Trend Report: National Home Show and Canada Blooms 2014

National Home Show 2014

As home and garden design aficionados, we look forward each year to the National Home Show and its companion event, the garden-centric Canada Blooms. This design-fest is the place to get inspired about warm-weather home and garden improvement projects. Here are three summer 2014 décor trends we love for indoors and out.


National Home Show trend: Making the most of a small space

Designer Jackie Morra’s featured space, the 2014 Urban Living Home, was a 900-square-foot modern home that proved you can maximize style and substance in a small space. With a contemporary palette and furniture scheme, and streamlined appliances, even a small condo can have an expansive vibe.

Trend takeaway:

Max out a small space with minimalist, room-expanding shutters, shades or blinds. Morra used window coverings from Shade-O-Matic to enhance the clean, crisp lines of her Urban Living Home.


National Home Show trend: Bringing the indoors out

CasaBubble.ca’s space-age “dream bubbles” were a big hit, introducing a simple and eco-friendly way to lounge, entertain or even sleep under the stars anywhere you please. The transparent, inflatable bubble pods (imagine a much larger version of those turbine-inflated Christmas lawn-ornament snow globes) offer a unique alternative to open-air outdoor rooms, cottage bunkies and backyard playhouses.

Trend takeaway:  

When blurring the line between indoors and out, less is always more. Besides their mod, pod aesthetic, CasaBubble.com’s dream bubbles look great due to the minimalist styling promoted by their designers: think white linen with natural rattan, or else sleek white leather with polished surfaces. Both are can’t miss formulas for any outdoor lounge, patio or deck.


National Home Show trend: Radiant orchid

Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year popped up throughout the show. Expect to see this warm, vibrant fuschia/purple/pink hue throughout stylish homes this coming season.

Trend takeaway:  

Use exuberant and exotic Radiant Orchid hued accessories from toss cushions and tableware, or go big by covering a sofa or dining table seats in this sensual shade.


The easiest way to bring it to life: pot a row of radiant orchids on your outdoor dining table, and repeat indoors in your kitchen, dining room (or whatever room transitions your indoor/outdoor spaces).