Home & Decor Trend Watch

Laura Stein’s Official Trend Report

What’s in store for 2014? This year’s trends are sophisticated, luxurious, refined yet colourful, with a hint of exotic style. (As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Magazine Winter 2014)

The Royal Treatment

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With so much attention on the Royal Family these days, it’s easy to see where our interest in Old World opulence comes from. While you and I may not be setting up digs in Kensington Palace any time soon, that doesn’t mean we can’t give our homes a royal treatment. Dramatic, architectural detailing, like carved stone and intricate plaster mouldings, are making a comeback this year. For something on a smaller scale, look for furniture made with old European techniques, like marquetry or hand carvings, and luxurious materials like marble, velvet or traditional Jacquard. Add another layer of texture to your room by enveloping it in wallpaper or upholstered panels in a tone-on-tone floral or damask pattern. Don’t forget the gold accents!


  • Gold Bulldog, Front for Moooi, www.moooi.com (Photo by Mike Chajecki)
  • Rabbit Lamp, Front for Moooi, www.moooi.com
  • Royal Treatment Sofa, 1stdibs, 1stdibs.com
  • Recycled Sari Throws, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.ca;
  • Painted Leather Elephant Bank, Ten Thousand Villages, www.tenthousandvillages.ca
  • Blue and Black Floral Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, Versailles BP 2621 Wallpaper, www.farrow-ball.com
  • Blue Room with White Sofa, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, www.mgbwhome.com
  • Gold and Black Wallpaper, Lee Jofa, Ground Works Collection by Kelly Wrestler, www.leejofa.com
  • Cabinetry, Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry, www.bloomsburydesign.com
  • Pink Damask Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball, Silvergate BP 811, www.farrow-ball.com
  • Paint Swatches, Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com
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