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3 tips to make your home chic, functional and family-friendly

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3 tips to make your home chic, functional and family-friendly

Every young family dreams of having it all – a chic home that does double duty as a kid-friendly environment. But for most bustling households, a sophisticated design aesthetic can often be overlooked in favour of elements that can survive the wear and tear of a family. It may be a daunting task to try and combine the best of both worlds – fashion and function – but it is possible to create a family-friendly living space that is sophisticated and still accommodates a range of ages, activities and interests.

How can a growing family create a sophisticated and stylish home environment that is sippy-cup friendly? Scavolini Toronto’s design team takes us through a recent redesign that is chic, liveable, and highly functional, and shares their top designer tips for replicating the look at home.

1 Consider a multi-functional open floorplan

Apart from making a home look more spacious, the benefits of an open floorplan are endless. To accommodate a bustling family’s lifestyle, an open concept kitchen and living area can serve as a multipurpose space. It’s great for weeknight cooking and dining, playing and after school homework, and can also easily transition into hosting and entertaining mode on weekends.

In order to ensure this kitchen was highly functional, two separate seating areas were designed to offer flexible dining areas for various occasions. A large island takes centre stage here, creating a place to entertain, relax and gather as a family – or for parents to sip wine while dinner simmers nearby when guests visit. A beautiful stone bench was also added to offer more casual seating, while a formal glass table is nestled along the kitchen wall to host both sit down family-style dinners, or dinner parties.

The integrated living room helps extend this transitional space, creating a nearby lounge area for TV watching or a play area for the kids, and then can transform into a cocktail or hosting space after bedtime. By bringing in design elements of the kitchen, like keeping the look of the cabinets consistent, extra storage is added so the living area can be multi-functional, while hiding clutter in a flash. Flexible, hardworking cabinetry is a great way add style and conceal mess.

Thanks to an open concept living and kitchen area, a family really can do it all in a space that is sophisticated enough to host social gatherings, yet functional enough to withstand playtime.

2 Choose a colour palette and decor that can transition and grow with you

Keeping your colour palette, furniture and decor minimal help to maintain a great looking space that is organized and clutter-free – and ensure that it can transition well as a family grows and needs change.

Deciding on your colour palette should be one of your first considerations when renovating or redecorating. From old world charm to a more modern look, a neutral colour scheme is timeless and can survive constantly evolving trends. It is also easy to retouch in the event of an occasional crayon or marker drawing incident.

Our top tip? Start with a neutral base and add in smaller colour pops through accents or accessories – like the bright yellow chairs in this dining area. These accents can be easily swapped in or out as your style needs grow and change, or as your children age. Plus, neutral walls and floors can be paired with beautiful artwork, helping to highlight favourites in your collection, or even your child’s own work.

To add in an element of old world charm, this kitchen’s backsplash and an entire wall was clad in brick, which was whitewashed to keep it feeling fresh and modern so that decor accents could take centre stage. Stainless steel accessories, including faucets and appliances, add cool factor while rich wood flooring and shelves add warmth and personality.

With accents of personal style and pops of colour, a home design can have a neutral, kid-friendly colour palette, yet still incorporate some edgy finishes. Crisp white walls reflect natural light and help make a space appear larger, while biophilic elements can provide a lively – and wellness improving – mood boost. Add in treasured accessories, like kids’ artwork or collectibles, to create stylish eye-catching accents.

3 Create smart storage solutions

Storage can make or break a family home. Not only can strategic storage solutions create a really specific and custom space, it can also ensure that clutter is non-existent. There’s no catch or loophole – it is possible to have kids and a clutter free house without going full Marie Kondo!

Struggling with where to start? Begin by taking an inventory of everything you own, especially toys, and ask yourself not only what types of things you need to store, but also how you want to live with them. What toys do you really need out in the open for easy access every day? What toys can be stored away for later use, and how much space do you need to do so?

In this particular space, a large grey and white island becomes a focal point in the kitchen, but also does double duty as a genius storage solution that clears clutter thanks to concealed shelving. The kitchen appliances are all built in, which makes for a far less bulky appearance as well. Table wears are stored in sleek drawers rather than hidden away in enclosed cabinets, and toys can be whisked away in a flash thanks to the cabinetry in the living area.

