Trends for 2017

by Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander
As the buying season gets closer and closer it’s worth knowing what the trends moving forward are going to be.  Here are 5 trends that we can expect to see in the coming year.


  1. Mixed metals: There was a time when the metal that was used in a room was all one type. We have gone through brass and copper and gold and silver. It was always considered a mistake to mix them but that is no more. Now we are seeing all of those metal mixed into one room and sometimes on the same piece of furniture. No longer are folks asked to change everything in the whole room to match the predominant metal. In fact if you are creating a room setting in your retail space, mix those metal finishes together and you will be far more on-trend than following behind the pack. This is useful to know while you are buying product for your retail store and be sure to let your customers know that adding different metals doesn’t mean a complete redo of the room, but another new and interesting layer.


  1. Deco details: Mid-Century Modern has dominated for the last little while, so much so that it is the staple element of Restoration Hardware as well as other stores. While it is a wonderful silhouette and well-loved, people are looking for the next thing to happen and we have identified the details of Deco as the next thing to come along. Classic geometrics are common to Deco along with high arched curves. Many of the styles that were popular in the European markets were most definitely Deco inspired with rounded bar carts, geometric room dividers, and wallpapers and fabrics with high arch details. You may want to introduce these elements in small ways until the market and its consumers adopt this style more completely.


  1. Purple and green as accent: Colour trends as they are presented by paint companies are more indicative of home décor trends than pantone colours, which tend to influence the world of graphic design more strongly. Either way we can see that greens and purples are colours that are coming forward. Look to tones that are more in keeping with gem stones when it comes to home décor.


  1. Marble elements: It seems like the market has rediscovered Calcutta marbles with their lovely gray and off-white details. This stone has been popular since all the way back to Michelangelo, and for a while was considered “old fashioned.” It is again popular in kitchens and baths but also in fabric details and tabletops for both dining and coffee tables.  Of course it was popular during the mid-century period and the resurgence of that period may be the reason for its popularity.  Marbleized patterned fabrics on furniture, accessories or gift items are also popular moving forward.


  1. Velvets as a preferred fabric: Texture is a very important element of design right now. Along with colours that are popular, look for elements that are velvet covered including pillows, housewares, jewellery and greeting cards with a “flocks” detail. This fabric has been popular in fashion for the last few years and is very popular in furniture and home décor as well.

Co-founders and principals of design firm Peloso Alexander Interiors, Glen and Jamie are frequent TV guests, having been seen on the Marilyn Denis Show, Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, HGTV and the Food Network. Both designers, along with their firm’s work, have been featured in print — Glen writes a regular design column for the Toronto Star, while Jamie contributes biweekly to the Toronto Sun.

Glen and Jamie have a combined 40 years of experience in both residential and commercial interior design projects throughout North America. They maintain a retail boutique and design firm in the King East Design District of downtown Toronto.

Glen and Jamie are the keynote presenters at the Spring 2017 Toronto Gift Fair.

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