Design Directions
 Trend Forecast 2011 January 2010    
In This Issue
Government Tax Credit
Trends 2010
The New HST
New Collections & Online Sourcing

Welcome to the fourth issue of Design Directions. 

I recently attended several trade events that forecast the trends for 2010 and 2011 and I have acquired several new furniture collections that I am very excited to make available to my clients.

What better time to share this with you than as we celebrate the New Year.

Warm regards,

Tracy Kundell

Avalon Interiors



Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC)

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! - Only available for the 2009 tax year.

The Home Renovation Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses for improvements to your house, condo or cottage. It can be claimed on your 2009 income tax return. It applies to work performed or goods acquired after January 27, 2009, and before February 1, 2010 under an agreement entered into after January 27, 2009.

Eligible expenses for goods acquired during this period, even if they are installed after January 2010, will still qualify. If an eligible expense involves work performed by a contractor or a third party, and the work is not completed by the end of the eligible period, only the portion that is completed before February 1, 2010 will qualify even if a payment has been made.

The HRTC applies to eligible expenses of more than $1,000, but not more than $10,000, resulting in a maximum non-refundable tax credit of $1,350 [($10,000 − $1,000) 15%].


Trends Forecast 2010- Feeling Blue?

Blue is the leader of the pack for colour forecasting in 2010. There are 2 major influences with the blues we'll be seeing the first is that of the Spa Experience (be sure to read my upcoming blog for more on this), paired with warm grays as opposed to brown as we have seen in the past (though browns win over gray moving into 2012). It will be airy, open and hopeful.
The second influence of blue will be the aqua/turquoise blues that as we crave escapism put us in vacation mode. Turquoise #15-5519 is the Pantone and Para colour of the year. All of the blues from deep jewel tones, cool blues, spa and electric blues will dominate the palette. Green is the Benjamin Moore colour of the year emphasizing the positive outlook on renewing both for the economy and the environment.

Spring 2010 is all about the feminine hues. A contrast of mixing warm, tranquil and calming colours paired with vibrant tones and delicate lighter neutrals that will transcend the season.

Purple continues to influence the palette but this year it will be more in the lavender family and more romantic than dramatic. Even Zen has gone feminine with cherry blossom design and more organic shapes leading the way. Coral (emerging now) will lead the way into the warmer hues (look for darker red-cast browns in 2011). Orange is also still in the limelight.

The industrial chic look a la Restoration Hardware is also very big. The contrast of rustic, industrial along with finer items gives a collected look rather than 'just bought'.

For years we having been stating what is the new "black", it has been gray, it has been brown, but this year the good news is that the new black is "Black".

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Nail head details are on all kinds of furnishings from decorating arms, outlining backs and brightening up aprons. Now you can also get the traditional detail with a twist, instead of the familiar brass/silver tacks you can get crystal or stone. Look for these on headboards and accent tables.

For upholstered pieces wings and club chairs stood out, frames that played with the scale of the traditional wing chair in terms of height and depth were all over the market as well as sofas with that were low profile on tapered wooden or chrome legs. Tufting was also all over the place in a very 'in your face' non-subtle way, these pieces are a modern take on the traditional as they are done in metallic and high gloss fabrics. I call it the 'Mode' look a la Ugly Betty. Don't get me wrong, I like the look.

Surface interest stood out for me at most of the shows I visited. I'm sure I bored my family with my excitement over flexible slate tiles and light reflective textured Plexiglas panels. The market is full of both visual and tactile materials. The finishes we will be seeing are high gloss instead of matte with texture also introduced more and more along with metallic finishes and graphic bold patterns.
Wood surfaces which have tended to be dark in recent years are moving to a lighter shade, which the North American market is slow to adapt to. The European market is flooded with bleached don't worry not the 'pickled' pinkish bleached woods but the cooler grey barn woods and antique elms.
Did anyone else pick up on the British invasion? If not let me be the first to say that I predict it will be hot, hot, hot.

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New in kitchen and bath design are square & organic edges that have taken over in Europe. Lit cabinets, shelves, pot drawers and base cabinets that have lights that turn on/off as they open and close, especially with the soft close piston motion feature. Backlit islands and counter tops are hot now that LED is the key with fiber optic strip lights. I also now will eat my words that  hate LED. I officially love LED now that they have perfected the warm light, just in time too as we move towards 2012 when incandescent will be obsolete.
A new innovation is the pop up socket, great for island/counter use to meet with our electrical codes and avoid unsightly sockets that ruin beautiful backsplashes and cabinet surfaces. I love this tower of power!

For the condo owner integration is the new trend with floating/sliding and movable cabinets that integrate storage. Islands with movable tops, rolling cutting boards and integrated seating/dining are also hot.

I noticed a major shift geared to the younger consumer.
"Generation Y, Generation X, twentysomethings. Millennials. Echo Boomers. Students. No matter what you call them today's global 15-34 year olds are evolving at warp speed". These ADDer's who need constant change to keep them interested. It's like doing the same drive to work everyday, you get bored and go into auto pilot. Now cabinet designers are alternating the way doors open, from slide, lift up, left hinge, right hinge, drop down, push to open, pull to get the picture. This keeps the buyer interested and makes the living space exciting.
Integrated hardware is also big with hinges that allow access with almost zero clearance.
All in all a lot to be excited about for 2010, so much so that will spread the excitement through the year in my upcoming blog, be sure to sign up for it!
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The new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
How will effect you?

It's coming and there will be no avoiding the new government HST. "On July 1, 2010, Ontario's tax system will see its biggest change in a generation with the introduction of a single, harmonized sales tax (HST)."
Look for more information on HST, and how it will have an impact on many things including my services, in my upcoming newsletter in March.


Vagabond Vintage New Collections & Online Sourcing

If there was ever a file to keep this is it!

This year I have discovered numerous new collections that I have access to and I am very excited to share them with you along with some of my favorite old standbys.
Follow these links to over 50 great online decor sources.
Avalon Interiors represents these and many more lines, bringing the world of design to your fingertips.

See anything you like? Be sure sure to contact us for pricing and availability.

Actiwin Patio Furniture
Alamode Home Bedding
Antiques 2000
Barcres Hardware
Berenson Hardware
Bethel International
Brentwood Classics
Brownstone Furniture
Camilla House Imports
Classic Loom Furniture
Colibri Art Design
Cyan Design
Danby Canada
Decorating Details
Decor Rest Furniture
Eden Bath
Elite Design Furniture
Four Hands
Furniture Clssics Ltd.
Geovin Furniture
Greenington Bamboo Furniture
ISA International
Komme International
Korson Furniture
Londen Inc. Bedding
Magellan Designs
Modern Weave
Outpost Original
Quoizel Lighting
Quorum Interntional
Ren-Wil Wall Decor
Richelieu Hardware
Robin Bruce
Rowe Furniture
Rustique Furniture
Silva Custom Upholstery
Sita Enterprises
Snob Stuff
St.Geneve Bedding
Stone County Ironworks
Sunpan Imports
The HomePort Collections
Two Palms Casual
Vagabond Vintage
van Dam International Trading
Verandah Home
Weavers Art
West Bros Furniture
Whittington Furniture


Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these shows!
National Home Show Feb.20-Mar.1 Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto

The Artist Project March 4-7 2010 Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read our newsletter.



Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors

"Building Your Vision Better Than Imagined"

Contact Info
Designer Tracy Kundell
tel.905-889-0763 cell. 416-451-4905 e-mail