When just the right color scheme

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is art­fully wo­ven through­out a house,

the en­tire home can come alive, in­cor­po­rat­ing into each space a thread of con­ti­nu­ity. In the case of Mon­ica and Rick Heusen’s new build in Bar­rie, On­tario, that color scheme was neu­trals ac­cented with a dark, moody blue. “The com­bi­na­tion cre­ates qui­etly vi­brant in­te­ri­ors, even though it is a sim­pli­fied pal­ette,” Lidia van Zyl, de­signer and owner of LVZ De­sign, ex­plains. Us­ing the white-and-indigo color story, Lidia styled el­e­gant but com­fort­able rooms that tied in beau­ti­fully with the home’s aes­thetic, which she de­scribes as “a nod to Cape Cod de­sign with a Cana­dian flair.” She even painted a va­ri­ety of can­vases in gra­da­tions of dark-blue and white and placed them in the en­try, din­ing room and liv­ing room, where they add fine art ap­peal and cre­ate co­he­sion among the var­i­ous spa­ces.

SERENE DIN­ING

In the din­ing room is a beau­ti­ful con­trast be­tween the tonal warmth of the floor­boards and cus­tom J Wice Wood­work­ing din­ing room ta­ble and the cool­ing hues of dark-blue and white, which Lidia in­cor­po­rated through the painted can­vas, the table­top dis­play and two blan­kets. The Heusens brought their draperies from their pre­vi­ous home, and the fab­ric, which is a Robert Allen tex­tile called Domino, brought a so­phis­ti­cated touch. Lidia also in­tro­duced up­hol­stered pieces into the din­ing room, say­ing, “It soft­ens the over­all look. The linen end chairs make the room cozy, while also adding tex­ture and el­e­gance.”The el­e­ments—the pal­ette, the pat­terned draperies, the in­tri­cate table­top dis­play, the up­hol­stered end chairs—com­bine in pu­rity and el­e­gance, re­sult­ing in a sooth­ingly rich din­ing room ex­pe­ri­ence. When the ta­ble is dec­o­rated for fall, the col­ors lend an un­ex­pected twist to the sea­son. Blue-painted pump­kins and al­most-black ta­pers are a sur­pris­ing yet pleas­ing nod to fall.

ART­FULLY FRAMED. The con­sis­tent style seen through­out the home is em­bod­ied in the neu­tral color scheme, the de­tailed ceil­ing treat­ment and Lidia’s pieces of art. The win­dows fram­ing the door al­low light to stream un­ob­structed into the space, giv­ing the en­try a gen­tle wash of light and max­i­miz­ing the neu­tral color scheme with its blue ac­cents.

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