We’re big believers that having little ones doesn’t mean you have to give up your individual style – or get rid of fancy decor items (unless they have sharp corners – then you may need to compromise). Rather, it just means you may have to make some keen design decisions to create a space that’s both chic and family friendly.

By Roxane Lolos, Senior Designer at Scavolini Toronto


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The new neutrals, blush pink and hints of gold

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The new neutrals, blush pink and hints of gold

Photography by Larry Arnal

Many newly built homes feature open-concept main floors. The kitchen, family room and dining room are visible throughout. While highly desirable, this plan leaves many new homeowners baffled when it comes to design choices. Where do you start and stop a floor pattern? Where can you add or change colour? From a design perspective, the answer is to remain calm and go neutral.

A shimmering backsplash reflects the coordinating pendant lighting and sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting.

Neutrals play well with others

Besides not taking sides in an argument: What does neutral mean? A neutral colour won’t have an effect on other colours because it doesn’t have any significant qualities of its own. Neutrals are considered colourless; like beige, ivory, grey, cream, black or white. Neutrals play well with others.

Slight touches of pink blend beautifully into the neutral palette. The punches of gold are provided by the Moen faucet, the furnishings and brushed gold accents in the lighting, knobs and drawer pulls. Jenn Air offers brushed gold bezels for the dials on their cooktop.

Use trendy colours sparingly

Most designers will treat a colour trend as just that, a trend. Used in limited amounts, you can add the latest colour to a wall and if it grows tiresome, you simply repaint. But you want to make sure fixtures (and expensive furnishings) have longevity and outlast trends. That’s where you can save money in the long term.

Create a background

By choosing flooring, tile, area rugs, large furnishings and wall colours in neutral tones that blend well together, you’re creating an “easy on the eyes” approach to your decor. That’s because there is little contrast, the eye moves through the space without stopping. Contrast makes you look.

But neutrals alone can get boring. How do you make a big impression with neutrals and pastels? We had the chance to imagine and execute a new vision for neutrals at a model home in Aurora, Ontario for Sorbara Homes. By adding layers of neutrals, a surprise blush of pink and metallic accents, we brought a restrained colour palette to life.

With each principal room visible throughout, maintaining a neutral palette and common accent colours helps create design continuity and visual harmony.

Think pink

It may not be everyone’s favourite colour, but we wanted to see if we could transform a room by adding hits of soft pink in some of the accents. The results were still soft and easy on the eyes but added a fresh element. Then, by adding lighting and furniture with accents in brass and brushed gold, the main floor was elevated to a new level of “wow.”

“By adding layers of neutrals, a surprise blush of pink and metallic accents, we brought a restrained colour palette to life.”

A calm, neutral palette benefits from hints of brushed gold and brass that frame glass tables, mirrors and the lighting. Accessorising is easy once you establish your main scheme.

Leave nothing to chance

It’s almost a seamless transition from the kitchen and pantry to the rest of the main floor. A carefully designed floor pattern of inlaid tile in the kitchen blends in tone with the quarter sawn, wire-brushed, white oak flooring throughout.

The kitchen cabinets may be white, but the island and backsplash mimic the tones in the inlaid strips of tile in the floor. The leathered granite counter is a blend of all the neutrals. The pop comes from the door handles and knobs, lighting, chairs and faucets in the kitchen and pantry. Even the bezels on the cooktop are coordinated to match.

Square-patterned tiles set into the large format tiled floor form an area “rug” around the free-standing tub.

Commit to some shine

A little bit of shine, sparkle and brightness add interest to a space, so commit to carrying it throughout an open-concept main floor. For instance, the dining room light fixture provides the gleam and only enhances the silver leaf dining table with gold inlay. Here, the only hint of pink is in the artwork.

Don’t be afraid to add a big statement light fixture in your master bedroom. A little glam is a wonderful touch, even in the private rooms of a home.

You don’t have to stop

We carried our neutral tones with pink and gold accents into the master bedroom and ensuite. The combination is alluring and restful with a touch of glam. The Macassar ebony on the custom-built bedside tables, the floral print and furniture legs provide a touch of contrast and elegance.

