Sage It Ain't So: 2018 Decor Trend Time Is Here!

Why not kick off the new year with a terrible pun, amirite?

Truth is, most of us are quite ready to leave 2017 in the dust and venture forth into a fresh start in 2018. And what kind of fresh start would it be without a quick peak at what will prevail in the world of interiors over the next 365 days? Ok, that's a stretch. Truth is, we have a real love/hate situation going on with trends. We try to avoid using them as a crutch when it comes to interiors because ultimately creating something you can live in and love for many years is the goal. But on the other hand, there is really no such thing as timeless. Think about where you lived in the early 80s, for example. Would it hold up today? In some cases, it might, but only if you've kept at least a baby finger on the pulse of trends and made on-going, significant updates to keep the look current.  

As always, everything in moderation. Here are eight hot trends to choose wisely from this year. Because it's 2018 ya'll! And 18 trends was just too many. 

Sage Walls

 Image Source:  Coco Lapine Design

Image Source: Coco Lapine Design

Pantone colour of the year (Ultra Violet 18-3838) be damned! The people (of Pinterest that is) have spoken and the real 2018 colour of the year to lust after is Sage. The subtle, soft greyish green is about to bedeck bedroom, den and living room walls galore, bringing with it a sense of calm and quiet that no purple could ever hope to provide. However, if Ultra Violet is your jam, we're not mad at it. Use it sparingly on accent pillows and stoneware. It'll go gloriously with your new sage walls. 

The Fifth Wall 

 Image Source:  HGTV.ca

Image Source: HGTV.ca

This trend had a flash in the pan a few years back with painted and wallpapered ceilings (still love when done right) then faded to the background a bit while patterned and papered wall treatments took centre stage. But in 2018 we're going to see a lot of attention focused on the ceiling. Hopefully this means we'll all be kicking our feet up more often and gazing up from the comfort of our beds and sofas, but we suspect that's not the case. More likely it's just that neutral white walls are always a design staple and the ceiling is often overlooked as a super-stylish way to add punchiness and architectural detail to an otherwise neutral room. 

Over-Sized Art

 Image Source: Insideout.com

Image Source: Insideout.com

There's no denying that a trend toward oversized art often requires an oversized bank account. But, BUT, if there's one thing that you do for your home this year, and if you have the wall space to accommodate it, consider a great big piece of art. It doesn't have to be a gallery-worthy masterpiece (though if you want one, we can help you source it), just something that speaks to you, that evokes emotion, and that fits your home and your budget. Whatever it is that works for you, just make sure you go big or go home. 

Flashy Plants 

 Image Source:  Bakker.com

Image Source: Bakker.com

Don't know that greenery has ever been out of style per se, but a well-placed plant can take a room from plain to perfect. Don't make us post a gallery of fiddlehead fig tree shots to prove a point (ok, maybe we'll do a separate post). This year, however, the devil is in the details. Plants with intricate detailing like shimmery veining on leaves and other patterned and showy foliage are going to elevate your houseplants from accent piece to feature item. Start stretching those green thumbs, the showiest varieties, such as jewel orchids and prayer plants, are not always the easiest to care for. 

Dark Counters and Cabinets

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Image Source: Homedit.com

You read that correctly. After at least a decade of white or light kitchen counters and cupboards, dark and moody is making tracks back into the decor ethos. That's not to say it won't take some mettle to commit to this trend in your own home, it will, but when the space is right and your choices are made wisely, this is a bold statement that will most certainly secure you a place in trendsetter hall of fame. 

Curves, Baby

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Image Source: Tumblr.com

A reflection of the general move toward more organic materials and shapes, the shift away from straight lines and toward a softer, plusher, sexier curve is going to be all the rage in 2018. Look for velvety swivel chairs and sofas with curved arms and rounded backs. Incidentally, these soft statement pieces are perfect when paired with one of 2017's most pervasive trends, millennial pink. 

Black Metal

 Image Source:  Homepolish .com

Image Source: Homepolish.com

Wish we could in good faith write: black is back! Because, rhyme! But we cannot in good conscience ever say that black was out of style. What is specifically going to be trending in black in 2018 are fixtures. Say bye-bye to brass (okay, not all the brass, we still love brass) and hello black on kitchen and bath hardware, light fixtures and metal finishes on accent tables and chairs. What this trend is really indicative of is the on-going strength of minimalism. Matte black metal is modern, stark, simple, and makes a big impact with minimal flash. 

Picture Perfect

 Image Source:  Pinterest  

Image Source: Pinterest 

Not to be mistaken for actually perfect, picture perfect means just as it says, perfect for pictures. Or more specifically for Instagram. If you have a gorgeous and original statement piece in your home and you don't post it on Instagram, is it even real, bro? Any room can be made picture perfect by following a few basic rules, fluff your pillows, add flowers or greenery, wait for the light. Oh, and a well placed pet will always rack up the likes. 

As always, if you need some help interpreting this year's trends and finding the best way to use them in your own home, we've got you covered. CONTACT US. 

Wishing you a joyful, healthy, cozy new year to each of you from EMME Design! 

 

The Friday Find: Summer Vacation Inspiration

Admittedly this post is a bit of cop out but we EMME Designers are heading out on vacation and we're up to our eyeballs in everything that going away for any extended period of time—with kids in tow—entails. OMG with the packing and planning and organizing and wrapping up of ALL THE THINGS before you can get out the door, sometimes taking a break almost doesn't seem worth it.

