CCSRnews – Design Trends 2013 in Maple Ridge

This past Tuesday we got an email from the lovely Lynn Easton of The News, our local Ridge Meadows newspaper, asking if we would be interested in giving our opinion on design trends once more! I managed to gather a few decor pieces to show current design trends in our small little “Garden House” – and here is the photo and design story written by Lynn. Hope you enjoy – it is always such a pleasure to be a part of our small local design community – let me know what you think of our opinions!

QUIRKY, INDIVIDUALISTIC STYLES FOR 2013

If you are feeling a little blue this month as we head into the dark days of winter, don’t worry, you’re right on trend.

And with any luck, there’s a way to cheer you up while brightening up your surroundings at the same time.

Interior designers and home decor experts are already looking to embrace the deep warm shade of [Monaco] Blue that echoes the warm sunny [climates] as the next trend to make a splash in home design.

This Pantone spring-2013 trend will likely be seen both in new condos and home renovation project alike, says Christa Robinson a Maple Ridge interior design and owner of [CCSR] Interior Design.

“It’s such a beautiful blue,” Robinson says of the colour making its way from the fashion runway to our driveways. “It is very welcoming and warm”.

Whether you are planning to sell your home or just hoping to curl up and enjoy the many hours you’ll spend inside this winter, you will be touched by this year’s somewhat traditional hues.

The deep [Monaco] blue will be one of the strong new natural colour going into 2013 and by adding a touch of the season’s complementary red creates a welcoming winter combo.

“Red undertones feels just right for November. We’re all hunkering down for cold weather and this cozy, cozy colour warms everything from wearers to sofas,” says Lila Zargahmi of HGTV, echoing Robinson’s local take in her November blog.

Colour is not the only trend taking hold this winter and foreshadowing the next big thing.

Quirky and individualistic styles are taking off as we head from 2012 to 2013. People seem to be a bit more optimistic about the economy and are willing to open up their pockets and buy one or two bit items that say something unique about themselves, Robinson says.

“I do think people are getting out of the recession thinking and starting to want to invest again in something that will mean something to them for a long time,” she says, “People don’t want to be super frugal.”

That special item is often something like an oversized leather couch or a striking piece of art.

Meanwhile, bold shapes like chevrons and zigzags are big trends for accent pieces such as pillows and carpets. And wallpaper remains one of the 2012 trends that will endure.

“You can find gorgeous [wallpaper, in all kinds of graphic patterns] and it’s very contemporary,” Robinson says.

While designers are playing around with big and bold trends, homeowners are hardening back in time and some long-gone trends are making a comeback this winter.

Robinson says many of her clients are now asking for the once ubiquitous white appliances again, citing the clean lines and classic finish of white in the kitchen.

And a surprising resurgence of brass in the kitchen is taking hold.

“The brass we all hated is coming back,” she laughs. “Thankfully, it’s not done the way we used to see though.”

Instead, people are mixing and matching metals and using muted tones of brass that complement those white appliances and white subway tiles that are becoming staples in the kitchen.

And some of the urban-chic design of clean lines and bold colour that has been common in Vancouver for the past couple of years is making its way eastward to the Fraser Valley and can be seen both in new condos and some of our commercial properties.

Robinson points to the new Chameleon Cafe on 224th street in downtown Maple Ridge as an example of this trend.

“We are seeing younger demographic and buys,” she says, “There’s definitely a more streamlined design style out there.”

But as those young people look toward the end of a lousy economic slump and into a new year they are also in the mood for a bit of fun.

Animal prints and stylized moose or deer head sculptures are big this winter and are becoming a common site in upscale home decor stores.

But if you’d rather leave the moose to the hunters this winter you can huddle under your Hudson Bay blanket this year as all things Canadiana also makes a comeback.

If you really want to be on trend you could grab your Bay blanket, sit on your big overstuff [couch] and dream of the blue sky and warm blue water of that off Moroccan beach.

