DIY Design Event – May 14

April 8th, 2015

May 14 DIY Event

The “In” Colors for 2016

March 20th, 2015

Home Furnishings and Interior Design: Pantone Color Institute Announces 2016 Color Trends

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 highlights nine directional color palettes with innovative themes and forward-thinking style

CHICAGO, March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — International Home & Housewares Show 2015, PANTONE ColorWatch Display (Hall of Global Innovation, located in the Lakeside Level 3 Lobby) — The Pantone Color Institute®, an X-Rite company and the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, today unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.”As media continue to move toward more evocative, imaginative and innovative uses of color to woo consumers, unexpected color stories are emerging,” saidLeatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “To capture attention and keep product lines relevant in the consumer’s eye, it’s important to understand the impact that this always-morphing innovation will have on color and design trends for 2016.”

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

  • Unambiguous colors, including shades that are plumbed from natural sources such as warm rosy clay and sheepskin beige, give us Natural Forms.
  • Dichotomy reinforces the concept that opposites do and can attract as silver metallic, sunny yellow and bright cobalt blue combine with calmer versions of the hues.
  • Pastel-focused Ephemera blends delicate shades of wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow.
  • Lineage is a palette where shades of navy, black, tan and regimental green co-mingle with touches of brighter colors.
  • Soft Focus reveals subtle and/or muted colors, sometimes being described as “smoky” and always versatile.
  • In the French language, Bijoux means “jewelry” – a fitting title for this palette that gleams with drama and intensity across many jewel tones.
  • Merriment is full of joyful shades including vibrant greens and yellows contrasted with pinks and oranges.
  • Capricious color combinations with vacation-destination blues and blue-greens create Footloose – a palette that supports the idea of throwing off the constricting scheduling of everyday life and simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
  • Mixed Bag is an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints, with exciting and unique colors like pirate black and mandarin red as well as violet and florid orange.

Article reprinted from WCAA Window View, March 2015

Choosing Colors For Your Home

February 13th, 2015

The interior design guide to coloring your home

  • Colour may be one of the pillars of design, but that doesn’t make its use any less complex.
  • Different tones can convey particular emotions, and choosing the right palette can add immense value to a project.

This great infographic by Studio 55 explores where best to use certain colours, such as the subtle use of blue spectrum light to promote alertness. Although largely focused on designing for the home, the information could prove useful for interior designers in public, commercial and educational applications as well.

Reprinted from WCAA newsletter February 11, 2015

Odd Shaped Windows? Let us help!

January 22nd, 2015

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January 14th, 2015


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November 7th, 2014
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October 13th, 2014

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Earth Tones Are The Hot Colors This Year

August 15th, 2014


Earth tone interior design elements and hues blend well together, so they’re not as tricky to combine as other color palettes. In fact, decorating with earth tones makes it easy to coordinate your whole house, without colors clashing between rooms, even if the exact hues in each room are not identical. Think beiges, browns, tans, and taupes – even sage greens, soft rust tones, and muted golds.




Reprinted from Fresh Ideas for your Home, September 2014, Hunter Douglas

8 Trends in Window Coverings

August 6th, 2014

DraperyDraperies are back. In the ’80s, opulent swagged draperies loaded with fringe and tassels and topped with elaborate valances made some windows seem like perpetual debutantes. As the ’90s progressed, there was a move away from excess. Minimalist decorating schemes led to a desire for plantation shutters, bamboo blinds, Roman blinds and tab-topped panels in cotton or velvet. The latter, simple and affordable, became ubiquitous. 

This is what today’s windows are wearing: 

1.  Exquisite gossamer sheers – worlds away from the familiar frilly or harsh-textured polyester ones – now have subtle iridescence and are interwoven with unexpected materials, or have embossed or printed patterns. 

2.  Velvet is a continuing trend. Designer Scott Yetman feels that velvet is the best material for drapery. “In art class, you’re often given a folded piece of velvet to draw, because of the way it catches the light,” he says. 

3.  Sheers in dramatic colours like cocoa and smoke are a trend, as is combining two tones of sheers.

4 Patti Watanabe of The Work Room in Toronto notes that longer, looser pleats (five to six inches long) are now popular – they look less prim and proper than shorter, tighter ones. Double, rather than triple, pleats are used for the same reason. 

5 Draperies with grommets, a simple treatment, are a continuing trend. 

6 Extra-long fabric puddled on the floor has been replaced with floor-length draperies. But Scott Yetman likes drapery fabric to puddle just a little – a few inches – the way that well-tailored trousers “break” over a shoe. 

7 Fun patterns that exhibit a sense of whimsy are becoming more popular. Valentina Manzo of Kravet/Lee Jofa Showroom in Toronto says that zebra stripes and giraffe spots are emerging patterns. Kravet also offers a sheer with single feathers stitched in at random intervals – a look that’s whimsical but also modern, even Zenlike. 

8 Rather than lavishing fabric on swags and valances, designers have turned their attention to creative hardware. Rods, finials and tie-backs in wood, metal, glass or ceramic are treated almost like jewelry.

Repost from by Kateri Lanthier


Simple Woven Textures are a new Window Treatment Trend for Today’s Home

May 19th, 2014

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Gone are the days when custom window treatments meant elaborate drapes complemented by swags, jabots, valances or cornices. Today’s custom window treatments are simpler and sleeker.

Life has become less formal and with it decor more casual. Instead of designing curtains to cover windows, more designers are choosing panels to flank or frame windows.

Clean lines are trending as a result of the desire to live more simply to balance out the manic pace of hectic life today,” said Kim Kiner, vice president of product design for Hunter Douglas. “They express a soft minimalist look that has a simple aesthetic with lasting functionality.”

In architecture, great rooms and the kitchen have become the center of the home. In older homes kitchens were very small and people used to gather in living rooms and dining rooms,” Kiner said. “Now for people, these rooms are obsolete.”

Consider these less formal spaces the equivalent to “Casual Fridays” in the work place and now this trend toward the informal extends to window treatments.

This includes doing away with oversized hardware, such as thick wooden rods with ornate finial. Instead homeowners are opting for slim, yet elegant hardware that can showcase the fabric.

“You’re also seeing a real growth in the appreciation of the transitional style,” Kiner added.

Versatile woven textures, those natural, almost tribal in style, lend themselves to transitional decor.

“There are a number of different companies offering woven textures that can be used as Roman shades, which are a great solution for transitional styles,” said Jennaver Brown with Eye on Design. “And they are available at a multitude of different price points.”

Brown likes to use textured shades with drapery panels to answer concerns about privacy and light control. “So pairing those with a grass shade or a very sheer Roman shade is a great solution and you also get that layered effect,” she said.

Eye on Design carries the Hunter Douglas Alustra Woven Textures line, a cross between drapes and traditional blinds and shades. These textured fabrics are available as Roman shades, roller shades or Skyline Gliding Window Panels, which overlap for a seamless, clean contemporary look.

“The appeal of Woven Textures is the unique fabric collection that establishes a feeling of relaxed sophistication,” said Kiner. “These intriguing fabrics create the allure of natural textures that offer a light filtering alternative to solar screens that is visually more interesting and comforting in a home.”