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Local designer experts reveal the home style trends that are on their brilliant minds this year.

"The New York chair is another trend where the shape and proportion are very important, as is the mix of materials with metal and fabric," says Attica's Suzanne Saul, using these Saba Italia chairs---and their flippable cushions--- to illustrate a style she's onto. Citing a Trend Bible post about shape and proportion replacing surface interest, she says with these chairs, "shape is such a strong component. It's like a drawing that's been brought to life. That's what makes its so engaging, you can really feel the design process."
Attica Furnishings, 1566 Barrington Street

KEW's Ray Frizzell is seeing concrete everywhere. From coffee tables to countertops, to coat hooks, salt and pepper mills to house numbers, it's popping up in various corners of homes, making a statement. "Concrete plays into that overall trend of the more industrial aesthetic," he says. "It's also material that's really affordable and the think the juxtra of something that's so raw and heavy incorporated into things you don't typically see makes it interesting." KEW, 1861 Granville Street

When it comes to lighting, 31 Westgate's Ken McRobbie and Colin Blanchard are going for the gold.This piece from Aerin Lauder, Estée's granddaughter, speaks to the sophistication that comes with the colour. "Gold adds immediate warmth and luxury. It can make a space feel timeless, elegant and chic. Aerin Lauder believes gold is a modern neutral that works with anything. When applied to smooth and refined surfaces---gilded pieces can elevate a space and give it a modern look." 31 Westgate, 2698 Agricola Street

Deb Nelson tackled three kitchen trends to watch in this design of hers: warm metals, thin countertops and oversized ranges. "Warm metals are a trend whether we're talking about lighting, hardware or accessories. It's not like silver's leaving town, you can mix metals with stainless steel. There are no rules!" she says. Nelson also gave us the skinny on why thin---we're talking two centimetres---natural stone countertops are her top choice: "It's a sleeker, cleaner, modern finish."

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