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Interior Design Trends for a New Year
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Happy New Year! It’s time for a refresh when it comes to your home. As more people are working remotely, making a few design changes – big and small – can help rejuvenate your space and make everything feel new again.

If you’re looking to revamp your space and refresh for the new year, we definitely have a few ideas. To inspire you to try something new, take a look at our list of design trends for 2021.

Multi-Functional Spaces

In the era of working from home, having a space that suits multiple needs is not only popular, but necessary. Bedrooms are now doubling as home offices and kitchen counters are now desks. This year has made us rethink how we use space. With this in mind, design experts and companies are devising new methods of storage and design solutions to suit the needs of both the employee and the home-body.

Textured Materials and Décor

As we spend more times in our homes, comfort is king. This may explain why ultra-plush faux furs, sherpa, and boucle fabrics are popping up everywhere. Warm and cozy throw blankets on couches, softly textured pillows on chairs, a faux fur rug by the desk — the aim is to be as comfortable as possible this year.

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Neutral Tones and Colours

Warm tones have been trending for years and they don’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. While many of us are home more often now, our homes have become a sanctuary, a place to relax. Light and airy interiors with warm tones are trending because they are calming. They inspire relaxed attitudes and serve to be a personal oasis. In this work-from-home climate, this makes all the difference.

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Gold and Brass Accents

Gold accents and hardware are everywhere. It’s beautiful and versatile but there’s a fine balance between being trendy and being tacky. Gold that’s too shiny can be overwhelming but a brushed gold or soft brass can bring warmth and richness to any room. It’s an excellent way to glam up a space and make a statement.

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Abstract Art

The Memphis Group, Pollock, Rothko — be inspired by the artists who redefined art for the world. Bold linework, abstract shapes, texture and perhaps the aforementioned warm and earthy tones in the form of grand canvases in living rooms or entry-ways can make your space feel modern and new, but never cold.

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Whether you decide to repaint your halls, buy new décor or simply just move around your furniture, a good New Year refresh might be just what you need to feel inspired and motivated for 2021.

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The 7 Elements of Interior Design
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When designing a space, balance is what most designers strive for. The 7 elements of interior design help facilitate that balance, allowing a space to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and comfortable. It’s an art in the way it appears but it’s also a science in the way it comes together and operates. At Studio Uno, we use each element in harmony with one another to enhance a space and create an interior that is satisfying and fulfilling for our clients. However, these design elements can easily factor into everyone’s home.

Read on to learn about these 7 elements we utilize in creating our designs and how they can inspire anyone in designing their own unique space.

Colour

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Colour is arguably the most obvious and noticeable element in interior design. It signifies aesthetic and creates a sense of mood – from “passionate” red to “tranquil” blue. It’s a way of creating a particular energy in the space and has the power to make rooms feel light, cozy, large or modern. It is also influenced heavily by the next element, light – both artificial and natural – as the amount and type of light in a space will affect how colour appears.

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Whether your use of light is artificial or natural, excellent lighting is integral to the quality of the room. Many spaces require a combination of both types, with daylight fixed and man-made light appearing in various forms, such as accent lighting emphasizing objects or task lighting aiding in activities. Lighting can also be manipulated and controlled using drapery and window coverings for natural light and mirrors and dimmer switches for artificial, allowing us to set the mood of the space and create atmosphere.

Form

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Form is the shape of the room along with the contours and shapes of its contents. Furniture, artwork, other décor accessories and the room itself are either organic forms (natural and irregular shapes like curves) or geometric forms (man-made, precise angles like squares and triangles). It’s important to strike a balance between both, fusing the softness of natural forms and the strong edginess of geometric shapes.

Line

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Consider the line element as the defining structure of a space. The room itself has an outline and its furnishing and features create more lines to influence the look and feel of the space. Lines can be horizontal (ex. tables and couches), making rooms feel wide, vertical (ex. windows and doors) adding more height, or dynamic (ex. curved staircases or diagonally placed tiles) injecting an eye-catching and exciting energy to the room. Again, the key is balance, using a mixture of lines in strategic ways can make a space feel complete.

Texture

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A room’s look and feel is epitomized by the texture element and literally means the way objects feel to the touch and how it makes the viewer feel when looked at. Texture evokes detail and adds richness to the space, using everything from furniture and fabrics to floorcoverings, tiles and decorative accessories. For example, texture can be smooth and elegant or vintage and weathered, depending on the materials and fabrics used. Mixing and contrasting textures can add depth and feeling and contributes to how we interact and feel within the space.

Pattern

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Pattern is an interesting element that repeatedly uses forms, lines and colour in its composition to create life in a space. It comes in a variety of styles, from floral, geometric, abstract and more and can be seen in wallpaper, fabric on furnishings, rugs and artwork. What’s important to note when using patterns in interior design, is its relation to space – using too many patterns at once in a small space for example or using clashing patterns can make the space look chaotic and disorganized. Patterns should work harmoniously with other elements.

