Home Design Ideas
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Exploring home design ideas is the fun part of a renovation or construction project.

There are countless sources of inspiration available, from magazines and websites to show homes and the homes of friends and family.

Whether you’re looking for kitchen ideas, bathroom ideas, or basement development ideas, you need to consider your particular taste and space before you implement anything you see elsewhere. What works in one home may not work in yours and may not be right for you and your family.

Following are a few common styles of house design. See how you feel about them and explore our gallery for even more interior design ideas. Remember that anything is possible if you have the experience and skills to figure out a way to do it! Talk to us about your ideas and we’ll help you make them a reality.

Contemporary Design

Contemporary modern design is great for people who like clean lines, bright spaces, and minimal clutter. The focus is on shape, space, and colour. Neutrals are usually used along with white and black with bold colours as accents. Flooring is usually smooth with area rugs adding texture and colour.

When it comes to architecture, open-concept spaces are very contemporary, especially for kitchen design and basement development. Large windows that let in natural light and structural details that add drama are also found in contemporary homes.

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Traditional Design

Traditional home design is a warm, classic style that is truly timeless. Rich wood, classic prints, conventional colours, and decorative details are used to create a calm, comfortable, classic look and feel. In the traditional design style, everything goes together.

Traditional design is quite casual, with a mix of horizontal and vertical lines. A home done in the traditional style will usually have a separate dining room, although you can still use this style with an open-concept main floor.

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Industrial Design

Industrial design is very modern and has an edgy look and feel. Instead of hiding structural elements as you would do with other interior design styles, you showcase them, making them stand out. This type of design is ideal for large, open-concept spaces.

For this style, ducts, pipes, and beams are often left exposed and metal, concrete, brick, and wood are typically used on the walls and floors. Warm neutrals are the colours of choice. The space is designed to look and feel quite utilitarian, so remember that softness must be added when choosing furniture.

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Eclectic Design

If you don’t like having everything match or enjoy several styles of interior design, the eclectic style may be for you. With this style, you go with what you like and what feels right to you. Eclectic design can be hard to get right so it’s best to work with a professional interior designer to make sure that everything goes together in a way that is pleasing rather than jarring.

Eclectic design uses neutral background colours, then materials and items are used in unexpected ways you wouldn’t find with another design style. Old mixes with new, serious with playful, heavy with light. The key is to think every element out carefully to create a calm but interesting look and feel.

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Transitional Design

Transitional design gives you the best of both worlds: the comfort of traditional design and the style of contemporary design. It can also include one or more other styles, provided that everything is chosen with care. Although it’s a clean, understated look, it isn’t formal or cold. The warmth of the traditional style shines through.

The colour palette for this style is 100% neutral. If you’re going to use bold colour, it should be limited to a couple of accessories. Texture replaces colour to make things interesting without allowing any one element to take over.

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