Over many years as an Interior Designer, what might be 3 major shifts in consumer preferences during the period?
A very important factor that comes to mind straight away could be the shift from stain grade cabinets to paint grade cabinets. White kitchens are back! Clients are trending more towards lighter and brighter over the red/orange tones of the past decade. Flooring has changed a great deal with an increase of clients opting for LVP (luxury vinyl plank) throughout their house. LVP has come so far, and is now super durable, easy to upkeep and looks crazy real. Thirdly, quartz countertops are actually becoming the standard. I rarely see granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to upkeep vs granite and the colours and patterns which are available now mimic sets from natural marble to exotic granites.
What are some future ideas and predictions going forward? Any new trends that may be taking place in 2018/19 and beyond?
Natural woods are very popular: hand scraped, wide plank barn board flooring in addition to overtly distressed furniture pieces. What’s also starting to come forward in design is more of a traditional style again. Information on everything and the utilization of rich jewel tones are hot right now along with warm metal tones (brass is back in trend!).
What are some of the challenges to face in helping customers realize their dream renovation?
A lot of clients do not trust themselves. They often fight between their heart and brain over what they want. Often, they attempt to force themselves to improve colour palettes or styles from their last house and sometimes it is out of their comfort zone. I usually tell clients to follow their gut. Their house is their sanctuary and they have to feel comfortable and relaxed at home.
Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?
Kitchens, Ensuites and basement developments are usually the spaces people use the most, therefore increase the value of your home. Those rooms are the ones potential home buyers are looking at predominately since they know those are the areas they’ll spend most of their time in.
How does one get ideas or inspiration to help guide them when considering renovation options?
I will often suggest clients send photos of homes, rooms, styles and products they find on home décor sites. Often clients don’t understand what their style is, so if they are able to show me pictures of things they like, then I can understand them better. Visiting showhomes is also an excellent way to get inspiration and new ideas.