5 Design Trends for 2016

 

From luminous transparency to cutting-edge appliances, here are some looks, furniture finds and accessories we see as an emerging trend for 2016:

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Rich Jewel Tones

Whether it is Cobalt blue, Ruby red or British Racing green, these rich jewel tones have been popping up quite a bit on the radar lately. We are finding these deep, moody hues in paint colours and various textiles.

“Joy” shelves by Zanotta: A modular unit of 5 or 7 shelves with articulated joints, originally designed in 1989 by Castiglioni.

“Joy” shelves by Zanotta: A modular unit of 5 or 7 shelves with articulated joints, originally designed in 1989 by Castiglioni.

Lacquered Raffia 5822 cobalt wall covering.

Lacquered Raffia 5822 cobalt wall covering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirt Pattern Material is 100% cotton pre-stained with wine, grass, bike oil and blood to camouflage any additional stains the wearer is liable to make.

Dirt Pattern Material is 100% cotton pre-stained with wine, grass, bike oil and blood to camouflage any additional stains the wearer is liable to make.

Cloud One Seater by Luca Nichettoshown in Volcano Red upholstery by Kravet

Cloud One Seater by Luca Nichettoshown in Volcano Red upholstery by Kravet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Christmas Decorations

It’s that time of the year when you start thinking about how you’re going to decorate your home. We all have our tried and true Christmas decorations that we pull out every year but it’s also nice to add one or two new decorations.

Why not try some great DIY Christmas decorations ideas. We’ve put together some of the best projects that you can do by yourself or with your kids.  It’s a great, creative way to gear up for the Holiday Season!

You can find full instructions on how to create each DIY Christmas project by clicking on the pictures below. Be sure to check out our Christmas Pinterest page for more fabulous ideas.

 

Shadow Boxes are a great way to bring a personal touch to your Christmas decor.

Christmas Shadow Box

Christmas Shadow Box

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Our Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Renovation

A kitchen renovation can be expensive, but it has the highest return on investment if you do it right. Sometimes the look you are trying to achieve can have a healthy price tag, but if you know where to save and where to splurge, you can still get the look while keeping some major coin in your pocket.

Take our client’s newly completed kitchen renovation (and let’s be honest – it was the entire back of their house). The renovation transformed their dark and cramped kitchen into a bright and expansive functional room. The owners wanted a transitional look to compliment the existing architecture and style of their house, but with a Mid-Century Modern flair.

We determined the design elements required to get the “look” the clients wanted, and settled on a combination of white and walnut cabinetry, burnished bronze hardware, lighting (this was a HUGE one), and the backsplash tile.

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Now we had to select what elements we could save money on while still achieving the design plan. The cabinet bases were the most obvious choice from the list. This is where things get creative… the bases are Sektion from IKEA, but paired with custom doors to get the right off-white lacquer colour and walnut wood grain to suit the design. This customization is offered by a Toronto company who specializes in making doors for IKEA kitchens. Still a more cost effective plan than going completely custom.

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New Kitchen Essentials – What’s on Tap

 

Some of the newest faucets on the market have taken functionality and convenience to a whole new level. Not only are there more kitchen faucets than ever before but below these unassuming spouts are innovative systems that will turn plain water into sparkling water or a perfectly brewed café au lait.

 

 

The Artifact Deck Mount Pot Filler is an elegant countertop version instead of the traditional wall mount.

Artifact Deck Mount Pot Filler

Artifact Deck Mount Pot Filler

 

 

Twist the left handle from regular tap to chilled and filtered, or to lightly or fully sparkling water.

Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling

Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling

 

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Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

If you’re looking to add a few examples of mid-century modern design elements to your existing kitchen or renovation here are some great ideas to get you started…

 TABLES

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The Finnish Saarinen designed the famous Tulip group of tables and seating in 1956.

 

 

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A Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Reno

 

It seems that the Mid-Century Modern style has moved to the forefront of interior design in recent years. Clean lines, warm tones and a retro feel seems to resonate with a great many people. Can you get the feel of Mid-Century Modern design without changing everything you have? Watch how we introduced certain elements of this style into a kitchen renovation without going over the top.

 

First we determined the correct balance of wood and white for the cabinetry.

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Then we introduced specific lighting such as the iconic Sputnik light fixture in the dining area:

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And a tri-light hanging pendant over the eat-in kitchen.

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Best of Houzz 2015

Kaleidoscope Designs Inc won Best of Houzz for 2015! Thanks to our clients who took the time to write such wonderful reviews!

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Benefits of Hiring a Designer

What exactly are the benefits of hiring a designer? To get to the point, a good designer will save you time and money. Their knowledge and experience will help you navigate the overwhelming world of paint colours, furniture and accessories, as well as managing communications and expectations with contractors and trades when renovating your home.

A designer has paid dearly for their education and have spent years gaining valuable kitchen-color-renderingknowledge and experience in the field. Their training allows them to provide timely solutions or alternatives to any problems or concerns that arise, making your project a success. Most times they act as a councillor or arbitrator when clients find themselves at odds with their partners or others involved in the project where tastes and opinions differ. Designers consider things that may not even cross your mind, and pose questions that will make you think about what it is you want and why. The goal is to provide a client with the best design for their budget, timeline, architecture and taste. It’s a very difficult job, but a good designer will make it look effortless.

 

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