Inspiration

From traditional to contemporary, Vancouver design stands at the forefront of design innovation. See how several designers use warm colors and impactful patterns to create a welcoming and timeless space.

Product: Idris by Ait Manos 4"x4" Field in White Carrare and Terrazzo Renata 24"x24" Field in Brulee,
Designer: Gillian Segal Design, Photographer: Janis Nicolay Photography and Tracey Ayton Photography

"The Vancouver style is fairly contemporary, with lots of natural materials and clean lines. What inspires me about Vancouver is the laid-back approach. A more formal living room should still be a comfortable space. Even our highest-end clients don’t typically have spaces where the kids aren’t allowed, and they don’t want to tell their guests to throw a coaster down. The majority want spaces that can be fully lived in, so that’s something I really take into all my work. In terms of aesthetics, I’m more inspired by international influences and have tried to veer away from West Coast modern, though there are components of that in my work." - Gillian Segal Design

Product: Savoy Classic Hive Mosaic in Ricepaper, Designer: Loft and Maven, Photography: Janis Nicolay Photography

Product: MADE Shapes Favo in Cashmere Grey Gloss, Designer: Jamie Banfield Design, Photography: Janis Nicolay Photography

"For the Farmhouse Project, we selected tile from the MADE collection for both the kitchen and laundry room. For the kitchen backsplash, we wanted something that was unique but not fussy. This Favo tile fit perfectly. The homeowner loved how each piece was hand-crafted specifically for their kitchen." 
- Jamie Banfield Design 

Product: Savoy Classic Herringbone Mosaic in Lotus, Designer: The Haven Collective, Photography: Janis Nicolay Photography

Product: Maven by Kelly Wearstler Ojaj, Designer: PURE Design, Inc., Photographer: Janis Nicolay Photography

""I love layers of materials; those help make it warm. Gray and black and white interiors are fine, but I always know they’re off when the lighting isn’t warm enough or there aren’t enough natural breaks—baskets or cutting boards or something to add another layer into the space. Everything we do is warm contemporary. Even if it’s traditional or rustic, it’s always going to have that warm contemporary element. You can have shiny kitchen tile in a nice wood kitchen. To me it’s all about the balance. I call it visual math."  - Ami McKay, PURE Design, Inc.

Product: Savoy Classic Arrowhead in Lotus, Designer: Oliver Simon Design, Photography: Janis Nicolay Photography

Product: Savoy Classic 2” x 8” Ribbed Field in Ricepaper, Designer: Oliver Simon Design, Photographer: Janis Nicolay Photography

"Tile is one of the areas where we can mix price points to get beautiful results. A smaller area like a backsplash can give the space drama while the larger areas can use a slightly less expensive tile to stretch the budget just a little more." - Oliver Simon Design

Product: Ermanno Trama Bronze on White, Designer: Oliver Simon Design, Photographer: Janis Nicolay Photography