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Interview with Muskoka Life Magazine

WHAT ARE THE 2019 INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS FOR COTTAGES IN TERMS OF DÉCOR, FURNITURE AND LIGHTING? 

The biggest trend on the 2019 horizon for cottage décor is the 90/10 rule. 

 

Simply start by using 90% of a neutral tone throughout the cottage then add 10% of a colour.  

Create a vision board to help you inspire your next project creation.

Create a vision board to help you inspire your next project creation.

Some of the colours that I think we will see a lot of are light tones to break the vast neutral wall expanses shades like blush, boreal green, warm bronzes and pink golds. Cool shades of grey are quickly becoming a trend of the past and soft colours are back to replace them, so don’t be afraid to add some colour in your accessories, furniture, wallpaper or cabinetry. If you love a piece show it off and make sure it has a front row ticket in your interior, colour is back to stay with us for a while.  

 

When buying furniture, it should be light and airy using mixed materials and open frames. We are using far less oversized and bulky roll arm furniture pieces and replacing them with smaller portioned frames that still offer great comfort and style. Mid-century modern chair frames are a beautiful style and a great example of open framed furniture that can be easily layered into transitional and traditional design plans. 

 

Lighting is key

Lighting is key for any space and sets the mood and tone of a room, lighting choices can be reflective in a variety of different styles from Scandinavian or “Hygge”, Vintage, Industrial, Modern or Traditional. Neutral spaces throughout the cottage can allow for textured layers in materials and finishes, we often see styles blending together in a creative organic collaboration. Cottage style can push these boundaries like no other, finding a vintage light fixture at a flea market can often be the focal point of a room and a great starting point for design vision inspiration.  

WHAT INTERIOR DESIGN FEATURES HAVE MOST BEEN OFTEN REQUESTED BY YOUR CLIENTS ? 

The number one question is what colour should I paint my cottage?  

But really how do you pick a great colour for the walls in your cottage? That can be one of the most popular requests we have from our clients. The trick is to pick an interior wall colour that is light and bright, but not too stark that it feels clinical. Here are some of our favourite no fail clean and crisp whites, that we use as our ‘go to’ for cottage interior spaces; Benjamin Moore Simply White, Oxford White or Chantilly Lace.  

 

Fresh clean white crisp walls are a great start to updating any space, clients often ask if it is a good idea or realistic with young families and pets. My answer is always YES hundred times over! Being a mom of 3 children I have lived in all white houses for years and I find once you take the plunge you will find that white is a very practical colour. Hey isn’t that what magic easers are for?  

Project: Kitchen Renovation by RB Design

Project: Kitchen Renovation by RB Design

HOW HAVE INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS CHANGED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS? 

Many cottage buyers are becoming more strategic and purposeful in their purchases for sustainability when buying furniture or items for their home. A massive shift for consumers becoming more aware of their living environments than are clutter free and minimal, with a growing popularity in TV Shows and home organizational books by authors like Marie Kondo.  

Cottage ownership is now taking advantage of the rapidly growing short-term rental market, investing in great quality pieces that will stand up to the wear and tear of your guests. We have many clients that offer cottage rentals so creating an immediate feel of a “luxury hotel” is crucial for the cottage interior design in competitive market.  

Interior design is no longer a service than is used solely by high end consumers, it is widely recognized as a practical and essential service tool for everyone. And that’s because no matter where you live or how big your paycheque or your family is, your home or cottage should be the place your love to return to and invite others into as well. Whether clients are designing for themselves or staging to sell a property interior design is a creative process that should tell a story worth telling and make guests feel like they never want to leave. 

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO UPDATE THEIR OLD FAMILY COTTAGE WITHOUT DOING A COMPLETE RENOVATION? 

Ok, let’s get one thing straight; whether you put a fresh coat of paint a wall or demolish an entire floor it’s a project, a job that big or small requires you to be focused and present. Whether you are updating or remodeling a home or cottage is a big commitment so be accountable, and do your homework first. I honestly find a lot of clients start with good intentions and ideas but translating those visions into a workable reality is often challenging.  

Our design approach is very visual with clients from the very first meeting, we create vision boards that create great discussions on ideas and concepts. Vision boards are simple, and an easy way to help create clarity to focus in on finishes, styles and designs you love and want to incorporate into your home. Next, we create schedules and spreadsheets to help keep us on track and organized, we are huge believers in a well-organized project.  

Budgets are always hot topics of discussions in every project and no matter big or small it is important to stay on track, if clients are not looking to invest large amounts here are some of the area’s we suggest clients start.  

Paint – A fresh coat of paint, either on the walls, trim, doors or cabinetry goes a long way and likely offers the best return considering the low cost.  

Hardware and Fixtures – Changing the hardware or fixture on a cabinet or sink can make a huge impact, these are often easy to switch yourself as a DYI project. 

Furniture – Update your space with some new pieces of furniture, ensure that your furniture is arranged for the best possible “flow”. Make sure that your sofa and accent chairs are conducive to conversation.   

Rugs / Draperies / Textiles - I love lots of textured layers in a room you can apply this to the walls, furniture and flooring it is probably the most impactful visual points of sight in a room. Try updating with a beautiful vintage rug add or add some simple draperies to enhance that beautiful lake-view. Add depth and interest in throws, pillows and accessories before you run out and go shopping look around to see what you have and use some pieces that bring interest to the eye. 

No matter what your style and if you’re an expert or a beginner, interior design is about being creative and inspiring others to feel great about the space they are in. Try not to get pulled down with design rules and comparisons instead focus on the simplicity of the cottage and its beauty.  

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