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    Our Favourite Design Trends for 2022

    Our Favourite Design Trends for 2022

    Including the latest trends in the design of your home can be a fun way to switch things up and make your home feel current. However, just because a certain element of design is trending doesn’t mean that you have to include it in your home. Choose the trends that speak to you and work with the design of your home to ensure that the space is still a place that you love to live. We’ve taken the same approach at RCID and have chosen only the trends that speak to us. In 2022, we’re looking forward to seeing a lot of focus on the healthy home, neutral or soft palettes, spaces designed for working from home and sculptural interiors. 

    The Healthy Home
    As we continue to spend the majority of our time at home, there’s a larger focus on living in the healthiest home possible. A large portion of this trend focuses on the cleanliness of the home, but that extends to the materials we choose for our homes as well. If you’re looking to renovate or are in the process of building a home, consider choosing materials like antimicrobial countertops or hardwood floors. Hardwood floors don’t trap dust and pollutants the same way that carpets do, which can help with allergies and congestion. In addition to being healthier for your home, wood on the walls in the kitchen and banquette areas below also make beautiful design details.

     

    Soft & Neutral Palettes
    In 2022 we’re seeing a shift towards softer, more neutral palettes. These softer tones are very calming and soothing, which are great for helping you feel serene and tranquil while keeping anxiety at bay.  We love the look of layering similar tones together to build subtle dimension in a room. If you’re worried about a neutral palette feeling boring or flat, fear not! This is the perfect opportunity to play with texture and subtle patterns so that your rooms feel anything but bland.

    We’re Still Working from Home
    Carrying over from 2020 and 2021, the trend of working from home continues. Spending an increased amount of time in this space means that we want it to be as functional and beautiful as possible. Given we’re all spending so much time in these spaces, it’s important that they’re filled with things that we love and that inspire us. We love using bookshelves in an office to display beautiful objects and provide storage. Plus, filling our work from home spaces with art helps keep us inspired.

     


     

    Sculptural Shapes
    In 2022 you can expect to see more sculptural interiors from RCID. We love the artistic feel they bring and the way they help your eye travel around a room. We’re forgoing harsh lines in favour of more curved organic shapes to lend a softness to our designs. We love the gentle bend of the staircase in the image below and the delicate black spindles that contrast the lighter hardwood floors. The asymmetrical shape of the lighting in the dining room below adds a hint of playfulness, while the rounded terrazzo bench is the perfect contrast to the darker shade and angular lines of the table and chairs.


     

    Have FUN with the trends in 2022, and know that you can be trendy and traditional at the same time!

    Photo Credits:
    Shellard Photography

    How to Add Moody Hues to your Home this Winter

    How to Add Moody Hues to your Home this Winter

     

    As the winter sets in and snow starts to cover the ground, it’s the perfect time to update your home decor with moodier jewel-toned shades. Rich autumn colours are replaced by more saturated jewel tones to add a dramatic and moody hint of colour to your home. Fabrics such as velvet are the star of the show this season and are accompanied by metallic hints and accent pieces done in deep, saturated tones. 

    Add a Velvet Accent Chair
    Velvet is the epitome of cozy luxury, which makes it the perfect choice for the winter months. Plus, the texture of the fabric really sings when it’s done in deep, rich shades. Try including a new accent chair in your bedroom done in a deep olive green velvet with a wood frame and metallic accents. We also love the look of using a pair of saturated slate blue chairs to add depth and contrast to a living room done in lighter colours. 

     

    Cocoon in Toss Cushions
    One of the easiest ways to add moody jewel tones to your home is to switch up the colour of your toss cushions. We love to use a deep onyx coloured cushion to add some depth to an already moody room, or to add a saturated hit of teal blue and rich grey to a monochromatic colour scheme. To really up the cozy factor, try finding cushions in a rich velvet fabric or textured wool to add to the cocoon-like feeling.

