With each year brings new trends and inspirations that influence design, here is a look at the trends that are being predicted for the forthcoming year.1. The color yellow is said to be a color of choice. This bright happy color can revitalize any color palette, whilst instantly adding energy to a space, it pairs well with gray, sand and taupe. 2. Using Khaki as the dominant color in a space and pairing it with bright, rich hues. Khaki pairs well with black, brown, sage, cognac, greens and blues.3. Cobalt Blue is popping up everywhere, from wallpaper to lights to linens and it works well with almost every shade in the color wheel.4. Red accents in any which way or form, from chairs, to throws to doors, it adds a bold dynamic to any space.5. Spanish and Moroccan influenced design and d&e...

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Montefiore Hospital is a private hospital in the coastal city of Brighton in the United Kingdom own and operated by Spire Healthcare. The modern healthcare facility has incorporated art into its design to help promote healing in a calm and positive environment. Research shows that incorporating various types of art into healthcare facilities positively impacts the outcome of patients, it is said to help boost their physical, emotional and mental recovery. In 1859 Florence Nightingale said, “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the objects presented to patients have a powerful effect and are actual means of recovery.” This theory is very evident in the today’s modern approach to healthcare design.Healthcare architecture specialist IBI Nightingale’s completed the 45 million dollar t...

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Guest rooms are often over looked, typically a room that is not often used and can quickly become a dumping ground for unwanted items or act as a storage room but that doesn’t need to be the case. Why not create a space that your guests will enjoy? A great approach to designing a guest room is to approach it like you would if you were designing a hotel room, consider the features and details of a hotel room that provide the ultimate comfort and stay.Start with minimizing the clutter in the space, not everyone is fortunate enough to dedicate an entire room to being used as a guest room. So if your guest room serves as a multi-functional room like a home office, be sure to provide ample storage for paperwork and miscellaneous items. Choose a soothing color palette. Certain colors evoke em...

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Having well-known parents comes with its perks, one of those perks happens to be having a wonderful room to retire to at the end of long day of playing and dodging the relentless paparazzi. Here is a look at some of the most stylish bedrooms and nurseries of the rich and famous.Daughter of boxing great, Muhammed Ali, Laila Ali, welcomed her daughter Sydney to a stunning nursery filled with custom pieces and feminine touches, it was designed by LA-based design firm Little Crown Interiors. The focal point of the room is the pink “hope” crib from Newport Cottages, which donates a portion of the purchase to breast cancer research. The room also features custom wall decals that were used to achieve the look of wall paneling.When it came time for actress Jessica Alba to design her second daug...

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Working from home seems to be the norm these days. Some people only work from home while others just a few hours here and there, either way it’s important to create a space that you and your clients will enjoy spending time in. Here are a few design details to consider when planning your office and a gallery of some of our favorite home offices for visual inspiration.1. Find a location within your home and get inspired, do some research and pull together a concept, your office should be a reflection of who you are. 2. Set a budget, make a list of all the items you will need to “complete” your home office – desk, chair, printer etc… A concept and a budget will give your project direction and set boundaries. Depending on how much work you do from home you might qualify for valuable tax de...

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The new, sleek Coca-Cola Canadian headquarters sits on top of a former newspaper building on King Street in Toronto, the new space brings together 400 employees. The three storey, 100,000 square foot glass addition is LEED Silver certified and was designed by Figure3, a design firm that specializes in architectural branding and whose past clients include Warner Brothers Entertainment, Umbra and Unilever. The lobby features a Douglas fir panel engraved with the famous Coca-Cola semi-cursive signature logo, one of many wall branded wall treatments. Just around the corner is a wall sculpture made entirely of Coca-Cola bottle caps by artist Raymond Waters, adjacent to that is a grouping of Hans J Wegner’s low slung, wide seat lounge chairs which sit under globular light pendants made from r...

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A complete bathroom renovation can be very costly but there are ways of updating your space without spending a fortune. 1. Update your old plumbing fixtures with new modern ones. Rainfall shower heads help to reduce household water consumption while still providing great water pressure.2. Refinish your countertops. There are companies that will come in and reface your countertop with a ¼”veneer of granite, it gives you the look of solid granite without breaking the bank. You can also have your existing laminate countertop refaced with a new laminate.3. Replace plate glass mirrors with stylish framed mirrors.4. Create a feature wall in your washroom, a bold, fresh paint color can go a long way. If there is room in the budget you could create a feature wall by cladding a wall in a ...

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This year at iSaloni 2013, Doctsone, a German lighting company premiered its newest light piece, Mr. Boom and Little Ms. Dynamite in Salone Satellite. The company focuses their designs around concrete being the base material, in this installation the concrete aspect is found in Mr. Boom, where concrete was formed to look like an old-fashioned detonator. The ‘detonator’ connects to the LED borosilicate glass tubes which resemble dynamite sticks, otherwise known as Little Ms. Dynamite, through a textile cord imitating a long fuse. You can control the ‘explosion’ of light with the beech dimmer crank found on Mr. Boom or the control dial on Little Ms. Dynamite, and up to three “light bombs” can be connected per ‘detonator’. “Our products stand out due to their concise design languages and f...

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The Maxhedron suspension light was designed by Bec Brittain, a talented industrial designer for the New York City based lighting company Roll and Hill. The Maxhedron is a study in material transformation through light and reflection, it is made up of a steel frame that is available in three finishes and triangular pieces of two way mirror. The fixture can be hung vertically and is available in custom sizes and would be a brilliant addition to any room.“… When Maxhedron is turned off, its mirrored surfaces gives it a mercurial quality, being present yet disappearing as it reflects its surroundings… the transformation occurs when Maxhedron is turned on, what was a solid surface becomes translucent, and the lights become a constellation of points,” said Brittain when speaking of the captiv...

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Lighting plays an important part in the design of any room, great lighting can subconsciously make people feel more comfortable and at ease, therefore allowing them to thoroughly enjoy the space they are in. Lighting plays a large part in creating the ambiance and mood of a room, it can be used to highlight beautiful architectural details and features while also meeting all functional needs. Here are a few things to consider when designing the lighting for your space.1. Dimmers, they allow for flexible lighting plans that let you control the light in the space depending on the use. They also reduce energy consumption and increase bulb life.2. Know your bulbs and choose accordingly. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a popular choice, however screw in LED light bulbs have a twelv...

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