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2021 Trends and Home Decor Ideas

Home Decor Ideas: 2021 Trends

Photography: Wallsauce, Blue Wild Meadow Mural

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2021 Trends and Home Decor Ideas

Everything from paints and prints to texture and tech, check out the latest home design trends of 2021.

Fall 2021

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Photography: Bardot Armchair, Covet House

We're inspired by moody, mysterious purple, from deep, dark violet to lighter shades like lilac and lavender. Base a room on this powerful hue and show your colour confidence. Combine lighter shades for a soothing monotone feel. Or go for royal gem-like purples that pair well with grey and the warmth of wood. Bold and beautiful!

 

Paint Palette of the Month

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Behr PARTY HAT P560-3, Home Depot, homedepot.ca. Beauti-Tone SUNSET SERENADE A31-1-1236-3, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Beauti-Tone SAVANNA A8-3-0121-3, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Behr INTELLECTUAL PPU18-19, Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

 

Lilac

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2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Abstract Art

Artifact 03 WALL ART by Robin Ahlgren, $98, Buk & Nola.

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Dry in Style

Cotton TOWEL, $25, H&M Home.

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Designer Hose

Garden Glory WATER HOSE, $179, Simons.

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Purple Plush

Aries CUSHION, 20" X 20", $49, Urban Barn. 

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Beanbag Chair

BEANBAG CHAIR, $100, Bouclair.

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Purple Thumb

Amethyst plastic WATERING CAN, $69, Simons. 

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Lilac Glass

Lalique Pivoines VASE, $1,629, Amara.

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Take a Seat

Rely CHAIR by Hee Willing, $1,140, Kelli. 

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Storage Unit

Kartell’s Componibili STORAGE UNIT, $205, Amara. 

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Stylish Sofa

Bombom SOFA, from $8,650, Roche Bobois. 

2021 Design Trends: Lilac

Kate Spade Kettle

Kate Spade New York KETTLE, $100, Hudson’s Bay.

 

 

Modern Chill

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Coachella Camel DAYBED, $2,145, eq3.com.

Leather's in the news for fall home decor, and the coachella camel daybed is a great way to bring the look home. The sleek, modern silhouette, slim aluminum legs and feather pillows remind us of an old-fashioned fainting couch updated for the 21st century. We're swooning for it!

 

Just Picture It!

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At the Lake by Angelica Montero, US$2,510, saatchiart.com.

It’s never been easier to bring beauty to your rooms. Now you can shop for original artwork from your own sofa. The Saatchi Art online gallery includes paintings, photography and sculpture by hundreds of artists, including Canadians. Work with a Saatchi Art curator (free of charge) who will tailor choices to your style preferences, space, budget and colour, or browse through their enormous collection by setting your own preferences in filters.

 

Back To School

This September, university students will hopefully head to dorms for a true (instead of online) uni experience. These tips will help them leave the nest in style.

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Wild Sage BEDDING, from $45, bedbathandbeyond.ca.

  1. Dorm room beds are notoriously basic. Help students get comfy with a cushy mattress topper.
  2. Keep them organized with a study lamp, organizers, white board, and – if the residence permits – a quality desk chair. Don’t forget closet organizers and over-the-door hooks. TIP: Try IKEA for great budget-friendly organizers. Go in early August to beat the crowds.
  3. Beds tend to be lounges for relaxing and even studying – cozy them up with poufy cushions and super-stylish linens. TIP: Check out Bed Bath and Beyond’s website for their Back-to-University program, which gives students 20 per cent off.
  4. Lights, action! Don’t forget to pack an accent light to help students shift from stressed-out study mode to relax time.
  5. Art, posters, pictures – students will feel more at home surrounded by inspiring images.

 

Kitchen Garden

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The Jardin, $125, thevegehome.com.

You can't get fresher than this mini hydroponic garden, designed to sit on your kitchen counter and provide fresh herbs and small vegetables even in the fall and winter. Nine mini planting beds and a grow light will have you snipping off sprigs all winter. It's also great for starting spring seedlings indoors.

 

Hold the Fort!

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Play Couch, $649, barumba.ca.

The 11-piece Play Couch from Barumba Play is great for building a fort, slide, pirate cave, and anything else a kid can dream up. The modular pieces stack, lean or fit together, and feature removable, washable microsuede covers and waterproof inner liners to protect against spills. The soft foam construction makes them comfy enough to stretch a fitted sheet over and use for sleepovers.

 

The Art of Sound

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Symfonisk picture frame, $249, ikea.ca.

