BY MARK KEAST

There is no better place to be to get a read on what is trending in interior design than IDS, a place where people who are serious about design gather.

Coming out of the annual showcase held in January were several design ideas to take into 2019.

Here’s a sampling, according to the designers and others who were there:

“One of the biggest trends we saw at IDS19 was technology and future kitchens,” says Karen Kang, National Director of IDS. “Appliances are becoming smarter and cabinetry systems are being designed to make our lives easier. On the other hand, there was also a return to natural materials and a focus on biophilic design. People are craving spaces to disconnect from the world of fast technology and focus on their personal wellbeing.”

BIOPHILIC DESIGN

Dawn Chapnick, Principal Designer at Dawn Chapnick Designs, saw many trends emerge from the show: including a move towards outdoor/indoor art installations for the home, made of materials to withstand harsh winters and humid summers; vintage modern lighting (retro-inspired); the colour green all over fabrics, wallpapers and carpets; black matte plumbing fixtures; wallpapers and murals (adding texture to a room, particularly one that is more minimalist).

“Sustainable products are big,” she says. “The ‘less is more’ idea. I saw more natural and organic materials, wood floors and stone floors – ‘bringing the outside in’, idea.”

She also points to painted cabinetry and veneers in different colours and styles, wood and glass shelving for upper kitchen cabinetry, as well as exotic woods.

“Imagine the upper cabinetry in a black ostrich-looking skin veneer,” she says. Coloured appliances in the kitchen, combined with other neutrals, and halo LED chandeliers were a few of the other trends she mentioned.

Designer Brian Gluckstein saw a transition from all-white kitchens to kitchens with woods and colour.

KITCHENS OF COLOUR

“The black and white interiors that we’ve been seeing for awhile now are still beautiful but we’re moving into more warmth,” he says.

Mr. Gluckstein pointed to spa and wellness as a big trend – particularly in luxury homes via steam rooms, showers with body sprays and built-in steam, soaker spa bathtubs.

“Another trend is using glass walls that open up to bring the inside out,” he says. “A bi-folding wall of glass transforms a fixed wall into a flexible opening and it removes both physical and visual barriers, creating a luxurious sense of expanded space.”

Sandra Mendes, Senior Designer at AyA Kitchens, agrees – there is less focus on greys with more of a shift towards softer colour palettes such as clay, moss, light blue and wintergreen. She also points to “souped-up” kitchen cabinetry, particularly behind the door – more emphasis on luxurious interiors such as textured linen finishes, sleek upgraded drawer systems, stainless lined sink cabinets with moisture protection, and functional accessories such as integrated chargers for tech devices and interior LED lighting.

SLEEK KITCHEN CABINETRY

Light-toned woods, concrete, brick and textured ceramics are hot for 2019, she adds, especially when combined with matte black or matte white.

European-inspired appliances, with less of an emphasis on big and bulky and more of a focus on sleek and built-in, was also more of a trend.

“I see the smart home continuing to evolve in 2019,” says Mr. Gluckstein. “Through appliances, plumbing and fixtures, all controlled by app. This is especially a trend for small spaces and condo living.”

THE FUTURE KITCHEN