pro tips for modern home decor
The rise of millennials may be the reason why times are changing so rapidly. Standing strong at about 7.2 million in Canada alone, millennials (who were born between 1979 and 1993) are making their mark on the world at an unprecedented rate. To determine how interior design is currently affected by this large cohort, Hunter Douglas, a leading name in Canadian window treatments, got the scoop from North America’s top millennial designers:
evolving design visions
Millennials are causing a shift in design because, today, anything goes. “We are willing to take more risks and not really follow a certain set of design rules,” says Alykhan Velji of Alykhan Velji Design in Calgary. We are making our own rules of design and incorporating a lot of different styles to make spaces more dynamic.” A new attitude has been set: Why play by the rules?
Millennial designers embrace finding unique ways to tastefully mix the old and the new along with varying periods and styles when creating interiors. The blending of traditional and modern speaks to this generation’s shift towards eclecticism. It’s become all about individual expression for designers and their clients alike.
To meet this design need, manufacturers are expanding horizons with additional options and distinctive offerings. “What I appreciate about Hunter Douglas designs is the wide range of patterns, textures and colours for the window treatments so you can coordinate it with the rest of your interiors,” says Velji.
Are timeless, classic products gone? No, but they are being introduced to a new generation with all the elements younger designers and their clients are seeking.
Take Silhouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas, for example. This combination of translucent sheers and adjustable soft fabric vanes has been re-imagined for today’s interiors and flexible lifestyles. Available in almost 300 fabric and colour combinations, spanning metallic-accented vanes to refined linen looks, they can easily complement virtually any decor.
don’t be a square
In order to create signature looks and make a name for themselves, millennial designers are thinking outside the box. “I think millennials are design-savvy and have a sense of what they like and don’t like, and value a home that speaks to them uniquely,” says designer Karla Amadatsu of Vancouver, who is known for her “New Traditional” style. “I think it’s less about trends and more about design that feels authentic to them.” Amadatsu has an appreciation for traditional design and classic details, but she takes a fresh approach and enjoys cleaner lines.
There’s no longer just one way to execute a design scheme and see it successfully come to fruition. Millennials are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and the ways they’ve strayed from the precedents set by previous generations.
Emma Comesotti of Philosophy Design is based in Vancouver. Comesotti was born in London and raised on both the East and West Coasts of Canada. She credits her diverse upbringing with giving her an early appreciation of design and architecture from past and present.
“The advantage I have being a millennial designer,” she continues, “is that I instinctively address the demands placed on us today – such as small-space living, open-concept living, getting the look for less and green design.”
digital design revolution
Jenny Wolf of Jenny Wolf Interiors in New York City says she cannot imagine doing this job without the Internet as a resource. “It allows designers and clients to see so much more than ever before. Comesotti adds, “Sites such as Pinterest and Houzz make it easy for clients to dream up a beautiful environment and it’s my job to bring it to life.”
In addition, the visualization component of many technologies allows designers and clients to see how their project is going to turn out before it is completed, ensuring a flawless finish. This applies to window treatments too.
And, technology is of course becoming ubiquitous in every home, concludes Karla Amadatsu. “Builders and designers are using the latest technological advances and are always looking at ways to enhance the experience of the homeowner.”
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— News Canada