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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

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Design: Use Neutrals to Add Life to Your Home

by Linda Mazur

Working in a neutral palette is far from boring these days.

With all the wonderful textures and patterns we have to play with, staying neutral can, in fact, be a very wise design choice that allows you to create a timeless living space while still injecting great interest and personality.

When working in neutrals, texture is an important element to consider; it is a wonderful addition to any space, and a great little design secret. Texture has the ability to add both powerful and subtle dimension to any space. Today we have so much more to choose from, especially in the world of fabrics. Think lush velvets, rich silks, and beautifully coarsely woven linens in shades of soft cream with a light wash of pale gold for added dimension. Pair this with an abundance of wonderful patterns, whether geometric or floral, vintage or modern. One great fabric supplier I like to consistently work with is Alendel Fabrics. They offer a wide range of fantastic fabrics to select from when working in neutrals. But maintaining a neutral palette in design is not just about fabrics. To continue working with neutral, as well as texture and pattern, look to incorporate great naturals woods, marbles or perhaps some richly antiqued metals, all very “en pointe” for 2017 and a great way to add personality to your rooms.

Neutral palettes are applicable to so many different design styles, whether modern, classically traditional, cottage or rustic, just to name a few. Today, with the addition of great pattern play and a multitude of rich textures, our once “boring” neutral rooms take on a new look that is full of life.

Beige isn’t boring after all

As a designer I enjoy working with neutrals when designing for my clients. Creating spaces that are timeless offers my clients the flexibility to change up their look with ease.Think of a neutral palette as a stepping stone to an abundant amount of design possibilities. Whether designing a main living space, bathroom or kitchen, staying in a neutral palette opens up a world of options that are far from uninteresting. So look to layer up your patterns and blend in some great textures to watch your space come alive. Just remember, pattern play and texture affect all aspects of your living spaces, not just your furniture or drapery. Include your flooring and walls when thinking pattern and texture, whether it’s just a simple area rug or new herringbone patterned flooring for a bit of a vintage inspiration. To incorporate your walls into the mix the choices you have today are endless. From wallpaper and barn-board clad walls, to custom paint finishes mimicking aged metals, your walls are a feature that should not be forgotten.

A neutral palette can create a calm, warm and inviting space for you. It’s a classic and timeless approach to design that can be far more dramatic than dull. So, when planning your next project, consider the charm of a neutral palette. With the addition of some inspiring textures and patterns, it might be just what you’re looking for.

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colour Your World

Design: Colour Your World

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Design: Colour Your World

by Linda Mazur

Spring is here bringing with it a plethora of colour to brighten our world outside.

But it also brings the desire to change and refresh our homes. Satisfy that desire for change by bringing an inspirational colour scheme to your own living space and create a fresh new look and feel in your home.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com

This year’s array of popular colours are not only inspiring but easy to work with. Soft olive greens, cheerful bright yellows, soft pink, burnt corals, dusky blues and of course a crisp white to name a few. Adding colour to our lives this can be easier than you think. Of course there is the usual beautiful bunch of fresh florals that will brighten up any dull space, but what about the colourful array of new fabrics that we are seeing this season. Lightweight airy linens in an abundance of colours are just the thing to replace those heavy drapes on your windows and offer a light fresh feel to any living space. Select a soft blue for a cool crisp feel in your room, or perhaps this seasons shades of corals and yellows are more to your liking. Either way you will start to see colour emerge and your room come to life. A great resource for fabrics with new colour collections this season is Alendel Fabrics.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

But don’t just stop at fabrics, there are many great ways to inject colour into our homes overall design. Victoria + Albert has introduced a popular range of external colour tones to help consumers coordinate their bathroom decor In addition to their original highgloss white ENGLISHCAST finish, the brand is now offering distinctive classic shades of grey and warm dark tones available in their entire line of freestanding tubs, basins and vanity furniture. Mid-tone neutrals like Stone or Light Grey strikes a happy balance between strong and soft that works in the bathroom. Make a strong statement with their bold new dark tones: Gloss Black and Anthracite, sure to enliven any space. Using a standout dark tone will make a neutral bathroom memorable — because “anything goes with black. ” So look to retire your tired “beige tones” for an inspirational sophisticated blend of colours, pattern and texture.

CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com
CAPTION: Photo courtesy of Vandabaths.com

Here are some of my tips to inject some easy colour into your home

  1. Paint is always a great place to start. Any “weekend-warrior” can easily liven up a room with a gallon of paint.
  2. Wallpaper is a fantastic way to inject life into your room. With an abundant selection of patterns and colours, you’re sure to make a great impact. Check out my favourite brand, Farrow & Ball.
  3. Be bold in your selections and use of colour. If you love a particular colour but are unsure, use it in smaller doses as an accent instead of on a larger scale.
  4. Add a black element to your mix. It doesn’t always need to be a big item — a black lampshade or another accessory accent; by doing this you clarify and enhance all the other colours in the space.
CAPTION: Photos courtesy of AlendelFabrics.com

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017

GTA Home & Reno Show 2017 – ReCap

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GTA Home & Reno Show 2017 – ReCap

This past GTA Home and Reno Show was a great launch to this year’s renovation season.  We were the proud designer of Reno & Decor’s Design Intervention booth that not only hosted many talented designer friends but also many of you seeking design advice for your projects.  We took our cue from small space design for this year’s booth featuring many of the current inspirational trends and colours.

We enjoyed working with the Reno & Decor staff who have made this a fun and rewarding experience.  I’d also like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors for their dedication and participation:  Casa Life, Quartex Surfaces, Alendel Fabrics, Cardoza Custom Woodworking, Renwil, Eventful PR, Specialty House Manufacturing, Ruth Baker Design, Artistic Stone Design, Benjamin Moore and Bousada Flooring.  

Here’s hoping the home show was inspirational and happy renovating! 

RENO & DECOR booth designer was Linda Mazur. Linda is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience, this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.


Photography by Larry Arnal and Josh Rosset

 


Design Intervention: We would like to thank the following experts who were on hand for free 15-minute consultations advising on design, decor and reno concerns:


RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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