolf reside in mainland B.C., but designer Dan Vickery brought the homeowners closer to their ideal vacation property than they could have dreamed.
“Sometimes all that’s needed to define the different areas of a great room is a little bit of extra breathing space in between,” says designer Dan Vickery of the small open-concept main floor that features a living room, dining area and kitchen. In a clever twist on tradition, Dan used a basket as a shade for the dining room pendant light.
The light-filled living room was one of the more finished areas of the cabin when Dan arrived on the scene. Apart from the flooring and a few blue accessories (“I love that the homeowners weren’t afraid of colour,” he says), almost everything else here stayed the same.
The mud room/ laundry room boasts a washer and dryer, open and closed storage and a bench for pulling shoes on and off. It even conceals the ugly water heater that was once exposed in the bathroom (just beyond that white door). “Since the area is open to the main living space, it had to look good,” says Dan. “The result demonstrates how design can be beautiful and functional at the same time.”
“If a client tells me they’re not afraid of colour, I’m going to give it to them,” says Dan, who incorporated bold hues, such as the rusty orange of the master bedroom’s tufted armchair, throughout the house.
The homeowners’ teenaged son, Griffin Wolf, was so thrilled to finally get a place of his own: Until now, his bedroom was just one big unfinished space. “There was no sense of privacy,” says Dan. “Griffin’s room was open to the living area below.” An old paddle offers creative wall art that’s perfectly fitting for Hornby Island, which attracts both artsy and sporty types.
Demarcated by new walls, Griffin’s bedroom is positioned behind this little loft area, which is open to the downstairs living room. The cheerful space features a lounger (not shown) that unfolds into a small bed for guests wanting to spend the night, as well as this tiny office nook for anyone who has extra work to complete.
While a shiplap-look treatment lends texture to three of the walls in Griffin’s new room, corrugated metal roofing provides interest on the fourth. “Colour is obviously critical to great design,” says Dan. “But every space should take a good black and white picture as well, because when you take colour out of the equation, texture is what’s left to analyze.”
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1 Brass Colebrook 1041 pendant light in Aged Brass, Universal Lamp, Hudson Valley Lighting, $375.
2 Gold-leafed carved wood Empire-style mirror, Barrymore Furniture, $4,730.
3 Unisex cotton Antiochia bathrobe in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $139.
4 Carrara marble and antique-brass-finished iron Darcy side table, Pottery Barn, $399 US.
5 Hand-carved oak and linen Louis sidechair, Art Shoppe, $699.
7 Hammam-style cotton Antiochia hand towel in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $34.
8 Brass floor-mounted Traditional tub filler in Champagne Bronze with cross handle, Delta Faucet, $2,425.
9 Framed Harmony artwork by H. Kalisher, 24" x 24", Barrymore Furniture, $400.
1 Polished brass-plated steel geometric pendant light, CB2, $120.
2 Gold-leafed metal and MDF Valonia mirror, Barrymore Furniture, $810.
3 Unisex washed linen bathrobe in Light Grey, H&M, $60.
4 Carrara marble and steel Solo side table in Gold, Shelter, $299.
5 Lacquered oak and linen blend Louis side chair in Beige, Structube, $299.
7 Hammam-style cotton hand towel, HomeSense, $8 per pair.
8 Rubinet brass Raven tub filler in Satin Brass with cross handles, Taps Bath Centre, $2,199.
Harking back to the late 19th century, free-standing cast iron clawfoot bathtubs flooded the decor world roughly a decade ago. The traditional tub has enjoyed a variety of modern manifestations and manipulations. One trend we’re particularly fond of is painting the tub’s exterior black, a clever DIY that adds a dramatic edge. But oceania has done one better: the Milano bathtub replicates the look without the work, and (bonus!) it’s made of acrylic, so it’s lightweight, easing installation.
Oceania Influence free-standing acrylic Milano bathtub in White & Black, Taps Bath Centre, $2,299; Arto handmade concrete Conche floor tiles in Charcoal Gray with smooth finish, Creekside Tile, $18 per sq. ft.
Whatever your style, a set of lush white terry towels is essential to bath time. Don’t let this simple staple fool you: all towels may look alike, but higher quality means a better feel as well as superior performance and durability. So read the fine print before making your pick – regardless of your budget.
1 Double-sided cotton Portofino face cloth, $13, hand towel, $23, and bath towel, $34, all in White, Au Lit Fine Linens.
2 Style at Home Collection double-sided three-ply ring-spun cotton face cloth, $13, hand towel, $17, and bath towel, $26, all in White, Sears.
3 Canadian Living double-sided one-ply ring-spun Egyptian cotton face cloth, $10, hand towel, $15, and bath towel, $20, all in White, Bed Bath & Beyond.
4 Springmaid one-sided two-ply combed Egyptian cotton face cloth, $6, hand towel, $9, and bath towel, $12, all in White, Walmart.
Our luxe loo gets its undeniable grandeur from the large gold-framed mirror. Similar vintage-style looking glasses are popping up everywhere, and we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our faves. Whether you prefer ornate ornamentation or minimal embellishment, we’ve got an option for you. Good luck picking the fairest of them all!
