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Colour Theory 101: A main floor renovation in Little Portugal hits all the right notes

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Colour Theory 101: A main floor renovation in Little Portugal hits all the right notes

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, and revisit those lessons on colour theory from high school art class; I promise this detour will be quick. Everyone knows that the primary colours are blue, red and yellow. Secondary colours are made by mixing two primary colours together: purple, orange, and green. Tertiary colours are made by (you guessed it), mixing one primary colour and one secondary colour together.

Opposites attract

Now that we’ve got those three terms straight, let’s move on to complementary colours. One common misconception about complementary colours is that they are similar colours. When we say “complementary,” we are actually referring to two colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel. A complementary colour pairing is made up of one primary colour, and one secondary colour that was made without the primary colour it is paired with. The pairs are blue and orange, red and green, and yellow and purple. Scientifically speaking, complementary colours simultaneously stimulate different parts of the eye, which is why we find the combination so appealing. It’s a natural example of opposites attracting. When we are describing similar colours, the technical term is “analogous” colours. They are groups of three colours that are next to each other on the proverbial colour wheel. An example of a trio would be blue, teal and green.

Mood-enhancing hues

Now that we are up to speed on our colour theory, let’s apply it! This is the fun part. First of all, don’t get hung up on the colour of the year. Rather, think about the colours that evoke the atmosphere you want to create in your space. Some may find peace in darker, more dramatic hues, while others find solace in brighter spaces with varying shades of analogous colours. The latter was the case for our client’s ground-floor renovation in Little Portugal. The main goal for the space was to open it up by removing the partition walls. In doing this, we shifted the location of the kitchen toward the back of the home to provide a more formal living/dining space at the front of the house, and a family room right off the kitchen at the back of the house.

Family heirloom plays a new tune

One of the major influences in this design was finding a way to transform the client’s family piano. The piano was no longer in great musical shape, but it had been in the family for decades, so it was an important piece of family history that needed to be preserved. The piano was lovingly disassembled, and the salvaged pieces of mahogany were stripped and sanded, revealing a beautifully rich reddish-orange wood. The family heirloom was then reconfigured into a functional and original desk in the kitchen. Considering the open-concept floorplan, we chose a classic white-and-grey paint combination for the kitchen cabinetry. To add a hit of timeless contrast, we selected a moonstone marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern.

Colour’s transformative power

Knowing that blue and orange are complementary colours, it is no surprise that the hints of blue found in the backsplash, as well as the undertones in the dark grey colour of the island, are the perfect pairing for our custom mahogany piano desk. The vibrant runners are an excellent way to add colour and pattern to the neutral backdrop of the walls and cabinetry. By simply changing the runners, some accessories, and the artwork, the colour story of this space was completely transformed, without another major renovation.

If you are like me, and constantly thinking about your next design project, take the time to consider the colour story of your home, because great spaces are carefully and selectively curated to present a cohesive story from the foyer to the back door, and everything in between. Now for your homework – because I have to give you the full high school experience – do a little colour soul searching; discover what colours empower you, energize you, console you, and then create your new space with unapologetic conviction.

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KITCHEN CABINETRY PAINT: Chantilly Lace OC-65, Midnight 2131-20 Benjamin Moore KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS: Noble Grey from Caesarstone KITCHEN BACKSPLASH: Moonstone Herringbone from Creekside Tile KITCHEN CABINETS: Merlo Woodworking WOOD FLOORING: Bistro Collection, Maple French Roast, Fuzion Flooring

Natalie Venalainen is a Senior Designer at Men at Work Design-Build.

She has 10 years of industry experience and has won several awards including the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s top 30 under 30 design professionals across North America in 2018.


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Product Showcase: Paint

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Paint

IN LIVING COLOUR

Here’s a very simple way to use Chalk Paint in English Yellow in your home! Jelena Pticek, former Annie Sloan Painter in Residence and now a Toronto Stockist at Poppyseed Creative Living, let yellow do the talking and styled this sweet dresser with her unique collection of retro kitsch props to add interest. See page 16 in Home Finds for a step-by-step guide to using the paint.

CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

Natura paint by Beauti-Tone offers outstanding performance, exceptional value and it’s environmentally responsible. Available in flat, eggshell and pearl, it is 100 per cent acrylic and has virtually no odour, is mildew-resistant and it’s a paint and primer in one. So, pull out your painting paraphernalia and clear your conscience, paint that kitchen or bath, or any room in your home including a baby’s nursery. Natura is simply the perfectly responsible paint.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE

For enduring beauty, this Benjamin Moore Arborcoat waterproof exterior stain is paint like no other. It preserves decking, fencing and siding in a range of opacities and colours. Stop by Village Paint & Wallpaper at 4949 Dundas W. in Etobicoke, or visit the website.

VILLAGE PAINT

BEHR MARQUEE INTERIOR EGGSHELL ENAMEL

MARQUEE is Behr’s most advanced paint and primer ever, delivering exceptional hide and stain resistance plus highperformance one-coat hide in more than 1,000 interior colours and over 800 exterior colours. Its unique formulation saves you time and energy to quickly finish a project in just one coat, plus it offers excellent durability and mildew resistance.

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THE SMART WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL HOME

Spray-Net is the new way to paint your home. With their patented technology, they formulate a custom coating for brick, stucco, siding, front and garage doors, and window frames. Spray-Net engineers a unique paint for each surface and every painting condition. Don’t settle for conventional painting. Choose the next generation — the smart way to a beautiful home.

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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

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Easy, breezy, cottage style, create that relaxed, casual look in your city home

Photography by Jason Hartog

Summer days are the things that dreams are made of. Long and lazy weekends curled up with a book by a window, or soaking up the sun’s rays on a lounger outdoors. It’s certainly my favourite time of year. It’s when the weekend warriors brave the traffic and head out of the city for fresh air and cool lakes. Whether you have a summer retreat of your own, or simply want to create the cottage vibe in your own home, here are my favourite ways to bring easy, breezy cottage style to your decor.

Freshen it up with a coat of white paint

For walls, light and bright is always right. My go-to wall colour is Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. It’s bright and fresh but still feels warm.

White paint works on any wall and acts as a great blank canvas for pops of colour. Summer is all about colour, so you can go bold in your colour choices everywhere else and they will POP against the white backdrop.

“BLUE IS HANDS-DOWN THE FRESHEST WAY TO CREATE A CRISP COTTAGE ESTHETIC.”

Incorporate natural wood tones

I always say that a touch of wood is a must in any decor, but this is especially true of a cottage. I love to add the warmth of wood with hardwood flooring or a vintage wood table. The wood accents also help to balance all those white walls by adding character and warmth.

When in doubt, use blue

Blue is my hue. Summer homes need a little pop of colour but if you’re too shy to pick one, or worried your choice won’t work, you can never fail with blue. In my mind, blue is hands-down the freshest way to create a crisp cottage esthetic. I love nautical navy but aqua and robin’s egg blues work, too. Layer in this colour with art, pillows and even lighting.

Add vintage finds

Vintage furniture and decor add a casual and comfortable vibe. This is the perfect time of year to go to antique markets or simply wander consignment stores for the perfect vintage piece of furniture. Not only does it add loads of personality and tell a story, but it’s easy on the environment too. Sustainability is important to consider and finding unique and fine objects at a local antique fair will be a great conversation starter for those summer soirees.

Use natural textiles

Nothing says easy, breezy cottage style more than white and neutral fabrics blowing in the wind. Textiles such as cotton, wool and jute add a relaxed feel. It’s okay if they wrinkle or aren’t perfect. That’s the idea!

