Words by Yanic Simard | Photography by Brandon Barré
Often, when homeowners move into a new space, whether freshly built or staged to sell, they’ll find the house simply doesn’t feel like a home.
Designer Yanic Simard shares his rules for claiming a new space and creating an interior that feels familiar and comfortable.
Rather than replacing original details like mouldings and doors to achieve a more “perfect” look, allow these elements to become features using contrasting paint colours and finishes.
Dabble Savvy: In this Victorian house the walls, ceiling and trim are painted in one shade only, Benjamin Moore’s OC-23 Classic Gray. A single colour throughout visually obscures uneven lines and imperfections. A matte finish is used on walls and ceiling while the trim gets subtle emphasis with a satin finish. The doors are painted in Benjamin Moore’s 2121-10 Gray—a deeper shade that makes them pop for architectural interest.
In with the Old
To create a sense of personal history, introduce treasured items already owned.
Dabble Savvy: Blend vintage and contemporary pieces to blur time periods and create a custom, timeless impression.
Redraw the Lines
Never settle for a pre-existing layout—experiment with new furniture arrangements and always pull seating away from the walls.
To add character without clutter include sheer and see-through elements like the draperies and peek-a-boo seating.
Dabble Savvy: Mirrored finishes and reflective metals (like the gold-leaf glass cocktail cubes in the living room) enrich almost any colour scheme without creating visual overload. Avoid a “matchy-matchy” look by casually mixing metals in warm and cool tones.