The symfonisk combo picture frame and Wi-fi speaker turns high-performance sound into a work of art. The wall-mounted speaker comes in black or white with interchangeable fronts for a range of artistic options. Hang it as part of a gallery wall or let it attract the eye, and ear, all on its own.

 

Art with Heart

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Volcan WALL HANGING, $5,995, obakki.com. 

Obakki’s collection of artisanal homewares and lifestyle products are much more than a beautiful artistic statement. The company sources ethically and sustainably made products from artisans from across the globe, providing livelihoods and support for local communities.

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Tiered Palm PENDANT SHADE, $300, obakki.com.

We’re struck by the woven art from the Mexican community of Querétaro. “Our artisan partners from Querétaro, Caralarga, are an incredibly talented co-op of female weavers who use traditional techniques to create stunning modern creations using raw cotton and fibre from the sansevieria plant,” says Obakki founder Treana Peake. “What we love most about this group is that they began with a mission to provide employment opportunities for women in their area of Mexico.” Obakki’s ever-changing collection includes textiles, pottery, homewares, jewellery, apparel and even skincare.

 

Paint Pick-Me-Up

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Image Courtesy of Graham & Brown

The arrival of cooler weather makes fall ideal for tackling outdoor paint projects. With over 360 shades in British-based Graham & Brown’s new-to-Canada exterior paint collection, you’re sure to find the right one to make your own colour statement. Light up your entrance with a striking pumpkin-hued front door or paint your shutters leaf green – both would be stellar against changing leaves and will brighten things up right through winter. The paints are also water based, low VOC, weather resistant and quick drying.

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From $12 (tester) to $60 (one litre), grahambrown.com.

 

Summer 2021

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Image Courtesy of Simons

This season, we're inspired by fresh, clean greens with a cool, minty undertone, whether in a barely-there shade or darker, like woodland ferns. Pair these greens with white, grey and black for an Art Deco-inspired elegance reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood. Add a touch of gold and your rooms will be ready for the big screen.

 

Paint Palette of the Month

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Beauti-Tone COOL ELEGANCE C11-6-0517-0, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Beauti-Tone DÉJÀ VU C2-5-0469-0, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Behr COUNTRY WEEKEND MQ6-40, Home Depot, homedepot.ca. Behr GRASSLANDS P410-7, Home Depot, homedepot.ca.

 

Mint Green

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Sofa

Eloise SOFA, $999, Structube.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Table Lamp

Globe Electric TABLE LAMP, $66, Amazon.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Cabinet

Fabrikör CABINET, $249, IKEA. 

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Ornate Vase

VASE, $1,140, 3 Femmes et 1 Coussin.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Glass Vases

Glass VASES, $33 each, Véronneau.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Cutlery Set

Cutipol Goa CUTLERY SET, 24 pieces, $606, Amara. 

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Counter Stool

Kasiko Celadon COUNTER STOOL, $359, Article.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Espresso Machine

Smeg ESPRESSO MACHINE, $750, Best Buy.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Cushion

CUSHION, $39, OtelIa. 

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Candle

Light Cotton CANDLE, $30, Zara Home.

2021 Design Trends: Mint Green

Throw

Oldham THROW, $78, Wayfair.

 

Top Drawer Fridge

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800 Series French Door Bottom Mount, from $5,579, bosch-home.ca.

We love the new refreshment center drawer in Bosch's 800 series french door refrigerator. Its glass front lets you see at a glance what bevvie you're reaching for — no need to open the door and waste energy while looking for your favourite bottle. Five pre-programmed settings let you customize the compartment for the perfect serving temperature.

 

Feather Your Nest

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From US$5.76 per square foot, wallsauce.com.

Japandi takes on a maximalist flourish in Wallsauce’s Crane collection of made-to-measure wallpaper murals. The distinctive influence of historical Japanese decorative arts gives a lyrical beauty to the designs on offer, but pared-back Scandi-inspired line patterns keep the look modern and fresh. Statement walls just got bolder, brighter and more beautiful.

 

Fit to Print

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$19,180, rochebobois.com.

It isn’t hyperbolic to say that the Corail table from Roche Bobois is one of a kind. Step one is that the client designs the woven concrete base with a Roche Bobois adviser or downloads software and creates their own design, so each base is a unique shape, size and complexity. The digital file is then sent to a local 3D printer equipped with the technology to print the base! The concrete sets as it is poured in a process similar to how coiled pottery is formed. It’s ready for delivery in 10 days. The price is admittedly prohibitive for most, but the innovation signals an evolution in customization that will likely eventually become more accessible.

