Calgary likes its hot tubs. Reeeealllly likes its hot tubs. That’s but one fact you’ll glean cruising the aisles of the Calgary Home + Design Show, on now through Sunday at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds.

But let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer, shall we?

Grey is one of the design trends on display at the Calgary Home + Design Show, on through Sunday at the BMO Centre.

50 Shades of Grey

The one colour trend you can’t escape at the show is grey, in all its permutations. On floor tiles, on countertops, on hardwood floors, on upholstered pieces, it was everywhere. The room above, by Designing Spacez, ups the ante with its use of a mid-tone grey on the baseboards and crown moulding, unifying the lighter walls and rug and darker fireplace. In the kitchen below, by DK Fine Woodwork, the cupboards and island are wrapped in a grey-washed wood, which really makes the white cabinetry pop.


Purple is another home design colour trend that features prominently at the show.

Purple Haze

Another hue popping up in numerous displays is the colour purple. (And to be honest, I stole the title of this segment from one of the trend displays created by Alykhan Velji Designs and Wicket Blue Interiors.) But don’t expect tile or other hardscapes in the colour. Instead, think layered textiles in plum, lilac, aubergine, mauve and more.


Sculptural tile is an up and coming look.

Textured Tile

The gentlemen from TimberCraft Renovations were in the final throes of finishing up their display, above, but kindly took a minute so Swerve could snap a pic of the tile in the shower. (And the unit will be fully functioning at the show. Talk about dedication!) Sculptural tile is quite the rage in Europe, they said, as is the linear drain that’s featured in the shower floor. (Think an infinity-pool edge: it’s a small horizontal slit on the floor that all the water runs out through.) And as we know, what’s hot on the other side of the pond generally translates into the next big thing over here in a year or two.


A D.I.Y. area at the show is dedicated to projects for kids.

Play Time

From displays highlighting decor for kids at various ages  to a kids’ crafting area to a D.I.Y. display, above, the younger set steps into the spotlight at this year’s show. Bonus: the D.I.Y. area has a raft of fun and easy ideas to jazz up you child’s space. And there are handouts on the projects so you can actually try them at home.


Treat Time

And be sure to leave time to buy yourself a treat before heading home: four of Calgary’s always-hopping food trucks (Fiasco  Gelato, Noodle Bus, Red Wagon Diner and Fries and Dolls) are on hand for the duration. Just head out the doors of Hall D.


-Ruth Myles


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