And that, my friends, is what I am bringing you for this week's Friday Find... inspiration. Because that's precisely why we are heading out on our respective vacations in the first place. To rediscover the beauty in this world, it's still there, we just know it. To snuggle with family, laugh with friends and reconnect with ourselves. To marvel at nature, the ultimate source of inspiration that underlies everything that we do in our work. 

Enjoy a taste of the sights and magic that we're hoping to marinade in over the next couple of weeks: 

 It's entirely feasible that one of us just might spend the next couple of weeks staring at views similar to this one in Umbria, Italy. How's THAT for inspiration? Also, she might decide to never return. 

It's entirely feasible that one of us just might spend the next couple of weeks staring at views similar to this one in Umbria, Italy. How's THAT for inspiration? Also, she might decide to never return. 

 A little closer to home, but no less spectacular, one of us will be meditating in a scene that looks a whole lot like this one along the shores of Lake Huron. 

A little closer to home, but no less spectacular, one of us will be meditating in a scene that looks a whole lot like this one along the shores of Lake Huron. 

 Feeling inspired yet? I give you Lake Como. 

Feeling inspired yet? I give you Lake Como. 

 I've been vacationing on Lake Huron since birth and despite having visited some pretty spectacular beaches around the world, I still consider many of the beaches along this great lake to be among the most beautiful I've ever seen. I would like to decorate an entire house using this very palette upon my return. 

I've been vacationing on Lake Huron since birth and despite having visited some pretty spectacular beaches around the world, I still consider many of the beaches along this great lake to be among the most beautiful I've ever seen. I would like to decorate an entire house using this very palette upon my return. 

 No but wine though. WINE. 

No but wine though. WINE. 

There you have it. A few preemptive glimpses into the next two weeks that are lighting a fire under our fannies and driving us to get our shizz together and hit the road. We'll be back in two weeks, refreshed and rejuvenated and sufficiently inspired to get back to work. We'd love to spread a little of our reclaimed creativity in your space! Whether you're looking for a bit of a refresh or a full-blown overhaul, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us today (okay, fine yes, we're still checking email...)

Happy Summering! 

The Friday Find: Canadiana Without the Kitsch

Happy Canada Day to you, you gorgeous Canuks!

Don't get me wrong, I love poutine and beavers as much as the next Canadian (and I mean this is the cleanest possible sense) but at the risk of offending anyone's patriotism here, sometimes our national symbols can be displayed in ways that are slightly less than sophisticated.

I TOTALLY get that in the right setting a well-placed canoe paddle can be the perfect accessory and I mean what Canadian can't rally behind a well hung set of elk antlers? But for those among us that feel these symbols may be a tad too literal we want you to know that it is possible to bring touches of Canadian symbolism, culture and design into your home without going overboard on the kitsch factor. 

And so, in celebration of this wonderful, beautiful, and yes very stylish land of ours, here are five gorgeous ways to celebrate Canada through design with out a hint of kitsch: 

1. Hudson Bay Iconic Point Blankets

Image: Houzz.com

The iconic point blanket is just as at home in a chic modern space as it is in a rustic cabin setting. It's the perfect Canadian accessory—warm, durable, stylish and loaded with a rich and storied history. Everyone should have one in their Canadian home. 

2. Halifax Cups & Saucers

We may borrow our teatime traditions from the Brits but this lovely set featuring the lush seaside landscape of Halifax, Nova Scotia is just abstract enough to avoid being overly kitschy. Instead it will elevate your morning or afternoon cuppa into a chic and distinctly Canadian ritual. Also available in this series are The Rockies side plates and The Yukon dinner plates. 

3. Woods; Cole & Son Wallpaper

Despite the fact that it skyrocketed into ubiquity over the last several years, I will not, I repeat I WILL NOT apologize for my love of the Woods wallpaper, designed in 1959 by Michael Clark and distributed by Cole & Son. I know, I know, he's a Brit but the birch tree is a Provincial symbol in both Quebec and Saskatchewan and an unofficial icon that short of the Mighty Maple is about as Canadian as it gets. Though I, like many others, grew weary of seeing it in every magazine spread and chic city townhouse entryway for a spell there, I still think it's a gorgeous and striking way to bring the essence of nature and wildness into a modern, urban space. Used sparingly and smartly, like in the nursery shown above or maybe a petite powder room, this is a fantastic way to reflect the vast expanses of Canadian wilderness without getting overly literal. 

4. Aboriginal Art

The stunning contemporary work of Canadian Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier is but one example of the absolute wealth of remarkable Aboriginal painters, sculptors, textile designers, poets, authors, and musicians that we're so lucky to have our Canadian lives enriched by. What better way to honour and celebrate this land we all love than with an original work of art?

5. Red and White

It is not easy to decorate with red. I find it one of the most difficult colours to use and if I'm being really honest, there's nothing that turns me off faster than a room with cherry red walls. Just a flat out NO for me personally. But the room shown above? This is how you do it right. I'm obsessed with it and I know that even though this is a Scandinavian home not a Canadian one, but we can do this my Canadian friends. WE CAN DO IT TOO. Accent an  all white room with a stunning red rug for a wallop of Bohemian style. Add in some natural elements like those freakin' perfect occasional chairs and tie the whole thing together with a gallery wall that includes splashes of a similar red. BOOM. A red and white space that celebrates our National Pride with timeless style and nary a moose in sight. 

Happy Canada Day everyone! We hope you're celebrating in style.