Space

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At the heart of every design decision is space. It’s the distance between objects and their proportions within the room and the balance you must keep in using both positive and negative space in the right way. Positive space is how and where objects such as furniture are positioned and negative space refers to the gaps or “space” in between, including any empty space needed to circulate or navigate throughout the room. Again, balance is key but it’s also subjective depending on the designer. Rooms can have more positive space, making it feel cozy and intimate or more negative space to feel spacious and modern. Overall, the design decision is your own.

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What we do

Studio Uno provides interior design concepts, documentation and consulting for hospitality, high-rise residential and corporate-commercial projects at the national level.

Creating innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing interiors for our clients is our true focus. Studio Uno is comprised of talented and passionate professionals who seek to ideate and create the very best in interiors. Most importantly, we work closely with our clients to ensure their project goals are achieved beyond expectations.

  • Services:
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High-rise

A well-designed high-rise residential project touches two key points — it produces a stunning visual while also providing a functional space for those who dwell inside. Producing iconic spaces is what we strive for. Proper design generates a lifestyle — one that is rich, vibrant and resonates a strong connection with people.

Our team has created stunning developments with our one-of-a-kind formula that, in essence, reflects the unique spirit of our clients and produces a space they can be proud of. We also design interior common spaces, amenities, and units, as well as landscaped roof terraces, exterior amenity areas and streetscapes for high-rise buildings.

Hospitality

We work with all major brands in the hospitality industry and create spaces demonstrating their unique vision and brand identity. Whether your hotel project is custom, or brand implemented, we have extensive experience in the brand approval stages, submission approvals processes and communication with brand team leaders.

We listen to our clients and ensure brand concepts are adhered to. Our studio creates design solutions that showcase a brand’s philosophy and ultimately our clients’ project goals.

Corporate

Studio Uno creates corporate design experiences that are warm and timeless — but also surprising and dramatic. Our unique approach combines our clients’ business needs with incomparable design solutions, resulting in functional and beautifully designed interiors.

We bring stories to life in a way that takes the visitor on a journey through space. Out holistic approach instills our projects with purpose and beauty in equal measure.

Procurement

Any project requires a qualified procurement team to ensure cost effective, quality conscious project purchasing. We provide project procurement services to owners and operators who value quality products at competitive prices for new construction or renovation projects.

Using established vendor relationships, we support our clients in developing customized project budgets, while maintaining focus on the complete process.

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Who we are

Find out what industry leaders have been keeping to themselves. Studio Uno founder Nino Francavilla is proudly celebrating 25 years of design services.

A Vaughan-based Interior Design Consulting Firm, their service and “boutique-style” personal attention has allowed Studio Uno to provide design and planning solutions for numerous projects in Canada. Their reputation is built on creating functional, pleasing environments in tune with clients’ project goals and end users’ expectations. In turn, that has allowed Studio Uno to work with some of the biggest brands in hospitality, predominate high-rise developers, property managers and established corporate clients.

Studio Uno Interior Design is a disciplined, energetic company in tune with the latest trends and technologies, enabling a fresh approach to every project. They have established close relationships with vendors and suppliers who mirror their value for budget and world-class products and services.

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Nino Francavilla

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Kent Gatchalian

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Nino Francavilla is the Founder and Design Director of Studio Uno Interior Design Inc. With over 30 years of design experience, working with high-level clients across multiple areas of business, Nino has solidified Studio Uno as a versatile force in the design industry.

As a student of architecture and interior design, Nino’s passion for creating unique design solutions became a driving motivation at the start of his career. He began working in renowned design studios in Toronto, mentoring under established designers and gaining valuable experience, to later embark on his own interior design, consulting and planning journey.

Since then, Nino has established unparalleled credibility across a spectrum of projects, including high-rise, hospitality, corporate and retail spaces. Understanding the importance of budget and schedule, as well as bringing innovative design ideas to life, Nino has managed to spearhead countless bespoke interior design projects, helping to evolve how some of the world’s biggest brands look and interact with the people they touch.

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Studio Uno has worked closely with an outstanding portfolio of clients across Canada to create spaces evoking a brand’s identity while bringing their vision to life.

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Marriot
Prima
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Pinnacle Toronto East
Sheraton

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Interior Design Trends for a New Year

Happy New Year! It’s time for a refresh when it comes to your home. As more people are working remotely, making a few design changes – big and small – can help rejuvenate your space and make everything feel new again.

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The 7 Elements of Interior Design

When designing a space, balance is what most designers strive for. The 7 elements of interior design help facilitate that balance, allowing a space to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and comfortable.

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