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Design Trends 2021

Curious about what is trending...we have the scoop!

Well, we can all agree that this past year has been quite a ride for everyone! And while so much has changed in our day to day lives, our jobs, and how we spend our free time, one thing that remains constant is our love of design. And even with all the ups and downs, everyone’s love of their home has gotten stronger as we all spend so much more time with our families. So here is a list of our top trends that we think will make a big impact for 2021.

Dark and moody tones have been creeping into main stream design for a few years, but this is the time when we think they will really have their moment. Dramatic greys, blues, and greens will be popping up everywhere, from cabinetry to interesting Powder Rooms. It can be a big step for some to take, so a natural place to keep it dark and cozy is a basement media room. Add a little creative lighting and you have an at home experience that will rival any movie theatre!

Next to Kitchens, Master Bathrooms are the second renovation favorite. We are partial to basements as well, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion (wink, wink). But bathroom designs have recently started to branch out from the traditional layouts that we have seen, moving towards a more European and streamline look. A new trend that is emerging is the shower/tub room, which can help save on space for a larger vanity area. Large format tiles and interesting LED lighting can really create a unique experience.

Wallpaper has gotten a bad reputation but we think it is making a comeback! Most have a vision of flocked wallpaper from the 70’s but now wallcoverings can range from bold patterns, subtle textures, and even murals that are custom ordered to the size of your wall. Though wallpapers can be an investment, another trend is accent walls, so you can go bold on one wall without a big commitment.

Since Benjamin Moore named its colour of the year Aegean Teal, all the blue and green tones are going to have their day in the spotlight. And with the right hues these colours can be used on walls, cabinetry, furniture, you name it! And if it feels like a commitment, keep it neutral and introduce these tones in accents, such as toss cushions, accent chairs, or artwork.


Mandy brings extensive residential design experience to our ARTium Design Build and Just Basements Team. After working in Toronto for over 10 years she is now calling Ottawa home, and loves working one on one with clients to create spaces that will stand the test of time.


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