Heavy lifting

By using neutrals as a foundation when building a design palette, you’ll achieve a timeless, calm background. Then, when you’re ready to add some “noise,” add in the colours you love and don’t forget the shine.

Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and colour. janelockhart.com

SOURCES KITCHEN Kitchen Main Floor TILE, Marble Moon – Onyx, 12×24, ACCENT FLOOR TILE, Regal Polished, Grey, 2×12 BACKSPLASH TILE, Tavella polished polvere, 3×6 PERIMETER COUNTER, Caesarstone – Blizzard 2141 ISLAND & SERVERY COUNTER, Leathered granite, Terra Bianca CABINETRY, Perimeter uppers – Paris Kitchens –Monet profile, Dove White painted finish PERIMETER LOWERS, island, custom table & tabletop Paris Kitchens – Monet profile, Cloud grey stained finish on maple SINK, Blanco Performa U1 Silgranit, in Truffle KITCHEN FAUCET, Moen – Align, High Arc pulldown, Brushed gold HARDWARE, Berenson ‘Subtle Surge’ – Modern brushed gold APPLIANCES, Jenn Air “Rise”, LIGHTING, Plaster No.1 Pendant, Garden City Arm Sconce, Hudson Valley Lighting FLINT COUNTER STOOL, CB2 SENECA CHAIR, in Velvet Blush, Sunpan


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Big Style, Small Spaces

Transform an empty space into something fabulous

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Transform an empty space into something fabulous

When I was tasked with designing the Kingsway Village Square suites, a stunning new eight-storey luxury rental building in Etobicoke by Dunpar Homes, I knew I wanted to optimize the square footage as much as I could.

Although the specific suites I was asked to design are some of the smaller ones in the building, that doesn’t mean I had to scrimp on style or functionality. In fact, with the right eye and employing smart strategies, I was able to transform each unit into something spectacular and spacious.

Whether you’re downsizing from a home into a suite, or you’re looking for inventive ways to transform an existing room or small space, these tips are some of my best-laid plans.

Paint your walls white

The effect of colour in a home can be huge, and it plays a big part in how you dress a small space. Just like fashion, it’s a rather simple rule of thumb: Lighter colours will make you or the room look more prominent, whereas darker colours will make you or the room appear smaller.

With the Kingsway Village Square units, I kept the main living areas a beautiful neutral white – my constant, go-to colour – to give the feeling of freshness, airiness, and space. If I were to paint those walls dark, say a navy blue or anything more saturated, you’d feel a bit crowded in, and that’s not going to help make the space feel roomy. Plus, that leaves very little room to switch things up in my decor: A white palette on the walls gives me the freedom and flexibility to change my furnishings around if I so desire. The same can’t be said if I have to work with a different colour.

If you are a fan of colour, don’t feel like you have to reject it entirely, either. Use it elsewhere in your home, such as a powder room or a bedroom. Both could work really well, especially as a feature wall, or use it in your artwork or soft finishes, such as pillows, throws, and blankets.

Don’t fight with your furniture

When I walk into a room, I want my eye to wander around the entire space and not get stuck on the particular furniture I have in the area. So I used legs on the furniture. Elte Markets, a more affordable sister brand of Elte, has some fantastic pieces this season, most of which I used to furnish the model suites at Kingsway Village Square. I wanted people to walk into the suite where your eye is tricked into seeing through and under everything, because every piece is propped by some legs. No furniture is flush and heavy on the floor, each is “lifted” to create good flow and harmony in each room. There’s no heavy, massive couch that dominates the living room and goes down to the floor with a skirt. No, thank you! Each of my bedside tables in the bedroom have legs, the chairs have legs, everything has legs. It’s a small trick, but one that I promise will yield the most significant impact. Your room will instantly feel larger because of it.

Keep your overall colour palette neutral, nix all those acccessories

Whether in the kitchen, dining room or bedroom, I always steer clear of too much clutter as well as too bold colour choices, unless I’m playing around with the soft furnishings. Again, the lighter you go, and the less stuff you have, the more open your room will feel. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do think there is something to be said for having a few, choice accessories in a room as opposed to bombarding it with every one of your favourite knick-knacks. My general rule of thumb is always, for every one thing you put out, put something away.

