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The best pieces might be something you “borrow” from family members, friends or discover at estate sales, second hand stores and so forth. Beautiful pieces are given a new life.

I spoke with a local interior decorator, Maria Uriegas-Leupelt [Sunlight Interiors], to get a sense of the influence this style direction has had on her business. She offered some great advice for the adventurous designer in all of us.

My friends say that, as an interior designer, I must have a lot of fun choosing colours and fashions all the time. Well, yes, I do. But that’s a very small part of what needs to be done! Every client has different needs and budgets. One size never fits all. Every project is custom tailored to suit the client. Can we save some space by removing some walls? Support favourite activities with the right illumination, furniture, equipment? Can we hide a TV behind a painting that moves at the touch of a remote control? The answer is yes, we can do that and much more.

Do you remember when illumination was a small fixture in the middle of the bedroom ceiling and table lamps sat on end tables next to the couch in the living room? Well, if you’ve been exploring model homes recently, you must have also noticed that all of that has started to change for the better!

Today, illumination is much more than “enough” light so no one trips walking through or into a room. Illumination as become much more than a superfluous or luxury feature. It has become an important element that is often overlooked—even in some new homes—but, an element especially lacking in older and character houses. Good illumination is there to support the activities of each space. It allows us to read, play, and entertain. It creates moods, showcases architectural features. It adds “sparkle” to your interiors.

Interior trends for 2018 reflect our desire to make choices that are more in harmony with our environment, and which promote health.

Another important part of the trend is to be fiscally responsible. We believe that ‘beautiful’ does not have to be outrageously expensive, and further believe that ostentation is not in the best of tastes.

Therefore the design ideas of years past, which included overdone interior finishes, furniture, and draperies, have fallen out of favour in recent years.

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