-Lynn Easton is a local freelance writer.

For more on Robinson’s take on these colours and trends go: www.ccsrdesign.ca

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CCSRnews – Design Trends 2012 in Maple Ridge

"Tangerine, looking brighter for spring"

A few weeks ago we were interviewed by Lynn Easton of The News, our local Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows newspaper. She wanted to know our opinion on Design Trends for 2012 – whether they’d be for a local consumer or a more universal trend for this season. We were honoured to be asked our opinion, but I was a little apprehensive to have my photo taken while 30 weeks pregnant!!! O well – check out the article below and see if you agree with what we thought was trending for 2012…

TANGERINE, LOOKING BRIGHTER FOR SPRING

If you are hungry for a few changes this spring, designer gurus are touting tangerine for 2012. Not so much for the spring table, rather for the walls, or the sofa, or, better yet, small accents that don’t dominate the room, but show you are in the know and ahead of the curve when it comes to this year’s trends.

This tangy citrus is the inspiration for the bold show-stopping shade of orange chosen as the pantone colour of the year. Who knew?

Christa Robinson did. Robinson is an interior designer based in Maple Ridge who decided to slow down, start a family and specializes in local design.

“Using bright colours is a way of getting an energy boost as our economy picks up,” she says. “It means things are looking brighter.”

After working commercial and residential design for much of the last decade at a couple of Vancouver firms. Robinson says she now sees local buyers and renovators are becoming more curious and adventurous.

“They want to do something that is different and unique and that’s a great way to start,” she says.

There is no longer hard and fast rules when it comes to colour and she points to Benjamin Moore’s decision to go with the much more muted Whythe Blue as it’s choice for the walls this spring.

“This shade is a lovely calm colour,” says Robinson.

She prefers keeping walls a neutral shade, such as Whythe Blue, and suggests using “way-out-here” colours like Tangerine as accents and accessories instead of painting your entire dining room in this year’s trend.

This way you can enjoy the fun until next year’s must-have idea takes over.

This savvy design tip also allows you to get a chance to play with colour and not break the bank. Try choosing a few spiced-up pillows or a picture frame. Find a bouquet of flowers or change the vase you put them in.

Colour isn’t the only way to spruce up your home for spring. There are other trends that are taking off in the design world. Robinson points to other simple and cost effective spring trend that will spice up your decor.

Try playing with scale. Bring in an oversized lamp or a larger-than-life mirror to change up a room with little cost of time.

“Just keep it to one item per room and make that item interesting,” she says.

Wallpaper is also a winner this season. But not just any wallpaper. New technology has created a decorating phenomenon where people are designing their own wallpaper, up-loading it to the web and watching their ideas go viral.

“Anything goes really.” Robinson says. “Bold colours and strong graphic elements are best.”

As usual, kitchens and bathrooms are the focus for new ideas, and Robinson notes different trends are taking hold in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Gold hardware and sleek cabinetry are taking off downtown, where builders and designers cater more to young urban buyers, while quartz countertops, clean looking subway tiles and more traditional cabinet styles are winners locally.

Bathrooms are changing this spring with trends taking hold in all price ranges. Raw showers or wet rooms are very popular. These include large tiled areas with rainfall shower heads and hare glassed-in showers.

“Tiles are hugely popular,” Robinson says, noting that you can get the look with less expensive tiles or by using long tiles in herringbone patterns that cost less. Other bathroom must-haves include heated floors, freestanding tubs and wall-mounted faucets. Even relatively small changes such as adding suspended lights [ ] can make a big difference.

“Try to be creative with what you have,” suggests Robinson.

The key to following trends no matter what the season, is to often [ ] make small changes and use small flashes of colour to ensure that spicy tangerine doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth come the middle of winter.

Go to www.ccsrdesign.ca for more info on Robinson’s local designs.

Maple Ridge News – Tangerine, looking brighter for spring.

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