Keep calm and carry on

I wanted to keep the kitchen as neutral as possible so it could blend seamlessly into the overall design and feel of the space, so I removed all the hardware and handles from all the cabinets. I wanted lovely, clean lines and with handles. You don’t get that, all you get is busyness. To me, it doesn’t give the impression of an inviting space. Now, I’m no modernist, but there’s something about this look that inspires the exact feeling I want: Calmness.

The same sentiment applies for the bedroom: I opted for mesh roller blinds (you could go either white or black) because the fabrication is very effervescent. They frame and balance the room well, so it isn’t too busy, and your eye isn’t drawn to fussy curtains. The black-bronze curtain rods and silver grommets help to keep the look elegant, while also not weighing down the space.

Pump up your colour with soft finishes and furnishings

For bigger pieces, whether it is a couch, bed frame or dining table, I work with lighter fabrics and lighter shades. However, one area I do play with colour is in my soft finishes and furnishings, such as artwork, duvet covers, pillows, throw blankets, accessories, and even big coffee table books. This is where you can have some fun, and it also doesn’t cost a lot. If the mood strikes where I want to switch up my space, I can do it with my soft furnishings quite easily. Williams Sonoma, IKEA, and Pottery Barn all have beautiful selections.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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Keep calm & carry on, unify an open-concept main floor

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Keep calm & carry on, unify an open-concept main floor

• Photography By Stephani Buchman

When creating an open-concept floor plan, continuity is key. How I achieve this is by incorporating a common theme throughout. For example, in this lakeside home, I went with a crisp, white-and-blue colour palette and added the warmth of reclaimed wood for balance. This combination evokes an understated nautical vibe, which echoes throughout the main floor of the home.


The blue-and-white palette also evokes a serene feeling in the space, which can be achieved even when these colours are added in small doses. In the dining area, the look is richly layered from the navy-blue hue of the rug underfoot to the dining chairs and artwork on the walls. The eye is also drawn to the large and plentiful windows framed by the white walls, which serve to amplify the natural light and lake views in this bright corner. Hanging overhead, is a staggered cluster of simple, clear, Edison bulb-inspired pendants, which do not interfere with the daylight views.


If you’re blessed with an abundance of natural light, a dark colour palette can be your best friend. A rich, deep shade of blue, burgundy or green can lend a wonderfully rich, dramatic ambience, without leaving your home feeling “closed in,” as dark colours are known to do.

TIP: Any designer worth their salt will tell you that a great piece of art is equal parts canvas and frame. You need something to complement the art and draw attention to it, without detracting from it. This same principle was applied to the windows in this dining area. The dark-painted window trim becomes a dramatic punctuation point in this space, highlighting the abundant windows, their composition and the views.


This notable shade of blue is subtly carried into the kitchen with the striking blue-upholstered breakfast bar counter stools. Behind them, the crisp white cabinetry and backsplash are perfectly on trend, with simple detailing and an overall clean, serene look. Grey-toned, reclaimed barn-board walls and hardwood floors envelop the space and are reminiscent of driftwood, contributing to the overall nautical theme of the space. A thoughtful collection of curios adds visual interest and a feeling of home.

The reclaimed wood panelling extends into the adjoining living area, cladding the chimney and rear wall with its rustic, warm esthetic. Flanking the fireplace, a pair of custom, soft-grey sideboards in a distressed finish, echo the texture of the reclaimed wood wall. An industrial-style, wood-and-steel coffee table and an oversized iron chandelier overhead complete the look of the great room.


When selecting pieces to fit within your chosen theme, avoid overtly obvious displays – for instance, in this nautical theme, I didn’t go overboard by adding fishing rods and anchors at every turn. Instead, try adding different materials, textures, colours and shapes, which can be a more subtle and tasteful way to repeat the motif. In this home, I accentuated the nautical theme with the addition of wood furniture, rope, woven accents and easy living fabrics.

This stunning open-concept dining/kitchen/living area is exactly what my clients had hoped to achieve. The space is relaxed yet refined, and invites its residents and guests to sit, eat and enjoy.