If you are like me, you truly appreciate getting out of the big city from time to time to enjoy a slower pace of life, but it’s not always possible. So why not create that casual weekend vibe all summer long right in your own home? Just remember to slow down the pace and maximize the fun factor.

Designer Rebecca Hay is principal of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc., a Toronto-based Design firm specializing in classically livable family homes. Offering complete decorating and renovating services for over a decade, Rebecca and her team manage all of the details from start to finish. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca is an active YouTuber, you can also follow her daily design adventures on Instagram. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, Muskoka and throughout Canada. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

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HOME is where the kitchen island is

HOME is where the kitchen island is

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HOME is where the kitchen island is

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

A High Park kitchen trades in its peninsula for a family-friendly island.

An open-plan kitchen is the epicentre for modern living. It has merged living, dining, work and play into one great space, and the kitchen island is command central.

Long gone are the days of the peninsula – making an island fit into your plan by any means very necessary! Our lives revolve around this proverbial island whether or not the home has the luxury of a separate dining room. We cook, eat, laugh and sometimes, even shed a few tears at this central gathering point. The notion of formal sit-down dinners is almost a thing of the past. We are willing to forego that formal space to make room for our busy, multi-faceted modern lifestyle.

Make a statement

The great room plays many different roles, and as such, we want our kitchens to blend into the living space. One of the ways to successfully do this is to incorporate cabinetry that resembles furniture, more so than one may expect for a typical kitchen cabinet.

The materials and colour palettes we are exploring for our kitchen spaces are getting more daring, slowly moving away from a neutral palette, and allowing statement colours, tones and textures to make a permanent appearance.

Lighting schemes are becoming increasingly more prominent and hi-tech, with the ability to alter the whole ambience of a space with the touch of a button on your mobile device.

Let’s talk about the dollars and cents for a moment; your kitchen is the best investment you can make in your home, not only for resale, but for the sheer enjoyment of your day-to-day life. Knowing how to maximize what is often the limited space of your old-Toronto home is a challenging task. Our High Park project is a prime example of a traditional old-Toronto home with a closed-off kitchen, which provided poor circulation throughout the ground floor, as well as a lack of natural light – did we mention that it had a peninsula?

Space & view enhancements

The homeowners had previously invested in their west-facing rear yard, but could barely see the beauty of their gardens from their small kitchen windows. The task at hand for our Design Build team was to respect the historical period of this Edwardian home, and bring the kitchen into the 21st century, all the while monitoring the budget.

A small addition over the existing basement staircase provided the opportunity for glazing across the entire rear facade of the kitchen, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

An island almost 10-feet long that could accommodate the family of five was the starting point of the kitchen plan. Existing architectural features, such as the stained-glass bay window, were also a key element to the kitchen design. The paint colour, Forest Black Green by Benjamin Moore, used on the cabinetry grounds the light tones of the natural limestone floors.

A servery by the doorway to the dining room plays double-duty for entertaining formally in the dining room, and preparing breakfast on the daily.

Heightened functionality

Deploying clever planning and organizational tips to ensure adequate storage needs were met allows for the open-shelving above the servery, which is not only functional, but showcases a collection of the homeowners’ curated accessories making the space uniquely theirs.

An abundance of marble shapes the focal points of the space, from the Quartize Nuage countertops in the kitchen to a striking black Belvedere marble countertop on the servery, signposts a change of function and invites a new texture into the overall design.

Updating this kitchen also meant investing in home automation; automated blinds, kitchen appliances and even music create that perfect mood, and are of course all easily controlled by your smart device.

If you are dreaming about an escape to your own island, consider what “home” really means to you, and we guarantee you will find that home is where your kitchen island is.

SOURCES: KITCHEN COUNTER MARBLE: Quartize Nuage, CIOT SERVERY COUNTERTOP: Belvedere marble, Olympia CABINETRY PAINT: Forest Black Green, Benjamin Moore WALL PAINT: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

Natalie Venalainen is a Senior Designer at Men at Work Design-Build. She has 10 years of industry experience and has won several awards including the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s top 30 under 30 design professionals across North America in 2018.