 

On the Surface

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Image Courtesy of caesarstone.ca

Outdoor kitchens are a hot commodity, with the market for products and finishes expanding every season to meet demand. Caesar- stone’s latest addition to the trend is their Outdoor Collection of quartz countertops that offer all the stain-resistance and easy-care maintenance of quartz indoors, but now fabricated to withstand rain, snow or sun, UV rays and even extreme environmental conditions. Perfect for poolside bars and custom patio dining tables, too.

 

In Style Outside

“Outdoor spaces are essential for our well-being and are becoming an even more integrated part of our homes,” says Kalina Todorova, visual merchandising manager for BoConcept. She says the dominant trend in outdoor decor is multi-functionality. “Flexible seating arrangements allowing for easy reconfiguration, comfortable chaise lounges, easy-to-move-around tables and chairs are all important elements.” If you want the look of your outdoor space to last, Kalina advises choosing neutral hues on big pieces like sofas, then layering in bold colours, as well as investing in good quality furniture in timeless designs. Since BoConcept was founded in Denmark, it’s no surprise hygge is key for Kalina, who says, “Candlelight, cozy pillows and blankets, beautiful pots and vases, functional trays, all play a roll in making time outdoors more personal and special.” We couldn’t agree more.

 

A Cuppa Canada

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$30 each, lecreuset.ca.

Ideal for the cottage, chalet or a downtown condo – Le Creuset Canada’s Canadian Destination collection of stoneware mugs celebrates some of our nation’s most iconic landmarks, including Vancouver’s Canada Place, Montreal’s Mount Royal and Toronto’s CN Tower. We think these will make great Canada Day gifts.

 

3D Bartender

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Image Courtesy of poseidn.com

Serve up some quirky cocktails with these flavoured figurines that are printed using 3D food printing technology. Fancy a Mai Tai, Margarita or G&T? No problem. Simply drop the appropriate 3D-printed figure into a cocktail glass, add alcohol and still or sparkling water, then stir, serve and sip. Welcome to the third dimension in bartending.

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$3 per portion, poseidn.com.

 

Drawing the Line

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Lapel, by Busetti Garuti Redaelli, $870, ligneroset.com. Brusen powder-coated-steel outdoor sofa, $329, ikea.ca.

It's all about strong lines in outdoor furniture this summer, whether you opt for natural-looking wovens or bright, colourful graphic metals. Cords, rails, bamboo or wood — the materials vary, but the line holds strong. 

 

The Art of Craft

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Wild Grass design, from $2,334, houseofrohl.ca.

A fireclay Shaws sink is an original – each is handmade by a craftsperson. Now Shaws’ new Gallery collection brings artistic flare to their traditional apron-front sink. Patterns – from floral and botanical motifs to more abstracted modern designs – are fired into the sink on the apron front, similar to how a ceramic artist might embellish a vase, elevating the kitchen sink from functional to focal point.

 

Spring 2021

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Photography: Wallsauce, Blue Wild Meadow Mural

This season, we're inspired by the summertime blues (the good kind)! Baby blue, cobalt, cerulean, and that oceanic blue that’s a dreamy midway point of aqua and green. No colour is more calming than blue. Pick a favourite shade from Mother Nature, bring it inside in paint or prints, and begin to breathe more easily.

 

Paint Palette of the Month

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Behr DUTCH WHITE MQ3-31, Home Depot, homedepot.ca. Behr LUNAR TIDE M440-5, Home Depot, homedepot.ca. Beauti-Tone WINSTON C19-2-1520-4, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca. Beauti-Tone BLUE BAYOU C21-6-0615-0, Home Hardware, homehardware.ca.

 

Grey Blue

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All Lit Up

Löknas LAMPSHADE, $30; Stråla CORD SET, $6; IKEA. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Snug as a Bug

Arno RUG, 63" x 91", $499, Urban Barn. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Eat Up!

Blue and beige lacquered porcelain dough bowl, $15, HomeSense.

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Stylish Dining

Sandy DINING CHAIR, $139, Structube. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Sit Tight

Handcrafted Dot SWIVEL CHAIR in customizable fabric, $3,845, Roche Bobois. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Light as a Feather

Artificial Pampas BRANCH, 39" h., $23, Crate and Barrel. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Sensational Sectional

Emilia SOFA, $2,999, Mobilia. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Familiar Vases

Two-tone speckled ceramic VASE, $35, Bouclair. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Tidy Table

Bakkes SIDE TABLE with integrated plant pot by Fat Boy, $349, Simons. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Hot Stuff

KitchenAid Misty Blue freestanding GAS RANGE, $4,150, Best Buy Canada. 

2021 Design Trends: Grey Blue

Abstract Art

Blue and gold abstract PRINT on canvas, $190, Véronneau.