SOURCES DINING CHAIRS: Shelter Furniture PAINT: Chantilly Lace 2121-70, Benjamin Moore VINYL FLOORING: French Oak, Peppercorn from Mannington Restorations ART: Homeowners’ collection DINING TABLE, LIGHTING: Nuevo

Sara Bederman, Principal Designer for Sara Bederman Design, is known for creating stylish, thoughtfully curated and livable interiors for over a decade. The Toronto-based firm provides residential design services for projects of all sizes. Sara Bederman Design works throughout Toronto, GTA and beyond. For more information, sarabedermandesign.com, follow her on Instagram: sarabstudio


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Sunny style bridging the gap from formal to casual

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Sunny style bridging the gap from formal to casual

Open-concept floor plans have been popular for the past decade. With the average modern home getting smaller in square footage, an open layout has become the trend of choice, highly sought-after by new homebuyers, and a top-requested upgrade among those with lofty renovation goals. Condo, single-detached, townhome – it’s safe to say that an open home is here to stay.

The owners of this older, single-detached home were of the renovation mind, with visions of a fresh, clean and contemporary esthetic.

The front door ushers residents and guests directly into the L-shaped abode’s living room, which opens to the kitchen. On the other side of the kitchen is the dining room, and a family room bringing up the rear. Notice the constant alternating between casual and formal living areas. Herein was our challenge: how do you achieve distinct living areas, while maintaining a harmonious look?


In more traditional floor plans, living and dining rooms typically have a “formal” tone, quietly tucked out of sight, away from the casual (and oftentimes messier!) living areas such as a kitchen.

In this design, we employed a variety of textures to “pare down” the formality of the living and dining rooms, which both opened onto the ultimate in informality: the kitchen. On the flip side, the kitchen took on a sleeker and simpler style, to bring some “calm” to an otherwise hectic space. It quickly became clear that, what this home really needed, was balance. Texture and mixed materials dulled the edge between formal and casual. The home was flooded with natural light streaming in through large windows. We amped up that natural attribute through the use of airy off-whites and a sunshine-yellow colour palette.

The living room is awash in a gentle white-grey and golden ochre, which carries through the adjoining kitchen and into the dining area and family room tucked at the back of the home.


As designers, we are often asked about our sources of inspiration. Time and again, we turn to fabrics as our colour muse. And while flipping through a book of fabric samples with the homeowners, so too came my inspiration for this home. The upholstered ottoman, yellow-patterned pillows and drapery brought pops of colour to the space and kick-started the dominant colour theme for the entire project.

Past the living room, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is large, bright and functional – the stuff dream kitchens are made of. The central island is as wide as the space allows, outfitted with a bar fridge facing the home’s adjacent lounging area.

White is the classic colour of choice for the kitchen’s big-ticket items: quartz countertops, Bianco Carrera marble backsplash and cabinetry (read: the expensive items). The stainless-steel appliances are sleek and chic. While this kitchen is largely neutral, yellow continues to be a subtle star. The yellow clear-acrylic chair tucked in at the custom desk nook, a yellow rug and gold accessories bring warmth to this otherwise cool colour palette.

The adjacent dining room features all the traditional “formal” elements: a table, chairs, drapery, a rug underfoot and a pendant light overhead. Our signature yellow hue appears in the drapery overlooking a rustic harvest table, which provides the function without the formality. The high-backed dining chairs upholstered in a cosy and durable fabric are a perfect pairing – elegant yet durable and easy to clean.


The family room was the last piece of the puzzle, tucked at the back of the home but also open and visible to other areas of the home. This room needed to be comfortable, functional, and echo the home’s prevailing theme without being repetitive.

“This room needed to be comfortable, functional, and echo the home’s prevailing theme without being repetitive.”

The family room got its “wow” factor in the artwork: the customized, super-imposed photographic images printed on a plexi canvas, made by a Montreal artist, Annabelle Malialin. The homeowners are very well travelled, having spent the better part of their pre-children years en voyage. Their London, England roots inspired this one-of-a-kind artwork. Since the art was made for the homeowners, we used this as another opportunity to incorporate our signature yellow into the home in an unexpected way.

