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Memphis Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Jan 14, 2020

No, not Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis design movement will be instantly familiar to anyone who was born during the 1980s or 1990s — and instantly memorable wherever it’s used! Chances are, if you remember the opening credits of TV sitcom Saved By the Bell, you’ll immediately get a striking example of Memphis design. Bright, geometric, and heavily stylized, the Memphis interior design style might not be to everyone’s taste; but for fans, this iconic movement is a timeless source of inspiration.

That’s great news for people who love the style since the Memphis design trend is one of the hottest looks in home interiors right now. Keep reading to learn about the characteristics of Memphis design, and get some ideas for incorporating it into your home or apartment.

Memphis Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

What Are the Features of Memphis Design?

While art and design styles tend to overlap, there’s no mistaking the Memphis look for anything else! Memphis design characteristics are unique and impossible to confuse with other interior design styles (which definitely makes shopping easy). But what, exactly, is Memphis design? Here are a few key elements to look for: 

  • Mixed Patterns — Memphis design is heavy on patterns, which usually mix geometric shapes (such as grids, triangles, or squares) with whimsical organic forms (like squiggles or spirals). Memphis design patterns can be incorporated into wallpaper, furniture upholstery, or even accessories like planters and coffee mugs! 
  • Vivid Colours — Typical “Memphis colours” are bright, even electric. Usually, a handful of colours are balanced against a white or black background, or a repeating black or white element. Look for colours like yellow, hot pink, aquamarine, acid green, purple, and cherry red. 

Design Idea #1: Patterned Wallpaper

It’s impossible to separate the Memphis design style from the unique, colourful patterns that give the style its foundation. But unless you’re a professional artist, it’s also impossible to recreate Memphis patterns by hand. The solution? Patterned wallpaper, which can be customized and ordered online. 

Thanks to the recent popularity of the Memphis style, it’s easier than ever before to find patterns (and palettes) you love! If possible, try to obtain a smaller test sample before committing to an entire room’s worth of wallpaper.

Modern blue loveseat with orange throw pillows and customizable Memphis design inspired wallpaper and flooring.

Design Idea #2: Terrazzo Flooring

You’ve seen terrazzo flooring before, even if you didn’t know the name. Terrazzo features irregular fragments of glass, marble, and other materials, which are combined together and set with a smooth, polished glaze. Dynamic, playful, and a little bit chaotic, terrazzo tile makes the perfect aesthetic complement to any Memphis-style space. Highly customizable, terrazzo is available in a wide range of colours and pattern styles, adding even more character.

Design Idea #3: Plenty of Accessories

Your floors and walls aren’t the only spaces to experiment with Memphis design looks. Don’t forget to accessorize in any room of your home or apartment! With a quick online search, it’s easy to find Memphis-inspired decor and accessories for any room or purpose, including planters, coffee mugs, pillows, shower curtains, drapes, dinnerware, lampshades, storage bins, and even welcome mats.

A living room filled with Memphis design themed accessories to a large colourful area rug, blue carpet, and blue and gold chairs.

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Mad for Memphis? Discover more styles you love by exploring our design blog or consulting with our friendly and knowledgeable team for ideas. We can help you reimagine and redesign any space to fit any style, from bathrooms and bedrooms to kitchens, basements, hallways, and more. 

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A kitchen with island and bar seating, white overhead cabinets, and grey lower cabinets that accentuate the wood floors.

Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colour Ideas & Trends

Dec 30, 2019

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t give your kitchen cabinets too much thought on a daily basis. For most of us, after all, cabinets are simply a place to store our cups and dishes; but by ignoring your cabinets, you’re also missing out on a fabulous opportunity to transform and elevate your entire kitchen look. 

One of the easiest (and most affordable) ways to get more mileage out of your cabinets is to give them a fresh coat of paint. But which colour to choose? To help you make a decision, we’ve put together four of the hottest and most popular colour trends in kitchen design right now. Combined with options like trim and backsplash, the possibilities are endless!

Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colour Ideas & Trends

Idea #1: Classic Beige

Beige might not be the most exciting colour, but it’s definitely one of the trendiest, dominating list after list of style must-haves for 2020. Both classy and classic, beige offers a backdrop that is warm, inviting, and mellow without being obtrusive: perfect for letting the meals and guests shine! A constantly popular colour for kitchen cabinets, beige can be effortlessly blended with virtually any other colour scheme, which makes this versatile hue ideal for all sorts of warm and cool palettes.

A classic kitchen with island and bar seating with bronze chairs, beige cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

Idea #2: Elegant Grey

Cool, reserved, and slightly mysterious, grey is another chart-topping colour that dominates trends for 2020. Of course, there are many versions of “grey,” from gentle near-whites to stately charcoals. When you’re deciding on dark or light, keep these basic design principles in the back of your mind: 

  • Light colours tend to create an illusion of size or space, while dark colours tend to have a slimming or minimizing effect.
  • Light colours typically show more wear-and-tear, which means they might need slightly more maintenance.
  • Light colours can help to create an airy or summery feeling, while dark colours might be better for capturing a feeling of luxury or opulence.

A kitchen with grey cabinets, white countertops and trendy wood floors that are a mix of wide and thin planks.

Idea #3: Timeless White

When it comes to designing a colour scheme, nothing could be more simple or timeless than plain, pure, elegant white. A bright, white kitchen feels fresh and inviting, attracting all of your visitors and family members into the heart of the home. 

Just keep one caveat in mind: since white shows stains clearly, you’ll need to put in some extra effort to keep that squeaky-clean feeling. If you’re up for the task, white cabinets can add a fresh, sparkling touch to your kitchen.

A kitchen with white cabinets and tile backsplash, an island with a wood countertop on hardwood floors.

Idea #4: Sophisticated Wood

Who says colour has to come from paint? If you prefer something more rustic or traditional, trade a painted finish for the natural elegance of plain wood. Whether genuine or artificial, wood kitchen cabinets come in a surprisingly broad array of colours and grain patterns, giving homeowners a great degree of flexibility. Wood can also be stained or painted to alter its original appearance, giving you even more power to customize. 

For more kitchen cabinet colour trends, check out some trending interior paint colours, or brush up on our tips for choosing a colour scheme for your home.

A modern open kitchen with natural wood finished cabinets and white countertops on wide strip luxury vinyl floors.

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Want to explore more kitchen cabinet colour trends? Check out our design blog, or tour thousands of gorgeous rooms using My Design Finder, to see some of the best colours for kitchen cabinets. Customize your search to focus on modern kitchens, transitional kitchens, rustic farmhouse kitchens, coastal beach house kitchens, and more. 

Once you’ve got some ideas in mind, ask the experts at Flooring Canada how we can turn them into reality. We carry thousands of top-quality, brand-name flooring products, including green options, luxury options, and pet-friendly options. If you can imagine a floor for your kitchen, we can find and install it. Contact us online to get started, or visit one of our convenient retail locations.

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Trendy living room design with a mix of styles between the love seat and two chairs.

How to Combine Decorating Styles

Dec 23, 2019

Even when a space is small, redecorating can be a big challenge; especially if it’s your first time tackling a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom makeover. The puzzle gets even more complex when you start to mix multiple styles, like blending beach house with Boho or incorporating rustic touches into a modern, contemporary apartment. 

No matter which styles you’d like to combine, following some simple rules can help you pull off a flawless look. We’ve compiled a few useful design “do’s” and “don’ts” to help inspire you and get you started. As long as you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward mixing interior design styles successfully!

How to Combine Decorating Styles

Can You Mix Interior Design and Furniture Styles?

Homeowners often ask us about mixing furniture styles and other elements of design. For example, we frequently hear questions like, “Can you mix interior design styles, even if they look very different?” or, “Can you mix different furniture styles in your living room?” 

The short answer to both questions is, of course! But be careful: jumbling up design styles can lead to chaos fast, unless you have a strategy. To keep your vision on track, follow the tips below. If you get lost, don’t panic: you can pick up the thread with our tips on how to match and coordinate furniture in any room.

