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Why so matchy-matchy? Home trends lean toward colour combos

Get your palettes out.

Gone are the days of everything looking the same from your living room to your kitchen to your bedroom. Complementary colours are ‘complimenting’ homes more and more. That means pairings of taupe, gold and offwhite are the new black.

“Basically, you're wanting to create a vibe for the home. Less matchy-matchy, more complementary,” explained Bryanne Acheson, new homes specialist with Sarasota Homes, touring through the company’s showhome at 35 Laderoute Place.

Dubbed ‘The Wilfred’, the modern farmhouse showhome has numerous features that accentuate the flow such as a mudroom, a walkthrough pantry and a covered deck with two separate high doors leading off of the side nook and the great room. Stylewise, admire the high ceilings and exposed beam with the massive kitchen island and textured paint on the gas fireplace on the main floor. The front door foyer opens up to the second floor.

Upstairs, there are great views of the treed pathways of the Red Willow Trails from the master bedroom (with its en suite bath, walk-in closet and laundry) and the bonus room. Three smaller bedrooms have their own walk-in closets and the kids can share the bathroom with sinks separate from the shower for maximized mirror time.

Downstairs, you’ve got an extra bedroom off of the family room/games room with the adjacent bar. The place is not just easy and breezy, it’s superfine on the eyes.

Just look closer at those colour combos. You might not even notice them unless they were pointed out, much unlike that typical ultramodern aesthetic with its hard geometric lines and austere, bold blacks. The atmosphere here is smart, chic and comfortable all at once. The best part: it doesn’t look like it was designed with a cookie cutter mentality.

“Even from one room to the next, we don't carry this cabinet colour into the bathroom. We use this warmer taupe-y colour in the kitchen cabinets and then upstairs we did black cabinets. You're creating that vibe and that feel and flow throughout the home instead of having everything perfectly matchy-matchy.”

The fresh complements are the result of Sarasota’s in-house team of creative architects and designers who can customize any home inside and out. They pool their extensive resources together to come up with these subtle yet outstanding styles.

You get the sense that they’re still influenced by the world of trends but everything feels authentic and unique.

“We have a great team of talented people. We're inspired by things we see on Instagram or Pinterest or magazines and then we'll pull elements that we are inspired by and then create an overall looking concept. I feel like every showhome and every chance we get to present something to the public, we're always pushing ourselves to try something new and bigger and better.”


Scott Hayes

About the Author: Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.
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