When just the right color scheme
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.
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.