Dining room combining wicker chairs at the table with a plush upholstered sitting chair and pendulum lighting.

Tip #1: Choose Two Themes

When you’re working on an interior design project, it’s always smart to come armed with a plan. Before you start shopping for wallpaper and furniture, the first step is to clearly identify the two styles or themes you’d like to combine. Some examples of popular design styles include: 

  • Beach house and coastal styles
  • Memphis design styles
  • Nordic (Scandinavian) design styles
  • Rustic and cabin-inspired styles
  • Traditional styles
  • Transitional styles
  • Victorian styles 

Not sure which style is for you? Don’t worry: we’ve got all the advice you need on how to choose an interior design style.

Tip #2: (Don’t) Go Against the Grain

It’s hard not to love hardwood, but too many styles can start to clash, creating visual confusion. If you’d like to have multiple types of wood furniture in a single space — especially in a room that has wooden floors — try to establish a theme or pattern that helps tie individual elements together. For example, you can try repainting old wooden furniture, or applying a stain so that your color palette looks more cohesive. 

You should also think carefully about how the new colours could blend (or clash) with the existing scheme in the rest of your home. Our tips on how to choose a colour scheme for your home might make it easier to find a palette you love. (Don’t forget about incorporating pastel colours, either!)

Dining room with a wood table that mixes numerous types of chairs on grey washed wood floors.

Tip #3: Make a Statement

When you start to mix and match multiple styles, it’s almost inevitable that certain items, possibly even a few that you love will stick out as “off-theme.” Make that something to celebrate! The black sheep of your furniture collection can also be its star, becoming the focal point for the entire room. 

No matter what kinds of decor you have, choose one or two items to highlight as statement pieces. You can place them in prominent positions, draw attention to them with light, or simply let them speak for themselves!

Living room that mixes styles with a conventional couch and a unique modern themed coffee table and chairs.

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There are countless ways to mix and match the elements of interior design, creating endless variety that’s as unique as you are. Of course, when you have thousands of options to choose from, just getting started can be intimidating! 

That’s where the friendly, knowledgeable experts at Flooring Canada come in. We have years of experience helping homeowners choose quality flooring products in options like wood, tile, luxury vinyl, carpet, and more. We can help you find a floor that fits your style and your lifestyle, offering beauty, durability, and efficiency. Explore the tips on our design blog, tour virtual rooms with My Design Finder, or simply contact us online to get started!

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Open kitchen design with dark stained wood floors, an island with bar-style seating and trendy overhead lights

Kitchen Lighting Ideas & Trends

Dec 16, 2019

As any photographer (or selfie-taker) can tell you, lighting can make or break a look — not only when it comes to pictures, but in real life, too. Even the most opulent or innovative design can be spoiled by poor lighting, making it crucial to think about light when upgrading or redoing your kitchen. Read on for four kitchen light fixture ideas that are trending right now (with no signs of slowing down in 2020). No matter what your tastes might be, you’re sure to find the right style to feature in your home or apartment.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas & Trends

Trend #1: Recessed Lighting

“Recessed lighting” may sound like a technical term, but don’t let that intimidate you. Recessed lighting is simply lighting that has been pushed into, or hidden in, other elements of the kitchen. In contrast to traditional lights, which hang from a ceiling or project from a wall, recessed lights are tucked into their own niches, creating a finished look that’s minimalistic, modernistic, and visually smooth. 

Recessed lights can be installed in ceilings, behind cabinets, and over sinks, making them ideal for kitchen use. Plus, their unobtrusive design reduces the risk of accidents in the kitchen. If you think conventional lights are an eyesore (or if you’re just sick of bumping into your floor lamps), recessed lighting might be the perfect design solution for you.

Modern colonial kitchen with stone countertops and stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting.

Trend #2: Mod Statement Lights

Funky, flamboyant pendulum lights (or pendant lights) are a must-have in chic hotels and restaurants. Why not bring the same contemporary feel to your kitchen? Eye-catching, oversized statement lights are gaining ground in kitchens all over America and they’re sure to get your guests talking!

