Our homes should be beautiful reflections of our personalities, fill our growing needs and offering comfort to our families as a safe spot to spend our days. Now that spring is here and we’re all spending more time in our spaces than usual we wanted to connect with Designer Lauren Kyle of Kyle & Co. Design Studio to offer some great style inspiration to all of you! Here’s what she had to share:
Tell us a little bit about some of the design trends we're seeing this year?
2020 is going to be the year to be bold with interiors.
Painting trim, baseboards, and crown moulding all one colour will be the new norm. Playing with colours will help exaggerate spaces and create a melded flow.
Dark Doors and Trim:
Out with white, and in with black. Painting doors and trim dark creates a dramatic effect in modern interiors. The stark colour adds a touch of contrast in each space, making your interior feel bolder.
Integrating classic elements into contemporary settings is becoming popular in the design world. An archway helps to frame a space and create a more interesting transition from room to room. This subtle curve can go a long way.
Statement piece sofas:
A sofa is not only looked at as a living room necessity but as a piece of art. Curved or playful sofas can make a space feel unique and pulled together, but comfort is still important.
What are we seeing in terms of colour?
Some colour trends I see on the rise this year have been inspired from natural elements and slightly desaturated and filled with warmth. Warm beiges, olive greens, ashy brown, stone greys, and creamy whites.
What textures are you loving right now to bring some depth to a space?
I am loving crushed velvets, suedes, dramatic marbles, and statement ceilings. These elements create movement in a space and bring a unique edge to the design. Try using faux marble in a design like porcelain, which is much more durable than real marble and gives off the same effect.
Any tips for home owners refreshing their spaces for spring while they've been social distancing and staying home?
Keeping up to date with floral and greenery arrangements in my house has kept my house feeling fresh. Supporting local businesses has always been important to me. My favourite florist in Edmonton is Two buds floral artistry. I like to put pastel coloured peonies or big bunches of pampas grass in a statement vase to display in the front entrance. I also love to add fresh eucalyptus bunches in my shower- it adds a touch and helps with clearing your sinuses when you're feeling under the weather!
How important is lighting when finishing off the design of space?
Lighting is a vital element to bring any room together. I look at lighting as a piece of jewelry that makes or breaks an outfit. Whether it is beaded, frosted glass, wicker, or patina metal, statement lights can be the spotlight piece of any design. The lighting you choose should reflect the style of any room, so take a look at a few options before you make your final decision.
For those who may need some support in the design of their space - how are you working with clients at a distance to offer your inspiration and input for a project?
Luckily, my job can be done anywhere as I do most of my work in my home office. I can communicate with my clients via email or zoom chats which has helped me remain just as productive during a time like this. I send my clients vision boards or renderings via email for them to get a photo-realistic depiction of the design of their space. Fortunately, all of my suppliers are still up and running and able to drop off samples at our front door.
Anything else that we haven’t touched on that you want to share?
I think it is important that during a time when international relations are at a standstill that we focus on supporting local businesses. Edmonton has a lot of hidden gems when it comes to design artisans. For those looking to purchase decor, furniture or artwork I encourage you to do some research and do the best you can to support local Edmonton businesses. Some of my favourites are Reside Home Furnishings, Dwell Modern, STUDIO YEG ART, Forge 53, and Plum Home + Design.
Lauren’s professional design journey started in Toronto, Ontario where she received her formal education from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design. Her personal style can be described as modern sleekness with a touch of classical warmth. In her own space, she brings warmth and comfort by adding texture.
Lauren’s rich interiors create a dynamic flow through a home by layering architectural elements with furniture that bring life to space. Lauren has an eye for design that expresses modern luxury. While her personal taste glows throughout her work; Lauren designs bespoke interiors that bring a client's personal style to life. Her immaculate attention to detail allows her to seamlessly design each element of a home from floor plans to finishings.