THE PROVINCE: DESIGNER DISCOVERS THE RIGHT RHYTHM


From time to time, relationships thrive when they comprise healthy opposing forces. One person is colourful and fun loving, a contrast to the more conservative, calm, settled manner of another.

As it is in life, so it is in the art of design. Creative professionals Jade Kwok, a designer at Polygon Homes, and Celia Dawson, Polygon’s senior vice-president of interior design, play with this concept at Rhythm, the developer’s new two-building project slated for construction in South Vancouver.

Walk into the show suite at Rhythm, and the first thing that hits the eye is the dominant floor-to-ceiling windows, and the colour grey, a hue that immediately brings sophistication to the room. It acts as a solid base — and perfect contrast — with the colourful accents, in effect “grounding” these colours, according to Dawson.

“It’s just like a Hermes scarf accenting a simple black dress and the black dress grounding the beautiful pattern and colours,” she says.

“Initially, we wanted a playful modern theme, which meant the introduction of playful colours (orange in this case) and playful patterns. The solid greys helped to ground these playful elements, stabilize them and control them, in essence.”

A dining room chandelier above the table in the open-concept space takes on the look of upswept branches, mirroring the shape of trees just outside the huge windows, a big draw for visitors to the suite.

Again, a cool neutral serves as an opposing effect, Dawson says.

“With so many windows, the space can become like a fish bowl and get lost by disappearing into the outside. The grey hues of the furniture helps to stabilize the room and ground us in our living space, while we can still enjoy the view outside.”

Where the living space is calm and sophisticated, a bedroom comes alive with bright orange accents against neutrals. Dawson says a DIY-designer or homeowner can add pep and vitality to a bedroom with colourful accents and even include verticals set against horizontal lines, as she does in the bedroom, without losing the room’s designated mood of solace so needed for sleep.

“I think also by keeping your major colour palette to no more than three colours is a good idea,” she adds.

Kwok used more elegant subdued bedside sconces to evoke a more serene feel.

“The sconces reflect the light back on the wall,” Dawson says. “This diffuses the light and softens the glow. As for the serenity of sleep, I think lighting is so important. Dimmer switches are so lovely and calming, especially at night.”

Source: The Province

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