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Highlights of the Interior Design Show

For 17 years, the Interior Design Show has brought together leaders in the design industry for one weekend to showcase the hottest trends and products which are sure to inspire any show visitor. The show, which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from January 22 to 25, boasted a variety of interior design styles, but one in particular stood out by far: wood. This traditional material has taken a backseat in interior design to make room for more modern, clean looks, but it came back in a big way at the show. Here’s a round-up of the best of IDS 2015.

Outdoor Furniture

There’s no time like the present to start thinking about outdoor furniture. Andrew Richard Designs has taken a break from its usual UV-protected woven look and opted for a new line made of solid reclaimed teak, a tropical hardwood. Each piece can be customized in order to appeal to all consumers’ styles and needs. The designer’s inspiration came from the outdoors where the wood is natural.


Bathroom Designs

American Standard is celebrating its 150th anniversary with Decade 15 – bathroom designs that span the decades. From country to the contemporary looks of today, there is a style for everyone. What’s even cooler is the neat technology that American Standard is bringing to the bathroom: a contemporary, full-functioning bidet and toilet with a warming seat. You read that right, folks.


Wall Wood Paneling

Who said hardwood is just for the floor? This reclaimed wood can be used throughout a room for a rustic look, or placed on an accent wall for a modern look. It’s become a popular trend in many homes.


Wood Flooring

Wood flooring has been around for what feels like forever, but Torlys Smart Floors has designed a luxury vinyl plank that looks exactly like hardwood. EverWood is anti-microbial, waterproof and comes with a 25-year warranty, making it the perfect choice for a home with a lot of foot traffic.


Indoor Furniture

The experts at Casalife confirm that wood is once again regaining popularity. What’s different here is the furniture design. This kitchen table may look small, but has two leaves that pull out from the sides and a pull-out cabinet for storage. It’s all about space-saving and storage for the upcoming year.


Wall Art

Wall art is an easy way to change and enhance one’s decor. Nestled in Yorkville, the Hazelton Fine Art Gallery boasts a huge range of art to appeal to the tastes of all Canadian art buyers. The gallery features work from internationally-renowned artists and emerging talents from Toronto.


Glass Railings

This is one area of the home that is taking a small departure away from wood. Vince Vigliatore of Bolton Railings Inc. says there has been a huge demand for glass railings in the last five years, which achieves a clean, modern look. The stairs appear to be floating in thin air. However, Vigliatore says he sees the trend going back to wood once again. It all depends on one’s taste and the overall look of a home.


Wooden Toys

Ella + Elliot is marrying wood material with a modern design for baby and kid furniture. Each piece is hand-crafted, locally made and inspired by Scandinavian and Danish tastes. Each toy is kid-operated, leaving room for imaginative play, a very different approach to toys compared to their contemporary counterparts found in big-box stores.


Are you thinking about incorporating some of these trends in your home? Let us help! We have a comprehensive list of experts in a wide range of industries, including furniture, flooring, fireplaces, bathrooms and more.

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