     

    Embrace Moody Tones for your Renovation
    If you’re in the process of renovating your home, let the moody winter hues inspire you! We love the look of a moody kitchen with a black tiled backsplash, deep grey-green cabinets and complementary black counters with a subtle white vein for a slight bit of contrast. Or, try updating your bar area with deep green subway tiles. The coloured tiles become the star of the show when paired with pale counters and cabinets, plus minimal open black shelving. 

    Add a Metallic Touch
    When working with moody tones, you want to make sure that you have some contrast to their depth by pairing them with something brighter or metallic. Metallic accents are the perfect contrast to deep moody tones as they provide some light and shine. We love the idea of adding a mirror with a gold frame to complement a moody room. Or, try choosing deep sapphire blue dining chairs with metallic legs, which helps them from feeling  too heavy. 

    Photo Credits:
    Shellard Photography

    How to Style a Shelf

    How to Style a Shelf

    Styling shelving has taken the world by storm with “shelfies” becoming increasingly popular in home decor. Learn how to create the perfect look for any room with our tips below and you’ll be well on your way to taking an Instagram-ready “shelfie”. A lot of the shelf styling below uses similar elements, but they’re mixed and matched in different ways to create a unique look in each room. As a general rule when styling a shelf, we often include multiple vessels in various sizes and shapes, an assortment of books and some greenery to keep things fresh. How you choose to mix and match these elements to fit your personal style is the fun part of styling a shelf!  

    Styling Bar Shelving
    Styling shelving for a bar area is a great opportunity to display beautiful bar and glassware. Try styling your shelf with books on mixology or different beers, cool crystal decanters or your favourite vintage glasses. In the shot below we’ve styled the floating shelves with classic martini and wine glasses along with abstract art and a dramatic arrangement of cherry blossoms to take advantage of the double height of the wrap around shelf. 

     

    Styling Open Metal Shelving 
    The open black shelving adds the perfect amount of contrast to this white kitchen. To style these shelves we brought in sculptural vessels in two different sizes to complement the streamlined look of the shelves. Greenery is also included, but adds a metallic pop of colour with the eye-catching copper pots. Lastly, a wooden serving bowl adds subtle texture and earthiness to this perfectly styled shelf.  

    Styling a Space with Multiple Shelves
    This expansive kitchen features multiple different shelving areas with tons of styling possibilities! The key to styling these shelves is to make sure that the overall styling is cohesive so that all the shelves work together in the room. In order to do this, we chose a monochromatic colour scheme for all the shelf spaces in this kitchen. For the island shelves, we chose lower profile items such as baskets and stacked books for a more minimal display. The floating shelves on either side of the range serve as the perfect places for displaying drink ware, serving ware and a striking display of pampas grass. To finish it all off, the shelf above the fridge is used to display sculptural pieces that won’t get used everyday.

    Styling Bookcases with Doors 
    Styling bookcases with doors is more about using the space functionally rather than aesthetically, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look pretty! If you’re using the space mainly for books, try grouping books that have similar coloured spines together like the top row of this bookshelf. If you need the shelves to store a lot of items, try using baskets to sort items into groups. This ensures that everything is organized where you need it, plus it looks cleaner and the baskets - such as the seagrass ones used here - add a hint of texture.

    Styling Pantry Shelves  
    Similar to bar shelves, pantry shelves are a great way to display some of your prettiest items. We love the look of a group of dinnerware stacked on a shelf accompanied by wine glasses. Plus, this is a great place to add a pop of colour like the blue vases on the middle shelf or some texture in the form of a wooden serving bowl. If you take a closer look, you’ll even notice that the shelves themselves are a black marble with a subtle white vein that adds an extra dose of style! 

    Styling Kids Shelving  
    Styling a shelf in a kids bedroom is all about having fun! This is a great place to add personality to your shelf styling through engaging decorative objects. The bookshelf itself is a fun option for a kids room as it adds a sense of playfulness and whimsy to the room. For the styling, we’ve started with a base of books and some greenery, but have also added in some fun objects such as brass bear figures and a metal sculpture of a motorcycle that could double as toys.  

