HOMES

Making Bright White Feel Warm on the Kingsway

November 20, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY VALERIE WILCOX

White offers a neutral backdrop to introduce traditional elements into a modern aesthetic.

OUR HOMES Toronto & York Region Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.78. Find local businesses in our Toronto-York Region directory. 

Nunus Molu and her husband Saj had found the ideal location for a home in the Kingsway area of Etobicoke. While Nunus was looking for a modern aesthetic, Saj leaned toward the more traditional. They enlisted Designtheory designers Leanne Tammaro and Adolphina Karachok to achieve their custom build.
 
“They wanted a bright, white home that still felt warm and livable. Their previous home was quite dark, with heavier traditional elements and finishes,” says Leanne. The result: Wall panels and ceiling details, against an all-white backdrop.
 
“We introduced panel moulding on the hallway walls and carried it to the staircase from the main to second floor. This provided Saj with his preferred traditional detailing. We thoughtfully paired this panel moulding with a custom metal and wood railing to bring a more traditional feel to the space, rather than going overly modern and introducing a glass railing,” says Adolphina. “Metal can often look heavy but because of the delicate size of the posts and the transitional detail, it’s not overwhelming.”
 
In the dining room, the designers introduced a cofferred ceiling. Recessed panels painted a creamier shade of white layer the space. Living and dining room windows are white to balance the homeowners’ pre-existing furniture and the coffered ceiling, but elsewhere in the house, window trims are painted in black.
 
Wood elements break up the all-white palette. Custom wood beams run through the kitchen to the family room, and the same veneer appears in the family room millwork.
 
In the master suite they maintain warmth by introducing wood elements. The vanity design features face-framed cabinet doors installed with the grain on a 45-degree angle to create a chevron pattern. Porcelain tile with a wood-like texture in the shower repeats the chevron pattern. 

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