 

 

Catch Some Stylish Z's

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Image Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond | From $9, bedbathbeyond.ca.

New at Bed Bath & Beyond is Nestwell, the company's own line of sheets, pillows, bedding and towels. The concept: affordable, coordinating separates for a curated designer look that's comforting but not costly, so you can feather the nest without breaking the bank.

 

Winsome Winners

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT LG’s Studio WashTower; Emtek Select’s Door Knob Collection.

Every year the design industry keeps a keen eye out for category winners at KBIS – the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in the United States. Winners end up influencing design directions industry-wide. This year, the Kitchen Gold award goes to Emtek Select’s Door Knob Collection. The knobs, stems and rosettes are available in three designs and seven finishes – go for a coordinated look or mix and match. And the Impact Silver award goes to LG’s Studio WashTower – a single stacked unit that has the capacity to wash and dry large loads but takes up half the floor space of side-by-side machines.

 

Counter Revolutionary 

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TM6, $2,099, thermomix.ca.

The Thermomix TM6 is no regular countertop appliance. This sleek German-engineered machine can complete up to 24 kitchen functions, including chop, blend, broil, knead, weigh, sauté, slow-cook, warm-up, ferment, caramelize, cook sous-vide, make rice, grind and stir. It’s got a stainless-steel bowl, mixing knife, precision heating element and an integrated scale. Plus, the downloadable Cookidoo app links your phone to the wifi-connected TM6, giving you access to more than 50,000 recipes. No doubt, the steep price might keep the TM6 on the wish list instead of the countertop of many an at-home chef, but in its favour is its ability to replace a whole army of countertop appliances. Whatever your budget, if you’re a foodie, this baby is drool-worthy.

 

Objects and Art

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Wavy Clock, $50; Stefan Marx throw, $50; Allen Key Lamp, $50; ikea.ca.

Global design giant IKEA has paired up with some of today’s most influential designers to explore the boundary between functional object and visionary art. “We chose to work with different artists from around the world to reflect the diversity of art and design coming together,” says Henrik Most, a creative leader at IKEA. The collection includes artist Daniel Arsham’s wavy clock, which makes one think of how time flies, and a throw by Stefan Marx, lettered with the compelling, thought-provoking message: I wait here for you forever as long as it takes.

 

Prints Charming

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Les Ensembliers collection, kravet.com.

Brunschwig & Fils, esteemed designer-go-to source for fabric, wallcoverings and furnishings, have released their second collab with Canadian designers Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal. Les Ensembliers collection, named for Richard and Maxime’s design house in Montreal, features textiles, as well as paper- and fabric-based wallcoverings in bold patterns with striking metallic details that give a luxe, modern look. Rich colours – bronze, grey, blue, plum and terracotta – feel of the moment, yet timeless.

 

Full Circle

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Sophia dining chair, $199, cb2.ca.

The swooping scoop of this handwoven resin "rattan" outdoor dining chair will add a colourful, sculptural element to your patio this summer. We're loving it in sage green. Did we mention that you can stack these chairs for easy storage in not-so-nice weather (not that we want to think about that right now).

 

Nature's Remedy

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Photography: Fast, Ria Daybed

If we didn’t already know the importance of connection – to each other and to nature – the pandemic sure gave us a crash course. Enter: friluftsliv (pronounced free-loots-liv). You guessed it. Friluftsliv, like hygge, is another concept borrowed from our Norwegian friends. The word itself is said to have been coined by playwright and poet Henrick Ibsen in the 1850s to express the importance to our spiritual and physical wellbeing of spending time in remote wild places. Today it encapsulates an entire philosophy of being both active and social in nature, creating opportunities to connect with people in the beauty of natural surroundings while taking care of the planet, ourselves and each other. And, importantly, it’s about disconnecting from phones, work and worries. Although summer is the perfect time to embrace
a friluftsliv lifestyle, this all-season way of life celebrates being outside no matter the weather – but we’re Canadian, we know all about that!

 

The Secret to Style

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Diane von Furstenberg

We can’t imagine fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg has ever lacked in self-confidence. Her secret? That’s what she shares in her book, Own It: The Secret to Life (Phaidon, 2021). The fashion icon says the foundational belief to personal and professional growth is acceptance of ourselves. Her latest collaboration is with H&M.

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DVF x H&M, H&M Home, hm.com.

DVF x H&M Home is all about expressing yourself in your home. Of course, glamour underpins the collection with housewares in von Furstenberg’s famous prints, and smaller items, too, like scented candles in boldly coloured glass, including one in amber – her favourite scent. Says von Furstenberg: “The whole collection is fabulous, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.” See? That’s confidence!

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