The result is a thoughtfully curated home that is well balanced, achieving the easy flow that the homeowners wanted. Sometimes what we perceive as challenges can become the home’s greatest assets, giving it a character as unique as the homeowners themselves.

Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber, owner of Royal Interior Design Ltd. is a one-stop shop Reno & Decor Centre where clients can choose all their home renovation and decoration finishes under one roof, backed by a phenomenal team of skilled contractors, kitchen & bath cabinetry, furniture, upholstery & drapery workrooms and in-house craftsmanship artisans for all their custom millwork. royalinteriordesign.ca

Photography By Dylan Thompson


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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is a strong and intense colour; Sloan has toned it down to inky midnight purple

Known as the worldwide authority on colour, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year for 2018.

“The name Ultra Violet gives the impression of a very strong and intense colour. I’ve mixed a slightly toned down version of it using my paint, Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Napoleonic Blue,” says paint guru and world-renowned colour expert Annie Sloan. “I think this colour looks absolutely beautiful, especially when it’s finished with Dark or Black Chalk Paint Wax, which will give it an inky midnight purple colour.

“I always think about colours as combinations, so one of the first things I asked myself about this colour is ‘what colours will work with it?’ My answer is to go for natural tones, as the purple is so rich, deep and intense. Earthy greens will look lovely. From my palette I’d team Ultra Violet with Chateau Grey, Old Ochre and Versailles.”

More purple hues in the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan palette (shown below from left to right) — range from Emile, a warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones; Henrietta, a beautifully rich and complex pink with a hint of lilac; and Old Violet, which is nearer to the blues than Emile. The pigments in Chalk Paint are very pure, and as there is no black included in the mix, it’s easy to obtain the shade you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the perfect purple hued fabric for your soft furnishings then Annie has got just the thing. Her Emile & Graphite (photo below) from her Coloured Linen Collection looks fresh and modern and the tumbled cotton and linen mix is suitable for all types of upholstery.

The Chalk Paint Decorative Paint range comprises 36 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade. Chalk Paint offers the simple way to transform furniture, walls and floors and absolutely anyone can achieve great results — from the novice to the experienced upcycler. The Chalk Paint formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly.

Chalk Paint comes in quart cans (946ml) priced at approximately $45 and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $14.99 (regional price variations and shipping charges apply). It can be purchased from over 60 Annie Sloan stockists and online. For a full list of locations, please visit anniesloan.com.


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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

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Color Journeys 2018 palette of the year

Supported by Para Paints and General Paint with dealers across Canada

The Canadian Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group — including Para Paint and General Paint — has named Serenity as their palette of the year.

The palette allows homeowners to explore the rejuvenating feel of Scandinavian design in their home with the soft delicate tones of Glamour (405A), balanced by the darker stone Malachite (405E). The statement is completed with the freshness of White Design (WH01) and embraces wood stains such as pickled oak, or dark walnut.

This quiet palette of modern neutrals awakens the feeling of calm, cool, sophisticated serenity with the meditative sounds of water trickling through a stream over rocks and the natural woods to ground the nature-based designs and colours. You may not be able to get away to the spa to recharge in luxury, but now you can create this harmonizing palette in your own space.

The Serenity Palette was designed with Scandinavian sensibility and sustainability in mind. Our homes are our sanctuary, our place of serenity. Tap into your inner peace in your living or work space with the simplicity of colour.

Glamour is a delicate, minimalistic tone with lavender notes, Malachite is a slate stone colour with nature balanced textures and White Design is a fresh white that is perfect for trim. The Color Journeys palette also includes trending wood stains that help to create a grounding effect in your space. Pickled Oak reveals cool tones and textures and a sense of minimalism and Dark Walnut adds a sense of luxury and warmth.

“The palette takes cues from our natural surroundings. Rich, royal Malachite can fade into the soft lilac-grey of Glamour or morph into Quartzite. Indulge yourself in nature and let the 2018 palette of the year set the tone of your home or work space- this palette is that flexible,” said Jennie Roarty, associate brand manager General Paints.

