Over 431 million people use Pinterest every month to discover ideas to inspire their next purchase or project. The online visual search engine dropped their Pinterest Predicts trends report for 2022 and, one quarter into the year, companies like Divine Flooring are witnessing firsthand this year’s predictions manifesting in their client’s projects. Here are some examples:
Have you heard about “barkitecture”? It is an internet search term formed from the words “bark” and “architecture” and is trending worldwide. Technically speaking, it’s dog-centered architecture but the term is also used to describe designs that puts pets first whether it’s for dogs, cats or other furry, feathery or scaly companions. According to a survey by marketing research firm Element, almost 59 per cent of Canadians consider pets as family and the percentage is even higher for households without children. Vancouver-based firm Fox + Thicket recently designed a ranch style home for their pet loving clients who were keen on having a space that functioned for their four-legged family members. They seamlessly integrated a dog feeding station into the kitchen’s 14-foot island so that the whole family, including the furry members, can eat together.
The homeowners opted for a durable, waterproof and scratch resistant vinyl plank flooring from Divine Flooring so that they could easily clean up spills and not have to worry about persistent odours or stains that tend to penetrate other types of flooring.
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Now that you’ve heard about the pet-first movement, have you heard of Biophilia? It is akin to a nature-first movement. The design concept has been around in commercial interiors since the introduction of sustainable building practices and it is now finding its way into homes across the country, driven by the need to connect with nature and enhance one’s overall well-being. Humans spend approximately 93 per cent of their time indoors, and roughly 54 per cent of us are living in urban neighbourhoods where we are separated from many natural elements.
Biophilic design principles focus on connecting with nature. Plants, water and natural patterns are used and direct views of nature, daylight and airflow are optimized. These strategies have been shown to have a positive impact on our health and well-being.
This homeowner brought the outdoors in by creating a feature wall using real moss, dark oak floor planks and a large built-in planter to house air purifying plants at the base. The black, charred hardwood from Divine is a striking backdrop for the multiple shades of greenery. The result is aesthetically pleasing and also provides a connection to nature.
After many years of straight lines inspired by 20th century modernism, we are now seeing a switch to more use of curves. Everything from arches to furniture and from light fixtures to shelving, curves are fun, feminine and graceful. Curves can also represent complex mathematical forms found in nature such as the Fibonacci sequence, so this trend can also be used as a biophilic principle.
Divine Flooring is headquartered in Calgary, AB and is a curator and service provider of flooring and accessories specializing in engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl and laminate with some supplemental tile and carpet. The company has showrooms in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Chicago and sells its products through select independent retailers across North America.