This year’s answer to millennial pink is chic when it’s head-to-toe Max Mara, but it can skew twee in the home. Try it as an accent colour, says Vancouver-based interior designer Karla Dreyer. “Lavender works well with the grey tones we may already have on our furniture or walls.”
PRO TIP To avoid an Easter-egg vibe, “choose a lavender that isn’t too saturated and has a dusty undertone,” says Toronto interior designer Laura Stein.
Porcelain canister, Jonathan Adler ($125)
Couch, West Elm ($2,099)
Earthenware plate, Anthropologie ($26)
“Florals are back big time, but not in a 1990s kind of way,” says Stein. “They’re oversized, with patterns that almost look like murals. The colours are bold, with more of a wild-garden effect than something precious.”
PRO TIP Floral walls can be overwhelming, even to a Gucci-level maximalist, so it’s best to experiment with wallpaper in smaller spaces, like your powder room, inside a book- case or the bases of drawers, says Stein.
Cotton and linen cushion cover, Zara Home ($69.90)
Three-piece china set, Jasper Conran ($100)
Wallpaper, Theartwerks ($78 for 2.22 square metres)
The comeback print of the season feels freshest in neutrals like grey, white or black instead of the obvious tartan beloved by grandmas and hipsters. The larger the pattern the better, notes Stein. “It feels more modern.”
PRO TIP “The key is to not overdo it,” says Dreyer. Don’t be afraid to have fun, though. “Mix the plaid with other patterns—a plaid with a floral would work if they have a simi- lar colour tone to tie them together,” she adds.
Customizable sectional, Gus* (pieces from $845)
Viscose, wool and cotton rug, EQ3 ($500)
Acrylic and polyester throw, Urban Barn ($59)
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