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Los Angeles: The perennial place-to-be on the West Coast for design. We wrote a lot at the beginning of the year about design trends (what was coming in for 2018, and certain trends that were predicted to fade away…) and now that we’re nearing the halfway mark of the year we wanted to see what LA had to say. Predictions are just predictions after all!

The last time we posted about LA (read 5 Trends that Defined our LA Design Tour) we looked at trends such as the return of handcrafted items, the rise of indoor-outdoor living, and bold wallpaper. While some of these elements are still going strong in LA’s  most stylish homes, there are also a couple new things to add to the mix…

Take a look at what we found!

 

Indoor-Outdoor Spaces:

We’re talking oversize windows, folding doors, and natural light galore. The barrier between indoor and outdoor spaces is disappearing– the result? Gorgeous views with a heightened sense of place.

This bathroom balances privacy with gorgeous views of the surrounding property.

For the nature lover– this beautiful outdoor shower

Trading walls for windows. The touch of the mirrored coffee table reflects the view and the changing light of the day.

Living room or patio? Why not both!?

Fake Grass:

With terrible drought plaguing parts of California in recent years, turf is now showing up in a lot of residential areas. A way to keep the green all year round while saving on water and mowing…

Drought-resistant green space

 

Rugs en Masse:

Perisan area rugs are a great match for wood and tile floors. Used one at a time or in multiples, we love how the rugs are used to add colour and personality to a space.

These three rugs make a great statement on the floor

Modern monochrome kitchen featuring a Persian-rugged dining area

A neutral area rug defines the living area

Exposed Architecture:

Like our trend report predicted, architectural elements were a huge feature in LA; however, they were not always overly industrial. We also saw a lot of warmer woods creating cozy, intimate spaces.

Dropped ceiling beams allows for extra light and space

A more subtle exposed ceiling option (PS. Take a look at that fantastic floor!)

 

Black Accents:

Frames, fixtures, and features were appearing everywhere in blacks and dark metallics.

A little window-pane outline

 

Bathroom fixtures and dark grout make great visual impact

From the bed frame to the window frame and folding doors, these black accents tie the spaces together

Wood (Recycled and Re-purposed):

A great trend these days is re-purposed materials and cutting down on valuable housing material that heads to the landfill. Weather-toughened woods were a great example we saw– the material is extremely durable and has a great texture and colour (and environmentally friendly too!)

Woods create a stunning effect on the exterior of this home

A little artisan touch. Ladder-style storage is space-efficient and really lovely to look at

 

 

Textured Textiles:

Not just plain cottons anymore. Homeowners are embracing the transformative powers of mixed materials— and we love it!

Macrame isn’t lost! Here it is featured as a headboard

 

A consistent colour palette with multiple textures

Both wicker and ratan were popping up everywhere. Here the chair is complemented with a small round throw and sheepskin.

Eclectic Touches:

From plants to art and personal collections, unique and thoughtful accents made the personality of the homes come alive.

Storage-meets-art with this guitar collection

This antique unit is a focal point in this sleek and modern kitchen

Ceramic lights with different glazes, colours, and details were very popular as well

Texture, textiles, and a touch of green. House plants made a huge comeback this year

Love how this art collection is displayed– why not play with shapes?

 

 

Until next time LA— you keep us inspired!

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