     

    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography

    How to Style A Coffee Table

    How to Style A Coffee Table

    Styling a coffee table comes down to how you mix and match a few key elements. Depending on the style of your room you can play with using multiple tables, different heights, colours or metallic accents, using different styles of trays or including coffee table books. How you mix and match these elements is unique to your personal style, so play around with your arrangement until you’ve found a design that compliments the overall style of your home.

    Combine Two or More Tables

    Create a unique look for your coffee table by combining two or more tables that have different finishes or shapes. We love the look of combining three different organic shaped tables in a monochromatic colour palette or combining two angular metal tables with an upholstered ottoman to create a mix of textures.

     

    Play With Height

    If the scale of your home is larger and you live in an expansive living room with high ceilings, consider adding elements like tall vases or a larger group of branches to add grandeur and compliment the scale of the space. We love combining tall, sculptural vases in two different sizes or taller branches in a vase with a mid-height sculpture and books to guide the eye upwards.

    Display Your Interests with Books

    The design of your home should be personal and reflect what you love. One of the best ways to showcase your interests is through beautifully designed coffee table books. These books are available on nearly any subject and are often larger, thicker volumes filled with large photographs. Plus, they’re great conversation starters when you have guests gathered in the living room for after dinner drinks. Try stacking two different sized books to create visual interest.

    Include Pops of Colour or Metallic Accents

    Keep your coffee table from feeling one note by including pops of colour or metallic accents. Colour can be introduced through the use of greenery, coloured vases and even the colour of a book’s spine. Sculptures are a great way to add metallic accents and we love using a metal ribbon sculpture to add movement and dimension to a coffee table.

    Use Trays to Ground the Space

    Placing objects on a tray can help to make them feel more grounded in the space and makes the placement of objects seem more intentional. Try mixing different shapes and materials in the trays that you use to compliment the feel of your space. We love a classic white rectangular tray for most spaces but try using a lucite tray for a more modern look or a wicker tray for a more boho feel. You can also use a rectangular tray on a circular coffee table to mix and match different shapes.

    Photo Credits:

    Shellard Photography

    Incorporating Fall Colours Into Your Home

    Incorporating Fall Colours Into Your Home

    Fall is the perfect time to switch things up with your interior décor and introduce an earthy colour palette into your home. As the weather gets cooler and we spend more time inside our homes, the mood shifts from summer’s bright breezy colours and textures to more warm, rich tones for autumn accompanied by chunkier knit blankets and earthy leather accents. Try making some of these easy decor switches to get your home feeling fall ready!

     

    Change up the Colour of your Toss Cushions

    Changing out the cover on your toss cushions is one of the easiest ways to introduce warmer earthy colours for fall. We love to use a saturated pumpkin coloured cushion to add some warmth to an all white room, or to add a pop of rich colour to a darker palette. To really up the fall factor, try finding cushions in a rich velvet fabric to add an extra layer of texture.

     

    We Love Leather

    Leather is a great accent to add for fall as it has some weight to it, so it really helps to ground a space. Plus, the rich brown tones are reminiscent of the falling leaves outside! Try including a new chair done in all leather or one with some leather detailing. Toss cushions can also be done in leather and make a real statement when paired with crisp sheets and moody black toss cushions.

     

    Switch up your Art Seasonally

    Art is another easy switch that can be done seasonally. We love a diptych done in rich gold tones to add a warm metallic touch to a room. Or, try going with a cooler, moody colour palette for your art to create a cocoon like feeling in a bedroom when set against dark coloured walls.

     

    Up the Earthiness with Wood

    We love the natural shapes, warm colour and subtle organic pattern that wood can bring to a space. Try displaying wood items such as a large salad bowl, serving boards or wood utensils to bring that fall feeling into your kitchen. In a living area or foyer, try switching out some decorative accents for a live edge wood sculpture in an intricate shape.  

     

    Photo Credits:
    Shellard Photography