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Use these hot designer tricks for choosing the right soft finishes for your home

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Use these hot designer tricks for choosing the right soft finishes for your home

When it comes to soft finishes, like your wall colouring, fabrics, carpets, cushions or curtains, I think the best way to begin is to figure out what your home style is, and how you envision your space to look. Some of the best inspiration can be found in some of your favourite decor magazines, Pinterest boards or even a favourite TV show. For me, when I’m travelling there is nothing better than the selection of design-inspired magazines you can find virtually all over the world. I’ll take clippings of spaces I love so I have something tangible to refer to when I’m ready to design a new space. Also, I think it’s important to remember that you want every space in your home to feel comfortable, friendly and welcoming. Long gone are the days of formal sitting areas and posh powder rooms that are rarely used. You want your home to be inviting, so consider that when deciding on those soft finishes, too.

Even if you’re not a designer, you can still have the ability to visualize your space and understand what marries well together or what may clash, but there are a few designer tricks you can employ that will help you even further when deciding on the myriad of finishes you need to think about. From wall colours, to throw pillows; a carpet, or some curtains, consider these suggestions and you will be well on your way to a beautifully harmonious home.

60-30-10 rule

This is a timeless decorating that is meant to maintain proportion and balance in the colours you use in any space. Your 60 per cent is the main colour of your room, so this could be your walls, large accent pieces such as area rugs, or a couch. The idea being that this colour is the majority rule of which everything else is based from.

Your 30 per cent is your secondary colour. Since you will only be using half as much of this colour as your main colour, this could work for curtains and draperies, bed linens, or an accent wall. The secondary colour supports the main colour, but can be different enough to distinguish them, while also giving your room some interest.

10 per cent is your accent colour. In a living room, this is for your throw pillows, decorative accessories, and artwork. For a bedroom, your pillows on your bed, lamps or other decorative pieces.

Work from your base colours

I always make sure my larger pieces of furniture are neutral, regardless of the room in my home. From my bedroom to my dining room, all of my major furniture (couches, chairs, dressers or tables) are in muted shades, such as charcoal, grey, white, black or navy. These work as your anchors to ground the room, while also giving you the opportunity to take a bit of liberty with colour in the paint or your fabrics.

Forgo trends

Trendy decor looks are always fun, but they rarely last the test of time. If you invested in that purple velvet couch, chances are you may grow weary of it in the next couple of years. Trendy pieces can feel very dated very fast. The good news is that you can easily change your couch with a slip cover, switch out your curtains or try different carpets if you feel like experimenting and creating something new. I always refresh my space like this come the different seasons.

Choose your colour scheme based on the largest pattern in the space

Say you have a patterned carpet, or a large piece of artwork hanging in the space, select colours for your soft finishes (like a great throw pillow or ottoman) based on what hues you love in those patterns. That way there will be certain flow in the whole space if colours are similar. If you’re looking for a more neutral wall paint colour (and I strongly encourage that), look to the pattern’s whites or beiges to match.

Go for grey

This is a very popular neutral, and with good reason. It has the ability to appear warm or cool making it easy to pair with virtually any colour on the wheel, whether dreamy pastels or bright pops of colour.

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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Wool Suzanne Brown Associates

Chester Collection shows the versatility of wool

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Chester Collection shows the versatility of wool

Wool Suzanne Brown Associates

Wool is such a fabulously versatile fabric – it can be shorn, spun, woven and rolled to create a hard-wearing fabric with a warm natural feel. Our Chester Collection shows what wool can do.

The patterns and colours in this collection derive from the Scottish Highlands: Redolent of log fires, whisky and moorland. A large window pane check, Gingham, in three colours in addition to two large complex checks reminiscent of classic tartans are featured as well as a classic herringbone and mottled plain.

Two chenille qualities provide a strong contrast to the loden cloth: Soft with an ornamental texture.

