Kylemore Communities
Kylemore Communities

Model: The lavish life

10.12.2010

Her W Network show may be called Colour Confidential, but interior designer Jane Lockhart kept colour to a minimum in the Tully model at Angus Glen West Village in Markham. Instead, neutral grey makes a comeback, with accents of silver, brown and black — all chosen to accentuate the home’s architectural details without overwhelming them.

After all, developer Kylemore Communities had already packed a punch in the home before Ms. Lockhart even walked through the door — with tray ceilings and other ceiling details, dramatic two-storey spaces and columns. “With that much architecture in the house, I think your interior design has to be sophisticated and quiet to support it, so that it doesn’t clash,” says Ms. Lockhart of Jane Lockhart Interior Design. “This home has a lot going on, and our job was not to compete with it, but to make it feel relaxed.”

She did that by introducing grey as her base colour throughout the house. A neutral alternative to beige, grey’s coming back in style, Ms. Lockhart says. While some see it as cold, paired with warmer accents it sets a sophisticated, contemporary tone. In the 4,250-square-foot Tully model, the warm accents come in the form of dark floors and warm wood furniture like the table in the dining room, surrounded by ivory-toned linen chairs. The designer doesn’t back away from cooler, more contemporary items as well, though, including a silver-leaf console — in the dining room — with curved legs reminiscent of traditional furniture. “I think there’s more of a direction towards interesting graphic elements taking on traditional shapes,” says the designer. “In the ’80s, they’d have done a whole matching dining set — that was a mistake, but more interesting pieces here and there create an eclectic or more personal feel.”

Both the living room and family room are two storeys, with two-storey drapes adding drama. In the den-turned-home office, purple accents on the ceiling add detail, while the two tones of the light-and-dark drapes are extended to the walls, with a stripe of charcoal cutting through the light grey background, for “a little more going on to make it interesting,” Ms. Lockhart says.

While she may use the purple of the office ceiling sparingly (it’s also an accent in the powder room), the designer says it’s another popular tone these days. Also au courant is the mix-and-match cabinetry she’s brought into the kitchen, with warm grey cabinets through most of the room and dark brown cabinets on the island. White marble countertops are used on both, with a white marble mosaic-tile backsplash.

While the Tully model has five bedrooms in total, Ms. Lockhart and her team styled only two. On the second floor, a boy’s bedroom combines blue with red and white, featuring a chocolate-brown leather headboard. The master suite is its own oasis. Located on the third floor, it features as oversized walk-in closet and a large ensuite with a split vanity and freestanding tub. In the bedroom, Ms. Lockhart wallpapered the walls with a subtle white-and-silver ring-patterned paper, layering in the black, white, grey, silver and brown she’s used throughout the house.

“Everybody always asks ‘Can you mix brown with grey?’” Ms. Lockhart asks. “But if you look at menswear, there are a lot of grey suits matched with brown shoes these days. If they can do it, we can do it, too.”

Townhouses and detached homes at Angus Glen West Village range in size from 1,500 to over 5,000 square feet and in price from $519,000 to $2-million. The sales office is located at 285 Angus Glen Blvd., Markham, and is open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 905-887-9950 or visit kylemorecommunities.com.