These design trends are really gaining traction, and it’s easy to see why. From embracing the outdoors to adding a touch of luxe texture, one of these might be exactly what you need for inspiration when it comes to your next renovation, especially if you’re prepping your home for sale.

Natural Wood Elements
Echoing Canada’s abundant natural resources, natural wood elements are everywhere, including in some unexpected places. Don’t think ‘cabin-in-the-woods’ style, but more of an upscale Scandinavian vibe. From accent wall paneling to butcher-block countertops, to subtle touches like oversized panel headboards, this cozy trend is all about bring the outdoors in.

Different Options for Hardware
Gone are the days when your only option for plumbing fixtures or hardware was a plain nickel. Designers are beginning to embrace all kinds of material now, including gold, brushed nickel and even matte black, for an elegant and dramatic touch.

Velvet Furnishings
Velvet is in, in a big way. It has a cozy, luxe feel to it, which enhances a room instantly. Velvet couches are increasing in popularity, but if you’re not in the market for an entirely new sofa—or you just want to dip your toes into the trend—velvet cushions, dining chairs or ottomans are great options. As a bonus, lots of companies are using a cotton/velvet blend, which makes for fabric that’s much more durable and easier to clean than traditional velvet.