Suzanne Brown and Associates, Toronto, supplies fine wall coverings, fabrics and hardware to the trade.

For more information, visit barbarabrown4.wix.com/suzannebrown

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Inspired carpet and wallpaper options at Fabricland

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Inspired carpet and wallpaper options at Fabricland

In our December 2018/January 2019 issue’s feature, “The Finishing Touch,” one of the quirkier items that long-time contributor Jay Somerset included was a carpet modelled on that found in the fictitious Overlook Hotel from the movie, The Shining. (Somerset actually used the carpet in his own basement. No word yet if it’s haunted.)

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Shortly after that issue went to press, we stumbled across a couple more funky finds that might be suitable for clients that are looking for something a little bit different.

First up are these (pleasantly) spooky custom printed fabric and wallpaper designs based on patterns from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, available at spoonflower.com.

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For something a little less haunting and a little more mind-bending, consider these wallpaper prints based on the work of artist M.C. Escher who is best known for his mesmerizing repetitive patterns and images like two hands drawing each other. Visit jannellievolpi.it to see the complete collection.

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DESIGN: Breathing Life into Your Windows and Walls

Breathing new life into your windows and walls

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Breathing new life into your windows and walls

by Linda Mazur

Today’s windows and walls seem to have a new lease on life. With fabrics and wall coverings exploding with colours and patterns, it’s easy to garner a bit of “design inspo” and take your windows and walls from a simple blank canvas to an inspiration of creativity and style.

From impactful geometrics to bold vintage floral, beautiful opulent metallic finishes to leathers and cork, the world of fabric and wall coverings has a new direction and a new excitement! The patterns are endless, the colours are beautiful, the textures are rich. What more could we want to inspire us?

Fabrics and wallpapers are not the only mediums to have a new and bold look. Tile, wood, concrete and wall panelling also have a new direction that sparks our interest.

Tile, for example, has gone the direction of fabric and wallpaper with a new look and texture; there are bold colours and patterns and fantastic 3-D effects that simple no longer belong just in the bathrooms or on small backsplashes. They can be incorporated into creative wall finishes in every space from a living room fireplace wall, to an entry way, to an impactful wall in your dining room. If you’re looking to the more traditional uses of tile, such as your kitchen backsplash, then why not select a statement tile and use it on the entire wall, eliminating your upper cabinets and replacing them with open shelving? Or perhaps use a great patterned tile to create a feature wall in a tiny powder room; it will make more of a statement on your wall than on the tiny floor space.

Both fabrics and wall finishes can make a huge impact in any space. A few rolls of wallpaper can transform and define a space in dramatic and luxurious ways. far beyond that of just paint. Whether your room is large or small, creating attention to your walls can instantly set a style, make a bold statement or add character and personality to an otherwise basic design. They can change a vastly spacious room by making it feel more intimate and cozy, just the same way a bold and busy pattern can transform a small room in your home to a charming and dynamic space.

Wall coverings can address a blank wall in your home. However, many condo-dwellers today have a greater amount of windows than walls – the view and light is fantastic but it can also be challenging. With the volume of windows some of my clients have in their condos, window treatments can become a costly venture. When looking to add some type of window coverings to your home why not consider a combination of blinds and sheers? Motorized blinds are an easy option for condo-dwellers, providing privacy and sun control. However, blinds alone can sometimes seem unfinished in a room — with the addition of sheers this can become an attractive option. Much like wallpaper, sheers fabrics have come a long way in recent years! These are not the sheers you may remember from your childhood. Instead, the sheer fabric options available today are exciting, colourful, incredibly patterned and textured; just the perfect thing to frame out your vista.

Inspiring windows and walls will be on-trend moving forward, so take advantage of the bold patterns, great colours and fantastic product options available and add some character and personality to your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.

