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For Suzanne Dimma, an interior designer, creative director and brand spokesperson, “trend” is a word to stay away from.

“I see them come and go,” she says. “Take them with a grain of salt. I always tell people don’t go overboard on things that feel like trends. I tend to invest only in small pieces that are trends. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that will likely be extremely out of fashion shortly after it launches.”

David Beaton of studio b offers this advice: “Don’t buy cheap trends. They will end up in the landfill.”

Experienced designers say great decor goes beyond any trend. Their objective is to work with the client, understand their vision, find inspiration from materials and finally bring it all together into a beautiful aesthetic that feels alive.

However, there still are a few common dos and don’ts.


Adapt to the season, says Brian Gluckstein, principal designer at Gluckstein Design Planning Inc.

“Some of our clients make smaller, subtler changes to the decor from season to season,” he says.

Carpets in the winter might be silk, patterned or wool, and in the summer can be changed to sisal for a beach look. One of Gluckstein’s clients has pillows made in dark velvet or chocolate faux fur in the winter months, which then get switched out for pastel linens or different patterns for a spring and summer feel.

“Take down the drapes for the summer, opening things up after a winter of hibernation, then put them back up in the fall for that cozy, winter feel,” Gluckstein says.

When it comes to appliances, such as fridges, ranges and dishwashers, Andrew Borsk from TG Appliance Group says to always focus on quality design, materials, construction and components — all things that never go out of style.

If you are looking for what’s new, exterior finishes such as matte black and matte white are becoming more popular. Controls are moving away from physical knobs to touch technology like we have on smartphones.

A timeless do, says Pam Freedman, vice-president of The Chesterfield Shop, is to buy what you love. Before you make any purchases, it’s always important to:

  • Measure your area before you order;
  • Sit in the furniture you are planning to buy;
  • Bring a carpet sample or paint swatch before ordering.

“On the whole, I advise sticking to the classics or things that resonate as classic for your big moves and then add a few trends in the smaller accents,” Dimma says. “The trick is to home in on the trends that complement, not compete with, your home’s overall aesthetic.”

What should you look for when seeking out a classic feel? Dimma offers some tips:

  • Clean lines, subtle details and quiet palettes;
  • European architectural influences;
  • Medium-toned hardwood floors;
  • Raised panelled mouldings on walls and doors;
  • Carrera marble counters.

Do also have a little fun.

“Strong metallic hardware like golds and champagne tones rock,” says Dawn Chapnick, principal designer at Dawn Chapnick Designs.

“Play with the finish and do something that makes a statement. It’s almost summer after all — bring in some shine.”


“Let’s just be honest about the industrial-chic kitchen look; that isn’t the most inviting place to be,” Chapnick says. “The exposed pipes and Edison lights are just a little overplayed.”

Instead, she says, go for drama in the kitchen with deep colours such as blue and green with black matte and metallics.

Bulky kitchen islands are becoming less popular and cool greys are being replaced by warm greys.

Also, don’t hang too much on the wall. “It makes for a cluttered feel,” Chapnick says. “Instead, opt for a large painting, or black-and-white photography, and concentrate on a cool frame.”

If you like eclectic or maximalist style, you might want to leave it to a professional designer so it doesn’t look cluttered and disproportionate.

Advertising feature produced by Globe Content Studio. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

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