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Creating a soft and serene loft

Interior stylist Lisa Canning helps turn a Toronto loft into a peaceful urban oasis.

Creating a peaceful space to return home to after a hectic workday is often a major priority for my interior design clients. Such was the case for a recent client who wanted his loft in Toronto’s Beaches to feel like an oasis from his busy urban life.
The look of this space was far from relaxed when I first entered the chic loft. The fireplace was covered in lackluster beige floor tiles. Lime green paint was found behind crumbling black laminate built-in shelving, and the previous owner had installed pieces of DIY textured stainless steel sheeting on multiple prominent surfaces. With soaring ceilings, a wall full of windows, a view of the lake and tons of natural light, we knew this could become a peaceful sanctuary after we were done with it.

Choosing a colour palette
The first thing we did to achieve this restful environment was to limit our colour palette. In an open concept space like this, where everything can be seen in one glance, keeping a unified palette was important to attain the calm and minimal aesthetic we were after.

The walls, ceiling and kitchen cabinetry were given a uniform coat of white paint. Existing stainless steel industrial elements were also painted white to keep the visual clutter low. Warm shades of grey, dark woods, and the occasional spot of greenery finished off our peaceful palette. Custom roller shades, Fine Craft Shutters; Wall paint, Para 5243-44.

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