Claire Muldrew is a Designer at Men At Work Design-Build. Claire has a B.A in Architecture & Design and a profound interest in how the interior environment shapes our everyday living.


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

National Home Show 2019 preview

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National Home Show 2019 preview

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:
What’s Your Design Dilemma

Enercare Centre from March 8 to 17, 2019

Thinking of tackling that big renovation project this spring? Looking at sprucing up the décor in your home? Before you do anything, come visit the design experts at Design Intervention. Bring your photos, samples and floor plans to booth 4118 and book your free 15 minute consultation!

This year’s feature is being designed by Catherine-Lucie Horber.

Catherine is principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd., a firm dedicated to creating distinctive and personal lifestyle-based interiors, designed to enhance how you live with understated, yet elegant and affordable luxury.

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Designers taking part in Design Intervention:

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 3p.m. – 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13 – 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 14 – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 8 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 9 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 16 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 15 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 11 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Be sure to catch Catherine-Lucie Horber and her business partner Mirna Mensour of Posh Revived on stage on March 12 & 15 at 1 p.m.


Show Special!

Vanities from Posh Revived, Hardware from Handle this and a FREE design consult from Catherine-Lucie Horber! Click here for more details.


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Top tips for making a home office

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Top tips for making a home office

I recently created a gorgeous bedroom space that incorporated a home office. Here are my top tops when creating multi-use spaces.

All hard working mamas and papas deserve a beautiful bed. After a hard day of raising kids, working outside and inside the home, moms and dads are tired. So invest in a beautiful bed!

This Wayfair bed does not disappoint; it is soft, plush and elegant. I love the tufted headboard and the drama the wingback headboard adds. Plus, this was a great value; I have spent upwards of $4,000 on custom upholstered, storage beds so getting this one for less than $2,000 is just fabulous.

A beautiful bed needs a quality mattress. Here we used the award winning Casper mattress. I also chose Casper’s sheet and duvet set in a crisp white. A bonus, they deliver right to your door and arrive within days of ordering.

Once your bed is taken care of, designate the spot for the office. I opted for custom millwork here to utilize every square inch of storage I could. Going custom allowed us to paint the desk this gorgeous turquoise colour, Benjamin Moore Waterfall 2050- 50.

Photos By Dann Tardiff

Take note of the brass, hand-cast cabinet pulls from Toronto entrepreneur Shayne Fox. They’re like jewellery on this desk.

Every desk needs a chair, and this chair is a game changer. It literally felt like a hug for my lower back and pelvis. The CoreChair is an ergonomic active sitting chair that provides optimal support while introducing movement into your workday. This chair needs to be in homes and offices everywhere.

Add your personality! This is important regardless of the kind of space you are creating; it has to reflect you and your unique personality. Here I just had to add elements like this Metrie door painted Benjamin Moore Yellow Highlighter 2021-40. To ensure this was the focal point, I kept the adjacent sliding closet doors in white to ensure some balance.

Again, to ensure the space didn’t feel too overwhelming with all the vibrant pops, I wrapped the room in Metrie’s tongue and groove paneling and painted it Benjamin Moore Decorate White CC-20. I love interior mouldings — they provide such a beautiful textural element to any space.

Every bedroom needs to feel cosy and comfortable, which is why I added ample blankets and pillows in a variety of textures, all within our colour palette to stay harmonious, and displayed them on this ladder from Bouclair. Lighting also makes a big impact in the room, with a stunning modern chandelier, also from Bouclair, adding an architectural element.

Lastly, the fun accessories. I picked up this tray and yellow pen holder at Bouclair, where it’s easy to come home with a carful of fun, well-priced accessories. I love the painterly element of this tray and on trend rope detail.

Lisa Canning is a parenting, interior design and lifestyle expert in Toronto where she lives with her husband and seven children, ages nine and under.