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Inspired by Fabrics

Inspired by Fabrics

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Inspired by Fabrics

Photos supplied by Robert Allen Fabrics • robertallen.com

Fabrics are inspirational and one of the best places to start when designing a room

As a designer, I look forward to the start of a new project. I enjoy poring over fabric books gathering ideas and direction, and have been known to design an entire space just from the inspiration of one fabric. I love the feel of lush velvets, the beauty of some richly woven silks and the simplicity of linen. But as beautiful as some fabrics are, not every fabric is suitable for all applications. When working with our clients we try to educate them in all aspects associated with the fabrics we are suggesting for their home, such as durability, care, pattern intricacy and colour.

Durability is determined by the “double-rub count” of a fabric. Fabrics are tested for the number of times a machine can pass back and forth over the fabric before it wears down. Personally, I tend to stay away from the lower rub counts for residential use, and tend not to do any upholstery in a fabric less than 9,000 – 12,000 double-rubs… just to be safe; or I would use these fabric on a low-usage piece of furniture like an occasional chair… for high-usage areas, the higher the rub count the better. You may have recently been hearing a lot of buzz about Crypton fabrics, or fabrics with Nano-tex plus Dura-Block. These are high-performance fabrics that are anti-microbial, stain and moisture-resistant. These are fabrics that are beyond “forgiving” and are fantastic for busy areas like family rooms.

As important as durability is in your fabric selection, equally important is pattern intricacy and colour. I love mixing colours and patterns, but it is important that the fabric you have selected is relevant for the required usage. Selecting the right fabric for your furniture and window treatments can be challenging. You should consider that the pattern scale and repeat of a particular fabric you love may not be the best choice for upholstering a diamond-tufted sofa, or for inverted-pleated drapery panels.

Continue the inspiring creation of your living space by introducing several different patterns, colours and textures. There are so many great fabric lines in the market to choose from. One of my all-time favourites is Robert Allen Fabrics. Be bold in your choices. If you find a pattern you love but are a bit hesitant to use it on a larger scale, try it in some toss cushions or perhaps and an ottoman. Many different fabric patterns, scales and colours can be mixed together to complement your rooms… just remember to keep a common element throughout.

Fabrics enhance the design of your space. They can soften architectural features, establish your colour palette and add excitement to your space with pattern and texture. Have fun with fabrics and bring your spaces alive.


Designer LINDA MAZUR is the Principal Designer of Linda Mazur Design Group. With over a decade of experience this sought out multi-disciplinary interior design firm is known for providing innovative interior renovations and full scale build projects that reflect both timeless style and optimal functionality. The firm services Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas.

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Fabric Fundamentals

Fabric Fundamentals

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Fabric Fundamentals

by Sandra Nash

Soft furnishings provide instant gratification

Of all the products that are specified for a particular space, 50 per cent of them are covered in some type of fabric – often referred to as soft furnishings.

Today’s homeowners have an insatiable need for instant gratification, so it makes sense to offer ready-to-go decor fashions. Soft-furnishings, especially window coverings, provide immediate satisfaction and can transform a room. Offer clients three to five basic panel options in linen, silk, velvet, or in a combination of blends. Add a dash of fun with one or two patterns, and make a statement with a large-scale floral. Finish things off with unique hardware and trimmings.

Add new niches to your repertoire with soft furnishings that can withstand the weather for porches, patios and outside retreats.

Soft furnishings is an extensive category that covers off every room, including outdoor spaces.

  • Pillows
  • Shower curtains
  • Towels
  • Rugs
  • Poufs (floor ottomans)
  • Table clothes, runners, placemats and napkins
  • Sheets, shams, duvets, comforters and bed skirts
  • Blankets, throws
  • Slipcovers
  • Patio furniture and umbrellas
  • Upholstered headboards/bed frames
  • Upholstered frames on mirrors and art
  • Wall hangings
  • Draperies and curtains

Principal of Making-A-Scene, award-winning SANDRA NASH brings more than 20 years of experience to residential and commercial projects throughout the GTA.

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