Happy 2014 faithful Halifax readers! We hope the New Year brings you happiness and success. While you work on that prosperity we will be busy helping you transform your home in 2014. Today we will talk about design trends for the coming year. The theme is transitions – how do we transition a home that was built in (and meant for) the late 1900s to today? For us, it’s about refocusing our homes to fit with the pace and technology of modern life without losing the comfort and tradition we are used to. Here’s how new trends can be applied to two rooms of your home!
The kitchen is the hub of the home. Now that many Canadians are eating healthier and focusing on where our food comes from and how it is prepared, we’ve returned to a kitchen-centric life. However, not everyone has time to enjoy a slow-cooked, prolonged meal in their dining room each night, as lovely as that would be. For those with a fast-paced life, consider the kitchen table as your main dining area, and decorate it as such. Try to go not too sparse or too formal; it should be a casual eating space that you wouldn’t mind entertaining at if you were dropped in on. Be sure to embrace technology as well. From iPads as cookbooks to checking your schedule as you make breakfast, having gadgets in the kitchen can really boost your productivity.
Is it a living room? A library? A play area? Gone are the days of strict room functionality. We’re sure that you remember the “guest living room” in your parents or grandparents house. It was the one you were never allowed to go in, and it was by far the nicest. What’s the point?
Instead, try to view rooms outside of your traditional mindset. A large room could easily feature a media center at one wall and a desk for a home office on another. The laundry room could hide away the kid’s arts and craft supplies, or the kitchen could have a book shelf with a reading nook. Be creative but remember that practicality is king.
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