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GTA Home + Reno Show 2019

RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

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RENO & DECOR presents Design Intervention at the GTA Home & Reno Show 2019

From Feb. 15 to 18, 2019 at the International Centre, RENO & DECOR Magazine presents: Design Intervention. Bring your photos, floorplans and samples down to booth #263 and book your free 15 minute consultation with one of our design professionals. The consultations run every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This year’s feature is being designed by Daneyka Lazier of DL Arch + Design.

Toronto-based designer Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle and specializes in improving the functionality of small spaces.

Lazier was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, located in Central America, and now lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto. Since a very early age her passion has been focused on visual arts, architecture and interior design. The challenge of solving design and planning problems with creative approaches that have attractive aesthetic has continually pushed her to be an expert in her field.

Lazier has a wide range of previous experience, including working as a furniture designer, an interior decorator and a commercial designer for a major Canadian bank. She also holds an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology from George Brown College and attended the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) for Interior Design. Lazier currently sits on the board of directors of the Toronto chapter of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada and is a part-time professor at the Interior Design Technology program at George Brown College.

For more information, visit DL Arch + Design.


Thanks to our booth sponsors:


Design Intervention Appearance Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – noon – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17 – 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Stop by our booth #263 and fill out your ballot for a chance to win a FREE custom vanity countertop, sink and faucet!

Vanity Countertop & Sink generously supplied by:

A custom-made vanity countertop up to 6 linear feet (72″), with a 3/4″ thick eased profile Edge(as seen in photo), or an 1 1/4″ thick edge profile.

A Latitude CAD Technician will make a digital template of the winner’s cabinet- within the GTAand Latitude will fabricate the vanity countertop (of their choice) ready for pick up within 10 business days.

Purchaser can select from any colour in our vast inventory of Caesarstone, Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and other Engineered Quartz.

Purchasers will have a choice of either a Rectangular or an Oval shaped, white ceramic undermount sink. the sink will be mounted to the countertop by Latitude.

Latitude will prepare the countertop with faucet holes for the winner’s faucet. (Faucet is not included with the custom vanity and sink.)

Retail value of the vanity countertop, sink, digital template:
$ 925 – $1200 + H.S.T

Faucet generously supplied by:

Riobel is proud to present its newest powder room collection: Ciclo, a perfect balance between technical and design aspects in faucetry.

The faucets in this new collection are offered in four finishes: chrome, brushed chrome, brushed gold and black, with three different types of handles: plain, fluted and knurled.

Retail value of faucet: $820*

* Price subject to change depending on the finishes, sizes and models.

 

 

Contest open to residents of Ontario only. Winner will be drawn at random by February 20, 2019. Winner will be notified by email. By entering this contest you agree to receive emails from HOMES Publishing Group.


Pleased to announce that R&D design contributor REBECCA HAY will be on stage at the GTA Home + Reno Show.

COOKING UP SOME STYLE IN 2019

After working as a designer behind the scenes on several HGTV shows, designer Rebecca Hay will reveal how to survive and create your functional kitchen. If you’re considering an upcoming kitchen or home renovation in 2019, come see Rebecca and find out three key strategies on how to navigate and have a successful renovation that does not compromise on style or functionality.

She will be on the main stage;

Friday, February 15 at 4 p.m., and
Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m.

 


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10 common misconceptions about paint

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10 common misconceptions about paint

Benjamin Moore common misconceptions about paint

Homeowners are likely familiar with the many misconceptions about painting such as: trim and ceilings can only be painted white, or dark paint colours make a room look smaller. The truth is, there are many misconceptions about paint and Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, Sharon Grech, explains 10 of the most common misconceptions and why they’re false.

 

1: Ceilings must be white

There’s no need to shy away from using colour for your ceiling, says Grech. “If you’re going with a neutral colour for the walls and trim, a colourful ceiling can really bring a space to life.” For example, adding a light green ceiling such as Benjamin Moore Soft Fern 2144-40 in a high gloss finish to an all-white kitchen can add interest, or opt for a pop of colour in a neutral low light bathroom with a red ceiling in Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red 2003-10.