Pendant lights are especially well-suited to showcasing kitchen islands, placing them under a literal spotlight. They can also make good vertical use of kitchens with high ceilings.

Modern kitchen design with ebony stained cabinets, pendulum lights, and lightly stained wood floors.

Trend #3: Luxurious Chandeliers

Luxurious and luminous, chandeliers are a crowd-pleasing option featured in homes for centuries. However, thanks to modern materials, homeowners can find affordable chandeliers that mimic the look of fine diamond or crystal at merely a fraction of the price.

Besides simply being beautiful, chandeliers come with another bonus effect: they tend to throw light in numerous directions at once, creating a dynamic, almost sparkling quality. For those who value tradition and elegance, chandeliers are a timeless style choice.

Kitchen with white cabinets, a large island with wood top and bar-style seating, and modern chandeliers.

Trend #4: Kitchen Zone Lighting

Like the name suggests, “zone” lighting is lighting that targets specific regions or “zones” of your kitchen. While that might be overkill for a small kitchen, such as a galley kitchen in an apartment, it can be a life-saver for large, roomy kitchens that would feel washed out by overhead lighting.

Zone lighting also has another benefit: it allows you to use energy conscientiously, illuminating only the areas you need lit. That’s good for the planet and your electric bill.

A modern-themed open kitchen/living room floorplan with floor lamps and pendulum lights and large island with bar seating.

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Lighting is just one of many design elements. When paired successfully with color, texture, and pattern, light can beautify your kitchen and even create the illusion of additional space. To see stunning examples of trends in kitchen lighting, just explore the rooms featured on My Design Finder, or take a tour of our helpful design blog.

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Canopy Bed Design Ideas for a Bedroom

Dec 10, 2019

Ready to update your bedroom, but not sure where to get started? Why don’t you consider swapping that boring old bed for a canopy style. Offering lush comfort, indulgent fabrics, and plenty of privacy, canopy beds are making a comeback, resurfacing as a style essential for 2020 and beyond. Keep reading to get inspired by our trendy canopy bed ideas (including ideas for small spaces)! Follow these tips, and you’ll never want to get out of bed again.

Canopy Bed Design Ideas for a Bedroom

Are Canopy Beds in Style?

Canopy beds have enjoyed popularity since at least the 1800s. However, their history stretches all the way back to Europe’s medieval castles and with one look, it’s easy to understand why!

Imposing and elegant, canopy beds were once signifiers of wealth and power among the noble. Today’s versions are less ornate (not to mention more affordable), but just as stunning as ever before. And with experts forecasting yet another canopy bed revival for 2020, this is one timeless trend that will never go out of style.

Sheek white bedroom furnished with a canopy bed draped in mosquito netting and a vase with pink flowers.Will a Canopy Bed Make My Room Look Smaller?

If you’re like most homeowners and renters, the last thing you want to do is “shrink” your space with a misguided makeover. It’s an understandable concern, but you can set your mind at ease. Canopy beds are ideal for bedrooms of all sizes, because their tall, open frames simultaneously add verticality while creating an illusion of depth. To make the most of the space in small bedrooms, design experts recommend choosing narrow frames.

Design Idea #1: Let Your Style Flow

Flowing, billowy sheets and curtains pair beautifully with the stark, crisp lines of a plain wood or metal canopy frame. Got the winter blues? Gauzy, cream-colored linens or cottons are perfect for capturing that easy, breezy beach house feeling all year ‘round, no matter what sort of climate you live in. Accessorize with cute, cool-to-the-touch LED lights, which are light and flexible enough to be incorporated effortlessly.

A bedroom with a large four-post canopy bed draped in mosquito netting and an ottoman at the foot of the bed.

Design Idea #2: Go for the Bold

Bold, flashy, flamboyant prints can really showcase your sense of fun. Canopy beds are the perfect canvas, because they create plenty of surface area (and unique angles) for bright and eye-catching patterns. When you’re ready to change up your look, it’s as simple as getting new sheets! Try pairing splashy patterns with solid colours, such as a few monochrome pillows, for visual balance.

