How do you make an interior designer happy?

Give him or her a child’s room, a place where creativity can run wild, colours can go bold and decorators can infuse as much personality, or simplicity, as they wish.

“Kids’ rooms are so much fun to do,” enthuses Celia Dawson, senior vice-president of Polygon Interior Design Ltd.

Polygon Bridlewood Homes Ltd. is the developer behind the Bridlewood townhome project on Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain.

Dawson, who worked on two display homes with Polygon’s in-house designers Sofie LaForest and Jade Kwok, transformed a boy’s room into a bold, timeless space that can conform to a child’s growth from preteen to teen to college years.

In this room, the Polygon team kept to a decor theme of young, classic masculinity, with grey, mustard and dark accents, and mirrored panels bordering a dominant checkered panel that acts as a tall headboard.

“My go-to line for keeping designs timeless is ‘keep it simple’, ” Dawson says. “If there is a fabric that is young and fun or one appealing to a teenager, then (we) bring it into a room in moderation — a pillow for example.”

To maintain a timeless quality in a home, she advises homeowners to stay away from trendy fabrics, and stick to the adage, ‘less is more.’

“(You) get a subtle impact and then it’s easy, and not costly at all to change out if it tires on you.”

Elsewhere in the homes, the looks are just as classic. One open-concept living and dining room stands out for its elegance, dominated by verticals and horizontals such as the bold borders at the edges of light drapery, a marble-finished fireplace and a colourful rug. Polygon’s team worked with the basic finishes in the kitchen — the dark cabinet and the white marble backsplash — as a backdrop for the plan to create a clean West Coast theme, Dawson says.

“The white drapes make the room lighter and brighter. The dark accent line marries the drapes without forcefulness with the dark cabinets,” she says.

“If the drapes were all black the combination of drapes and cabinets would outweigh, overpower and darken the room considerably.”

As they did in the bolder boy’s room, Dawson’s team sticks to timeless materials, like marble in the fireplace and kitchen backsplash.

“Facing the fireplace with marble in keeping with the backsplash keeps the space simply elegant, as both ends of the room balance each other. They do not compete or try to overpower each other. This gives the room its subtle elegance and calmness.”

Bridlewood is attracting families and downsizers. Both groups may benefit from Dawson’s tips on planning for new furnishings in a new home, particularly if it’s of a size that differs greatly from the home they’re leaving. She advises patience.

“Plan out your entire home at the start, but then go about it piece by piece or room by room. Does it marry with what you have going already? Is it something you just think is great on first impression or can you really live with it day in and out?”

Source: The Province