The 2018 Serenity palette was unanimously selected by Color Journey’s designers, specializing in design and fashion. These experts study consumer insights and global design trends to select a colour palette that is reflective of ongoing trends and consumer demands. This palette helps to create a space used to unwind; layering balanced tones of neutrals as a foundation with whites and soft pastels will help to design a meditative minimalistic room with a unique statement by adding customized wood stains and cozy deeper jewel tones which intrinsically add luxury and opulence.

“Connections with this colour palette evoke feelings of nature, they are the foundation of new neutrals that flow infinitely through designs with great rhythm and purpose,” said Garry Belfall, brand manager Para Paints. “Our goal was to choose colours for our palette that are both calming and liveable to give your home a sense of inspirational design.”

The New Colour System

Color Journeys allows you to search for unexpected colour combinations that will inspire your design palette. It has curated an expansive colour system of the most refined hues to complete every planned project and each imaginative endeavour.

Color Journeys has catalogued its palettes into five collections — Color Chronicles, Color Directions, Color Solutions, Contractor Solutions and Six to Mix — created to honour a different purpose, time period or style. Color Journeys is the true north for how-to visionaries, the road map for each of your independent design expeditions. It steers you to the right colour for any project and any design endeavour.

This new colour system is the route for trend-setting explorers, the springboard for all your creative ideas. It invigorates your search for the most current, finely tuned palettes. Color Journeys is the destination for further inspiration, it is a carefully selected collection of new concepts for your distinct style. For more information visit the website below.

Confidently enter into the new dimension of design’s new colours, finishes, textures and materials for design exploration. To explore the new Serenity Palette, or any of the 2018 Color Journeys trend colours on your walls, try the new online colour visualizer before visiting a paint store or lifting a brush. The visualizer offers advanced technology to apply any colour to an uploaded photo of your room.



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Active Home : One-Colour Decorating

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Active Home : One-Colour Decorating

For some people, choosing a colour palette when designing a new room can cause them to break out in hives. For others, it’s the best part of decorating. Your colour choices are something that you’re going to have to live with for awhile, so you want them to be pleasing on all levels.

If you find yourself in the stressful category, I have a simple solution – choose just one colour. It’s one of the easiest ways to design a room, and get a polished, designer look without having to colour coordinate.

Although I call it one-colour decorating, there is a second element – white. With only one colour in a room, the absence of colour actually acts as a colour to the eye. So if you choose shades of green, you’re going to pair it with white, or blue with white, or even black with white – you get the picture.

“The coloured items need to be the same depth of intensity in order to achieve a graphic look.” – Cobi Ladner

To orchestrate this concept, there are a few tricks. The coloured items need to be the same depth of intensity in order to achieve a graphic look. They can be different shades, but they need to be of equal strength. Using different tones of one colour in a room is another great look, but it creates a softer, tonal ambiance than what I’m describing.

One of the most versatile things about one-colour decorating, is that it allows you the opportunity to add an accent colour for special occasions or changing seasons with the addition of fresh flowers, fruit or textiles. For example, you could add a lime green throw, along with a bowl of green apples to a blue and white room for summer. And then come fall, you could swap it out for an orange throw and a pot of orange mums.

This look is conducive to any space, but it works well in bath and powder rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, halls, porches and sunrooms. I find that many clients prefer a softer look, with more textiles and tonal values, when it comes to their bedrooms and living rooms. However, that’s not to say that you can’t use this graphic influence in any room – there are no rights and wrongs when it comes to decorating.

Unless you choose a very pale colour, the look that is achieved from one-colour decorating is lively, polished, sharp and fun. When you layer colours, the objective is to create a more restful, serene environment. Designers use this technique to add punch to a room, and you’ll notice that they’ll often showcase this idea when working with hard surfaces that are found in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.

Add a one-two punch to a ho-hum room in your house by using white as the backdrop, and then adding your favourite colour.


Cobi Ladner is the Editorial Director of RENO & DECOR magazine, and the owner of Cobistyle.