A white bedroom with a half canopy bed decorated with floral print sheets and pillows, and surrounded by large house plants.

Design Idea #3: Take Half

Almost onboard with a canopy bed, but want a slightly less dramatic look for your bedroom? We hear you. For a toned-down (and space-saving) alternative, the half-canopy style might be just right. As its name suggests, the half-canopy is a smaller version of a standard canopy. From floor to ceiling, the height is the same; but instead of extending to all four bedposts, the frame projects only a few feet over the mattress.

Bedroom furnished with a large four post canopy bed and two dark-stained wood nightstands on with lamps and patterned carpet.

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With its flowing, dreamy lines and plush fabrics, a canopy bed is a perfect place to start your bedroom design makeover. Complete the look with beautiful flooring to truly transform your bedroom into your own private getaway. From cozy carpet to luxurious hardwood, we carry thousands of trusted, brand-name products in a wide assortment of colors, patterns, and styles to help make your bedroom a retreat. 

For more tips on turning your bedroom into a stunning escape, explore our design blog, check out the custom style galleries at My Design Finder, or get in touch with our team about how we can help. Contact us online to start chatting, or visit one of our convenient locations in person!

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Rustic Cabin Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Dec 03, 2019

There’s nothing quite as cozy as a log cabin on a snowy winter’s night. With a toasty fire blazing, a steamy mug of cocoa, and plenty of classic books to curl up with, a rustic log cabin is the ideal vacation getaway for many people. But you don’t have to wait for your next vacation to escape to your rustic dream house. Make your fantasy home a reality with these five style tips for decorating modern rustic cabin interiors.

Rustic Cabin Interior Design Ideas & Inspiration

Use Hardwood Flooring for Rustic Cabin Decor

It’s impossible to picture a rustic log cabin without picturing wood. After all, the word “log” is right in the name!

With its natural look and understated elegance, wood flooring is a natural choice for cozy log cabin interiors of all kinds. Popular hardwood flooring options include oak, cherry, walnut, and maple. Choose from high-gloss varieties for a sleek, modern look, or go with distressed wood for a more rustic and natural appeal.

Living room inside a rustic cabin with a wicker couch and area rug on the wood floor.

Get the Cozy Cabin-Feel with Area Rugs

Area rugs are the perfect complement to wooden floors. Not only does pairing wood with carpet create a pleasant textural contrast, but it also prevents the room from looking too repetitive. With their soft, inviting appearance, area rugs are ideal in casual seating areas, like the space around your fireplace or coffee table.

Family room with cozy fireplace, plush leather furniture, large area rug, and lamps providing soft lighting.

Use Soft Lighting for Rich Tones

Log cabin style interior design is all about comfort and coziness. That means you’ll need soft, relaxing lighting to set the right mood. Look for wall sconces and floor lamps that cast a rich, buttery tone, like orange or yellow, while avoiding cool white or blue lighting.

Family room with lit stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and overstuffed leather furniture that provides a woodsy theme.

Get Inspired by Nature

Part of the appeal behind log cabin homes is that they help us feel closer to nature. Keep the theme going with woodsy, down-to-earth decor, such as dried flowers, faux fur pelts, or animal-patterned upholstery on your furniture.

Kitchen with natural wood look floors, cabinetry, island and stainless steel appliances that create a rustic cabin theme.

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You don’t need to live in the remote wilderness to experience the cozy charm of a log cabin. Whether the view from your window is full of snow-capped mountain peaks, suburban streets, or sleek skyscrapers, rustic style is within your reach. See stunning examples of the possibilities on My Design Finder, our free online tool for personalized design ideas. Browse gorgeous rustic cabin interior pictures for inspiration — then ask our friendly team of experts how we can help you bring your idea to life. 

From richly-patterned carpets to softwood and hardwood flooring, we carry the perfect home flooring products to make any space feel cozier, comfier, and more rustic. We’ll even handle the installation, making the process smooth and stress-free. 

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