 

2: Dark colours make a room feel small

It is a very common belief that dark colours make a room feel smaller, when in reality they add character and create a perception of depth. “Dark wall colours tend to blur the edges of a room, which can make a space appear larger,” says Grech. Of course, how we “feel” in a room has more to do with mood, than size, so consider that a darker colour will generally feel more intimate and cozier while a paler colour more fresh and serene.

 

3: Too much white is uninviting

Contrary to popular belief, white can soften, soothe and even warm up a room. According to Grech, “if you chose the right white for the space, paying attention to its undertones, and complement it with both pattern and texture, a “white” space can feel warm and welcoming or cool and contemporary.” Tried and true whites such as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Decorator’s White CC-20 maintain just enough warmth that they don’t appear stark or come across as yellow.

 

4: Every wall should be the same colour

Believe it or not, adding more than one colour to a space with the use of an accent wall has many benefits. “An accent wall is an economical design solution that can add character and depth to elevate and accentuate key elements of the home,” says Grech. Just a little colour goes a long way to define a separate zone in a room or act as a divider without adding walls or repositioning furniture. The key to maintaining harmony is repetition and is as simple as repeating the accent colour in small touches throughout adjacent rooms with accessories and artwork.

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5: Any neutral tone will work with a small space

While neutral colours seem like the safest choice, not every neutral paint colour is the right fit for a small space. It’s important to look around your room and determine if your furnishings and textiles have warm or cool undertones. Warm undertones, like yellows and reds, pair best with creamy or sandy neutrals, where furnishings with blue or violet undertones pair best with greyer neutrals. “Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, is a very balanced neutral grey with the ability to work well with both!” says Grech.

 

6: Trims must be white

Just like ceilings, trims don’t have to be white for colours to work together. This is especially true with door trims, says Grech. “A coloured trim against a neutral wall will showcase a room’s unique architecture. Or consider a graphic outline effect by painting the baseboards and door trim a contrasting colour like black in a white room or hallway.”

 

7: Paint can be applied with any brush or roller

There are several things to consider before painting a new space including the application tools. “If you are using a water-based paint such as acrylic or latex, it is best to use a synthetic hair brush. A natural bristle brush is better for oil-based paints,” says Grech. “Rollers with a higher pile nap such as 15mm are best for lower sheen paints while glossier paints are applied more easily with a low nap roller. It’s best to check with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer for the correct brush and product pairings.”

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8: White is not appropriate for a kitchen

Although white may not seem like the most practical paint choice for the most stain prone space in the home, painting a kitchen white can instantly brighten and energize the room. White is like a blank canvas that allows homeowners to be more creative and colourful with kitchen appliances, backsplashes and countertops. “I always recommend Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa for kitchens and bathrooms as it is our most durable matte finish paint that stands up to humidity and mess-prone areas like the kitchen,” says Grech.

 

9: Paint and primer are one in the same

Think of primer like a protective adhesive for your paint. “Applying the appropriate primer is crucial to delivering long lasting, exceptional results,” says Grech. Design choices like the finish of a given paint colour can also be affected by preparation with a primer. “High sheen finish will highlight imperfections on a wall, so it’s critical to sand the wall smooth if necessary and prime prior to painting.” Work with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer to ensure you are selecting the right product and finish.

 

10: Any good quality paint can work in a bathroom

Bathrooms are typically one of the most humid rooms in the home and can cause certain paints to break apart, resulting in surfactant leaching and accelerated mildew growth. So, traditionally, it was recommended to use a high gloss or even oil-based paint in the bathroom. “With Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa, you can now enjoy a smooth, matte finish even in the bathroom. It is ideal for high-humidity environments because it’s mildew resistant and stands up to repeated washing with no colour rub-off,” says Grech.

