Using Color to Create a Cohesive Design
Designer Kim Alexandruik worked with existing colors to bring a cohesive look to her client's home.
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The homeowners had already chosen the colors for their home but needed help in unifying the look. Designer Kim Alexandruik stepped in to to bring it all together by layering colors, fabrics, textures and accessories for one cohesive design.
The living room walls are a saffron yellow, a rather bright color if it stands alone. Alexandruik relied on existing elements, like the brick fireplace, wood floor and one of the homeowners' paintings to impart the best compatible palette. The golden color was mellowed by adding warmer earth tones and contrasting colors, like three royal blue stools underneath a red-toned sofa table. The bookshelf wall features a light lavender color, which helps to tie in with the hallway. Earth tones are found in the sofa fabric, accessories, leather piping on the linen-covered side chairs and striped rug.
Silky fabrics and high-sheen materials evoke an elegant feeling in the formal dining room. The burnt orange walls are contrasted with black and white artwork and lamps. The table is draped with a chocolate brown fabric that reflects the light for a luminous glow in the evening. The crystal chandelier also adds to the nighttime sparkle. The chairs feature architecturally strong lines, complementing the overall aesthetic.
The casual sitting room is awash in a plethora of blues tempered with brown and lime green. White woodwork creates a bold contrast to the strong colors. Palm tree paintings, colorful ticking and pillows featuring an art deco print combine for a retro beach-style theme.
The more formal sitting room is highly saturated with red walls, upholstered furniture and accents. The homeowners had originally planned on using a sage green sofa in the space but Alexandruik convinced to go all out with the crimson theme. The upholstery she chose for the sofa is red-based but is intertwined with a neutral checked pattern that diffuses the hue. A striped fabric on the side chair, combined with an artistic lamp and elegant table creates an interesting vignette in the corner. Materials like silver and wood break up the expanse of the bold color while adding subtle texture.
Serene is the key word in the master bedroom with its tobacco-colored walls and neutral accessories. Leather plays a significant role in the space, as seen on the substantive headboard and natural area rug, where it's used to trim the rough edges. Cream-colored shades and matching side tables and lamps reinforce the understated design. The artwork brings in a small amount of color while adding visual interest.
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