Canada is a diverse country, from its people to its landscape. Coast to coast, Canadians are affected by the natural landscapes in which they live. These landscapes have a profound effect on our homes and how we design to live in these environments. So how does design differ from coast to coast? Buckle up because we are taking you on a cross Canada design trip.
West Coast Style:
Rugged mountains, limitless oceans and barren deserts are what makes the West Coast so spectacular. The landscape of the Pacific North West is prevalent in the architecture and design of homes on the West Coast. As the West Coast Style has evolved some design elements emerged which characterize the style– exposed timber and wood finish on both interior and exterior are very popular out west. Most homes now are built with natural features as well as native trees and landscaping.
Our next destination is to the Prairies, home style here is simple and inspired by agriculture. The design elements resemble a Western look. Rustic red barns are peppered over the landscape which add a pop of colour to the long, winding dirt roads. As agriculture is a main industry, many homes have a country style featuring items used in farming such as baskets, plaid and old machinery.
Inspired by city life instead of nature, home design in Ontario is largely influenced by Toronto so it has a very metropolitan feel. There is a nice yin-yang of old and new in Central Canada. It is common to see new condos with retro design elements such as exposed brick walls, wrought iron and vintage furniture. On the other end of the spectrum, a popular design trend is old, historic homes with modern interiors.
Vastly different to B. C’s West Coast, Eastern Canada has a humble, understated and muted beauty. The style on the East Coast focuses around the fishing industry. Many key style elements are anchors, lighthouses, lobsters and fishing boats. As the winds can often kick up in the Maritimes, people also like their homes to be cozy. Embrace stacks of blankets, fire wood and a cozy cocktail to sit and enjoy while entertaining guests.
Our last stop is the coldest and furthest north, the Territories. Life in the Territories is the most remote and has some of the harshest weather in all of Canada. The home style and design in the Territories resembles that same strength and resiliency of its inhabitants. A lot of the style elements are inspired by First Nations art and culture. The homes are a built to work with nature as opposed to work against it.