The Model: A Tridel model with bright green accents is ready for spring
Give them vivid colour. Give them neutrals. Give them pops of chrome. Marlene Makowka gives visitors a little bit of everything in the model vignettes for Atria, Tridel’s North York master-planned community. Wanting to keep the appeal broad, she used a neutral base, adding to it vibrant accents of green, white and chrome. “We wanted to create a liveable space that was inviting and soothing, but had this sense of energy and freshness,” says the interior designer of Hefele Makowka Design Associates. “We used a more neutral approach to the walls and the floor, and then created interest through colour and metal.” Suites at Parkside, the newest phase at Atria, range in size from 575 to 1,207 square feet and are priced from $288,000.
1. Fresh and punchy green, an accent colour throughout the space, plays into the condo’s “parkside” theme. Glass panels (to the right of the desk) keep the den open to the living room; the bright accents throughout help create continuity between the spaces.
2. A blown-glass vase “encompasses all of the colours that we felt worked well in this model, so it was the starting-off point,” Ms. Makowka says. The blues, yellows, greens, whites and blacks are found in the other accessories in the den.
3. A custom built-in desk features artful shelves to showcase pretty pieces. The desk and shelves have a mix of dark lacquer and dark-stained wood. “It brings the traditional concept of wood into something that’s a bit more modern,” the designer says.
4. “They add a little sparkle,” Ms. Makowka says of the metallic accessories in the model. This lamp is just one example. “We felt it was really appropriate for the space, because everything was so clean — the retro feel adds interest.”
5. The “light and airy” chrome-and-leather chair matches the desk’s vibe, the designer says. A heavier chair would have masked the floors.
6. The model’s medium-toned wood laminate floors bring in shades of taupe, grey and brown to play off both the white walls and the unit’s dark. “The floor adds a lot of visual texture. It’s very appealing,” the designer says.