Interior Design Show West at Vancouver Convention Centre highlights beauty and practicality

From lighting to flooring, the Interior Design Show West covered all aspects of home décor on opening night Thursday. Compared to last month’s Home and Interior Design show, this exhibition took a more elaborate, artistic approach to showcasing designers and their creations. In the corner of the vast Vancouver Convention Centre showroom, a DJ synthesized strong background beats. Acrobatic entertainers made appearances throughout the night for a chic visual treat.

The show runs from October 14 to 17. This weekend, attendees can look forward to interactive entertainment with leading experts in the field. Interior design enthusiasts who missed out on Thursday’s show can stop by tonight at 7 pm to see Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe from Sarah’s House on HGTV. On Saturday and Sunday check out the other home design gurus who can help you find your inner Martha.

As we toured exhibits last night, the designs that really jumped out were those with a practical edge.

If you find yourself living in a tiny urban apartment, you can ‘go green’ by hanging a garden orb.

Or, in more suburban areas, you can even green up your whole patio and incorporate funky wooden blocks as chairs!

To brighten up a room, a pendant lamp will project decorative patterns onto walls or the ceiling.

Looking for rustic, romantic cottage furniture? How about a raw-cut hardwood table?

Be sure to check out this simple, yet practical, wine rack.

Or this cozy, tented patio couch.

For those who want to play up a children's room, we've found just the right thing for you - 3-D animals that emerge from the wall.


To take your bedroom or living room to another level on the creativity scale, introduce pixelated artwork to the space.

Being bold does not always go hand in hand with the über trendy. If you like your fashion understated, you'll be sure to admire the incorporation of cork into some common furniture pieces - an up and coming design niche!

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