Decorating & Design - Design Lesson

10 ways to use colour and texture in your home

In 10 easy lessons, Montreal designer Beth Gold tells us how she introduced a touch of texture and colour to a subtle space.

“I believe my home should be decorated according to the style and era of its bones,” says homeowner Peggy Essaris when describing the Westmount, Que., abode she shares with her husband, Michael Dickey, and their children, Matthew, 17, Evelina, 10, and Angelina, 6. Peggy wanted the small 1920s space to feel a little old-world but not dated and ultimately inviting and informal – a house the family would really use from top to bottom.

She called designer Beth Gold of Marc Gold Interiors, who had designed their last home to magazine-worthy results and understood how to layer period antiques with her husband’s collection of contemporary artwork, as well as incorporate their previous home’s pieces into the new home’s smaller, awkward sized rooms. Beth’s secret to success? “Not everything has to be calculated and mapped out. If you see something you love, just buy it. It’ll work. You’ll find a spot for it,” she says. “Decorating is ultimately about loving the things that are in your home.” But for those of us who are a little less trusting of our gut, here are 10 of Beth’s design lessons to follow.

1 Don’t forget the kitchen table
Designer Beth Gold had the huge kitchen island removed, opting instead for a table. “I just think it’s more comfortable to have a family sitting around a table than perched on stools,” she says.

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