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Design Experts : Traditional With A Twist

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Design Experts : Traditional With A Twist

 Photography By Larry Arnal

Contrary to popular belief, a traditional-style home can work well with a bright summer palette. Often we think of traditional spaces as being heavy with dark woods, deep colour, custom millwork and historical patterns on finishes like wallpaper and upholstery. Naturally this kind of design direction works very well in a traditional home but the usual dark or subdued colour palette was not something our client wanted in her traditional-style home. As a little girl, she used to cycle by the house and fantasized that some day this would be her home. As fate would have it, it finally was! The only downside was that she wanted her version of this home to be bright and fresh while still honouring the architecture of her childhood dream home.

A bright colour palette refreshes and modernizes a traditional-style home


It is important to honour all of the architectural details of the house that give it that historical quality but we lightened up those features by painting them in a warm-white colour. Those heavy wood frames in windows and door trim were once very popular. With the window trim and mullions painted out, your eye doesn’t stop at those details, instead the gaze moves past them to the outdoors. We maintained all of the fireplace mantle details and painted them out to reveal shadow and light versus colour.

Walls painted in Gray Mist CC80 by Benjamin Moore instantly lighten the look of the space.

In the dining room we added the hard valences above each window and mimicked those windows with a full-length mirror in a traditional gold-carved frame, which reflects the antiquity of the home but also serves to reflect the light, bright colour of the adjacent rooms.

“It is important to HONOUR ALL OF THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS of the house that give it that historical quality . . . “


Next we selected furniture with traditional lines but again in a monochromatic off-white colour. What became prominent were the lines of the furniture versus the fabric. There was no mistaking the hump back of the sofa, the details of the corner chairs and the graceful lines of the armchairs that face the fireplace. The light colour also enhanced all of the accessories in contrast. Fabrics were selected based on texture not pattern, and range from silks, wools, velvet and cotton. The ottomans and wooden table are the two furniture elements that have colour. The coffee table’s leg detail and claw feet beautifully tie together the details on the legs and arms of the other furniture pieces in the room. Ultimately, the room still feels light and airy.


Nothing brings a smile to a person’s face the way florals do. Perhaps that is why they have been popular in home decor for so long as they are a perfect way to bring subtle elements of colour to a space. The throw cushions tie together the floral stripes on the window coverings using a much larger scaled pattern. The floral details on these fabrics are very much in keeping with the fabrics that were popular in the 19th and early 20th century, and could have been used as upholstery in a perfectly traditional version of this room. The topiaries on the mantle help to bring “the outdoors, in.” The shape works both in a more contemporary room and in a traditional one. Even the vase and flowers were carefully selected to play with the fabric colour, and while container options were vast, the cut crystal was a perfect choice.


It is important to find ways of incorporating antiques into a space like this to maintain its authentic look. The secret is not to make those antique elements easy to identify. Some of the accessories were sourced at antique dealers as was the chandelier in the centre of the room, and the art was already in our client’s collection. Weaving together the elements of “new” and “old” means we can guarantee comfort and maximum functionality from the most-used pieces in the space. If you’re doing this in your own home be sure that you understand what would be appropriate to the architecture of the house. This requires a bit of research and a more difficult hunt for the appropriate piece. Finding the right piece can require visiting hundreds of antique vendors versus one furniture store. Using Rococo furniture, for example, would not be appropriate for this style home but it could be a style loved by the homeowner.

The final result was a great success and perfectly satisfied our client’s desire for a light summerfresh palette in her dream home. We only hope that there is another little girl riding by now, dreaming of owning the same home one day in its new version.

SOURCES LIVING ROOM Bernhardt side chairs EXISTING SIDE CHAIRS: reupholstered in a Robert Allen cream fabric SOFA: reupholstered in Joanne Fabrics BOTANICAL TOSS CUSHIONS: Silva cubes SIDE PANELS: Robert Allen Fabric ROMAN FABRIC: Unique RUG: Kashanian DINING ROOM DRAPES: Unique TRIM: Robert Allen WALLPAPER: JF Fabrics

Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander are co-founders and principals of Peloso Alexander Interiors. They bring 35 years of combined experience to creating environments that merge the client’s lifestyle, personality, and architecture. pelosoalexander.com, twitter @glenpeloso & @glenandjamie, Facebook.com/glenpeloso


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