We’re inside our homes a lot, so why not invest the time and money to give them the makeovers they deserve? Whether you follow the latest trends or prefer to march to the beat of your own drum, there are many different ways you can upgrade your spaces simply by swapping out your decor items or making small changes that have a big impact.
Where To Buy Home Decor In Canada
While each province differs in its unique shop offerings, there are some locations that transition the provincial boundaries and are available across the country for your home decor needs:
If you’re looking to shop online, Etsy has a wonderful worldwide marketplace. If you’re worried about shipping costs or want to support Canadian makers, you can even filter your searches to only include local shops. Etsy has an incredible selection of unique handmade goods and funky vintage pieces that fit any style. No matter how big or small the item is that you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it here.
When it comes to big box stores, Chapters Indigo carries a wide selection of beautiful housewares, some of which are also Canadian brands. You can shop from a wide range of brands either online or at their stores across Canada. Here you’ll find trendy, eco-friendly and artisanal products like pillows, throws, home accents, frames, wall decor, furniture, rugs, lighting and more.
If you love hunting for a good deal and have the time to do so, a visit to HomeSense/Winners/Marshalls is bound to get you feeling inspired. While you won’t be able to shop these stores online, they are located in almost every city across the country so they’re an accessible and affordable option for home decor. You can find both small brands and big names on the shelves at these stores as well as an eclectic mix of styles. If you’re looking for kitchen accessories, pillows, furniture, wall decor, storage baskets, faux plants or small decor items, these stores are always loaded with options that change frequently. Just be aware that because of their high turnover and limited individual stock, if you leave something behind, you may never see it again.
It may not seem very chic to shop for home decor at a grocery store, but Real Canadian Superstore has some great options at a reasonable price that you shouldn’t overlook. While they don’t have a big offering of home decor, what they do have is trendy, fun and affordable. They have an impressive collection of kitchen accessories and tableware plus some small decor pieces, furniture, frames and even textiles that you won’t want to miss. Their offerings tend to change seasonally, and they don’t have a ton of stock in these sections so if you’re looking for something, make it a point to swing by and check it out while you do your groceries.
It may surprise you to learn that some big box clothing stores actually have impressive home decor options in select locations. Brands like H&M and Urban Outfitters carry a nice selection of decor in select stores across the country. H&M has an abundance of well-priced options like pillows, plant pots, towels, storage baskets and more. Urban Outfitters also has a nice home section with items like bedding, kitchen accessories, wall art and small decor items. Both of these brands also have websites so you can choose to shop online or in-store depending on your preferences.
A big name in home decor, Wayfair offers a massive website chock full of furniture, lighting, storage solutions, rugs and more. They tend to offer larger items and are lacking in small decor choices so keep that in mind if you’re searching for something specific. Their prices are also higher so be wary of what you purchase and take time to compare your options if budget is a factor.
Living Room Decor Ideas
You likely spend a lot of time in your living room. Whether it’s relaxing with your family or entertaining friends, this room needs to be a functional and cozy space that’s able to transition easily. If you’re looking to make a statement in your living room, consider combining old with new by blending furniture shapes with fresh colours and modern finishes like rose gold to really make the space come alive. Looking to liven it up? Consider a fun wallpapered accent wall. Want to tone it down and create a sense of calm? Consider softer colours like grey accented by bolder furniture and textile choices.
Bathroom Decor Ideas
These days we could all use a private sanctuary, and what better place than in our own homes! Channel those spa vibes and transform your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary. Think reflective glass tiles, wooden accents, geometric shapes and plants. If you have the space, you may even consider creating a bold focal point with wall tiles, wallpaper or spa-like colours on the wall. It’s almost important not to overlook lighting, as its impact can be huge in a bathroom. Seek out unique fixtures that will give you the lighting effects you like best, consider the shadows they cast and factor in the type of light you want in different areas of your space.
Laundry Room Decor Ideas
Laundry doesn’t exactly exude joyous vibes, but that doesn’t mean your laundry room has to be as drab as the chore tends to be. Often these spaces are much smaller than a regular room so while you want to add some vibrance, you also don’t want to go overboard throwing trends around in a tiny space. Consider something simple like a unique flooring option or even a colourful wallpaper accent wall behind the machines to inject some personality. Don’t overlook the value of storage or surface area in this space. Take advantage of every square inch you have with cupboards, wall nooks, open shelving and don’t forget to give yourself a clothesline for air drying. If you don’t have a lot of natural light in your laundry room, you should also consider light fixture options and placement so you can ensure your space is well lit and functional at any time of the day, even if it isn’t naturally bright.
Kitchen Home Decor Ideas
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so make sure yours is cozy, functional and inviting. If you’re looking to give yours a little personality upgrade without breaking the bank, consider switching out the cabinet hardware, installing new light fixtures, finding new textiles and incorporating countertop decor in the accent colour(s) of your choosing.
Basement Home Decor Ideas
Basements can be dark, uninviting spaces, but they don’t have to be! If you’re lacking natural light in this area, brighten up your space with proper lighting, colourful accents and faux plants to bring the outside in. Basements can be a lot of different things to different people. For some they are storage spaces, for others they provide an extra living area. Some basements incorporate additional bedrooms, laundry rooms or are the ideal spot to hang out with friends and entertain. Whatever your basement is to you, consider how the space will function and aim to decorate it accordingly. Think about what decor you can incorporate to suit your desired vibe and have fun with it!
Bedroom Home Decor Ideas
Bedrooms tend to be an extension of our personality. They’re our own private space and as such, we decorate them accordingly. The right home decor can help you create your own relaxing retreat where you can unwind after a long day. Think about which colours make you feel relaxed and use that as inspiration for any accent pieces you might incorporate or new paint you might choose. Make it a point not to crowd all your surfaces with knickknacks as too many items can make the space feel smaller and cluttered. You may also consider incorporating plants into your bedroom as studies have shown that constantly being around plants (real or fake) helps people feel more calm and relaxed, thus decreasing levels of anxiety.