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Our expert panel of three interior designers recently shared a variety of ways to bring luxury into our everyday homes.

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Q What’s a great way to bring a touch of luxury into our everyday homes?

Lisa Kooistra In my creations, I like to work with different applied moldings to bring a touch of luxury and create visual impact. From walls to ceilings, these appliqué moldings create beautiful warmth, character and a sense of grandeur in any interior.

They are perfect for adding to transitional areas, powder rooms and dining room ceilings. A contemporary coffered ceiling with different profiles and moldings can also be very impactful.

If you don’t have the ceiling height to work with, moldings applied to a flat ceiling also give that luxurious detail.

Lisa Kooistra is ccreative director and lead designer for Lisa Kooistra Design. Visit www.lkdesigns.ca

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Kate Davidson, founder and lead designer of Kate + Co Design. Photo by Fourni

Q What new luxury design element or trend has you most excited about this year?

Kate Davidson One element of luxury that I anticipate and plan to integrate more into my own design work is more curved designs with softened corners.

It’s not just furniture – we see curves introduced in custom millwork, cabinetry, tile and hardware.

It brings an overall softness and subtle movement to interiors that we are excited to see.

Kate Davidson is founder and lead designer of Kate + Co Design based in Oakville, Ontario. Visit kateandcodesign.com

Patti Wilson, Principal Designer and Founder of Patti Wilson Design Inc.
Patti Wilson, Principal Designer and Founder of Patti Wilson Design Inc. Photo by Fourni

Q What is your favorite or favorite paint color and suggest an ideal place where it can be used?

Patti Wilson I love to introduce color to enhance the mood and create drama in interiors. One of my moody charcoal gray colors is Iron Ore (Sherwin Williams). With rich shades of blue/gray it is striking when used for kitchen cabinets, furniture or on an accent wall. It’s a perfect option when you want something dark but not harsh.

The perfect choice to pair with this strong and moody color is cognac colored fabrics as well as shades of teal and mauve.

Patti Wilson is Principal Designer and Founder of Patti Wilson Design Inc. based in Newmarket, Ontario. Visit pattiwilsondesign.com

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