Home Decor

Designer Tommy Smythe's home decor tips

Exhibitors recently showcased the latest in home trends at the Interior Design Show, known as Canada's largest contemporary design fair. We spoke to some of the top talent in home decor about what inspires them, their best tips and the hottest trends to look out for this year.

Tommy Smythe

Exhibitors recently showcased the latest in home trends at the Interior Design Show, known as Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. We spoke to some of the top talent in home decor about what inspires them, their best tips and the hottest trends to look out for this year.

Q: What new colour are you excited about this year?
A: I hear burgundy is back (but now it’s called bordeaux) – first of all, I’m not sure I’m ready! Secondly, I’m not fooled by the new name. It’s burgundy.

Q: What’s the easiest way to make a big statement in your home?
A: Books. Nothing says more about who you are than the books you share and display for the enjoyment of others. They can be had at any price and add the ‘you’ to your space.

Q: What are your secrets for staying organized?
A: I am not qualified to answer that question – but am really looking forward to what everybody else says…notepad ready.

Q: If you had $1000 to spend on your home, where? $100?
A: Flowers. That’s my answer to both questions.

Q: What’s the biggest mistake you see people make when it comes to their home?
A: The biggest mistake I see in my work is the decision to rush through the design process. Really good interiors take time and money. There’s no quick fix. Well, there is; but it’s not chic.