 

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Colour Trends for 2019

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Announcing the choices for 2019 Colour of the Year from three of the top paint brands in Canada.


BENJAMIN MOORE

Benjamin Moore named Metropolitan, a stylish grey with cool undertones, as its Colour of the Year.

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan exudes beauty and balance,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence. “It’s a colour in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

The company also unveiled its Colour Trends 2019, a corresponding palette of 15 harmonious hues that further amplify the cultured grace of Metropolitan. Ranging from ethereal neutrals to frothy pinks to rich blues and greens.

Emphasizing the calming role grey plays in society, the Colour Trends 2019 colour card illustrates how to capture the coveted feeling of restorative quiet in any setting. Elements include the blending of heathered greys and soft linens to create an enveloping haze in a living room; utilizing reflective metallic accents and easygoing neutrals to add a comforting factor to a sleek kitchen; and creating a dose of modest allure to an elegant entryway by coating the walls, doors and trim in a bold navy blue.

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PPG

The most impactful colour trends for the upcoming year will be closely tied to nature, according to the colour experts at PPG, and the PPG paint brand’s 2019 Colour of the Year, Night Watch is leading the way. Hand-selected by PPG’s global colour experts, this rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green will be at the forefront of design trends in 2019, and it allows homeowners to emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature in their spaces.

“The restorative power of nature is important in society now more than ever,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager. “Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through colour. The dark green hue pulls our memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.”

“Night Watch’s ability to invoke a deep connection to nature is universal, which allows the hue to be versatile for a variety of spaces and design segments – from healthcare to commercial and residential design,” adds Schlotter. “The colour can be incorporated into interiors as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room, and it pairs nicely with gold or brass accents and décor. It can be especially impactful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors, like the end of a windowless hallway of a hospital. For exteriors, Night Watch is a gorgeous alternative to the trending black or deepest blue-black, and it works well as an accent on doors and shutters.”

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BEAUTI-TONE

Beauti-Tone is taking a more dramatic look at 2019 with the release of its Simon Chang 2019-20 Trend Colour Collection. Made up of 24 hues, some traditional, some contemporary — and some that are downright edgy — this collection features many shades that are even deeper, richer and more intense than on previous Beauti-Tone trend colour cards.

“Much like the way we Canadians are embracing our individuality and flexing our muscles when it comes to our independence, this colour collection sets the tone for being different and setting yourself apart. Out of the ordinary is the new normal,” says Bev Bell, creative director, Beauti-Tone, a division of Home Hardware Stores.

Canadians are embracing luscious, saturated colours, experimenting more and finding joy and excitement when it all works well.

“Nothing helps the psyche more than to add a bit of edginess, and to love the result,” adds Bell.

While many of the colours can be used to paint an entire room, others, like Beauti-Tone’s Colour of the Year, Tropic of Conversation are fun to play with, either as an accent wall, on furniture pieces and interior doors, or hidden spots like inside closets or drawers.

“This bold colour choice is an homage to our positively powerful state of mind,” says Bell.

Tropic of Conversation is full of warmth, joy and positive energy. This vibrant orange hue is easy to engage with.

“I just love this colour because it is saturated in positivity,” enthuses Bell. Not intended to stand alone, it is a very social colour, beautiful to pair with softer or muted tones for maximum impact.

This is the sixth colourful collaboration between Canadian style icon Simon Chang and the design experts at Beauti-Tone, one of Canada’s largest Canadian-owned paint manufacturers. “Finding influence from the runway and taking inspiration from decor trends such as natural wood, classic whites, luxe high sheen fabrics and metal finishes,” says Simon Chang, “we created a collection of fashion-forward hues that are approachable, full of character and meant to expand your comfort zone.”

Beauti-Tone’s Simon Chang 2019/20 Trend Colour Collection colours and colour cards are available exclusively at Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre locations across Canada.

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