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In kitchens this year, look for customizable coffee stations with retractable doors, elegant interiors with highly efficient storage, walk-in pantries with ample shelving for food and small appliances, and some even featuring sinks and cooking equipment. Custom kitchen manufacturer AyA Kitchens will be at the Interior Design Show (IDS), which is returning in-person this year and running April 7 to April 10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.NELSON COSTA AT AYA KITCHENS IMAGES

A common theme this spring in interior design centres on health and wellness, especially mental health, by creating your own urban oasis.

Sandra Mendes, senior designer at AyA Kitchens, says interior design trends for the upcoming season include using more warm toned woods such as maple, cherry, oak and walnut, with lighter stains to showcase their beautiful natural grain.

At the Interior Design Show (IDS), which is returning in-person this year and running April 7 to April 10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, AyA Kitchens will be collaborating with Picnic Design and GOCO to bring the co-living experience to life with this year’s Dare to Share lounge. The objective is to showcase how creating shared living spaces can work well for multigenerational families and seniors, and younger people looking to enter the current housing market.

“People are still spending a lot of time at home, so they’re keen to invest more in creating the perfect space and are opting for higher-end items all around,” Mendes says.

Mendes says on trend this year are: softer paint colours such as fog, clay and shale; fixtures and hardware in bronzed brass, or brass and black as accents; country influences such as wood beams, apron sinks and natural stone and brick. In kitchens, look for customizable coffee stations with retractable doors, elegant interiors with highly efficient storage, walk-in pantries with ample shelving for food and small appliances and some even featuring sinks and cooking equipment.

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Spatial artist and television personality Nike Onile will be in conversation with The Globe and Mail’s editorial director of Globe Style, Andrew Sardone, on April 9 at IDS this year talking about how to reclaim your home as a sanctuary, leaving world pressures outside your door.

Onile says to watch for these interior design trends this year:

  • Round, soft edges and feminine forms are at their peak, showing up in architectural solutions, furniture choices and decor.
  • Plants and natural elements are making their way to the forefront of interior design, with the creation of urban jungles “and the incorporation of specimens such as home-grown avocado trees, monstera or ficus audreys.”
  • Comfortable minimalism, via minimal decoration and furniture, leaving room for a lightness of space. Items that are incorporated will help to create a softer, lounge-like and comfortable feel.

“What is important is to understand how connected we are to the spaces we surround ourselves with,” Onile says. “We spend most of our lives and an incredible amount of our energy in the spaces we live (which we now also work and school in), so it is only natural that we create space that supports us in a way that makes us feel brilliant.

“There is magic that happens when design and wellness meet; the value being a space that pours back into us – spaces that are not only functional but are also set up to foster health, inspiration and a fullness of life.”


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