March 12, 2015
White is a popular shade for designers, but it’s fair to say an all-white palette like the one in a living room at Polygon’s Brighton at Westerleigh display home goes beyond most expectations.
White chairs, sofa, rug, walls, wall unit — it all makes for a stunning space, and Polygon designers Sofié Laforest, Zusette Cruz and Jade Kwok admit it may not be for the everyday decorator. But for those who opt to take it on, they have plenty of advice.
“People generally love the white palette, as it provides a sense of freshness and often makes a room feel much larger,” says Kwok, who works alongside colleagues Laforest, Cruz and senior designer Celia Dawson. “White on white also sets the stage for colourful and bold art and colourful flowers of the season.”
Families with a houseload of kids or pets may shy away, but to those homeowners who embrace all white, they recommend adding layers of texture throughout — here, they do so with a velvet sofa and mouldings on the millwork. With those touches and splashes of blue, the designers create a classic look that will never lose its appeal.
The team installed high pot lights in many of the rooms to glow softly on the accents the designers want to highlight.
“Light is so important to a room,” Cruz says.
“Dimmer switches and spot lights create mood lighting and help to draw your eye to where the homeowner wants your eye to go to. It directs you to the focal point of the room, whether it be art, the headboard wall of the bed, millwork or bookcases.”
The team follows through with the theme of timelessness with simple finishes in the kitchen, which is also dominated by white with a wide black-tiled backsplash, and white cabinets free of any hardware.
The Polygon designers mixed up a more traditional style — crown mouldings and trim — with more modern sleek metal, as seen in accessories and coffee table legs.
“This ‘eclectic’ look is best achieved when one keeps it simple,” Laforest says. “Less is more.”
Where the all-white living room looks crisp and modern, the design team took a U-turn in an upper-level media room decorated with two sofas; brown and taupe dominate here with warm lighting.
“To create a cosy and inviting space, we use warmer colours and less formal or structural furniture pieces. To avoid creating a disjointed theme, we tied in the same moulding and millwork detail as downstairs,” Kwok says.
“With plenty of toss cushions and a fuzzy throw, we welcome buyers to just sink into the couch and envision their weeknights enjoying a good movie with great company.”
Project location: 30989 Westridge Place, Abbotsford
Project size: 114 two- and three-bedroom homes
Residence sizes and prices: Two- and three-bedroom homes, 1,213-1,390 sq. ft, from $269,900
Developer and builder: Polygon Brighton Homes Ltd.
Sales centre: 30989 Westridge Place, Abbotsford
Hours: noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Thursday