1 Gold-leafed metal and MDF Valonia, 42" x 59", Barrymore Furniture, $810.
2 Gold-leafed wood louis Philippe Gilt, 34" x 56", Restoration Hardware, $545 US.
3 Iron Gleaming Primrose in Gold, 39" x 39", Anthropologie, $398 US.
4 Made Goods gold-leafed wood Philippe, 30" x 64", The Cross Decor & Design, $1,575.
When a popular piece transcends trendy to become timeless, the decor world benefits. Such is the case with the crowd-pleasing peshtemal, or hammam towel, a go-to that bears all the makings of a classic. With origins in turkish bathhouses, it’s traditionally handmade from organic fibres in muted tones and features tassel edging and decorative stripes for a touch of frill. This towel is also flat-woven and compact but dries fast and wicks moisture well. Best of all, it’s equally at home in the kitchen and in the bath. Hammam-style cotton Antiochia hand towel in Grey & White, Au Lit Fine Linens, $34. Le Bouquet de Lili bar soap, Lothantique, $7.
2016 home tech trends that will change how you live
Forget boxy and boring designs, not to mention wires. The latest portable Bluetooth speakers are attractive in design, and let you listen to tunes from anywhere in the home, effortlessly streaming from a mobile device or computer. With the Bose SoundTouch 10, guests can easily connect and play back songs from their own device playlists as well. If you use Spotify, station control will soon be integrated into the Bose SoundTouch app providing instant connection between the music service to your home. The unit is minimalist in design, with playback and six preset buttons on the top for one-touch access to your favourite tunes, from soothing jazz to upbeat pop. Bose SoundTouch 10, Bose, $219.99.
While they’re personal devices by definition, tracking activity and delivering smartphone notifications, did you know that many smartwatches can control tech gear in the home as well? For example, you can use the sleek Samsung Gear S2 to control music playback on your smartphone. The company is even developing integrations that allow your watch to connect to other home gear and even cars. Through a partnership with BMW, you may soon be able to check your vehicle’s battery status and control its navigation system through the watch, and then some. Samsung Gear S2, Best Buy, $399.
Believe it or not, security cameras can be sexy. Well, their functionality is certainly appealing – being able to monitor your home while you’re away and alert you if anything is amiss. Looking at it, you’d never know the Canary wireless indoor HD IP camera is such a device. But it can stealthily keep watch of the home, and record motion detection. It can even learn to discern between an active pet and an actual intruder. Canary All-in-One Security Wireless Indoor DH IP Camera, Best Buy, $270.79.
When it comes to heating and cooling, there are arguably two main concerns: regulating the temperature (especially when you’re away) and saving money in your home. With the Nest Smart Thermostat, you can remotely control temperature, set an “away” temperature that kicks in when it senses you aren’t home, and have it learn your daily habits over time to adjust accordingly. Maybe you leave for work every morning at 9 a.m. and it will drop the heat a few degrees until about 4 p.m., when it kicks it up a degree or two in anticipation of your arrival back home. And is there anything better than being greeted by a warm and cozy home? Nest Smart Thermostat, Nest, $249.
Winter may have only just begun, but we’re already longingly anticipating the return of the warm weather months. And there’s a growing trend toward bringing your tech outdoors. Luckily, there are lots of neat ways to do it, like with Mipow’s Playbulb Garden, a solar and battery-powered light that hides surreptitiously in your garden, secured in the ground through the included stake. Control it from your smartphone, and customize it by choosing from 16.7 million colours to suit your mood or occasion. Since it’s water and weatherproof, there’s no need to wait for summer – you can create a winter wonderland of lights while you build a snowman, too! Playbulb Garden light, Mipow, $39.99.
Imagine a device that will make the coffee for you in the morning or slow cook a meal on your behalf. Yes, it actually exists. Among many items compatible with the Belkin WeMo smart device system is a selection of small appliances, like the Mr. Coffee 10-cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker. Plug it in, download the app, then set a schedule and monitor your brew status right from a smartphone. WeMo Home Automation small appliances, Belkin, prices vary.
Who watches a TV show when it’s actually on anymore? Binge-watching is all the rage and made possible thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Shomi and CraveTV. Plus, devices like the Apple TV or Google Chromecast make it easy to push the content to the big screen if you don’t have a smart TV. With the latest version of the Apple TV, you can even use Siri voice commands to call up programs. Ask it to “find The Mindy Project,” or to search for any movie with actor Chris Hemsworth – all without lifting a finger! Apple TV, Apple Store, starting at $149.
TVs are now welcome focal points in the living room rather than an eyesore. We can thank the latest in sleek flat-screen TVs for their gorgeously detailed display, from television shows to sports, along with photo slideshows, or even works of art. In 2016, we’re going to see more televisions with amped up design characteristics, including sexy, curved bezels. Plus, technologies like 4K and OLED, which promise brighter, bolder, more detailed pictures with higher resolution, like LG’s 65” 65EG9600 OLED TV. LG 65” OLED TV, Best Buy, $4,999.98.
Facilitating the devices and technologies noted on this list requires a super-fast router. Google aims not only to provide lightning speed service with its OnHub router, but also make it ultra-easy for technophobes to set up. Settings and status can be managed from an Android or iOS app. But the best part? You can grant someone remote access (maybe your tech-savvy son or friend) to help troubleshoot connectivity issues. OnHub, OnHub, $199.99 - $219.99.
Not only can you control home lighting from your smartphone, but you can also set the mood through a number of shades and colours: a subtle red for a romantic dinner, or soft blue for late-night quiet reading time. With Philips Hue wireless LED bulbs, you can even take a photo of a piece of furniture in your home, like your couch or kitchen table, and match the bulb’s colour to it. Up to 50 bulbs can be connected to a single bridge and grouped together (build-your-own chandelier, anyone?), or place single bulbs throughout the home. Philips Hue White Starter Kit, Philips Hue, $199.