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The 2022 National Home Show returns this year, running April 15-24 at Toronto’s Enercare Center

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If you find yourself itching to simplify, swap out synthetic finishes for natural ones or add a burst of color to your home this spring, don’t be surprised.

Pandemic life is bringing a whole new perspective to how we live, says Toronto-based designer Desta Ostapyk, and recent home design trends reflect it.

“Spending more time in our spaces is making us focus on decluttering and putting focus into overall what is important: family and living and our friends,” said Ostapyk, design ambassador for the 2022 National Home Show, which returns this year, running April 15 -24 at Toronto’s Energy Center.

“With all of us being in these hyper-stressful situations like the last two years with Covid, doing things to create a soothing, calm environment at home is so key,” she added.

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Throughout the show, Ostapyk will be stationed in the DIY Centre, answering design questions and encouraging consumers to get hands-on experience with home renovation tools and techniques. With respect to trends, she said it’s all about finding ways to make your home an extension of you.

“You should feel comfortable and soothed when you come into your home … and you should feel safe,” said Ostapyk.

Interior trends to be highlighted at the show include how to keep things simple using clean lines, innovative storage and natural materials; how to embrace curves, both in furniture and accent pieces; how to bring more green into a space, both with paint and plants; and, how to find inspiration in one-of-a-kind, locally sourced artisanal finds.

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Ostapyk’s personal favorite is the movement towards biophilic design — the human tendency to connect with nature which is leading people to choose more woven fabrics, stones, crystals, wood and water elements when decorating their home interiors.

In general, people are being more purposeful in their design choices, she added, with a growing number of consumers choosing to source from local shops and artists. “There’s a need to feel connected with people … to know that something is made by someone in your neighborhood and not just some random factory from who knows where,” she said.

Available for the first time, the Home Show, in combination with RBC Royal Bank, will be bringing together local businesses for a Shop Small Pop-up. Main stage celebrity speakers include Scott McGillivray and Debra Salmoni from HGTV’s Vacation House Rules, gardening expert Carson Arthur, and designers Diana Rose and Kate Davidson.

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Outdoor design trends and ideas for alfresco entertaining will also be featured. Ostapyk is continuing to see an uptick in the number of people investing in their backyard or balcony spaces, with greater emphasis on creating specific zones for specific activities such as hanging out, cooking, dining and playing. Her best advice from Ella is that an outdoor space should extend from a home’s inner décor.

“It should never by jarring so if you have a certain style going on in within your home, try to stay within that realm,” she advised.

Overall, the Home Show aims to help Canadians ‘create their space, their way.’ After being influenced by whites and grays for so many years, Ostapyk is excited to see colourful, patterned design choices return in a big way for 2022, mimicking 90s fashion.

“Whether you’re layering florals with plaids or plaids with polka dots, it’s playful and fun,” she said. “We’re trying to incorporate more color overall and I think that plays into trying to find some joy and happiness in these trying times.”

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