Kitchen Trends

On Trend Kitchens

With summer’s departure we are powering down the grill and returning to the kitchen. These design tips, courtesy of AyA Kitchens and Baths, are sure to create a space that’s hot, hot, hot.

Mix Cabinetry

A mix of cabinet materials creates a dynamic setting for cooking and entertaining. “We’re seeing wood become prevalent in the home for the upcoming season because of it’s warm, natural and timeless esthetic. Wood also complements white kitchens very well,” says Dave Marcus, President, AyA Kitchens and Baths.


Soften Traditional

Traditional interiors continue to benefit from the addition of a couple of well-placed contemporary elements. In this handsome kitchen, the upholstered barstools contrast the light cabinetry. Notice the slimmer countertop profile—something we’ll see more of in the next few years. We also installed a single handle pulldown kitchen faucet which everyone loves because it makes doing dishes so much easier.

Dabble Savvy: The darker the floor, the more formal the space.


Rustic Roast

Industrial elements  such as stainless steel and metal are softened and enhanced by contrasting with raw wood.  The yin and yang keep the look fresh.

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Classic Cool

Classic doesn’t mean stale. Iconic furnishings and fixtures have staying power—you’ll love them for years.


Cooking with Colour

White may be the most popular choice for kitchen cabinets but it’s far from the only choice. Why not cut loose and show some real personality with a bold choice like this red?


Hidden Function

When the in-laws come over, keep them guessing? Does she even own a toaster oven?
Dabble Savvy: Have a professional electrician install all appliances and outlets. Those hidden from view often require additional shut off valves for safety.


About AyA Kitchens and Baths

AyA Kitchens and Baths is the ultimate cabinetry resource, offering diversity and quality, mass customization and high design. Every AyA kitchen is designed and made-to-order, resulting in a local, tailor-made product at a competitive price. AyA offers a selection of more than 2,000 cabinetry variations, ranging from urban to classic. There are showroom locations across North America to help create the ultimate living space.

Visit AyA Kitchens and Baths for more information.


I’m Coming Home

  • “The majority of furnishings were custom designed and manufactured for this project. We wanted to feature and honour our clients’ existing art and sculpture collection.”
  • The foyer and living room walls are painted Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-60.
  • The fresh and neutral fabrics and finishes create a classic palette that stands the test of time, allowing the Gregory Hardy painting above the custom sofa to stand forward visually from the room’s other elements.
  • One of the most dramatic changes to the home’s layout occurred when the kitchen was opened to the family room. The structural change required the addition of a supporting beam hidden in the ceiling, circumventing any visible bulkhead and allowing the rooms to flow from one space to the other without visual interruption.
  • Adjacent to the newly renovated kitchen is the open concept family room. This is a favourite spot for the family to linger after a busy day.
  • The handsome vignette with the stepped mirror and a custom wood chest is a nod to the drama and beauty of art deco styling.
  • A bright and sunny breakfast area with 15’ cathedral ceiling and banquette seating completes the kitchen area. The team selected a banquette to allow for wider pathways and a stunning sight line from the kitchen. Kitchen cabinetry lines the walkway and provides extra storage and the visual flow the family required.
  • Practical finishes were mandatory in the all-white kitchen, which features satin sheen lacquered cabinetry, stone countertops and stained walnut for the island.

A large family demands a big makeover. Fortunately, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting has the talent and muscle to satisfy such a tall order. When the CEO of one of Toronto’s largest and leading luxury condominium developers approached cofounders Tania Richardson and Melandro Quillatan, he was looking for an update as well as a strategy for developing a home that supports the needs of his wife and three teens.

The first floor of this century-old, 3,500 square foot home in Lawrence Park, Toronto is much improved these days owing to its recent renovation which resulted in an improved aesthetic and functionality. The initial lack of architectural interest and weak flow was transformed, resulting in what is now a more current and transitional design.

“Select a neutral palette to provide longevity. Decorative lighting, art and accessories arethe elegant finishing touches.”

Original floors were replaced with wide hardwood planks throughout the main level. In the 375 square foot living room, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting created several conversation areas, with key furnishings linking them together for larger events. Here is how to create a picture-perfect living room.

The living room’s soft colours are reflected in the mirrored coffee table from Cocoon Furnishings in Oakville. Some more online acrylic mirrors were ordered to make the room look even larger. The patterned area carpet from Elte Carpet and Home provides a geometric anchor to the light coloured furnishings. Layers of lighting—potlights, sconces and table lampsare sourced from suppliers Sescolite, Casalife and Royal Lighting.

The addition of the banquette within the bay window amplifies usable space and provides additional seating, which comes in handy when entertaining.

When choosing furniture and accessories, select hues and undertones that pair well, creating cohesive flow throughout the home.

“To ensure consistency from room to room,” says Melandro, “use a single wall colour, place furniture strategically to achieve comfortable flow, keep wall paneling and any trim consistent.”

This century-old home has never looked better thanks to its much-needed update.

Photography by Larry Arnal

Reality Check: Custom Closet

Step 1: Assess Your Needs
Personal clothing preferences and knowledge of the precise way you love to get dressed —socks and pants first, top last —paves the way to successful closet design. A passion for wool sweaters requires abundant shelving space while an obsession with dress shirts signals a need for additional double height hanging.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 2: Aim High
Take advantage of every square inch of available closet space and build floor to ceiling cabinetry. Labelling boxes or bins with content details makes the hunt for that once-a-year Derby hat a breeze, even if it’s on a top shelf.

Step 3: Deep and Wide
Varying shelving depths maximizes space and function. Hanging storage requires 26″ of depth while shelves for folded items are best when limited to 16″. If you are updating or changing closets, it’s a good idea to measure the existing linear footage of hanging space and adjust accordingly. If possible, allow an additional 12″ for anticipated shopping sprees and door crasher sales.

Step 4: Beware—Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Misplaced workout gear? No more excuses. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it, so position popular items at eye level for easy access and store offseason pieces up high. Open storage is essential for keeping tabs on a frequently changing wardrobe.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 5: Light it Up
Natural light in a closet is ideal, allowing you to distinguish between black and blue socks before heading out the door. When a window or skylight is not an option, invest in a quality lighting plan to eliminate the dreaded ‘dressed in the dark’ look.

Step 6: Measure Up
Put that tape measure to work and note lengths and depths of items to store. For example, men’s dress shirts require a minimum height of 40″ and long dresses generally need 70″-72″. Shoe sizes vary, but a minimum depth of 11″ is ideal.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 7: Adjust as Needed
Seasons change, and so does fashion. Thank goodness for adjustable shelves that offer the flexibility to store boots and flip-flops without wasting space.

Step 8: Take Stock
Purge seasonally to weed out clothing not worn during the past year. Donate gently used items, and consign finer pieces, to gain closet space and peace of mind.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews


Step 9: Group Like Items
Relieve early morning frustration by stacking and hanging like items together. Colour coordinating facilitates quick location of favourite items and keeps the closet neat and stylish looking. Remember, an organized closet means easier outfit planning.

Step 10: Hang It Up
Prolong the life of garments by using appropriate hangers. Use padded ones for delicate items, plastic for dress shirts, and sturdy wooden hangers for jackets and blazers.