Decorating & Design

July 27, 2020

8 Designer-Approved Ways To Inject Color, Texture & Pattern Into A Home

Livening a home with the perfect amount of joie de vivre is no easy feat. So, when designer Emily Griffin was tasked with breathing new life into a 1,540-square-foot Victorian home belonging to a family of four, she dove in with an aesthetic that injected just enough color, down-to-earth texture and whimsical pattern to make the space sing. “I used the line ‘We want to avoid the circus’ many times,” says Emily, with a laugh. “That was the last thing we wanted.” Having lived in the semidetached Toronto home for 16 years, the homeowners were ready to give it a facelift. Gutting everything but the staircase, baseboards, a few walls and the trim and cornice mouldings on the first floor, the designer rosied up rooms by swapping out old furniture for eclectic finds and incorporating splashes of color (think: brilliant blues, pretty pinks and zesty yellows). Here’s how Emily created the cozy yet energizing ambience that puts the happy in this home.

Author: Harleen Sidhu

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House & Home October 2019


Emily Griffin